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 . . .

Waiting On WednesdayThe Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milán

Urban Fantasy Review: The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Horror Review: Night Show by Richard Laymon


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:

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Published August 25th 2015 by William Morrow

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can't be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind...

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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.

The Vagrant by Peter Newman [May 10, 2016]
It's rather perplexing that it's taken this book a full year to make its way to North American shelves, but that just means there plenty of advance press to stoke my interest.

Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz [May 17th 2016]
The Shade, a set of micro-satellites designed to stop global warming, worked. A little too well. With a tagline line that, I'm definitely excited to see where this goes.

The Fireman by Joe Hill [May 17th 2016]
Stephen King's son hasn't blown me away like he seems to have so many others, but I love the idea of the Dragonscale plague. Just hoping it can sustain nearly 800 pages. Yikes!


What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I need to read both The Vagrant and The Fireman, but wow, I'm daunted by the 800 pages. A lot.

    1. Yeah, I keep looking at that page count and wondering myself. I've seen good reviews, but not too many horror authors can pull of that long of a book.

  2. Yeah, I'm stuck somewhere around page 200 in The Fireman, hoping to get back to it, but it's just so darn long! But I am enjoying it at least:-)

  3. I've never read any Christopher Moore but would love to try one day. I'm also preparing to start The Fireman any day now. If he's anything like his father, here's hoping he should be able to pull off an 800 page horror!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  4. I've never heard of any of these. I hope you enjoy them! STS

  5. Trysts looks interesting. I hope you enjoy your books.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  6. These look good. I hope you enjoy them. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!


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