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: The Circlet Treasury of Erotic Wonderland edited by J. Blackmore

Waiting on Wednesday: Pirate by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell

Fantasy Review: Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers

A Half-Year Update (and a Peek Ahead)


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.

A trio of new additions to the shelves this week - a digital ARC of prequel tale that I requested; a finished hardcover of the first book in a new series that arrived on my doorstop; and a physical ARC of an anxiously awaited sequel.

Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by DAW Books

Çeda, the heroine of the widely anticipated, just-released novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this prequel, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf; none but her closest friends and allies know her true identity.

But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged long ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda’s struggle becomes a battle for her very soul.

Wolf's Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian, Morgan Grant Buchanan
Published June 28th 2016 by Tor Books

A sweeping science-fiction saga of revenge set in a future in which the Roman Empire never fell, by actress Claudia Christian

When her mother and brother are murdered, young noblewoman Accala Viridius cries out for vengeance. But the empire is being torn apart by a galactic civil war, and her demands fall on deaf ears. Undeterred, Accala sacrifices privilege and status to train as a common gladiator. Mastering the one weapon available to her—a razor-sharp discus that always returns when thrown--she enters the deadly imperial games, the only arena where she can face her enemies.

But Fortune's wheel grants Accala no favors—the emperor decrees that the games will be used to settle the civil war, the indigenous lifeforms of the arena-world are staging a violent revolt, and Accala finds herself drugged, cast into slavery and forced to fight on the side of the men she set out to kill.

Set in a future Rome that never fell, but instead expanded to become a galaxy-spanning empire, Accala's struggle to survive and exact her revenge will take her on a dark journey that will cost her more than she ever imagined.

The Gate To Futures Past by Julie E. Czerneda
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by DAW

Second novel in the hard sci-fi Reunification series, The Gate to Futures Past continues the Clan Chronicles, perfect for space opera readers looking for unique aliens and interstellar civilizations.

Betrayed and attacked, the Clan fled the Trade Pact for Cersi, believing that world their long-lost home. With them went a lone alien, the Human named Jason Morgan, Chosen of their leader, Sira di Sarc. Tragically, their arrival upset the Balance between Cersi’s three sentient species. And so the Clan, with their newfound kin, must flee again.

Their starship, powered by the M’hir, follows a course set long ago, for Clan abilities came from an experiment their ancestors—the Hoveny—conducted on themselves. But it’s a perilous journey. The Clan must endure more than cramped conditions and inner turmoil.

Their dead are Calling.

Sira must keep her people from answering, for if they do, they die. Morgan searches the ship for answers, afraid the Hoveny’s tech is beyond his grasp. Their only hope? To reach their destination.

Little do Sira and Morgan realize their destination holds the gravest threat of all....


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.

You can tell summer is upon us, because my reading list is all over the place. I'm trying to balance the review pile with some titles I want to read for myself, but really I'm just going with whatever I'm in the mood for at time and allowing myself the pleasure of enjoying the reads.

Right now, I'm having a ton of fun with The Waking Fire. Django Wexler blurbed it as "Part Indiana Jones, part Pirates of the Caribbean, and part Mistborn," and it's exactly as advertised.


What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I plan to look at The Fireman at some point in the future...too many books I need to look at first though!

  2. A Crown for Cold Silver looks really good. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. Great haul! Hope you enjoy them. Have a great week.

    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  4. Ooh, The Waking Fire sounds intriguing. I'll have to watch out for your review!

  5. I'm definitely going to check out of Sand and Malice Made at some point. I'll take what I can get while I wait for the sequel to Twelve Kings!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  6. OOh, The Walking Fire looks great. I need to add this to my TBR. Have fun reading all your new books.

  7. That is a great haul. Enjoy reading them

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  8. That is a great haul. Enjoy reading them

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  9. I liked THE WAKING FIRE too. I'm curious about Czerneda's new series. I'll have to look for the first book. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


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