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 . . .

Fiction Review of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Waiting on Wednesday with A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall

Horror Review of Drop Dead Gorgeous by Donald Allen Kirch


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.

Going with an all Canadian theme this week . . .

For Review:

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay 
Expected publication: May 10th 2016 by NAL

The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlands—where empires and faiths collide.

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…

The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel by Kristi Charish
Expected publication: May 10th 2016 by Vintage Canada

For starters, she's only 27. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.

And then she becomes the target...As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.


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.

Continuing the all Canadian theme this week . . .

Forge of Darkness (The Kharkanas Trilogy #1) by Steven Erikson
Published September 18th 2012 by Tor Books 

Now is the time to tell the story of an ancient realm, a tragic tale that sets the stage for all the tales yet to come and all those already told...

It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power. and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold...

Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut Gardens of the Moon. Now he returns with the first novel in a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness. It is the epic story of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. The Voodoo Killing sounds interesting but not sure if it sounds too much like a crime novel with paranormal elements. I find them too slow for my tastes! Might check out the reviews on GR before I decide! Have a good week!

    1. I'm generally not a big urban fantasy fan, but her Owl series has been a lot of fun.

  2. Oooh, great books! Can't wait to hear what you think of The Voodoo Killings, loved her Owl series too so v. intrigued!

  3. I love Kay but I'm behind. I can't wait to see what you think of this one.

  4. Awesome haul! The Voodoo Killings sounds fantastic! Enjoy your new books!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

  5. I am really looking forward to The Voodoo Killings. I love books with a voodoo element. Great books this week!

  6. I'm drooling over Voodoo Killings! Geographic restrictions aren't being my friends right now, though I'm crossing my fingers the Canadian publisher can work out something!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I'm usually on the opposite side of those restrictions, so I can sympathize.

    2. They're sending you one early April ;-) All taken care of Mogsy ;-)

  7. Children of Earth and Sky seem most intriguing!

  8. All of these look really good. Hope you enjoy!
    Bambi's StS

  9. Voodoo Killings sounds great. I hope you enjoy it!

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

  10. I've requested the new GGK, but I'm still waiting to hear back! Maybe a good thing: I currently have a project of reading his books through in chronological order to watch how his writing develops. I don't know how that came up in the first place, but it's a good excuse. *grin* Under Heaven wasn't my favourite at all, and I haven't got round to River of Stars yet. *hides* Enjoy!

  11. Those have some great covers

  12. I adore Guy Gavriel Kay, so thrilled that he's a fellow Canadian!


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