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

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

WTF Friday review of Holey Matrimony & Loch Ness Lay by Kevin Strange

Waiting On Wednesday with The Emperors Revenge by Clive Cussler

TV Tuesday: Genre Shows That Deserved a 2nd Season

We also announced the winners of the #SPFBO StoryBundle Giveaway, with DJ and Wendell landing themselves coveted copies of all 10 finalists the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.


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:

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by

The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen.

Their journey will be long, hard and fraught with danger. Allies will become enemies; enemies will become allies. And the Dark Lord will be waiting, always waiting…

Spiderlight is an exhilarating fantasy quest from Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of Guns at Dawn and the Shadows of the Apt series.

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories edited by Doug Murano and Alexander D. Ward
Expected publication: June 2016 by Crystal Lake Publishing

Awe and ache. Terror and transcendence. Regret and rebirth. Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories is coming this June! Imagine a series of stories that explores the tension between beauty and horror, wonder and terror, sorrow and transcendence. A book where the only choices are “bad” and “worse.” It’s a book of scars, regret and loneliness. But through it all, it’s a book where hope can still exist and beauty can still thrive. Where goodness, if not rewarded, is at least acknowledged. A flower in the barrel of a rifle. A rose rising defiantly through a crack in the concrete. This is GUTTED: An anthology of terrible wonder and darkness. With a foreword by Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.

The current line-up includes: Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Brian Kirk, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander, Kevin Lucia, Mercedes M. Yardley, and more.

Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart
Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Angry Robot

A coward’ son, a merchant’s daughter, a young price, a wild girl, and a half-dragon all find themselves refugees from their island home. When a plague destroys their home, they try to forge their own future. Along with a sinister wizard, they awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything - and anyone - to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe. With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves - and Psander’s library - from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing

That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now...

With these words begins Gideon Crew's latest, most dangerous, most high-stakes assignment yet. Failure will mean nothing short of the end of humankind on earth.

Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite--the largest ever discovered--from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking-along with its unique cargo-to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.

But this was not all. The tragedy revealed something truly terrifying: the meteorite they tried to retrieve was not, in fact, simply a rock. Instead, it was a complex organism from the deep reaches of space.

Now, that organism has implanted itself in the sea bed two miles below the surface-and it is growing. If it is not destroyed, the planet will be doomed. There is only one hope: for Glinn and his team to annihilate it, a task which requires Gideon's expertise with nuclear weapons. But as Gideon and his colleagues soon discover, the "meteorite" has a mind of its own-and it has no intention of going quietly...

The Emperor's Railroad by Guy Haley
Published April 19th 2016 by

Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.

Until now…

Berzerkoids by M.P. Johnson
Published April 11th 2016 by Bizarro Pulp Press

In the first short story collection from Wonderland Book Award-winning author MP Johnson, disgusting little toys become the key to a father regaining his son’s love, a caterpillar crosses dimensions via peoples’ insides, punk rock blaring from a woman’s breast leads to her gruesome self destruction, a grizzled hardcore singer travels through time to save his future child, a drag queen goes to battle against her childhood teddy bear and more.

These stories are so shockingly, oozingly awesome, you just have to read ‘em all!

And finally, a long-gestating project from Joseph D'Lacey and Jeremy Drysdale, Clown Wars Book I: Blood and Aspic. All that's been publicly released so far is the cover, but I have the ARC in had, so you'll just have to wonder while I read. :)


I've been anxious to get my hands on this, so it was the first thing my Amazon gift certificate jumped all over.

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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.

With my beta-read all wrapped up, it's time to dive deep into the stacks and catch up on my reading. Right now I'm juggling a few titles for review over the next 2 weeks:

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt [April 26th 2016]
I've been sitting on this ARC for a while, but I love whole concept of a cursed town that nobody can leave, haunted by a 17th century witch whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut.

The Revelation Code: A Novel by Andy McDermott [April 26th 2016]
I'm a huge fan of the adventures of Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase, so I'm especially eager to see how McDermott blends mythology, adventure, and political terrorism in this one.

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay [May 10th 2016]
It's taken every ounce of self-control I possess to hold off on this one, but I'm ridiculously excited to be diving into a new GGK title.

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish [May 10th 2016]
I'm already a fan of Kristi's work, so I'm really curious to see how she transitions to a new character, new series, and new setting.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. A few of the blogs I visited this week are talking about Spiderlight. Seems to be a popular choice. Enjoy your books!

  2. I just got a copy of Clown Wars too! I've enjoyed Joseph's books in the past and I'm curious about his latest project. Gah, clowns!!! So many books, have fun!

  3. I just received a copy of Blood and Aspic as well. I really enjoyed Black Feathers and Book of the Crowman, but have been warned this is very different (not a bad thing, just to not go in with expectations of something similar to those) :)

  4. So glad to hear you were able to score a review copy of Spiderlight!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. Nice haul - these are all new to me. Hope you enjoy.
    Bambi's StS

  6. Ooh, Spiderlight looks interesting, I'll have to look out for that. Enjoy!

  7. Wow, you had a great week! Happy reading!

  8. Nice looking bunch of books. It is hard to believe that review copies of books releasing on August 2 are already arriving. I have a couple for that date too. That also happens to be my birthday which is apparently closer than I think. Here is what my week looked like. Happy reading!

  9. I am super jealous of your copies of Spiderlight and Gutted! They both look amazing, and thus have been added to my TBR. Those covers are just too yummy. Happy reading week!

    Jessica @ HDB

  10. Looks like you got some nice goodies.

  11. SILENT HALL looks good. Love the cover.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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