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
Well, bookstores may be closed and we may be on self-isolation lock down, but I went on a bit of an online shopping spree when I found out our vacation would be canceled . . . and the first 2 shipments arrived this week.
I’ve been wanting to read The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin for a long while now, but I prefer to read in mass market paperback – which has presented a challenge. I did manage to find all 3 books online, but only The Broken Kingdoms has arrived so far . . . which is fate’s way of being cruel, handing me book 2 without book 1.
While Star of the Morning is still waiting on the shelf, having the next 2 books of the Nine Kingdoms by Lynn Kurland – The Mage’s Daughter & Princess of the Sword – on hand increases the odds I’ll crack the spine soon. If I’m going to lose myself in a new series, I like to know I have the next book (or two) waiting.
Once upon a time, I had a copy of Steel Beach by John Varley, but it likely got downsized when our youngest was born and my office/library became a nursery. Regardless, it’s nice to have that story of instant sex changes and a bored, suicidal AI back on the shelf.
The Paladin of the Night, meanwhile, completes my Rose of the Prophet trilogy by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman – convenient, since I began reading The Will of the Wanderer this week.
All digital on the review front this week . . .
Where Shadows Lie (Book 1 of The Last Gift) by Allegra Pescatore was pitched to me as a fast-paced Epic Fantasy featuring an LGBTQ+ protagonist with an invisible illness and a diverse cast of characters, set in the wake of the Chosen One’s death, when his little sister is left to pick his burden.
I was introduced to Robyn Nyx through Uncharted (if you missed my 5-star review, check it out – and then get reading!), so when she offered my Goddess and I an advance copy of Silk and Leather: Lesbian Erotica with an Edge, edited by Victoria Villasenor . . . well, how could I resist?
Finally, as much as I love Saga Of Recluce & Spellsong Cycle, I haven’t read much of L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s science fiction, so I was quick to jump on the offer of an advance copy of Quantum Shadows, a standalone philosophical cross-genre tale that blends science fiction, myth, and legend in an adventure that pits old gods and new against one another in a far future world.
New Acquisitions: Digital Titles
If one good thing has come of this COVID nonsense is that a ton of authors have made titles available at steep discounts to help stave off self-isolation boredom.
Planet of the Giant Women & Agents of the Giant Women by August Renfelt are part of an erotic sci-fi adventure, where a race of Giant Women seeks to sexually subjugate humanity; while Feast of Goblins by Raven Burning is an Ilsa von Vore adventure featuring an adventuring party captured as part f a treaty feast between monster factions.
Mistress Maggie By Joscelyn Anne Hayes is a most unorthodox love story containing romance, transgenderism, spirituality and S&M; Pimped by Joe Brewster is a raucous femdom sex farce involving office sex and unexpected love; and A Radical Gynocracy by David Holly is the story of a miracle drug called Minibate that has freed the Earth from the evils of male dominated societies and ushered in the dawn of a new gender.
Haha, thank goodness for online shopping, right? Awesome haul this week, I hope you’ll enjoy Jemisin’s trilogy once all three books arrive. A while ago I tried the first book and I couldn’t get through it, but seeing as it’s her debut it was understandable that it was a bit rough.
I saw Quantum Shadows and was very tempted to request it…and yeah, I’ve been shopping online way more than I should be! Not going to work is giving me too much time on my hands. I’m trying to read the books I have, but you know how that goes!
Looks like a decent haul, though I haven’t heard of most of the books on here! Which anyone could probably say of anyone else’s list for that matter, so… I really enjoyed Jemisin’s later stuff, but ditto with Mogsy: I couldn’t get through the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I found it… blah. I hope you like it better!
Hmm, Quantum Shadows is a standalone? That’s interesting — I’ve meant to try this author for a while, but getting into a series is always daunting…
I think most of his scifi is standalone, so it’s a good entry point.