Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes physical books bought, digital books downloaded, and those titles received for review.

Review Titles

After a few quiet weeks, an exciting handful of review titles this week courtesy of Tor Books, Angry Robot, Sarah Chorn, Flame Tree Press, and Berkley (Penguin Random House).


THE GOD IS NOT WILLING by Steven Erikson is the first book of a new chapters in the Malazan Book of the Fallen...

Tor Books (November 9, 2021)

Many years have passed since three Teblor warriors brought carnage and chaos to the small lakeside settlement of Silver Lake. While the town has recovered, the legacy of that past horror remains, even if the Teblor tribes of the north no longer venture into the southlands. One of those three, Karsa Orlong, is now deemed to be a god, albeit an indifferent one. In truth, many new cults and religions have emerged across the Malazan world, including those who worship Coltaine, the Black-Winged God, and - popular among the Empire's soldiery - followers of the cult of Iskar Jarak, Guardian of the Dead.

A legion of Malazan marines is on the march towards Silver Lake. responding to intelligence that indicates the tribes beyond the border are stirring. The marines aren't quite sure what they're going to be facing but, while the Malazan military has evolved and these are not the marines of old, one thing hasn't changed: they'll handle whatever comes at them. Or die trying

Meanwhile, in the high mountains, where dwell the tribes of the Teblor, a new warleader has risen. Scarred by the deeds of Karsa Orlong, he intends to confront his god, even if he has to cut a bloody path through the Malazan Empire to do it. Higher in the mountains, a new threat has emerged, and now the Teblor are running out of time.
The long feared invasion is about to begin. And this time it won't be three simple warriors. This time thousands are poised to flood the lands of the south. And in their way, a single legion of Malazan marines . . .

It seems the past is about to revisit Silver Lake, and that is never a good thing . . .


THE MALEFICENT SEVEN by Cameron Johnston was a book I stumbled across, knowing nothing about it, but the cover (and title) caught my eye, the blurb that hooked me, and I'm already reading it...

Angry Robot (August 10, 2021)

When you are all out of heroes, all that's left are the villains.

Black Herran was a dread demonologist, and the most ruthless general in all Essoran. She assembled the six most fearsome warriors to captain her armies: a necromancer, a vampire lord, a demigod, an orcish warleader, a pirate queen, and a twisted alchemist. Together they brought the whole continent to its knees... Until the day she abandoned her army, on the eve of total victory.

40 years later, she must bring her former captains back together for one final stand, in the small town of Tarnbrooke - the last bastion against a fanatical new enemy tearing through the land, intent on finishing the job Black Herran started years before.

Seven bloodthirsty monsters. One town. Their last hope.


GLASS RHAPSODY by Sarah Chorn is the highly anticipated sequel to Of Honey and Wildfires, exploring a war for the heart of Shine Territory...

Sarah Chorn (June 30, 2021)

Five years ago, the Boundary fell. Now the Union is coming to claim Shine Territory as its own.

But not everyone wants to live under their heel.

In a hidden town run by women with rough pasts, life remains untouched until greed paves the way for conflict. Faced with few choices, Grace Hart must stop the Union to protect the women under her care.

Elroy McGlover has spent the past five years running from what he’d done in Matthew Esco’s name. Haunted by ghosts from his past, he returns to where it all went wrong. Enlisted to help Arlen Hobson fight against Union control, Elroy soon finds himself in the middle of a war for the heart of Shine Territory.

In the fight for the soul of the West, no one is innocent.


SCREAMS FROM THE VOID by Anne Tibbets was a surprise arrival on my doorstep, space horror with Aliens-level dread and shocking moments of violence...

Flame Tree Press (May 18, 2021)

"A tense, gripping SF house of horrors in space, where not all the monsters are inhuman. I enjoyed this enormously."

For two years in deep space, the freighter Demeter and a small crew have collected botanical life from other planets. It's a lesson in patience and hell. Mechanics Ensign Reina is ready to jump ship, if only because her abusive ex is also aboard, as well as her overbearing boss. 

It's only after a foreign biological creature sneaks aboard and wreaks havoc on the ship and crew that Reina must find her grit - and maybe create a gadget or two - to survive...that is, if the crew members don't lose their sanity and turn on each other in the process.


THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix is a book I've had my eye on, so I jumped at the invitation to join the review tour...

Berkley (July 13, 2021)

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires.

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who's left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she's not alone. For more than a decade she's been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette's worst fears are realized--someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up. 



New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

No deliveries this week, but we non-essential retail is opening again as we exit Covid lockdown, so I'll be hitting the bookstores soon!


New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

A trio of digital downloads this week...


Fractured Symmetry by Fernando Salazar is the sci-fi tale of a kickass woman working for a reclusive, enigmatic genius to investigate science-based mysteries featuring transformative genetic therapies, unlikely fossils, the linked neurology of symbiotes, and more.

Gaia Will Destroy You by Anais Wolf is a thoughtful sci-fi adventure set in a world where beauty is a sin and virtue is a crime, featuring a warrior who transitions between the sexes every month.

Queen of Iron Years by Lyn McConchie & Sharman Horwood is a 21st century sci-fi tale about a plague carried by transsexual women with a 1st century time travel twist.

Comments

  1. I really need to catch up with Malazan someday... I read the first book and then baulked at the size of the second, and then accidentally left it too long. Gotta get back into it. :D Hope you enjoy the new series!

    My STS.

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  2. The Maleficent Seven looks really cool, I'd be curious to see your take on it! And I can't wait for The Final Girl Support Group, hoping to snag an audio review copy.

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  3. Awesome haul! I'm a huge Grady Hendrix fan and I also have a review copy of The Final Girl Support Group. I'm very interested in try Sarah Chorn's series😁

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  4. Interesting stuff! You have my attention with space-horror, for sure.

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