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Stacking the Shelves

It’s weeks like this that make me realize just how badly I’m affected by tsundoku. My stack looked so tiny that I couldn’t resist getting more audiobooks from Audible. And they had a sale. And I finished Jade War Friday afternoon and it was just SO AWESOME! I’ve been loving all of the SF and Fantasy I’ve been listening to – so more was just irresistible. Yes, I know I have an addiction. But there are so many worse things it could be. Still, “My name is Marlene and I’m a biblioholic.”

And, in other news, Fall is finally Fell here in Atlanta. People in the South look forward to the falling temperatures of Autumn in the same way that little children look forward to the appearance of Santa Claus at Xmas. I read that on Facebook but it is just SO TRUE!

For Review:
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
Blood and Blade (Goddess with a Blade #6) by Lauren Dane
That Kind of Guy (Ravenswood #3) by Talis Hibbert
The Queen of Paris by Pamela Binnings Ewen
Queen of the Unwanted (Women’s War #2) by Jenna Glass
Scornful Stars (Breaker of Empires #3) by Richard Baker
A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Library of the Unwritten (Novel from Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith (audio)
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (audio)
Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes (audio)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (audio)
The True Bastards (Lot Lands #2) by Jonathan French (audio)

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s still summer in Atlanta. Maybe not according to the calendar, but it’s supposed to be in the 90s again this weekend. Forecasts say the temps will finally start dropping this week, but, as the saying goes, “Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.” So far this “Fall” we’ve been getting way more weather and not so much climate. For those of you thinking that 90s sounds marvelous compared to whatever you’ve got – particularly if you’ve already got snow – we hit the too much of a good thing point a LONG time ago.

At least this is great weather for staying in the cool air conditioning and reading a good book. Or two. Or ten. But we’re still looking forward to cooler nights when ALL the cats sleep with us!

For Review:
The Apollo Deception by Mitch Silver
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
Camp Lake (Carson Chronicles #5) by John A. Heldt
The Case of the Spellbound Child (Elemental Masters #14) by Mercedes Lackey
The Country Guesthouse (Sullivan’s Crossing #5) by Robyn Carr
Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand
Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White
Into the North (Keltin Moore #2) by Lindsay Schopfer
Losing You by Nicci French
My Way to You (Creek Canyon #1) by Catherine Bybee
The Poet King (Harp and Ring #3) by Ilana C. Myer
Sorcery Reborn by (Rebellion Chronicles #1) Steve McHugh

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (audio)
Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard
The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) by Theodora Goss (audio)

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Stacking the Shelves

I know this list looks long, but it isn’t really. It also sort of is. Confusing, isn’t it? I didn’t get many review copies this week, but there were multiple irresistible sales at Amazon and Audible. The Forward Collection is a freebie for Prime Members, and Audible is doing another one of their sales on selected not-so-recent audios. And then there’s the books I just couldn’t resist. I’m loving Jade City on audio and want to continue with Jade WarI’ve also loved the Mycroft Holmes series by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse, so when The Empty Birdcage released this week I got the ebook/audio bundle. If it’s as good as the previous books in the series, which were awesome, I know I’m going to want to switch back and forth from the audio to the book and back depending on where I’m at.

For Review:
Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Otaku by Chris Kluwe
Shatner by Michael Seth Starr

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Ark (Forward Collection #1) by Veronica Roth
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (audio)
Emergency Skin (Forward Collection #3) by N.K. Jemisin
Eye of Truth (Agents of the Crown #1) by Lindsay Buroker
Jade War (Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee (book and audio)
The Last Conversation (Forward Collection #5) by Paul Tremblay
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers (audio)
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage (Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock #3) by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (book and audio)
Randomize (Forward Collection #6) by Andy Weir
Summer Frost (Forward Collection #2) by Blake Crouch
A Trick of Light (Stan Lee’s Alliances) by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield
You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Forward Collection #4) by Amor Towles

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Stacking the Shelves

A short stack this week, which is a good thing as my planned reading for various other things has gone into (over)full swing. I can’t believe we’ve started on the “Best of 2019” activities, but it’s already begun. It’s barely fall. It’s not really fall here at all. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. Ba-dum-bump!

For Review:
Don’t Look Down (Shadows of New York #2) by Hilary Davidson
Kiss of Eon (Eon Warriors #4) by Anna Hackett
Lethal Pursuit (Barker and Llewelyn #11) by Will Thomas
Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra
The Puzzler’s War (Tarakan Chronicles #2) by Eyal Kless
The Secret She Keeps (Whitaker Island #2) by HelenKay Dimon
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Jade City (Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee (audio)

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This was going to be a short stack, at least until Tor Books dumped their Winter ARCs into Edelweiss. So many completely irresistible books. One of the books in this week’s stack won’t be out until the end of May! If time flies when you’re having fun, then it goes at warp speed when you’re reading. Or at least, when I’m reading!

