Stacking the Shelves – January 30, 2016
Stacking the Shelves / January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! I’ve still been trying to restrain myself in my request, but as the new year gets going, so do the irresistible choices for new books! Received for Review                       Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner – This was an unexpected, but welcome arrival from Tor! I enjoyed the first book, and honestly, seemed to get into the story more as I read, so the chance to read the next one is great! Plus, LOOK at that cover!! Many thanks to Tor for sending this my way!   The Fireman by Joe Hill – GAH!! New Joe Hill Book! Must Read, Must Read! Oh, and the concept sounds amazing regardless of author. A bazillion thanks to William Morrow!! Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay – This was an impulse request for me, but it sounds wonderfully creepy and emotional, and honestly, I just couldn’t resist. Thanks again to William Morrow! Alchemy of Chaos by Marshall Ryan Maresca…

Backlist Burndown Review: City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
4 Stars , Reviews / January 29, 2016

City of Dragons is the third of the four book Rain Wild Chronicles. I have to admit, I binge read this entire series back to back and so I feel like I can’t comment on how this book stands by itself. I have seen complaints about the story arc of this one, that it did not feel like a self contained story. All I can tell you for sure is that I enjoyed the hell out of it, and was eager for the next book. The dragons and their keepers finally find Kelisingra, the utopian city the dragon’s have been dreaming of. For the dragons to get there, they have to fly. This is a major challenge for the dragons who were born deformed and have been almost sickly. Some respond with great determination, others with resignation. It is interesting to see how it plays out and how each dragon (and their keeper) handle the challenge. For the keepers who can get there by boat, what they find is an amazing city unlike anything in the human world. Full of ornate craftsmanship and magical artifacts, it is nothing short of amazing. But it is also has the feel of a place lost in time,…

Review: Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher
4.5 Stars , Reviews / January 25, 2016

Beyond Redemption is a book that is wonderfully dark and twisted but well balanced with humor and interesting characters. The magic system is quite unique as it is based on insanity which adds a really interesting dynamic. The more powerful a person becomes, the more unstable they become as well. It is a very intriguing way to build a level of restraint and possible self destruction that is tied directly to their magical ability. And reality is also shaped by belief, so people with strong delusions can shape the world. And paranoia can also define your reality. Needless to say, it is dark, there are definitely some twisted things, but the book also does a great job building complex relationships between broken characters and adding enough humor to keep it from ever becoming too dark. There are some characters that become insanely powerful, but you can see their sanity fleeing, causing their own destruction. This was expertly done in my opinion. Pretty much anything is possible in this world as long as someone is delusional enough to make it happen, but there were costs and limits. There are many different types of delusions, so as you may imagine, there are also many…

Review: The Rising by Ian Tregillis
4 Stars , Reviews / January 19, 2016

The Rising by Ian Tregillis continues to explore the rights of the mechanicals and the war between France and Netherlands continues. In fact, the war dominates. This book is much faster and I feel like it featured more action than the first book. While action is good, I have to confess that is not what made me love The Mechanical. I love the exploration of freedom and free will and how that relates to the Mechanicals, I also loved the concept of deciphering at what point a machine may have enough independent thought of its own to be declared a sentient being deserving of its own rights and privileges. I did miss that a bit in this book, but not too much as the groundwork was laid in book one, and it continues to a driving force in book 2. I guess its the difference between the introduction of new ideas which takes longer and the continuing pursuit of them, which relies on your knowledge from the previous book. So while my overall experience with this book was a bit different from the first, it was still very good. From the first book, France and the Netherlands are at war…

Review: Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
Reviews / January 18, 2016

Night Study is the 5th book in the Study series.  It continues right were Night Study left off, after Yelena’s big reveal to Valek  .  Yelena continues to deal with her loss of magic. This has a huge impact on her, as you can imagine and she realizes just how dependent on it she has been. Tensions between Ixia and Sitia are growing worse, and war seems to be imminent. The Commander is, well, not quite himself and Valek seems to have mysteriously lost his trust. I will admit, I do not read a lot of books labeled Young Adult, so I may be off base on some of my assumptions. One thing I do feel is unique about this series (at least from my experience with YA), is that the last two books in the series take place after a good amount of time has passed from the first three. What that means is that the main characters have aged and are more “adults” than they are “young adults”. I believe they are in their late 20s, Valek may actually be in his thirties. But, the overall tone of the book and content is very much in line with what I…

Stacking the Shelves – January 16, 2016
Stacking the Shelves / January 16, 2016

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Stacking the Shelves, so I have a number of great books to share!! Received for Review Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley I was SO excited to have this one land on my doorstep! Providence of Fire left me wanting this book, and I was thrilled to get an early copy! Many thanks to Brian Staveley and Tor for getting a copy to me! Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis “Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress–a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.” Sounds really good! Thanks to Pyr for sending me a copy!   Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher This is one of the 2015 releases I most regret not requesting. Honestly, somehow I didn’t even know about this book until it was released! And then everyone I know that has read it, loved it. So when the author offered me a complimentary copy…

SF Signal MIND MELD: This Is What We Want To Read In 2016
News , Uncategorized / January 13, 2016

I was excited to participate in another SFSignal Mind Meld. I love seeing the mix of responses for these, and am thrilled to take part. Here’s the topic: MIND MELD: This Is What We Want To Read In 2016 Who doesn’t love hearing about more books to read? So, go read the responses. There are some great picks there!