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Stacking the Shelves

Today’s monster Stacking the Shelves brought to you (and me) by the release of the 2017 Hugo Packet. For those wondering what that is, why that is, or both, here’s the quick recap. The Hugo Awards are nominated and voted upon by both the attending and supporting members of Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention) for that year. (I am a supporting member of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Not going; too far, saving pennies for 2019 in Dublin). It used to be the members’ responsibility to find copies of the nominated works to read before voting. How many and whether everyone did or does is an open question, but as usual I digress. One of the joys of ebooks is that it is relatively inexpensive for publishers to provide ebook copies to the voters of all the nominated works. Considering that a supporting membership currently costs $40, and that the value of the ebook copies of just the best novel nominees is WAY more than $40, it’s a steal. (For those who want the books but not the membership, this year Tor is offering a package of all of their nominated works for $20. Still a steal)

So I’ve listed just the tip of my iceberg here, the best novel, novella, novelette and related works that I didn’t already have. I also picked up the best short story and best graphic novel nominees. You get a lot for that $40 along with the right to vote for the ones you like best. Or vote against the ones you liked least. I intensely disliked All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, but it got nominated. Taste is individual, and that seems to have been a book that no one was neutral about, either readers loved it or like me, found it completely derivative. We’ll see what happens at Worldcon in August.

For Review:
A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas
Glass Houses  (Chief Inspector Gamache #13) by Louise Penny
Lowcountry Bonfire (Liz Talbot #6) by Susan M. Boyer
So Great a Prince by Lauren Johnson
Urban Enemies by Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire Jonathan Maberry and others, edited by Joseph Massise
You Say It First (Happily Inc #1) by Susan Mallery

Received in Hugo Packet:
The Art of Space Travel by Nina Allan
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers
Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3) by Cixin Liu
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
Ninefox Gambit (Machineries of Empire #1) by Yoon Ha Lee
A Taste of Honey (Sorcerer of the Wildeeps #2) by Kai Ashante Wilson
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
The Tomato Thief (Jackalope Wives #2) by Ursula Vernon (from Apex Magazine)
Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota #1) by Ada Palmer
Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman (from Clarkesworld)
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Words are My Matter by Ursula K. LeGuin
You’ll Surely Drown Here if You Stay by Alyssa Wong (from Uncanny)

Borrowed from the Library:
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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Stacking the Shelves

An explosion of books this week. Every genre under the sun. A Fire Upon the Deep is the Tor Book Club giveaway this month.

I was thrilled to get an eARC of Silver Silence. I had to start the Psy-Changeling series twice, because the first time it just didn’t take. But once it finally got its claws into me, I was all in. So a new book in the series is always a treat. It’s funny, but as much as I love Psy-Changeling, I never managed to get into the Archangel/Guild Hunter series. And I did try. I guess it either didn’t grab me right, or didn’t grab me at the right time.

I kept waffling about Magpie Murders, but it turned up as the number one pick on Library Reads for June, so I decided to get a copy while I still had the chance. We’ll see if it’s as good as The House of Silk. For anyone who is curious, Silver Silence was #2 on the same list, and The Alice Network was #6. It’s always an interesting (and useful) list, especially if your TBR stack is thinning a bit. Or if you just suffer from abibliophobia, like me.

For Review:
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex #2) by Sarah Kuhn
The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten
Owl and the Electric Samurai (Owl #3) by Kristi Charish
Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling #16, Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh
To Tempt an Heiress (Runaway Desires #2) by Susanna Craig
Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs #3) by Brenda Novak
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews

Publisher Giveaway:
A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought #1) by Vernor Vinge

Borrowed from the Library:
American War by Omar El Akkad
Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

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Not a big week here at the stack, but a couple of books I am really looking forward to. A Casualty of War by Charles Todd is the next book in his Bess Crawford series. This is one war I’m not sure I want to see end. And after years on hiatus, Margaret Maron is going back to her Sigrid Harald series in Take Out. I loved those books but the final one in the original series (Fugitive Colors) was just so sad that I couldn’t read it. I really liked the characters and just didn’t want to see them suffer that much. She brought Sigrid out of “retirement” in one of the later Deborah Knott books, and I still like the character. I’m ready to see how she goes on with her life now.

