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Stacking the Shelves

There’s a very tiny kitten trying to eat my ear as a type this. It’s very distracting – alternately ticklish and painful. I had to put her back in her playpen when she nearly succeeding in giving my ear another piercing.

It’s cold and rainy here in Atlanta, so it’s a lovely weekend for reading. And I have plenty of new stuff to choose from!

For Review:
Apollo to the Moon by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony
Cast in Oblivion (Chronicles of Elantra #14) by Michelle Sagara
Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler
Do You have Kids?: Life when the Answer is No by Kate Kaufmann
Mission: Her Security (Team 52 #3) by Anna Hackett
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Purchased from Amazon:
Blackmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #1) by Jean Lowe Carlson
Bloodmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #2) by Jean Lowe Carlson
Debris & Detritus, the Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok by Patricia Burroughs (Editor), Rhonda Eudaly (Foreward), Max Adams, Toni McGee Causey, Mark Finn, Claire M Johnson, Jeanne Lyet Gassman, Michelle Muenzler , Robin D. Owens, Irene Radford, ChandaElaine Spurlock, Weyodi Squid, Beth Teliho, Antioch Grey, M.J. Butler
Goldenmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #3) by Jean Lowe Carlson
In the Stacks by Scott Lynch
Script of the Heart (Celta’s Heartmates #15) by Robin D. Owens
Unfettered by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey, Tad Williams, R.A. Salvatore, Naomi Novik, Geno Salvatore, Peter V. Brett, Daniel Abraham, Lev Grossman, David Anthony Durham, Peter Orullian, Blake Charlton, Michael J. Sullivan, Eldon Thompson, Robert V.S. Redick, Carrie Vaughn, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Bosworth, Todd Lockwood, Mark Lawrence
Unfettered II by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Michael J. Sullivan, Janny Wurts, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Mark Lawrence, Seanan McGuire , Peter Orullian, Aidan Moher, Erin Lindsey, John A. Pitts, Anthony Ryan, Scott Sigler, Django Wexler, Rachel Caine, Sarah Beth Durst, David Farland, Terry Brooks
Unfettered III by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Tad Williams, Naomi Novik, Megan Lindholm, John Gwynne, David Anthony Durham, Katherine Arden, Callie Bates , Jason Denzel, Carrie Vaughn, Deborah A. Wolf, Anna Stephens, Patrick Swenson, Ramon Terrell, Peter Orullian, Terry Brooks, Lev Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Delilah S. Dawson, Mark Lawrence (preorder)

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Stacking the Shelves

OK, I know this shelf stack has a certain theme to it. Probably in celebration of the thirteenth and final book of the series coming out in January, the ENTIRE Charley Davidson series popped up on NetGalley this week. Since this is one of those series that has been recommended to me multiple times, I couldn’t resist the impulse to “collect the set” and started reading right away. Not that I’ll be caught up by January, but I’ll make at least a little dent.

So far, I do understand exactly why all the recommendations over the years. It’s a fun read!

For Review:
The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) by Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) by Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones (review)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones
Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones

Borrowed from the Library:
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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This week’s collection is certainly an interesting group! There are two books I’ve already reviewed, which is certainly unusual. And one book that already has two strikes against it. It seemed like I was the only person in the world who did not like Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky, but I’m already hearing raves about her new one and decided to get the ARC anyway. We’ll see.

For Review:
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Dragon Age Library Edition Volume 2 by Greg Rucka, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir and illustrated by Carmen Carnero, Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Pirate’s Passion (Sentinels of Savannah #2) by Lisa Kessler
Unbroken Cowboy (Gold Valley #5) by Maisey Yates
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass

Purchased from Amazon:
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi  (REVIEW) (ebook purchased from Amazon and signed hardcover purchased at author signing event!)
Magnolia Mystic (Sentinels of Savannah #1) by Lisa Kessler (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I realized a couple of things this week. Because I finished Endgames, the 12th book in the Imager Portfolio over the weekend, I discovered that I really, really want to read the first three books in the series again. Not just because it’s been 10 years since I read them, but because Endgames is the end of the middle sequence in the world chronology. The series as a whole started at what is now the endpoint of that chronology. I’m really curious to see how what we know now matches up with what the author wrote then.

I also figured out that now that I’ve stopped depressing myself by listening to the news on the radio, I have about 5 extra hours of audiobook listening every week. Plenty of time to run through a whole lot of books! So I grabbed the first three Imager books in audio. I think I must have listened to one or more books in the series at some point, so I’m looking forward to hearing the reader again – and hearing how some of the more tongue-twisting names are actually pronounced!

For Review:
The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Warrior of the World (Chronicles of Dasnaria #3) by Jeffe Kennedy

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Imager (Imager Portfolio #1) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Imager’s Challenge (Imager Portfolio #2) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Imager’s Intrigue (Imager Portfolio #3) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Seasons of Sorcery by Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven, Jennifer Estep and Jeffe Kennedy (preorder)

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Stacking the Shelves

This was going to be another teeny-tiny stack – until Macmillan did a dump into Edelweiss and suddenly I have books! I’ve already started reading Endgames. I’ve loved that series for ten years, and always gobble up the new one as soon as I get my hands on the ARC. I have to wait until February to post the review, but I couldn’t let my treat remain unread for another second.

