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Stacking the Shelves

On March 23 and 24, Tor was giving away free ebook copies of Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. If I hadn’t loved Legion quite so much, I might not have been interested. But since I did, the deal seemed too good an opportunity to pass up.

Bowing to the inevitable, I had preordered John Scalzi’s new book, The Collapsing Empire, several weeks ago. Tor did not put this one up on Edelweiss for pre-reviews. As much as I’m personally sorry about that, I understand completely. It’s not as if Scalzi needs pre-reviews in order to sell anything he writes. But since I’ve been getting back into audio, I also ended up getting the audio, read by Wil Wheaton. So far, it’s marvelous and entertaining, as expected. I’m only chagrined that the next time I see Scalzi at a book signing, I know that I’ll end up buying the hardcover, too.  And probably be happy to do so.

For Review:
Betrayal at Iga (Shinobi Mystery #5) by Susan Spann
Call of Fire (Breath of Earth #2)  by Beth Cato
Champion (Galactic Gladiators #5) by Anna Hackett
The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist & the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
For God and Mars (Takamo Universe) by Shona Husk
Lockdown by Laurie R. King
A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman
Tough Justice 1-8 by Carla Cassidy, Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett
A Tyranny of Queens (Manifold Worlds #2) by Foz Meadows

Purchased from Amazon:
The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi (both ebook and audio)

Received from Giveaways:
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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This was not a big week, and that’s a good thing. But there are books on here that I’ve either been waiting for, or squeed with glee because I didn’t know they existed. A Peace Divided was on my “Most Anticipated” list for this year, because I love Huff’s Valor/Confederation series, and I’m still completely gleeful that she continued it. And I was delighted to discover that Lois McMaster Bujold has continued her marvelous series of Penric novellas with two new books. The Chalion (World of the Five Gods) series was possibly my favorite of hers, and Penric continues to be a marvelous expansion of that series.

For Review:
A Peace Divided (Peacekeeper #2, Confederation #7) by Tanya Huff
Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher #9) by Kerry Greenwood
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

Purchased from Amazon:
Mira’s Last Dance (Penric & Desdemona #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Penric’s Mission (Penric & Desdemona #3) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Silk and Shadows (Silk #1) by Mary Jo Putney

Borrowed from the Library:
The Haj by Leon Uris

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We just got back from a trip last night, and I’m still not feeling quite the thing. And is it my imagination or have airplane seats and the space between rows gotten a whole lot smaller in the last few years? I’m only 5’1″, I’m not supposed to have legroom issues!

I expected to get more reading done than actually occurred, as so often happens. And I found myself looking for lighter stuff than usual. Hence the airport purchase-and-downloads of the Classified as Murder and Death at Victoria Dock. I just wanted to be anywhere but where I was for as long as possible.

For Review:
Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) by John A. Heldt
The Island Deception (Gateways to Alissia #2) by Dan Koboldt
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente and Annie Wu
The Samurai of Seville by John J. Healey

Purchased from Amazon:
Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks #2) by Miranda James
Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher #4) by Kerry Greenwood

Borrowed from the Library:
File M for Murder (Cat in the Stacks #3) by Miranda James
Hammered (Iron Druid #3) by Kevin Hearne
Hexed (Iron Druid #2) by Kevin Hearne
Hunted (Iron Druid #6) by Kevin Hearne
Shattered (Iron Druid #7) by Kevin Hearne
The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks #5) by Miranda James
Staked (Iron Druid #8) by Kevin Hearne
Trapped (Iron Druid #5) by Kevin Hearne
Tricked (Iron Druid #4) by Kevin Hearne

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It was not a great week, but the books were mostly good. And I’ve re-discovered the joys of audiobooks, which is marvelous. But it just seems to be one of those “out of sorts” kind of days/weeks, and I’m not sure why. C’est la vie.

I guess it’s time to lose myself in a good book and make the world go away.

