Mailbox Monday & What Are You Reading?

If it's Monday, then it must be time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme that provides a virtual gathering place for bloggers (and readers) to share the books that came their way over the past week. Originally hosted by Marcia, of To Be Continued..., it has since become something of a book tour, with a new host each month.

With the new year in full-swing I'm still trying to keep a limit on the review titles coming in, but there have been a few I just couldn't say no to:

A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Solaris

A different kingdom of wolves, woods and stranger, darker, creatures lies in wait for Michael Fay in the woods at the bottom of his family's farm.

Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm in rural Ireland. In the woods there are wolves; and other things, dangerous things. He doesn't tell his family, not even his Aunt Rose, his closest friend.

And then, as Michael wanders through the trees, he finds himself in the Other Place. There are strange people, and monsters, and a girl called Cat.

When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family's doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away – or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place.

Nightcrawlers by Tim Curran
Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by DarkFuse

200 years ago, the village of Clavitt Fields was burned to the ground. It was hoped that what lived there had perished in the fire. But they did not perish. They went underground...

For generations, they lived and bred in darkness, adapting themselves to a subterranean existence. Now they are rising to the surface, and what they've become is a horror beyond belief, a crawling nightmare of evil and bloodthirsty violence bent on destruction.

The night is alive...and it belongs to them.

Marrow's Pit by Keith Deininger
Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by DarkFuse

Built to encompass the entire range of lifeless mountains, it had always, relentlessly, clanked on and on. Within, vast halls and endless corridors were filled with the sounds of metal on metal, with hissing steam, with squealing gears. In the eyes of its citizens, it was sacred, deified, omniscient. Enshrined in their mythology for innumerable generations, it had gone by countless designations, but its truest name was perhaps its plainest: the Machine.

For Ballard, the Machine is a place of tedium, and ignorance, and cruelty. He sees little use in his mundane job and secretly questions the purpose of the Machine. When tragedy strikes, Ballard is forced to embark on a paranoid journey that will take him outside of the Machine, and everything he's ever known, over the edge into darkness, past the point of no return…toward the blackness known as Marrow's Pit.

The Roads to Baldairn Motte by Calcaterra, Comer, & Kerp
ebook, Reputation Books Edition
Published January 2nd 2014 by Reputation Books

This second edition of The Roads to Baldairn Motte includes new content, and a massive restructuring of the three main narratives comprising the unique mosaic novel, giving readers a more cohesive reading experience.

Plunged into a war of succession, the captain of the Black Wind is forced into the service of the powerful Earl. Ensnared in a tangle of bargains and betrayal, the captain and his crew fight for survival, finding allies in the unlikeliest of places.

A crofter hunts for his missing sons at the peril of his life and honor, while a war-hungry miller follows his lord to battle. Hungry and exhausted, both men will find they are but dander upon the wind in the great game of the Passions.

Far in the north, the commander of the Titan Guard travels to the edges of civilization to enlist the help of barbarian giants known as the Marchers. But such aid comes at a cost, and the price of victory may spell doom for all.

Duty. Honor. Conquest. The Roads to Baldairn Motte.

Maze by J. M. McDermott
Paperback, 214 pages
Expected publication: January 13th 2014 by Apex Book Company

From every corner of time and space, sometimes people go missing without a trace. They never come back.

Get lost in the long stone halls of the maze with the ones that find each other, form tribes, scrape out a life from rocks and sand. Their stories interweave. Maia Station is a scientist ripped from stasis, but she has no tools to test the way things are. Instead, she raises her daughter as best she can and survives. Wang Xin once had his head dipped in water, and a djinni in the water entered his eye. He sees the future, exactly as it was supposed to be if he hadn’t seen the light, but it does him no good in the life he has. In a world much like our own, Joseph comes home from a ten year high school reunion and encounters a light in the darkness. The light speaks.

My name is Jenny. Put me in your lung. Breathe deep.

Resurrection Bay by Wayne McDaniel & Steven Womack
Paperback, 360 pages
Expected publication: June 8th 2014 by Midnight Ink

The girl had been dead a long time before he finally stopped killing her

Finally, the prey Decatur had been hunting all morning came into focus. His real prey. His trophy. He squeezed the trigger--half from instinct, half from conscious decision. The explosion shattered the early morning silence.

Decatur instinctively knew, as the gun punched into his shoulder and the target in his scope disappeared in the blur of the recoil, that the perfect shot he'd been waiting for all these hours was his. One hundred and fifty yards away, the bullet drilled the 23-year-old woman in the head and tunneled downward through her spine. She was dead before she collapsed face down into the stream.

"Well, well, looks like we have us another winner!" Decatur amusingly said to himself as he watched the water turn different shades of red. Enthralled. He couldn't wait until next summer.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time hosted by Book Journey. This one is focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

With an eye towards reviews over the next few weeks, my imagination is currently split between a few different titles:

The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
I've really enjoyed this one . . . definitely a strong Epic Fantasy tale to start the new year. Check back later in the week for my review, a Q&A with Brian, and a giveaway!

The Book of Apex: Volume Four of Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas
With the likes of Bear, Rambo, Mandelo, and Monette included here, this has proven to be a strong collection. Fortunately, I was able to snag a paperback ARC, so I've been dipping into it one story at a time.

Red Sonja Volume 1: Queen Of Plagues by Gail Simone
This is next up in my return to the world of graphic novels, and one I'll be talking about in the Sword & Sorcery 'Heroines' group read over at Goodreads.

To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo 
The first book was good, but left me with a few lingering concerns. Hoping this one resolves them and lives up to the potential.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I dislike a lot of memes but this is probably my favorite. I sit here with Goodreads open and research the books I hvae never heard of. Today's 'oh, whats that?' book is Marrow's pit. Interesting premise for sure.

    1. Yeah, I don't do the challenge or follow memes but I like this one for sharing and discovering new books.

  2. THE DIFFERENT KINGDOM has such an intelligent cover! THE ROADS TO BALDAIRN sound interesting and so does THE EMPEROR'S BLADES

  3. I haven't heard of any of those, but they look awesome! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

  4. OOh nice! Yet again, these are all new to me! But they look exciting! Especially Nightcrawlers! Happy Reading!!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. Haven't heard of these, but happy reading!

    Check our STS

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  6. These sound seriously intense! I love epic books...though they're kind of exhausting to read. ;) Hehe...I'm trying to limit what books I take in too. I want to catch up this year. Buuut, I'm not sure I'll ever get caught up. Gosh, I'd need another 24 hours in each day. ;) My StS!

  7. Looks like some fun reading times in your future! Happy Reading! If you'd like, you can stop by my STSI'm a new follower too and would love a follow back please :-)

    1. More than happy to stop by and follow back, Molly!

  8. ENJOY....they all look too scary for me, though. :)

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  9. Enjoy! your mailbox.

  10. Nightcrawlers (love the cover) & Resurrection Bay sounds really good!


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