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 . . .

The Ghost in the Machine . . . a guest post by Aldous Mercer

A Rant about Rude, Lazy, Ignorant Authors

Reboot? No, Re-imagine. a guest post by J Tullos Hennig

Fantasy Review of City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Horror Review of The Moon in Your Eyes by Adrian W. Lilly


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:

Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz
Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Apex Book Company
The Shade, a set of micro-satellites designed to stop global warming, worked. A little too well. The Earth is icing over and no one knows how to shut the Shade off. Every attempt in the last thirty years has failed and humanity is nearly out of options to regain a world that isn’t covered in snow. Gabe Alfil may be the only person alive with enough expertise to solve the problem, but a group of eco-terrorists has other plans.

The Fireman by Joe Hill
Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by William Morrow
No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe. 


The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Samhain Publishing
Maddie had forgotten that cursed summer. Now she’s about to remember… She’s barely settled in the Gothic mansion she inherited from her auntbefore a series of bizarre events drive her to question her sanity. Aunt Charlotte’s favorite song shouldn’t echo down the halls. The roots of a faraway willow shouldn’t reach into the cellar. And there definitely shouldn’t be a child skipping from room to room. 

War God Rising by Tim Marquitz
Expected publication: January 31st 2016
Monty Python meets Gladiator! Sand is destined for greatness. Or so a pair of two-bit criminals would have him believe. After rescuing him from certain doom, Bess and Kaede embark on a scheme to game the War God Tournament. It’d be easier if Sand wasn’t an alcohol-soaked twit with a disturbing interest in mutton. Pitted against monsters, magic swords, and murderers galore, they soon realize winning the tourney is the least of their worries. 


Published December 1st 2015 by Meerkat Press, LLC
Twenty-six brilliant speculative fiction stories about love, and the pain that so often accompanies it. Enjoy a cornucopia of imaginative tales, wondrous settings, and unforgettable characters—such as the disillusioned time traveler who visits ancient Japan to experience a “Moment of Zen,” the young woman from planet Kiruna who can only communicate in song when the moonlet Saarakka is up, and the sorcerer who loses their happiness in a bet with a demon. 


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.

Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner
The sequel to When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods. Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass into the Sabian Sea. There, it will be hunted by the Storm Lords, a fellowship of powerful water-mages who rule an empire called the Storm Isles. 

Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein by Terry M. West 
This novel spans several centuries, following the relationship of the two most iconic monsters in literary history. Once as close as brothers but now sworn enemies, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein meet for a final showdown beneath the streets of New York City. 

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. WAR GOD certainly looks hilarious

  2. I've found Joe Hill's books a bit hit and miss but I do like the sound of The Fireman. I'm going to have to add that to wishlist! Enjoy your books!

    1. I've only read Heart-Shaped Box, and it was good, but nothing extraordinary. It's the concept this time that convinced me to give him another shot.

  3. Huh, you know, I hadn't even read the summary of The Fireman. It seems pretty fun, I might have to pick it up sometime.

  4. Great haul! Hope you enjoy your books.

    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  5. I just got a copy of Freeze/Thaw and The Fireman as well, although that Freeze/Thaw cover must have just gone up, I swear it wasn't there yesterday!

    1. They pair off of one another well, don't they. :)

  6. I've not heard of these but I hope you enjoy them! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  7. Look forward to hearing what you think of Dragon Hunters

  8. I got okayed for a DRC of The Fireman this week as well, I can't wait to read it after the fantastic time I had with NOS4R2.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I never got around to reading NOS4R2 - might give it a try if I like The Fireman.

  9. Great haul. I have to LOL at War God. I don't know if I would be strong enough to read Love Hurts. Hope you have a great week and happy reading.

  10. I haven't heard of these books before but I hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

  11. It looks like you have many fun books to read this week! Have a great week.

  12. Great haul! I want to read the Joe Hill. I hope you enjoy it.

  13. Nice books that you got. Enjoy reading them.

    Theresa (The Truth About Books)
    See What I'm reading here

  14. Freeze/Thaw really caught my attention! Have a great week of reading!

  15. Saw Freeze/Thaw at Books That Caught Our Eye... It looks really good. I have seen Joe Hill books but have not read any yet. I'll be interested in your thoughts. Happy Reading!


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