For Review:
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker
The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1) by Robyn Bennis
The Light in Summer by Mary McNear
Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires #1) by Richard Baker
Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Hounded (Iron Druid #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge #4) by Charles Todd
Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Stars (Kate Daniels #8.5) by Ilona Andrews
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy (Maggie Hope #2) by Susan Elia MacNeal

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I had so much fun with Twelve Angry Librarians that I decided to get the rest of the series. And speaking of rest of series, Anna Hackett sent me the latest book in her Galactic Gladiators series this week. I am really looking forward to diving back into the world of the Kor Magna arena. Last but not least, I picked up the next Phryne Fisher book on audio. So now I’ve seen them on TV, read them, and listened to them. Oodles of fun every way!

For Review:
A Cruel Necessity (John Grey #1) by L.C. Tyler
The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
Hills of Nevermore (Montana Gold #1) by Janalyn Voigt
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen (Lady Travelers Guide #1) by Victoria Alexander
Protector (Galactic Gladiators #4) by Anna Hackett
A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham #1) by Abir Mukherjee

Purchased from Amazon:
Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher #3) by Kerry Greenwood (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks #6) by Miranda James
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5) by Ilona Andrews
Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks #1) by Miranda James
No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks #7) by Miranda James
Out of Circulation (Cat in the Stacks #4) by Miranda James

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I picked up more books from the library than NetGalley and Edelweiss this week. I was inspired by other things I read (or did) and just had to get the books. After loving The Chilbury Ladies Choir, it seemed like a good time to get The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. I also finished up an “Author Read Alike” article for Novelist about Jacqueline Winspear, and the Maggie Hope series fit right in. About the Beatriz Williams/Juliana Gray? After reading The Wicked City a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that all her books are loosely connected. Not exactly a series but not exactly not, either. Which made me hunt for the earlier ones. Of course it did.

For Review:
Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles #2) by Santa Montefiore
The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine by Anthony Francis
The Little French Bistro by Nina George
Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Purchased from Amazon:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match by Juliana Gray
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

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One of these days I have to do a test run of the grid and discover which numbers work well, which are OK, and which ones are really, really fugly. When I have huge lists, I often find myself shuffling a few off to the next week, just to keep the grid from being weird. It may be just me but the lines with two covers or worse, only one, make the whole thing look “off” to me.

This was a week where I ended up buying things because I couldn’t get into anything I originally planned on. Or, in the case of Skin Deep where book 1 was so marvelous I couldn’t wait for book 2. I don’t actually have a queue for my audiobooks yet, so I didn’t have oodles to choose from. Legion turned out to be so good that I couldn’t resist getting the next one. I’m already into it enough that I’m regretting that book 3 doesn’t exist. Yet, I hope.

For Review:
American Eclipse by David Baron
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Bonded Pair (Cascadia Wolves #5) by Lauren Dane
Finding Our Forever (Silver Springs #1) by Brenda Novak
From Duke Till Dawn (London Underground #1) by Eva Leigh
Gods of the Flame Sea (Flame Seas #3) by Jean Johnson
Hard Justice (Body Armor #2) by Lori Foster
Legend Has It (Pax Arcana #5) by Elliott James
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (Librarians #2) by Greg Cox
Nearly Nero by Loren D. Estleman
No One But You (Silver Springs #2) by Brenda Novak
A Perfect Obsession (New York Confidential #2) by Heather Graham
Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

Purchased from Amazon:
Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by J.D. Robb (review)
Flying too High (Phryne Fisher #2) by Kerry Greenwood (review)
The Librarians and the Lost Lamp (Librarians #1) by Greg Cox
Skin Deep (Legion #2) by Brandon Sanderson (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews
Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge #3) by Charles Todd

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This should be the Sherlock Holmes edition of Stacking the Shelves. I’m at 221, if not 221B. And I even have a couple of Sherlock Holmes books on tap to keep the meme going!

