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
The last of my long-awaited book deliveries have arrived, although there was one wrong item (the seller doesn’t have a replacement) so the search for a mass-market paperback copy of Tower of the King’s Daughter continues.
Artifacts is the first Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mystery by Mary Anna Evans, a genre I don’t read a lot of, but a female archaeologist digging for artifacts to sell on the black market in order to save her family plantation caught my curiosity.
Cold Iron is the first novel in The Malorum Gates by Stina Leicht, a female-fronted flintlock fantasy that I missed when it was released, but rediscovered after reading news about her upcoming Feminist SF novel, Persephone Station.
Mind of the Magic completes my Arhel trilogy by Holly Lisle, a female-fronted epic fantasy of magic and monsters.
The Book of Transformations is a book I’ve been waiting to read for ages, the 3rd standalone Legends of the Red Sun novel by Mark Charan Newton, featuring as 1 of its 2 major POV a transwoman named Lan. His blog post on how and why he developed her character sold me so hard I’m willing to overlook my literary OCD and skip right to book 3.
At first I thought I could do something arty and clever; then I thought that’s probably the last thing the community needs. No, if I was going to write Lan’s story, I had to make her sympathetic and – well – normal of course. Lan should receive precisely the same treatment as any other character, though obviously not from other characters within the novel, because that wouldn’t really be realistic (whatever realism is in fantasy anyway) … I figure if no one at all makes the effort to write such characters, and attempts to write them in the right manner, then not much will change in popular culture.
A quiet week on the review front with just 2 new additions.
SPACE PIRATES! As if I needed more than that to give Cosmic Corsairs a read [August 4, 2020], editors Hank Davis & Christopher Ruocchio have rousted up an impressive gang of authors including Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Sarah A. Hoyt, Leigh Brackett, and more. I really want to read about the female pirate captain and the comely male passengers she’s come to rescue.
Plain Bad Heroines is the adult debut from Emily M. Danforth [October 20, 2020], a highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls, a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.
New Acquisitions: Digital Titles
Nothing on the digital front this week.