For Review:
The Best of Us (Sullivan’s Crossing #4) by Robyn Carr
Connections in Death (In Death #48) by J.D. Robb
Death of an Eye (Eye of Isis #1) by Dana Stabenow
Endgames (Imager Portfolio #12) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Flimflam Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon #7) by Bill Pronzini
For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones
Miss Violet and the Great War (Strangely Beautiful #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles #7) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

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Stacking the Shelves

This stack is extremely short.  So short that I actually looked for books to buy so this cupboard didn’t look quite so bare. Which is really weird, since the towering TBR pile, while virtual, looms very, very large indeed.

I think it’s also an issue that things just didn’t look good to me – not that there isn’t plenty out there. But the political situation in the US has become so depressing that I’m not able to be absorbed in books the way that I normally am. I’m bouncing off a lot of things because I just can’t get my head to stop whirling – with all the nausea that accompanies the whirls. Any recommendations for books that are so absorbing that they make the world go away would be much appreciated!

For Review:
Mission: Her Rescue (Team 52 #2) by Anna Hackett
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

Purchased from Amazon:
Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones #4) by Simon R. Green
Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones #5) by Simon R. Green
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (preorder)


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Stacking the Shelves

Not a big stack this week. Particularly since several of the books are preorders, so they really don’t add to the virtually towering TBR pile – at least not yet. The audiobook of The Consuming Fire is so far preorder that I don’t actually know who the narrator is. I’m hoping it’s Wil Wheaton, because he did such a fantastic job with the previous book in the series, The Collapsing Empire. (And also Ready Player One, but that’s not directly relevant). I’m hoping it will be enough like The Collapsing Empire that it makes me laugh out loud on the treadmill. It’s always fun to keep my workout buddies guessing!

For Review:
The Love that Saved Him by Sophie Barnes
Storm of Locusts (Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz

Purchased from Amazon:
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi (audiobook preorder)
Infomocracy (Centenal Cycle #1) by Malka Older
Null States (Centenal Cycle #2) by Malka Older
Embrace the Passion (Pets in Space #3) by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, E.D. Walker, Tiffany Roberts, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner, J.C. Hay, Kyndra Hatch (preorder)
Snowed in with the Cowboy (Gold Valley #3.5) by Maisey Yates

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Definitely a mixed bag this week, from all sorts of places. Some stuff I got from one or the other committee that I’m on. Dark Queen Rising came from a forthcoming mysteries webinar. Amazon actually managed to guess right with one of their “since you looked at these books you might like these other books” and I was enticed into the Montague and Strong series. I love a good urban fantasy, and there just aren’t as many of those as there used to be. And then there’s the upcoming books from a couple of my faves – the next Uncharted Realms from Jeffe Kennedy, and Anna Hackett’s entry into this year’s Pets in Space collection. If you haven’t seen the Pets in Space collections before, they are always marvelous – and only available for a limited time. Grab yours while they’re available. (Mine’s on pre-order) I almost said “get ’em while they’re hot”, but they are ALWAYS hot! Also warm and fuzzy.

Wait a minute, that didn’t sound quite right, did it?

For Review:
The Arrows of the Heart (Uncharted Realms #4) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark
Dark Queen Rising (Margaret Beaufort #1) by Paul Doherty
The Descent of Monsters (Tensorate #3) by JY Yang
Desert Hunter (Galactic Gladiators) by Anna Hackett from Pets in Space 3
The Power Game (Monsarrat #3) by Meg Keneally and Thomas Keneally
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Time Was by Ian McDonald
Winter at the Beach (Moonlight Harbor #2) by Sheila Roberts
Zero Sum Game (Russell’s Attic #1) by S.L. Huang

Purchased from Amazon:
The Date (Montague & Strong #2.5) by Orlando A. Sanchez
No God is Safe (Montague & Strong #0.5) by Orlando A. Sanchez
Tombyards & Butterflies (Montague & Strong #1) by Orlando A. Sanchez
The War Mage (Montague & Strong #0.1) by Orlando A. Sanchez

Borrowed from the Library:
The Common Good by Robert Reich

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Stacking the Shelves

Another relatively short stack this week – and a stack fairly evenly divided between stuff I HAVE to read and stuff I WANT to read. All stuff I’ll have plenty of time to read if we get the edge of Hurricane Florence here in Atlanta. It won’t be a hurricane by the time it reaches us – we’re blissfully too far inland for that. But we might get rained on – a lot. This is the first place we’ve lived in the Atlanta metro area with a basement – so we’ll see how THAT goes, too. We’re not expected to get much, but as a great writer once said, “Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you GET.”

For Review:
California Girls by Susan Mallery
The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King
Cherry by Nico Walker
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Educated by Tara Westover
Facism: a Warning by Madeleine Albright
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum
The Mortal Word (Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh
State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle #3) by Malka Older

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Stacking the Shelves

A blissfully short stack this week. And I managed to resist the temptation to buy anything!

We are now post-Labor Day, and even though summer doesn’t officially end for a couple of weeks, and it’s still well into the 80s here temperature-wise, it is starting to feel like the year is winding down. I think it’s just that the days getting shorter signals winter – even if nothing else does.

For Review:
Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear
Cat Chase the Moon (Joe Grey #21) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The City of Lost Fortunes (Crescent City #1) by Bryan Camp
Looking for Lorraine by Imani Perry
Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet

Borrowed from the Library:
The Only Story by Julian Barnes
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld