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Saturday, January 24, 2015

From the Shelf to the Page: This Week in the Ruins

A busy week in the Ruins this time around, with some very exciting posts:
Both the Tim Marquitz and Paul Rudd giveaways are still open, so be sure to check them both out and enter today!

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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.

After being so good, so diligent, and so strong, I completely fell of the wagon this week when it comes to my book addiction. New titles on the review front that I just couldn't resist include:

• The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett (The long-awaited 4th volume in his Demon Cycle doesn't hit the shelves until the end of March, but I'm ready to dig in now!)

• Haterz by James Goss (A blackly comic crime novel about a one-man crusade to make the internet a nicer place, whatever it takes, and no matter how the bodies pile up.)

• Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love by Mercedes M. Yardley (A story of demons and monsters, serial killers, and doomed, vengeful love.)

• Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (His third collection, this once includes an American Gods exclusive and a 50th anniversary Doctor Who tale)



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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 Unremembered by Peter Orullian
I missed out on this when it was first released, but I wanted to catch up before the sequel lands this spring . . . and so far the 'Author's Definitive Edition' rocks.

• Dead Heat by Ren Thompson
A perfect reason why you should never judge a book by it's cover - yes, there is a lesbian romance involved, but it's also a very bloody, very violent horror story of a zombie apocalypse.

 

What's topping your shelves this week?

26 comments:

  1. it's so cool that you get books before they hit the shelves :) I sometimes get books to translate half a year ahead of their world release. When Dan Brown releases new books, international translators are taken to a villa in Italy where they lock them with no contact with the outside world for two months until they translate everything for their readers :)

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    1. I can't even imagine the stress of translation. Yikes!

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  2. The only one I'm familiar with here is Neil Gaiman and his stuff has been more miss than hit for me. Hope you enjoy your books this week!

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    1. I tend to really like his short stuff, so I'm excited about this.

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  3. I have read a couple from Yardley, including that one. Kinda dig her style and I am not a horror reader, may be even better for you.

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    1. Ah, yes! But your review cracked me up. :D You might like my newest one titled Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. It deals with dark themes, but it's quite fanciful and has a lot to do with friendship and fighting destiny. If you'd be at all interested, hit me up and I'll get you an e-copy.

      -Mercedes

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    2. I got to chat with her on the Ragnarok b-day party and she completely won me over. Looking forward to the read

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  4. I got the Skull Throne and am waiting to read.

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  5. Ahh, thank you! I hope you like Apocalyptic Montessa. I'd love to hear what you think about Gaiman's collection. It's on my list of things to pick up. He uses such dreamlike language. That's my favorite thing about his work.

    -Mercedes

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  6. Woah, these books are all so new to me. I hope you enjoy them though. Stacking the Shelves #2

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  7. Oh yes, definitely The Skull Throne is hard to resist, especially since I've held off on reading any spoilers, including the first chapter of it on PVB's page, after that crazy cliffhanger at the end of the last book. When I finally read the book, I want to go in fresh and all in!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I admit it, I cheated and read that teaser chapter the moment it was announced. :)

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  8. Wow! You had a very busy week! Off to check out some posts!

    Deb

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  9. The Skull Throne looks great!

    Brooke at http://www.brookeblogs.com

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  10. It's a good wagon to fall off :) Enjoy!

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  11. Haters sounds promising, I look forward to seeing what you think!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  12. These are all new to me but I'm always looking for a good gory zombie book so thanks for the heads up about Dead Heat. I would have never guessed... Have a great week!

    http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunday-cup-of3.html

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  13. 'Trigger Warning' sounds pretty amazing but I still haven't read 'American Gods' so I should probably jump on that bandwagon first! I am intrigued by the 'Tough Travels' so I'm going to check that post out :)
    Thanks for sharing :) Have a great week!
    My Monday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  14. The Neil Gaiman book looks very good! I am eyeing it!

    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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  15. You got some awesome books this week! I need to check out Trigger Warning soon.
    Check out my STS

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  16. Trigger Warning should be good. Enjoy!

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  17. The Shull Throne looks really good. and another book by Neil Gaiman I now must add to my future TBR list. Great week. I hope this week is going well to round of the month. Happy Reading!
    Here’s my STS.

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