For Review:
Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford #9) by Charles Todd
Chasing Space by Leland Melvin
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2) by Rachel Harris
The Song and the Silence by Yvette Johnson
Take Out (Sigrid Harald #9) by Margaret Maron

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Lots of interesting things this week. The one I’m really looking forward to is Theron. It’s the latest in Anna Hackett’s terrific Hell Squad series. I love the dystopian setting, the badass heroes and heroines, and the way that the cast keeps working together for a brighter, post-alien-invasion future. I also love that I never have to wait long. Anna is prolific as well as excellent, so I get regular fixes on all her series. If you like action adventure romance and/or science fiction romance, check out her marvelous work!

For Review:
American War by Omar El Akkad
Enchantment of a Highlander (Highlander #3)  by Madeline Martin
The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides #6) by Valerie Bowman
A Pirate’s Revenge (Secrets of the Bayous #3) by Meg Hennessy
Sovereign (Nemesis #2) by April Daniels
The Switch by Justina Robson
Theron (Hell Squad #12) by Anna Hackett
Wild Lavender (Aurelian Guard #1) by Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher

Purchased from Amazon:
The Rogue Prince (Sky Full of Stars #1) by Lindsay Buroker

Borrowed from the Library:
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman

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A blissfully quiet week on both the NetGalley and Edelweiss fronts. Not a lot appeared, not a lot came in. A chance to catch up.

And two trips to Paris! If only through the pages of some good books.

For Review:
The Alexander Inheritance (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett
Away with the Fairies (Phryne Fisher #11) by Kerry Greenwood
Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope #7) by Susan Elia MacNeal
Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher #19) by Kerry Greenwood

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One of the books on this list was on my Most Anticipated list for this year. I always look for to a visit to Molena Point and the chance to catch up with Joe Grey and Dulcie (and their people). I can’t wait to find out if their kittens can TALK!

I’m more than a bit curious about The Paris Secret. The description makes it sound an awful lot like Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey. Certainly they both use the same real event as their starting off point. How they stack up to each other, well, time will tell.

For Review:
Cat Shining Bright (Joe Grey #20) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
First Watch (Fifth Ward #1) by Dale Lucas
Heartthrobs by Carol Dyhouse
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham
Making it Right (Most Likely To #3) by Catherine Bybee
Mitla Pass by Leon Uris
The Paris Secret by Karen Swan
Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Received from Giveaways:
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Borrowed from the Library:
Grimoire of the Lamb (Iron Druid #0.4) by Kevin Hearne
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Out of the clear blue sky, I opened my email to discover that Tor Books was sending me an eARC of Assassin’s Price. It felt like my lucky day. Or a very welcome belated birthday present. I’ve been stalking Edelweiss waiting for that book to magically appear, and lo and behold, here it is.

This coming week is National Library Week, so I couldn’t resist Ex Libris. It just seemed like a perfect fit for the occasion!

For Review:
Addicted to the Duke (Imperfect Lords #1) by Bronwyn Evans
Assassin’s Price (Imager Portfolio #11) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
The Bloodprint (Khorasan Archives #1) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Dark Saturday (Frieda Klein #6) by Nicci French
Down Home Cowboy (Copper Ridge #8) by Maisey Yates
Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore edited by by Paula Guran

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I don’t think I’d realized just how much I missed listening to audiobooks until I started up again. I love having someone read me a story! I don’t have a very long commute, but they are also excellent for making the tedious parts of my workout fly by, even if I’m merely plodding along.

For Review:
Branded as Trouble (Wrangler’s Creek #3) by Delores Fossen
Captive Shifter (Magic of Claddare #1) by Veronica Scott
The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files #8) by Charles Stross
Love Me Again (Hope #7) by Jaci Burton
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
Serenity Harbor (Haven Point #6) by RaeAnne Thayne
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Moonglow by Michael Chabon (audiobook)
The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Swing Time by Zadie Smith

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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