TBR Shelf Cleanup #42

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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.

A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle

A Fine and Private Place

This classic tale from the author of The Last Unicorn is a journey between the realms of the living and the dead, and a testament to the eternal power of love.

Michael Morgan was not ready to die, but his funeral was carried out just the same. Trapped in the dark limbo between life and death as a ghost, he searches for an escape. Instead, he discovers the beautiful Laura…and a love stronger than the boundaries of the grave and the spirit world.

I really love Peter Beagle’s writing and keep wanting to read more of it, so I’ll hang on to this one for a little while longer. KEEP

The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

The City Stained RedA long-exiled living god arises.
A city begins to break apart at the seams.

Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier’Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons — and then vanished before paying for the job.

But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital’s cultural melting pot, and demons begin to pour from the shadows…

And Khoth Kapira, the long-banished living god, has seen his chance to return and regain dominion over the world.

Now all that prevents the city from tearing itself apart in carnage are Lenk, Kataria, a savage human-hating warrior, Denaos, a dangerous rogue, Asper, a healer priestess, Dreadaeleon, a young wizard, and Gariath, one of the last of the dragonmen.

Don’t really have any desire to read this one! I picked it up a long time ago when I used to think Sam was funny on twitter but have long since got passed that lol. PURGE

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox GambitCaptain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

I also have the entire series as ebooks but the cover is so pretty I don’t want to give up my physical copy. KEEP

Always Coming Home by Ursula K. LeGuin

Always Coming HomeUrsula K. Le Guin’s Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America’s most respected writers. More than five years in creation, it is a novel unlike any other.

A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast. The author makes the inhabitants of the valley as familiar, as immediate, as wholly human as our own friends or family.

Spiraling outward from the dramatic life story of a woman called Stone Telling, Le Guin’s Always Coming Home interweaves wry wit, deep insight and extraordinary compassion into a compelling unity of vision.

Even though I’m on the fence if I will ever actually get to this one for now, I’m going to hold onto it because it’s Le Guin. 🙂 KEEP

Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell

Sword in the StormFierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth. Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.

The Seidh–a magical race as old as time–take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante.

Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it. Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike–a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny . . .

Demonblade.

I’ve heard great things about this book and I know some of my friends LOVE it, I just…don’t have a desire to read this anymore, unfortunately. I have this and two sequels. PURGE

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

Keep Purge Undecided
276 98 45

More purges and one more undecided. Things are moving in the right direction! What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

10 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #42

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I’ve heard to many good things! All the ebooks were on sale really cheap somewhat recently as well, I think I picked up all of the series then as well (hard to resist a book when it’s $1.99 or less haha). Hope you get a chance to check it out at some point.

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