From the Shelf to the Page: This Week in the Ruins

In case you missed any of it, here's what happened in the Ruins this week . . .

Interview with Lawrence M. Schoen (author of Barsk)

Fantasy Review of Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence

Waiting On Wednesday with The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Fantasy Review of Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe

Interview with Megan E. O’Keefe (author of Steal the Sky)


Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

For Review:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor-in-chief of, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future. A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

Won from Tor Books:
Thankfully, the women working to dangerous and/or questionable ends in the pages of Daughters of Frankenstein are unafraid of the patriarchy. Eighteen imaginative, if not insane, women; eighteen stories told by some of the finest writers working in queer speculative fiction.

Kindle Freebies:

An Amniotic Odyssey: The Four Causes by Dale M. Chatwin
An odyssey which stretches across multiple dimensions and reaches into the untimely fathoms of humanity's macabre nature, where three men find their destinies entwined within the web of one woman: Velouria Elements. A creature wreathed in mystery and desire


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. 

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic. The Red Death's return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic. Now poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a challenge much greater: reclaim their legacy and reopen the way to the Otherworld.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Last Song Before Night and Daugthers of Frankenstein sound intriguing. Hope you enjoy them!

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

  2. More bizarre sounding titles...I love it! It's a pity I don't read much fantasy or I'd be grabbing books here...

  3. Last two sound interesting. Wonder how long they are though? Hate to say it, but I've been bogged down lately with really long, epic fantasy books. Would like to find one that's a normal book in length.

    1. They're both around 450 pages, Alex - a decent length for a fantasy.

  4. I'm glad you got a copy of All the Birds in the Sky, I know you were looking forward to that :)

    And dying to know what you think of City of Blades. I LOVED IT. LOVED IT.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. It took me a while to warm up to City of Stairs before it finally clicked, but City of Blades grabbed me from the first paragraph. Such an awesome read.

  5. I am really curious about All the Birds in the Sky. Look forward to hearing what you think of that one! And looking forward to reading City of Blades sometime soon!

    1. So many good books coming out this month and next, but I think All the Birds in the Sky is next on my must-read NOW list. :)

  6. Can't wait to see what you think of All The Birds Singing and Last Song Before Night sounds interesting too. I really want to read City Of Stairs as I've heard so many good things but sadly my library don't have it so it won't get read this year!

  7. I haven't heard of any of these but happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  8. How fun for you to be able to interview authors you're interested in. Have a good week reading.


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