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

Big week on the paperback front, largely owing to the liquidation of one of my favorite used bookstores. The owner abandoned it earlier this year (a strange story of its own), and now that Covid restrictions have lifted somewhat the landlord is selling everything. Sad to see the store go, but 15 books for $10 lessens the pain. 🙂

Top row: By the Mountain Bound by Elizabeth Bear was a very nice find in mass market paperback; Doppelganger & Warrior and Witch by Marie Brennan were a pair of exciting finds (yes, pre-Lady Trent urban fantasy); and Banewreaker & Godslayer are a duology from Jacqueline Carey that I have somehow neglected.

Middle row: Prince of Dogs, Child of Flame, and The Burning Stone are books 2-4 of the Crown of Stars saga by Kate Elliott, which I’ve been looking to dive into (it turns out I already had Prince, but better safe than sorry); and as a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons/Forgotten Realms fantasy, I couldn’t pass up The Kingless Land and The Vacant Throne, the first 2 Band of Four novels by Ed Greenwood.

Bottom row: The Secret of Excalibur, The Pyramid of Doom, and The Sacred Vault are 3 early Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase novels by Andy McDermott that I’m excited to catch up with (I already had Excalibur, but this copy is better condition); Illumination by Terry McGarry is one of those books I’ve probably picked up and put down a dozen times, so glad I had the chance to grab it; and Secrets of the Ancient Goddess by Brenda Gates Smith is a book I knew nothing about, but it had me at “prehistoric cult of the Great Goddess.”

On the new acquisition front, I’ve been following Jane Boon on Twitter for quite a while now, enjoying the clever teases of Edge Play (Come for the kink, stay for the sly takedown of capitalism run amok), so this was an automatic pre-order; and The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul is one I pre-ordered just after Clive’s death, and it sort of brings me full-circle to my first Cussler read, Raise the Titanic.


Review Titles

A trio of review titles this week…

Fighting for Home is the first book of Descendants of the Amazoi by Kim Richards. While I’ve been reluctant to add to the review pile, I couldn’t pass up her historical fantasy inspired by the legendary warrior women of the Greco-Roman Age.

I have enjoyed every Catherine Cavendish book I have read, so when she offered a copy of The Malan Witch (Aug 18 2020) for review, that was an automatic “yes, please!” An idyllic coastal cottage near a sleepy village. Legends of two witches burned for their evil, their vile spirits trapped. One woman stands against them. Awesome.

Finally, Radley’s Home for Horny Monsters is an award-winning erotic fantasy by Annabelle Hawthorne that I’m reading for her blog tour next month. When Mike Radley inherited a mysterious old house from a long-lost relative, he really didn’t expect to discover a house full of affectionate monsters. Welcome to the Radley House. Expect the unexpected.


New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

Nothing on the digital download front this week…

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  1. That’s quite the haul! About as big as mine was for the month. Now be honest, did you think of just buying the bookstore? Or maybe everything in it?

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  2. I remember “Raise the Titanic!” Will have to look at The Titanic Secret. Huge Titanic fan.

    Glad you could buy all those paperbacks! But yes, it is very sad that so many shops are closing at the moment. My heart breaks for all the small business owners.

    One of your local book chains also had a sale this week and I finally bough a few books again! You can see them here: The Sunday Post

    Have a good week!

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