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Saturday, March 26, 2016

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

In case you missed any of it, here's what happened in the Ruins this week . . .


Fantasy Review of Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson

An Open Letter to Will Klingner (and all the other spamholes)

Waiting on Wednesday of The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence


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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.

For Review:

Saint's Blood by Sebastien de Castell
Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books

How do you kill a Saint?

Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they've started with a friend.

The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors - a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he'll still have to face him in battle.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.


Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock by Christopher L. Bennett
Expected publication: September 5th 2016 by Pocket Books/Star Trek

An all new Star Trek e-novella from the world of Deep Space Nine, featuring the fan-favorite Federation bureau the Department of Temporal Investigations!

The dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations have their work cut out for them protecting the course of history from the dangers of time travel. But the galaxy is littered with artifacts that, in the wrong hands, could threaten reality. One of the DTI's most crucial jobs is to track down these objects and lock them safely away in the Federation’s most secret and secure facility. As it happens, Agent Gariff Lucsly and his supervisor, DTI director Laarin Andos, are charged with handling a mysterious space-time portal device discovered by Starfleet. But this device turns out to be a Trojan horse, linking to a pocket dimension and a dangerous group of raiders determined to steal some of the most powerful temporal artifacts ever known...


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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.

Tonight, Again by Clive Barker
Published November 30th 2015 by Subterranean Press

Tonight, Again: Tales of Love, Lust and Everything In Between marks Clive Barker's first collection since The Books of Blood over 25 years ago. It contains more than twenty primarily erotic short stories and vignettes, along with explicit illustrations by the author in his signature style.

As an exploration of extremes, in lush prose and evocative images, Tonight, Again is not to be missed by the author's many fans.


The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Samhain Publishing

Maddie had forgotten that cursed summer. Now she’s about to remember…

“Madeleine Chambers of Hargest House” has a certain grandeur to it. But as Maddie enters the Gothic mansion she inherited from her aunt, she wonders if its walls remember what she’s blocked out of the summer she turned sixteen.

She’s barely settled in before a series of bizarre events drive her to question her sanity. Aunt Charlotte’s favorite song shouldn’t echo down the halls. The roots of a faraway willow shouldn’t reach into the cellar. And there definitely shouldn’t be a child skipping from room to room.

As the barriers in her mind begin to crumble, Maddie recalls the long-ago summer she looked into the face of evil. Now, she faces something worse. The mansion’s long-dead builder, who has unfinished business—and a demon that hungers for her very soul.


The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Simon & Schuster 

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.


What's topping your shelves this week?

10 comments:

  1. SAINT'S BLOOD sure looks mighty fine, I lurv the cover!

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    1. First book was OK, but the second absolutely blew me away. Hoping this one continues the trend . . .

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  2. I only got one new freebie this week which is a bummer! Still, I did upload a pile of previously discovered books to the STS! Enjoy your reads!

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    1. Yeah, sometimes it's feast or famine with those freebies.

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  3. Great score on Saint's Blood! I wouldn't mind continuing the adventures of Falcio & Co. myself.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  4. For a couple bucks more you can get SAINT'S BLOOD this week from the Book Depository and not have to wait until June!

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  5. I need to get round to reading the second and third books in Sebastien de Castell's trilogy! I thought I'd read the second when I requested the third, honest... haha. And hey, The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu sounds like an amazing concept...

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  6. Interesting assortment of books. I hope you enjoy the new arrivals. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  7. The Devil's Serenade might appeal to me. You have a good haul of books, most I'd admit not in my comfort genre, but I occasionally read SFF-- read Red Rising this week. Have a good one!

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