For Review:
Any Old Diamonds (Lilywhite Boys #1) by KJ Charles
The Bard’s Blade (Sorcerer’s Song #1) by Brian D. Anderson
A Bond Undone (Legends of the Condor Heroes #2) by Jin Yong
Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica #1) by S.A. Hunt
The Cerulean Queen (Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff
A Hawk in the Woods by Carrie Laben
The Impossible Contract (Chronicles of Ghadid #2) by K.A. Doore
Inside the Asylum (Kathy Ryan #2) by Mary SanGiovanni
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Knight of the Silver Circle (Dragonslayer #2) by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Lost Spear (Lost #0.5) by N.J. Croft
The Monstrous Citadel (Chronicles of Amicae #2) by Mirah Bolender
A Sanctuary of Spirits (Spectral City #2) by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal (audio)
Quantum (Captain Chase #1) by Patricia Cornwell

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A short stack this week (mm-mm, pancakes, yum) but plenty of good stuff in it. And a reminder to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member, if you’re in Prime you can get two free ebooks every month from a selected list. While there are some months that I look and pass, this month one of the books is The Vine Witch, which looks fascinating. So it’s always worth at least a look if not a download or two.

For Review:
Above the Bay of Angels by Rhys Bowen
The Bodies in the Library (First Edition Library #1) by Marty Wingate
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Life and Limb (Blood & Bone #1) by Jennifer Roberson
The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls #2) by Joanna Shupe

Purchased from Amazon:
Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra #1) by Brian Naslund (ebook and audio)
Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2) by Kristy Cambron
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

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A considerably shorter stack this week. Jet lag is still beating me and I barely started going over all my notes from Worldcon – which will certainly produce yet more books, as this week’s entries from C.E. Murphy can attest. That’s my project for this weekend, along with possibly the Decatur Book Festival. Dragon Con is also this weekend, but a crowd of 80,000+ in 90°+ temperatures is too much on too many levels for my comfort.

For Review:
The Cost of Honor (Black Ops Confidential #3) by Diana Muñoz Stewart
Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #1) by Rena Barron
The Last Smile in Sunder City (Fetch Phillips #1) by Luke Arnold
A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose #2) by Charlaine Harris
The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron
A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG #1) by K.B. Wagers
There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool
Upon the Flight of the Queen (Ring-Sworn #2) by Howard Andrew Jones
Word to the Wise (Library Lover’s #10) by Jenn McKinlay

Purchased from Amazon:
Atlantis Fallen (Heartstrike Chronicles #1) by C.E. Murphy
From Coffin to Grave (Heartstrike Chronicles #2) by C.E. Murphy

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This is about three weeks’ worth of stack. While I did not pick up any books at Worldcon, I did write down plenty of suggestions – which I haven’t gone through yet. Scary, isn’t it? But it looks like I grabbed more SF and Fantasy than usual – probably because I was, let’s call it, “under the influence”, if not of something alcoholic, then just because of the atmosphere.

We had a marvelous time at Worldcon in Dublin – and still have the jet lag and the aching feet to prove it. If you’ve ever been interested in going to a Worldcon, 2021 will be in Washington DC and 2022 will be in Chicago – which might be closer to you than either Dublin or Wellington (next year in New Zealand!) If you like to read either science fiction or fantasy it’s a great time!

For Review:
All Fired Up (Road to Love #3) by Lori Foster
All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 edited by Jonathan Lethem
A Choir of Lies (Conspiracy of Truths #2) by Alexandra Rowland
The Deep by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
Defender (Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone #2) by Anna Hackett (review)
Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Ghoster by Jason Arnopp
The Killing Fog (Grave Kingdom #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull
The Light After the War by Anita Abriel
Ninth House (Ninth House #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Nothing to Fear (Final Hour #2) by Juno Rushdan
Pets in Space 4 by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, Cassandra Chandler
The Princess Beard (Tales of Pell #3) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm #1) by Kacen Callender
Someone to Remember (Westcott #7) by Mary Balogh
This Poison Will Remain (Commissaire Adamsberg #7) by Fred Vargas
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
The Throne of the Five Winds (Hostage of Empire #1) by S.C. Emmett
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (Annals of the Bitch Queen #1) by K.S. Villoso

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I’m away on vacation as you read this, hopefully picking up all sorts of fascinating books at Worldcon. And probably running around like crazy. Hence this crazy Stacking the Shelves post.

The books listed below are books that I picked up on either Netgalley or Edelweiss a while ago, but then things got weird. One has no cover. One has a cover but I’m not sure it’s official yet. One has a cover, but as soon as I picked it up from Edelweiss it disappeared off the face of the earth – or at least off the face of the net. It’s not on the publisher’s website, not on Goodreads, not on Amazon. It’s a mystery – in more ways than one!

And of course all of the above could have changed by the time you read this. We’ll see when I get back!

For Review:
Highfire by Eoin Colfer
The Glass Thief (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #6) by Gigi Pandian
The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn

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I cut this one off a little early, to get it ready before our trip. And I still had plenty of books!

For Review:
Dead Man Stalking (Blood and Bone #1) by TA Moore
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
This Earl of Mine (Bow Street Bachelors #1) by Kate Bateman
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes
The Lying Room by Nicci French
Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc. #5) by Susan Mallery
Murder at Kensington Palace (Wrexford & Sloane #3) by Andrea Penrose
The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper
Salvaged by Madeleine Roux
A Trace of Deceit (Victorian Mystery #2) by Karen Odden

Purchased from Amazon:
Medusa in the Graveyard (Medusa Cycle #2) by Emily Devenport (audio)

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