TBR Shelf Cleanup #30

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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.

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

Miranda and Caliban

Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from?

The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love.

I really love Carey and I picked this one up somewhat ‘recently’ (within the last two years) so I plan on reading this one still. KEEP

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen MemorySet in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book so when I happened across a used copy I couldn’t help but pick it up. Still want to check this out. KEEP

The Black Company by Glen Cook

The Black Company

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead. Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her… So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age—Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company.

 

This is another one of those frequently mentioned classics that I picked up because everyone talks about it but I really don’t feel like it would be for me. PURGE

Wild Blood by Anne Logston

Wild Blood

Chyrie’s children, Ria and Val, have never known their mother or each other.

An elf among humans, Ria dreads her arranged marriage to Lord Sharl’s son and longs for the forest and kinfolk she has never known.

A half-human among elves who remember humans with hatred and fear, Val resents his mixed blood and waits for the one person who can understand him—his sister.

Elven clan leader Rowan, who dreams of uniting the elven clans for good, and Lord Sharl, determined to rebuild his shattered city, have plans for Ria and Val, never suspecting that Chyrie’s children have plans of their own…

I found a BUNCH of Anne Logston books at the thrift store a while back and read one of them which has become one of my most hated reads of all time. So I’m just going to purge the rest of these. PURGE

The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu

The Wall of StormsKuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.

But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara’s savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.

I absolutely love The Grace of Kings, which is odd because I’m pretty picky about epic fantasy and these are also TOMES. I think the fact that it’s such a TOME is what’s really holding me back from diving into the sequel. I do want to read it though! KEEP

That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:

Keep Purge Undecided
204 77 34

And, a huge chunk added to the purge pile this time, woooo. I’m really making progress now. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

14 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #30

  1. dinipandareads says:

    I agree with all your “keep” choices! I would’ve kept them all as well 😀 I’m so intrigued by the cover and synopsis for Miranda and Caliban. Sounds like a great read! I hope you enjoy these whenever you get to them 🙂

  2. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader) says:

    I would have make the same choices I think! I wanted to read The Black Company years ago when I was in a huge grimdark fantasy mood but, I don’t read a lot of grimdark books these days (if I want grim, I just need to watch the news…) so, realistically, I’m probably never going to read it!
    I really enjoyed Miranda & Caliban and The Wall of Storms. 🙂

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah I’m not in the grimdark mood much at all, but especially not these days. I’m sure the book is worth all the praise but it’s just not going to be one for me haha.
      I really want to get to both of those! I just need to get in the mood for them lol. 🙂

  3. Zezee says:

    I’m not sure if Black Company will be for me either, but I really want to try it. And I want to read that Karen Memory book too because I love the cover.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah at one point I was really curious about The Black Company. If I had less books in my TBR I might still want to check it out but now there’s just no room.
      The cover for Karen Memory is great! I’ll admit it’s part of the appeal for me haha. 🙂

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