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

Had the second part of my Indigo order arrive earlier this week, and the last part arrive late Friday night.

Arriving in the mail was The Waterborne Blade & Waterborne Exile, a female-fronted fantasy duology by Susan Murray that I somehow missed when it came out; Polgara the Sorceress, one of my unread David Eddings books, replacing a water-damaged copy from last year’s camping trip; and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, to go with last week’s delivery of The Hero and the Crown.

I also popped by Chapters Thursday night to pick up some new reads for #SciFiMonth.

I picked up On Basilisk Station, the first Honor Harrington adventure by David Weber (yes, I am very late to this series), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack, a female-fronted DS9 adventure with Ro Laren, Beverly Crusher, Katherine Pulaski at the forefront, along with a ship full of female scientists, as well as two impossibly beautiful Tzenkethi women (and, yes, I did break out the vintage Dr. Crusher TNG bookmark for it).

New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

A diverse trio of digital reads this week with BJ Slippy offering up some erotic sci-fi fun in Trans Crypto; Jamie Hawke gathering an ex-Succubus, a Death Wraith, and more badass ladies in Supers – Ex Succubus; and PJ Skinner offers up a female-fronted adventure tale in Fool’s Gold.

Review Titles

Yeah, that pledge to hold back and be more discerning when it comes to review titles? It kind of went out the window this week . . . where it got run over by a plow, buried in a frozen snowbank, and left for dead.

For starters, literary agent Sara Megibow (to whom I was introduced by the ever-amazing Julie E. Czerneda) was kind enough to send along a pair of books – Song of Blood & Stone, the first Earthsinger Chronicle by L. Penelope, and Trail of Lightning, the first Sixth World book by Rebecca Roanhorse.

NetGalley was very good to me this week. Calixta: The Vanquishers of Alhambra was a Read-Now title from Omayra Vélez, an epic fantasy featuring Madame Calixta – a brothel owner, exquisitely trained exotic prostitute, vain and arrogant businesswoman . . . and the third Vanquisher of Evil.

A pair of long-awaited NetGalley approvals came through this week as well, including Heart of Black Ice, the 4th and final volume in Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles by Terry Goodkind, and The Unspoken Name, a debut fantasy about an orc priestess turned wizard’s assassin from A.K. Larkwood, which has been receiving rave reviews.

NetGalley also saw an approval come through for Double Six by Brenda Murphy, a erotic romance that caught my eye, featuring the Mistress of Rowan House who finds herself in Oslo in a life-and-death search for Petra, a would-be Mistress who has gone missing.

Last, but certainly not least, I had a chance to reconnect with C.T. Phipps over his latest urban fantasy, Brightblade, which features Ashley Morgan – psychic, superhero, spy, detective, and bounty hunter. At the same time, he set me up with I Was a Teenage Weredeer, his comic urban fantasy about a weredeer, an eccentric FBI agent, a local crime lord, and a snarky werecrow.

And that doesn’t include the pair of Tor.com titles I requested, the pair of ACE titles I requested, or the Tor title I got an email about today, all of which are on their way . . . but I’ll feature them when they arrive!

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