But I also have a couple of books that I simply did not expect to see. Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb has changed publishers, and as a consequence her upcoming books are now available on Edelweiss. But I would have found the Nora Roberts books eventually, whether from the library or by buying them from Amazon. I also have one book I never expected to see at all. Ever. I didn’t know that it existed.

When Elizabeth Peters died in 2013, I assumed that I’d seen the last of her most famous heroine, Amelia Peabody Emerson. As Amelia has always been one of my favorite heroines, imagine my surprise and delight when The Painted Queen appeared on Edelweiss. This last, posthumous adventure was in the editing stages when its author died, and has been completed by another well-known mystery writer. What an unexpected treat!

For Review:
Alpha’s Challenge (Cascadia Wolves #5) by Lauren Dane
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
From Holmes to Sherlock by Mattias Bostrom
The Painted Queen (Amelia Peabody #20) by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
Secrets in Death (In Death #45) by J.D. Robb
There’s this Guy by Rhys Ford
A Twisted Vengeance (Kate Clifford #2) by Candace Robb

Purchased from Amazon:
Bloodlines by Neville D. Frankel
Legion by Brandon Sanderson (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge #6) by Charles Todd
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews
A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge #11) by Charles Todd
Watchers of Time (Inspector Ian Rutledge #5) by Charles Todd
Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge #2) by Charles Todd

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Welcome to the post-ALA Midwinter Stacking the Shelves. And it’s a doozy. Back before the conference, I did my STS post really early, because I don’t get any blogging done during the conference. So a LOT of books piled up in those two weeks. And I saw a few things at the conference. I didn’t pick up any print books for myself, but I did end up with a list of stuff to request on NetGalley and Edelweiss. This isn’t even all of it, it’s just all that fit into a halfway decent graphic.

For Review:
Binti: Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor
Blood and Circuses (Phyrne Fisher #6) by Kerry Greenwood
Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson
The Green Mill Murder (Phyrne Fisher #5) by Kerry Greenwood
Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Murder in the Dark (Phyrne Fisher #16) by Kerry Greenwood
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
Ruddy Gore (Phyrne Fisher #7) by Kerry Greenwood
Slow Burn Cowboy (Copper Ridge #7) by Maisey Yates
Tough Justice Countdown by Carla Cassidy, Tyler Anne Snell, Emmy Curtis, Janie Crouch
Within the Sanctuary of Wings (Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie Brennan
Wolf Unbound (Cascadia Wolves #4) by Lauren Dane

Purchased from Amazon:
Frost Station Alpha: the Complete Series by Ruby Lionsdrake
Trapped on Talonque (Sectors SF #5) by Veronica Scott

Borrowed from the Library:
The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge #14) by Charles Todd
Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.4) by Ilona Andrews

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Welcome to the ALA Midwinter edition of Stacking the Shelves. What that really means is that I actually went crazy on Netgalley and Edelweiss last week, and split the haul between two posts so I’d have something to post today. I’m actually downtown in the middle of the conference, probably in a meeting. Perpetually in a meeting. It’s the nature of things.

Next week’s shelf stacking will include whatever I pick up on the conference floor. It’s dangerous having the conference in my town – I don’t need to worry about luggage weight limits and can haul anything my back can get off the floor. Scary, isn’t it?

For Review:
Mark of the Moon (Mark of the Moon #1) by Beth Dranoff
The Morcai Battalion: The Rescue by Diana Palmer
A Most Unlikely Duke (Diamonds in the Rough #1) by Sophie Barnes
Murder on Location (Charlotte Brody #3) by Cathy Pegau
No Getting over a Cowboy (Wrangler’s Creek #2) by Delores Fossen
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Tremontaine: the Complete Season Two by Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Tessa Gratton, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Paul Witcover, Racheline Maltese, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Borrowed from the Library:
A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge #7) by Charles Todd
A False Mirror (Inspector Ian Rutledge #9) by Charles Todd
A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge #13) by Charles Todd
A Long Shadow (Inspector Ian Rutledge #8) by Charles Todd