Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.
From this week I’ve decided to try a new meme to share the books I’ve received for review, bought or swapped during the preceding week. I know there’s been a lot of drama surrounding The Story Siren and I have thought about whether I want to continue with Kristi’s IMM meme. I don’t really want to get into a debate about it all, but I thought that this might be a good opportunity to try something different and after visiting Tynga’s blog and viewing her vlog, I thought she sounded like a wonderful person and I may as well support her blog by joining in with her brand new weekly meme. I think it might be a nice way for me to connect with other bloggers (who aren’t necessarily YA bloggers) who have similar reading habits to me.
For review: I received a neat bundle of scifi and fantasy books (some new titles and some older) published by Angry Robot and courtesy of Capricorn Link. Because I am not a huge fan of the scifi genre although I do enjoy fantasy, I was a bit skeptical but then I read the blurbs and I think these books sound quite fascinating. A couple of them are quite thick, so it may take me awhile to get through these ones. I will prioritise the three written by Australian authors and those released this year. I think I might read Slights as part of the Eclectic Reading Challenge under the Horror category. I did receive another book that I do not plan to read, an omnibus titled The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles by Andy Remic but I’m not really a fan of epic fantasy so I don’t think it would be fair to review this book.
Slights by Kaaron Warren (Aussie): STEVIE IS A KILLER.
But she brings her victims back to life to demand of them: “WHAT DO YOU SEE?”
Now she’s about to find out for herself…
After an accident in which her mother dies, she has a near-death experience, and finds herself in a room full of people – everyone she’s ever pissed off. They clutch at her, scratch and tear at her. But she finds herself drawn back to this place, again and again, determined to unlock its secrets. Which means she has to die, again and again.
And she starts to wonder whether other people see the same room …when they die.
Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm: Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.
Carpathia by Matt Forbeck: It’s Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.
When the survivors of the Titanic are picked up by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.
But something’s sleeping in the darkest recesses of the ship. Something old. Something hungry.
Walking the Tree by Kaaron Warren (Aussie)- An extraordinary island fantasy from the author of Slights. The island is the world, and the centre of the island is the Tree. When they are 18, each person must leave their home and walk the Tree. Years later, when they return — if they return — they will be changed. When Lillah embarks on her own journey, however, she never expected to deviate from the sacred path! and enter the Tree.
Debris by Jo Anderton (Aussie): In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.
She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.
Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.
Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.
What books have you added to your bookshelves this week?