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 . . .

Short Story: Blood Brothers by Jesse Orr

Thriller Review: Shock Wave by Clive Cussler

Of Invaders, Lovers, and Assassins - a Review Catch-up

Waiting On Wednesday: Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane

Of Sorrows, Shuttles, and Silence - a Review Catch-up


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.

While I'm really trying to hold off on adding new review titles for the next while, knowing that I want to dig deeper into my personal stacks over the summer, there was one book this week I'd been anxiously awaiting, another that just screams WTF Friday, and one last title that I'm safe to sit on until the end of the year.

For Review

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane 
Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by Solaris
Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge yet when he meets the Cenobites, the infamous servants of hell.

Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room – and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body.

But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as ‘The Order of the Gash’. As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover – as he finds himself face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites...

The Circlet Treasury of Erotic Wonderland by J. Blackmore
Published May 26th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

In this Circlet Treasury of Erotic Alice in Wonderland stories, you’ll find ten unique tales of erotic imagination based on the classic journey created by Lewis Carroll. Join us for a wild erotic ride through rabbit holes and chess boards, mirrors, and royal courts, as well as secrets in your own backyards.

In the first five stories, we visit Wonderland as grown-ups, able at last to face imagination as our full sexual selves, and reveling in it. In the last five, we face madness, despair, destruction and death.

But, always, always, wonder wins.

The stories brought together by editor J. Blackmore, the twisted mind behind several volumes of erotic steampunk, sexy Jane Austen, and steamy Sherlock Holmes, include ten twists on Alice and Wonderland.

Little Heaven: A Novel by Nick Cutter
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Gallery Books

An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.

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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.

Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider
I landed a paperback copy of this a while back for review, and it's always been close at hand, but never quite atop the stack. With the nice weather here, it's become my go-to read for hiking or just hanging out at the park with my son.

The Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels are always a ton of fun, so when Pip got in touch to offer me a copy of the upcoming 5th volume, there was no way I could refuse another helping of alternate history, steampunk technology, and Books and Braun.

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
I almost forgot about this one, but with the release date creeping up on us, it seems the perfect time to indulge in a little apocalyptic man-eating spider insanity. I've heard nothing but good things so far, and it doesn't get much more old school than spiders.


What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. oh, my, erotic indeed :) Bloodbound sounds fun too!

    1. So much potential in Wonderland - and that cover is great eye candy

  2. I totally pulled the trigger too on Little Heaven. Even though it's not out for a while, when I saw it appear on NetGalley I was like, GASP! NEW NICK CUTTER! And before I knew it, I had pushed the request button ;-)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Rumour is, he's going to be at the upcoming Fangoria horror convention in Hamilton. Might have to go say hi.

  3. I am looking forward to reading the hatching. The new Nick Cutter book lookd amazing going on my list to read. Great book haul this week. Hope you have a great week and happy reading.

  4. Ooh, the Nick Cutter book sounds interesting but if his books are that terrifying, I'd better stay clear!

  5. Oh, nice! Thanks for checking Bloodbound out! Hope you dig it!


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