TBR Shelf Cleanup #52

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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.

Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts

The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light. Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith – as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands.

One of these days I’m going to start this dense epic fantasy from Janny Wurts. It’s going to be a labor of love and I’m going to have to do it as a project read but I very much want to experience this series. I have this one and three sequels in the series. KEEP

Web of the Witch World by Andre Norton

Simon Tregarth, whose own Earthly prowess had won him a throne and a witch-wife in an alien world, knew that both triumphs were precarious as long as the super-science of Kolder held a foothold on that planet.

I have no idea why I picked these up. Okay I do–I was looking for classic sff at one point. But of course I’m not so interested in reading those anymore. I have this and one other Witch World book. PURGE

Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley

In this fascinating look at a modern-day world where dragons truly exist, the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Hero and the Crown takes readers into a controversial nature preserve, which about 200 of the worlds few remaining dragons call home.

I’m a fan of McKinley’s work and so I’m wanting to go through the backlist at some point so I’m hanging on to this one for sure. KEEP

Lady in the Loch by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

The harsh winter forcing the traveling people into Edinburgh becomes known as the Terror Time. Body snatchers prey upon the living and the dead alike, selling their victims for study by the student physicians at the medical school. And who will miss a gypsy girl with no settled folk to seek for her? A young gypsy named Midge Margret is sure that a gentleman writer and collector of folk music named Walter Scott, now sheriff of Edinburgh, will care. He befriended her family before and once more he promises to help find the murderer who prowls the snowy forest in a black coach.

Not really sure when, where or why I got this one, but I’m okay with letting it go since I feel so indifferent about it. UNDECIDED

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

You know, this is one that I struggled with and probably should be an ‘undecided’ because I tried this book before and was kind of over it by page 3. I’m so hit or miss with Gaiman–he’s written some of my favorite stuff and then some things don’t work for me at all. Nevertheless, going to hang on to this one for now. KEEP

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

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A lot of keeps but a coupe more for purge and undecided at least. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

8 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #52

  1. Bob/Sally says:

    The Mistwraith books are tough to get into. They’re an almost Shakespearean narrative, dressed up in epic fantasy tropes, where it’s hard to pick sides or know where you want the story to go . . . and they’re beautifully written. I need to catch up with the rest of the series, but it’s worth getting into.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Oh yes, I’ve heard a lot about them. I know that it’s one of those series too where there’s lots of little details and things that come back later on so I have a feeling I’m really going to want to take notes LOL! 🙂

  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    Yeah, I love Gaiman, but I also recognise that I don’t love everything he does. Some of his books really just don’t work for me while others blow me away. I picked up American Gods in Audio and it was some sort of special edition with a full cast of characters and Gaiman himself reading parts. It was good.
    Lynn 😀

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