Stacking the Shelves

Posted August 13, 2016 by Nicky in Reviews / 14 Comments

So I’ve spent most of the last week on my honeymoon, in Dublin, and I’m here to tell you they have some amazing bookshops. I strongly recommend Dubray Books on Grafton Street, Chapters on Parnell Street, and Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street. My wife would like to put in a word for a lovely knitting shop, too: if you’re in Dublin and you like yarn and knitting and friendly awesome people, we loved This Is Knit, in a shopping centre on South William Street.

And if you like archaeology, particularly Irish/Celtic stuff, I think I can also recommend the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. They currently have an exhibit of Irish bog bodies, which is worth a look.

But now for my haul! Not all of them are from Dublin; I got given some as wedding and birthday presents. A+++ work, friends. <3


Cover of Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay Cover of The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms Cover of Chalice by Robin McKinley Cover of Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

Cover of On the Edge by Ilona Andrews Cover of Steel by Carrie Vaughn Cover of The Celtic Revolution by Simon Young Cover of The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club

Cover of Doppelganger by Marie Brennan Cover of Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton Cover of The Way to Babylon by Paul Kearney

Cover of The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon Cover of Off the Map by Alastair Bonnett Cover of A Promise Broken by Lynn O'Connacht

Cover of The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski Cover of The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan Cover of Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn O'Connacht

There’s a lot that I’m excited about here, or have been meaning to read for ages! Especially Guy Gavriel Kay’s Children of Earth and Sky; I was doing a reread of his work in order, but that means I still haven’t got to River of Stars or this new one. Hmm…


Cover of Captain Marvel: Alpha Flight Cover of Ultimates: Omniversal

Yep, these two were listed on my Top Ten Tuesday post about books I wanted to grab right away. Hurrah! I wanted Spider-Women and The New Avengers: A.I.M: Everything Is New, but I didn’t find the latter and I could only find the former for a ridiculous price.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne Cover of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Cover of Planetfall by Emma Newman Cover of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Cover of The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney Cover of Off the Map by Alastair Bonnett Cover of Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn O'Connacht

Reviews posted this week:

One Solstice Night, by Elora Bishop. A reread so I could get on with reading this series finally. This is sweet and basically a little bit of spun sugar. 3/5 stars
The Lifted Veil, by George Eliot. A surprisingly speculative novella from a classic author. 3/5 stars
Broken, by Susan Bigelow. We know the main character feels broken, because she’s renamed herself Broken, the book is called Broken, and she tells us that she’s broken. Brokenly. 1/5 stars
Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees. A classic fantasy that doesn’t feel like the stuff that is traditional for the genre now, and is very beautifully written. I loved it. 5/5 stars
Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley. I do love Hurley’s essays and her no-bullshit way of writing, but I wished there was more new content in this collection. A lot of it was familiar. 4/5 stars
Brother Jacob, by George Eliot. A short and rather moralistic story that really didn’t demonstrate the greatness of Eliot’s prose for me. 1/5 stars
-Flashback Friday: The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. I read this for the first time when I was already 20. I felt I’d missed out! 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Pet Peeves. My pet peeves in fiction, let me show you them!

How’s everyone been? I think I’ve caught up on the blogs I usually follow, but if you have something you think I’ll be interested in, link away! I’d hate to miss out.

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14 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I have so many series to catch up on that I’ll need to reread the first books in each to remind myself what happened! At the moment I’m not getting much reading done so I’ll get back into it after the Olympics! Dublin is one the many places I wanted to visit but I doubt that travel will feature much for me now! Hope you both had a great time!
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  2. I SOOOOOO know what you mean–I keep buying?! books?!? but I also keep getting review books, and I have no tiiiiime, and… we all need to come together and make time turners a real thing. That would be soooo much helpful! Also, great haul–I don’t really know any of these books, but some of those covers are awesome sauce. And congratulations on your recent wedding!

    I hope you enjoy your recent book acquisitions! Here’s my Stacking the Shelves, if you’re interested in stopping by–no worries if you’re not, though! Happy book-ing to you!
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    • Yes, we totally need time turners! Though we’d probably all read way too much that way, and stint on sleep…

      Thank you for dropping by!

  3. I feel bad that I haven’t finished Children of Earth and Sky yet, but it just hasn’t hooked me like most of his books do. The Waking Fire was fantastic, however, and one of my favorite reads this summer.

  4. Omigosh I’m getting all grabby hands looking at your book haul, you got so much great stuff! I really enjoyed The Waking Fire. And I’ll agree with Bob that Children of Earth and Sky probably isn’t GGK’s best, but it was still pretty solid. The man cannot seem to write a bad book!

    • My wife’s enjoying Children of Earth and Sky, so I’m hopeful! I didn’t love Under Heaven as much as I hoped, so hopefully my expectations are more in line now.

  5. The Waking Fire looks soooooooo good! I still don’t know in which edition I’ll buy it, both US and UK are superb!
    Captain Marvel is my fave (one of them at least, I have so many!) and Spider-woman is also amazing, cannot wait for you to read it!!

    • After everything I heard, I grabbed the first one I found! Haha.

      I just got a Captain Marvel tsum tsum plushie. I love squishing her! (I also have Captain America, of course.)

    • I love Captain Marvel — she was one of the original Ms Marvels! I recommend Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run particularly. I do read Ms Marvel too!

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