Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

Okay, coolest, most-anticipated new acquisition first:

Perfect timing put this one into my hands. Cheryl Suchacek had reached out to a good friend of mine for a review, and while Sally didn’t have the bandwidth to take it on, she knew I might be interested, so she forwarded me Cheryl’s contact info. I looked her up, shared her latest Strands of Sollus: Rewoven tweet . . . and, as it turns out, that was the very last day of a contest she was running . . . and wouldn’t you know it, I won the signed copy.

This week’s purchases were entirely my wife’s fault. I’ve tried to restrain myself, but when my she suggested we go to Chapters, I couldn’t very well refuse . . . and it’s rude to leave a bookstore empty handed, so I had to pick up something . . . and it would be cruel to make one book come home alone . . . so that’s how Jennifer Estep’s Kill the Queen and The Women’s War by Jenna Glass came to find a home on the shelf.

New Acquisitions: Digital Purchases

I picked up a few Kindle freebies this week, including Spellbound Pleasure by M. Reed (erotic fantasy about a quest with a handsome warrior, a sexy sorceress, a shy wizard, and a virtuous cleric), and Cyber Girls: Influencer by George Saoulidis (erotic sci-fi with a cyborg influencer and unique body modifications).

Review Titles

I had a chat with a publicist from Orbit on Twitter about a book I’d featured in a recent Can’t Wait Wednesday post (which is coming in the mail) and the book immediately below (which she sent as an e-ARC), and another chat with an underground ezine publisher on Facebook who was looking for Canadian reviewers for a new Do not Read | Do not Resuscitate Book Shelf feature.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
by K. S. Villoso
Publication Date: Feb 18, 2020

A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

“They called me the Bitch Queen, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and exiled my king the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves, which nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage with the son of a rival clan should herald peaceful days to come.

However, her husband’s sudden departure before their reign begins puts a quick end to those dreams, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.

Years later, Talyien receives a message, one that will send her across the sea. What’s meant to be an effort at reconciling the past becomes an assassination attempt. Stranded in a land she doesn’t know, with no idea whom she can trust, Talyien will have to embrace her namesake.

A wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed.

Shanti: The Sadist Heaven
by Alessandro Manzetti
Publication Date: Apr 26, 2019

China Miéville’s epic world building meets Charlee Jacob’s beautifully brutal prose. Shanti is a horrifying look into the post-apocalyptic Earth and just what humans will do to each just to survive.

The orphan sisters, Justine and Juliette, are entrusted to the care of the Sainte Marie College headed by Madame Desroches, a transgender matron of the infamous and dystopian neighborhood Paris South 5, the Hyper-Bronx of the French capital. The two sisters will become prey and predators of a brutal and hopeless world, where everybody wants to become a citizen of the mythical Shanti, the Holy City. Shanti is an artificial paradise, the last chance of a decent living following the apocalypse due to the radioactive meteor Uxor77. Now the Earth is characterized only by the annihilation of animal protein, the spread of cannibalism and brutal sexual deviances.

The destinies of the two girls take shape in an apocalyptic Paris, with its red-light districts and the fashionable restaurants of human flesh, and then in the desert, among the subhuman menageries of the barren, desperate Mesoamerican Republic.

Flamingo is a wicked creature that has survived the time to become the queen of Shanti, the Eldorado of Sex, whose heretic and sadist court, pulls the strings of everybody’s fate. But the New France’s criminal underworld as well as a powerful and cruel organization that control technology, the world markets of new synthetic drugs and the clandestine trade in human flesh, want to get their hands on the Holy City.

Justine and Juliette become involved in different games of power; one will become predator, the other prey, always looking for faith, in spite of everything. What fate awaits them? Shanti is written as an homage to the famed sisters of the Marquis de Sade’s infamous novel Justine, as a futurization of that famous, heretic masterpiece.

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  1. Your excuse for not leaving the bookstore without multiple books sounds familiar. 😀 Kill the Queen was fun; surprisingly modern trappings in a usually rather medieval Europe sort of plot-setting combo.

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