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Stacking the Shelves

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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Stacking the Shelves

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