Stacking the Shelves

Posted April 8, 2017 by Nicky in General / 34 Comments

Good morning! It’s the weekend! Whew. I’ve set myself up a deadly study timetable, so I’m just glad to reach a breathing space. I did get some reading done too, though; good thing, or I’d go bonkers, I think. (More bonkers.)

Received to review

Cover of All Good Things by Emma Newman Cover of Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell Cover of The Dispatcher by John Scalzi Cover of The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Cover of The Innkeeper Chronicles, by Ilona Andrews Cover of Mightier than the Sword by K.J. Parker Cover of The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch Cover of Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

A nice little haul, as you can see! I’m pretty excited about all of these, honestly.

Books finished this week:

Cover of After Atlas by Emma Newman Cover of Britain After Rome Cover of The Vital Question by Nick Lane

I swear, I’m trying to read more fiction again!

Sneak peek at ratings:
Four stars to… After Atlas, Britain After Rome and The Vital Question.

Reviews posted this week:

Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman. I think this might be most appealing to those who don’t know the Eddas well in the first place. As it is, while I could appreciate the clever takes on the old stories, I knew what was going on a little too well. And some of the cleverness is not Gaiman himself, but straight from pre-Christian Norse tradition. 3/5 stars
Deadly Companions, by Dorothy H. Crawford. A great survey of how disease has shaped human society. Not very in-depth, though. 3/5 stars
Britain BC, by Francis Pryor. I have some issues with some of Pryor’s theories, based on my understanding of genetics, linguistics and literature, but the archaeological evidence discussed is fascinating. 4/5 stars
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, by Richard Wrangham. Solid theory, and really engagingly written. 4/5 stars
Ruddy Gore, by Kerry Greenwood. A reread, and still fun, though there are aspects of Phryne’s character/treatment and understanding of others I’m a little tired of. 3/5 stars
Proof of Concept, by Gwyneth Jones. This took a while to come together for me, but there were aspects I enjoyed. 3/5 stars
Brisk Money, by Adam Christopher. More fun with Christopher’s noir robot PI world. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Comics I Follow. The theme was fandom, and I went with comics!
What are you reading Wednesday. My weekly update.

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34 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. It’s great to get a haul that you are excited by. I’m excited by my haul this week so I hope all the books on our hauls live up to expectation! Have a good weekend!

  2. I’m a bit sad you didn’t enjoy the Norse Mythology all that well. I love Norse mythology, and I bought Gaiman’s book because people were raving about it… Now I’m not so sure I’ll enjoy it as much as other people did. Might be a good thing to go in with lower expectations, I guess.
    I love the Innkeeper Chronicles, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too, Nikki!
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.
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    • I did like it, but I’m really familiar with the source material, and there wasn’t enough of a Gaiman twist on it to make it new for me, you know? It’s still a fun read.

    • It sounds like fun, though I don’t really know much about it — I got it because I enjoyed one of the author’s other books!

  3. Eve

    Flame in the Mist is the only one I know and it looks so so pretty! The other titles look intriguing as well. Good reading!

  4. Awesome haul! Flame in the Mist is one of my most anticipated books this year! That cover is absolutely stunning! I actually preordered it last week! I hope you’ll enjoy it and the other books you got as well! Happy reading!

  5. “A nice little haul” – girl, this is an amazing haul! You did so well! I can’t wait to read Flame in the Mist. The cover is incredibly gorgeous! If you preorder it, make sure you claim the preorder goodies (if you’re in the USA). It’s a great campaign Penguin has running. 😀 I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week, Nikki. =)

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