Stacking the Shelves – September 30, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / September 30, 2017

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! I really need to start posting these more frequently! 🙂 I have some great books this time, it’s hard to choose what to read next! Received for Review   Imposters of Aventil by Marshall Ryan Maresca This is the third book in the trilogy, so I was really looking forward to it. I already read and enjoyed, you can check out my review. Now I’m looking forward to see what Maresca does next! My thanks to DAW books! Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear I really enjoyed Karen Memory and am looking forward to see how Bear does epic fantasy. Many thanks to Tor Books! The Genius Plague by David Walton I love the sound of this one, sort of a creepy science fiction. Many thanks to Pyr! Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman This is an illustrated edition and is gorgeous! I added a few more pictures here, but there are also pages that are framed with an illustration, just lots of different cool artwork all through out the book. Many thanks to William Morrow!!…

Review: Provenance by Ann Leckie
5 Stars , Reviews / September 25, 2017

Leckie’s first trilogy is amazing, which sets a high bar for this new book. I am thrilled to say Provenance delivered more than I expected (even with the high expectations set by the previous books). I love the unique world Leckie has crafted, the unconventional genderizations (or lack there of) that exists in some of the worlds and how that challenges readers to drop their own gender expectations and assignments. This continues in this new standalone novel but I also found it easier to read than the first time I read one of her books. I do still find myself defaulting gender, but it makes me aware that I do this, so I feel like that is a positive step. I just find it interesting how easy it is to mentally assign a gender to a character based on their traits or personality, not necessarily because their gender was ever stated. All of that said, what I love most is the characters and the actual story or plot. And I feel like that is where this book excels most. I enjoyed the tighter focus on a smaller cast of characters and became very invested in Ingray’s story. She was adopted from…

Review: Imposters of Aventil by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Reviews / September 19, 2017

Imposters of Aventil carries forward with the fun and excitement I’ve come to expect from the Maradaine series. The Thorn has a habit of getting himself in compromising positions sometimes, and bending (OK, maybe breaking) the law to suit his end purpose fighting the drug trade. But in this, he finds himself the suspect in cases he has nothing to do with. There is an imposter who is using the guise of the Thorn while stirring up trouble with both the constabulary, but also the gangs. Effate also appears to have made its way onto campus. Both of these things make Veranix’s work as the Thorn considerably more dangerous, but also motivates him. Like he needed more motivation to fight the effate drug trade! Previously I have said that I think Maresca’s series could be read independently and in any order. I mean, I guess you still could, but with this book I would no longer recommend it. This may be the third book in the Maradaine series, but it prominently features Minox and Satrine from the Constabulary series and knowing their background makes this book feel more complete and satisfying. For example, the Constabulary series provides the reader with…

Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
4 Stars , Reviews / September 11, 2017

One of the largest holes in my fantasy reading repertoire is older works. I’ve been reading the genre for only about 5 years, so I missing practically a lifetime of reading, and I have to confess to being easily distracted by all the new and shiny books as they are released. So when people talk about classics of fantasy, I’m ashamed to admit that I usually don’t have much to contribute. When Tachyon offered a copy of this for review, I jumped on it. I have heard McKillip recommended quite a bit, and this is supposed to be a great starting point to her books. I am glad I decided to go for it. And I have to confess to the extra incentive: I love their cover. I know, I shouldn’t judge, but a gorgeous cover is always a bonus for a book. I found The Forgotten Beasts of Eld to be a nice fairy tale type of story. It centers on a young sorceress who grew up rather isolated. She has had minimal human interaction, but she has a number of creatures to her occupied and provide companionship. But of course, no matter how heart felt her interactions are with…

Review: Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham
3.5 Stars , Reviews / September 7, 2017

Magicians Impossible is a fun and exciting adventure that introduces magic to our world. I think this book should do well with readers that are fans of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It features an older protagonist than a typical coming into powers or magic school book, and with just one or two exceptions, he has been a loner for most of his life. After the death of his estranged father, Jason’s world turns upside down and he finds himself part of something quite unexpected. I liked Jason’s character. He definitely has some flaws and has managed to create very few personal connections in his life, particularly for someone that seems likable. He is resentful of his absentee father (who just died), and through some flashbacks, we can see some of his disappointments as a child. He grew up believing magic was just simple slight of hand as opposed to actual magic. After the death of his father, he learns there is such a thing as real magic as well as about the communities that are a part of that previously invisible and unknown part of the world. The Invisible Hand is a training institute that turns those found to…

Monthly Musings – August 2017
Monthly Musings / September 5, 2017

This is a where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I from the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/under-read books so if anyone missed my reviews for them, and don’t make it to the end of this post, they’ll be easy to find. This has been a really hectic summer for me, and I am still kind of in “catch up” mode. But, I do think I am getting back in the swing of things (would have been better if I hadn’t been really sick for the past week, pretty much taking away another week for progress). But I am reading again, step 1. And I am adjusting to a new routine, kids are back in school, so am expecting to be more regular with my posts (and reading) again. Right now I am feeling good because I decided to stop stressing about the books I missed release dates for and focus on getting ahead (I was worried I would never catch up). So, I have 3 upcoming…

Stacking the Shelves – September 2, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / September 2, 2017

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! I really should post these more frequently. I have another great haul! Especially considering I am still on a requesting hiatus, but I am really excited for a few of these. Received for Review The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones – I have been more selective with what I’m picking up for review, but when I was pitched this book, I decided it sounded so good, I had to say yes. A dystopian thriller compared with Station Eleven? With killer ticks and adrenaline junkies! Yup, I am in. So many thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the finished copy for review. The Glass Town Game by Cathrynne M. Valente This was a surprise arrival, and while I don’t tend to read books geared to a younger audience, I am curious and hope to check this one out since I’ve heard so much praise for the author.   Many thanks to Simon & Schuster! The Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan This was another exciting surprise arrival. I am really curious, sometimes multi generational stories can…