TBR Shelf Cleanup #55

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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.

Domes of Fire by David Eddings

Danger stalked Queen Ehlana’s realm. When an ambasador from the far-off Tamul Empire begged for help, Sparhawk, Ehlana’s champion and Prince Consort, was the Emperor’s last hope. For surely the knight who had killed the evil God Azash could prevail against the terror in Tamul. But waiting for him was a glittering court seething with corruption, treachery–and the greatest danger Sparhawk would ever face! 

I have this and another David Eddings book (The Redemption of Althalus) that I’m willing to part with. I liked Eddings as a kid but I’m not interested in continuing to read any more of his stuff as an adult. PURGE

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps. Amidst a bordello full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission—or else the next skin she’ll need to save just may be her own… 

This is the first book in this urban fantasy series. Now that I’m back to reading UF (I was off it for a while after being over saturated) I’m keen to read it. At some point. KEEP

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

I definitely still want to read this despite my not-love of hard sci-fi. I just really loved the movie and want to check out the book that inspired it. KEEP

Requiem: New Collected Works and Tributes to the Grandmaster by Robert A. Heinlein

Requiem is a compelling celebration of Robert A. Heinlein and his vision, containing many new and uncollected works by the Grand Master of science fiction, including two major novellas: Destination Moon, which was made into the famous George Pal film, and Tenderfoot in Space. There are contributions from such luminaries as Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Silverberg, Spider Robinson, and Gordon R. Dickson, as well as an introduction by Virginia Heinlein.

I don’t know why I even have this. How did this get in my TBR??? PURGE

The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel Mujica Lainez

The inspiration for this enthralling mediaeval romance is an ancient legend: condemned by the chicanery of her wicked mother to spend centuries languishing invisibly in her belfry, the beautiful Melusine is an immortal outcast, half woman, half serpent.

My notes on this book in my spreadsheet say ‘keep, this book looks wild’. Indeed, past me. Indeed. KEEP

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

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A few more for the Purge Pile, woot! What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

20 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #55

  1. Farragut says:

    I am laughing at your Heinlein comment. Why DID you pick it up? You are very much not a Heinlein kind of gal. 😀

    I really enjoyed the Andy Weir book! If you loved the movie, I think you’ll like the book equally or more.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      LOL, I have no idea? It may have been one of the free books I got at The Library Thing back in the day. Free is really tempting lol.

      Yeah, I definitely want to read the Weir book, I think I’ll like it even though I usually don’t like hard scifi.

  2. Cathy says:

    I’m not a fan of hard sci-fi but I did love The Martian. I listened rather than read and if you’re into audios, RC Bray did a fabulous job narrating.

  3. Bob/Sally says:

    I’m not big on hard scifi either, but I read The Martian before it blew up (never did see the movie) and quite enjoyed it. Fair call on Eddings – I vaguely remember his books, but I can’t say they made a huge impression one way or the other.

  4. Mary Drover says:

    The Martian is honestly more hilarious than the movie, and it’s got a whole nerve-wracking scene that isn’t in the movie that adds so much to the overall plot. I definitely recommend it! It’s one that I want to go back and reread soon.

  5. Realms of My Mind says:

    I don’t read a ton of hard sci-fi, but The Martian is so much fun you completely forget about all the calculations and physics happening. A lot of the book is from stranded astronaut Mark Watney’s POV, and he’s got the same kind of humor in his first person POV that was in the movie. And it helps when he decides to make up names for units like “pirate ninjas.” It’s going to take 20 pirate ninjas to power this battery.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, from what everyone is saying I think I’m going to love that one when I get to it and totally not mind that it’s hard scifi lol. LOL, that sounds hilarious. Okay, I’ll try and get to it soon, you have me convinced! 😀

  6. Zezee says:

    I’m not big on sci-fi books at all (which is weird because I like sci-fi movies & shows), but the Martian was a lot of fun. I still haven’t seen the movie yet though.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      You know, I tend to like sci-fi movies and shows a lot more than I like sci-fi books as well haha. But I’ve been trying to branch out. Everyone seems to love The Martian so I guess I should get to that. I really loved the movie, I thought it was heartwarming and a lot of fun.

  7. @lynnsbooks says:

    I enjoyed the Martian, more than I expected and I preferred it to the film so I hope you get a chance to pick it up. Good job with the purging this week.
    Lynn 😀

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