Time for another round up of books from my TBR to go through! Each week I’ll be going over a selection from my physical unread books and deciding what to keep and what to purge. There will be a third option–undecided–which I might ask for your input on why you think I should keep or purge that title from my list. You can also check out my full TBR pile here.
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
Long ago, poets were Seers with access to powerful magic. Following a cataclysmic battle, the enchantments of Eivar were lost–now a song is only words and music, and no more. But when a dark power threatens the land, poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a task much greater: to restore the lost enchantments to the world. And the road to the Otherworld, where the enchantments reside, will imperil their lives and test the deepest desires of their hearts.
Picked this one up a couple of years ago because it looks really interesting and the author is somewhat local to me. Definitely still interested in reading this! KEEP
The Radiant Seas by Catherine Asaro
Living in exile on a deserted planet, Sauscony and Jaibriol, each the heir to an interstellar empire, become entangled in the machinations of the Skolian Empire. Interstellar war erupts and Jaibriol is snatched away to be the unwilling ruler of the Highton Aristos. Sauscony must lead an invading space fleet to rescue him from his own Empire-without revealing that they are married. With much of interstellar civilization poised on the brink of destruction, it is the devotion of these two lovers, their sacrifices, and their heroism, that might just forge a new order.
I picked this up because I liked one of the author’s previous books (The Charmed Sphere) but this is book four and I have no intentions of going back to find the others in the series so I’ll let this one go. PURGE
Children of Amarid by David B. Coe
Tobyn-Ser is a gentle, bounteous land of small villages and close-knit communities, of dark woods and swift-running streams, of broad plains and clear lakes. But its idyllic peace is being disturbed by terrible rumors of mages seen committing horrible, violent acts, destroying crops, burning villages to the ground, and murdering innocents. The rumors even say that Theron may have returned from beyond death. But the truth is even worse: there is a traitor among the Children of Amarid, one who threatens not only to disrupt the Order but to destroy all of Tobyn-Ser, using strange, foreign powers that are beyond everyone’s wildest imagination.
Picked this one up a while ago based off a recommendation from a friend. I still have an interest in checking out this series so not quite ready to give it up yet. I have all three in the trilogy. KEEP
World’s Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction by Irene Gallo
Since it began in 2008 Tor.com has explored countless new worlds of fiction, delving into possible and impossible futures, alternate and intriguing pasts, and realms of fantasy previously unexplored. Its hundreds of remarkable stories span from science fiction to fantasy to horror, and everything in between. Now Tor.com is making some of those worlds available for the first time in print.
This volume collects some of the best short stories Tor.com has to offer, with Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short stories and novelettes chosen from all ten years of the program. Including stories by: Charlie Jane Anders, N. K. Jemisin, Leigh Bardugo, Jeff VanderMeer, Yoon Ha Lee, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Kai Ashante Wilson, Kameron Hurley, Seth Dickinson, Rachel Swirsky, Laurie Penny, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson, David D. Levine, Genevieve Valentine, Max Gladstone, and many others.
I actually wouldn’t mind keeping this one on my shelves but I also have tons of anthologies that I need to read and one of my friend’s reads A LOT more short fiction than I do so I’m perfectly happy to hand this over to him. (You’re welcome.) PURGE
Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber
In Swords in the Mist, lean times in Lankhmar force brothers-in-arms Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to part ways. Only after a joust of wits and swords do the friends join together again, stealing the ship the Black Treasurer and sailing round and through The Claws. Fighting sea kings, curses and seven-eyed wizards, the pair set out on their heroic wanderings through the wilds of Nehwon.
The late Fritz Leiber’s tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser launched the sword-and-sorcery genre, and were the inspiration for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.
I read the first ‘swords’ book by Leiber a few years ago and while it was amusing enough I think this type of fantasy just isn’t for me, for the most part. As far as sword and sorcery I much prefer Jennifer Roberson’s Tiger and Del. I have two of these in my TBR and am okay with passing them on. PURGE
That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:
Still some more progress this week, I’m impressed with myself. The longer this goes on the more I don’t mind purging either. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!
16 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #27”
I haven’t read any of these books, but I have Last Song Before Night on my radar. Let’s hope we would read it!! 🤞
I’ve heard good things about that one!
I feel like I have a copy of Last Song Before Night, and I’ve heard really good things about it. Fritz Leiber! Wow, haven’t heard that name in a long time!
I’ve heard great things about it too!
I’ve read one Leiber book and it was okay but I generally think that type of old school sword and sorcery is not for me lol.
I love, love, love these posts. I tried to read last song before night and it didn’t work for me. I want the Tor.com book. I don’t want any of the others ye talked about but the First Mate and I had fun reading about them and discussing them. I haven’t heard Jennifer Roberson’s name in forever! I loved the Cheysuli books back in the day. Dang it I now have a hankering to revisit them. I don’t think I own them. I don’t even know if I would still like them. But now I feel like I will have to try them again. Arrrrghhhhh! I don’t have time. I don’t know if I should thank ye or not. Okay definitely thank ye because of the good memories that rushed back.
x The Captain
Hopefully I’ll have a better outcome with Last Song because I do still want to read that one haha. 🙂
I’ve only read a couple of Jennifer Roberson’s Tiger and Del books but liked those a lot. I also want to read the book she wrote with Kate Elliot and Melanie Rawn!
LOL–Glad you’re enjoying these posts! 🙂
I’d keep Children of Amarid because I love that premise – a killer in a community who must be found before it’s too late.
It does sound good!
Last Song Before Night has such a gorgeous cover!😍
It really does, I think that was part of the initial appeal lol 🙂
Yeah, that Tor.com anthology looks great, Lisa, for whoever you give it to.
Children of Amarid was okay. It’s probably a keeper, especially if you like his other stuff.
Thanks! I’m looking forward to trying it out at least and seeing how it goes. I think one of my other friends is a fan so I partially decided to check it out based on their rec. 🙂
Well done with your continual purge attempts. I must say I’m not familiar with any of these so won’t try and persuade you for or against any of them.
I feel like the longer I do this process the more I’m willing to purge. I think when I finish going through them all and circle back to my undecideds, a lot of those will end up purged as well.