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 . . .

WTF Friday review of  Principles Lost in the Cleavage of Angels and Demons by Dilland Doe

Horror Review of Tonight, Again by Clive Barker

Waiting On Wednesday with In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne

Horror Review of The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish


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:

The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence 
Expected publication: June 2nd 2016 by Harper Voyager

Mark Lawrence’s “epic fantasy” (The Washington Post) continues as a reluctant prince returns from the bowels of Hell to engage in his greatest battle yet—among the living and the dead.

All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world.

Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate however has other plans, larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it’s win or die.

Down and Out In Purgatory by Tim Powers
Expected publication: June 30th 2016 by Subterranean Press

What do you do if the man you've vowed to kill dies before you can kill him?

In college, Tom Holbrook worshipped Shasta DiMaio from afar, but she married the arrogant John Atwater—and Atwater eventually murdered her.

All that's left for Tom is revenge. He has devoted the rest of his life to finding Atwater and killing him—but when he finally finds him, Atwater is in a bag in the Los Angeles County morgue.

How do you kill a man who has already died?

Arkwright by Allen Steele
Published March 1st 2016 by Tor Books

Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little did anyone know, Nathan was putting into motion his true, timeless legacy.

Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan's legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.

Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight by Liane Merciel
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Tor Books

Paizo Publishing is the award-winning publisher of fantasy role playing games, accessories, and board games. Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight is the latest in their popular novel series.

The Hellknights are a brutal organization of warriors dedicated to maintaining law and order at any cost. For devil-blooded Jheraal, even the harshest methods are justified if it means building a better world for her daughter. Yet when a serial killer starts targeting hellspawn like Jheraal and her child, Jheraal has no choice but to use all her cunning and ruthlessness in order to defeat an ancient enemy to whom even death is no deterrent.

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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.

As it happens, I am beta-reading right now for the 3rd book of an epic fantasy saga that you'll be seeing in September, so a little light on other reading this week . . .

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Simon & Schuster 

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I worked out that beta reading wasn't for me the first time I did it for an author friend! I guess I'm not patient enough! Hope you get a bit more reading time this week.

    1. I think it's all about expectations. What he's really looking for is an advanced, slightly deeper, and more critical version of what I'd write for a review. I'm ok with that - a hugely flattered that I was asked. :)

  2. I've done beta reading too and it's extremely time consuming, but I enjoy it. I may give Pathfinder a go, especially if I don't have to worry about reading the other books in the series.

  3. Thanks for the shout-out for GYPSY BLOOD, Bob. Your help is much appreciated!

  4. Ooh nice! More new to me ones but always excited to learn about new books! Hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. I also received an ARC of Wheel of Osheim this week, I was practically beside myself with excitement. And do you think you'll give Arkwright a read? I just finished it myself, and loved it - it even made me get a bit teary eyed at the end there!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. In don't read a lot of scifi, but I like Steele's stuff. Won't read it anytime soon (my April/May release pile is massive), but it's on the shelf.

  6. that last one kinda has a crazy, very crazy, title :)

  7. WOW these are new but I hope you enjoy them all!

    Check out our STS

    Leydy @ OUAT

  8. These sound good. I hope you enjoy them all. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

  9. I hope you have a good reading week.

    These aren't a genre I read, but they always have such great covers.


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