TBR Shelf Cleanup #63

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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.

Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green

Rupert didn’t especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn’t need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood.

This was one that seemed like my type of book at the time and I also got it for free but I probably won’t ever get around to it as I’m feeling really ambivalent about it. PURGE

Hound and the Falcon by Judith Tarr

Alfred of St. Ruan’s Abbey is a monk and a scholar, a religious man whose vocation is beyond question. But Alfred is also, without a doubt, one of the fair folk, for though he is more than seventy years old by the Abbey’s records, he seems to be only a youth. But Alfred is drawn from the haven of his monastery into his dangerous currents of politics when an ambassador from the kingdom of Rhiyana to Richard Coeur de Leon is wounded and Alfred himself is sent to complete the mission. There he encounters the Hounds of God, who believe that the fair folk have no souls, and must be purged from the Church and from the world.

This is actually an omnibus I think? I keep meaning to read some of Tarr’s work but just haven’t gotten around to it yet–but I’ve certainly collected a bit of it in the meantime lol. I do want to check this out eventually so I’m holding on to it. KEEP

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower is the backbone of Stephen King’s legendary career. Begun more than thirty years ago, seven books and more than three thousand pages make up this bestselling, epic fantasy series. Previously published in two separate volumes, The Complete Concordance is the definitive encyclopedic reference book that provides readers with everything they need to navigate their way through the series. With hundreds of characters, Mid-World geography, High Speech lexicon, and extensive cross-references, this comprehensive handbook is essential for any Dark Tower fan.

So I had this one listed as ‘keep’ but honestly I’m not sure because I think I wound up purging the actual Dark Tower books (they’re easy enough to get from the library). Guess I’ll hang onto this for a bit but I’ll probably change my mind later lol. KEEP (for now)

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

This is yet another owlcrate book. I am definitely keeping it as I meant to read it last year around Halloween and my reading totally got away from me. Keeping it in my pile for sure, hopefully will get to it soon. KEEP

The Devil in a Forest by Gene Wolfe

Mark finds himself torn between his hero worship for charming highwayman Wat and his growing suspicion of Wat’s cold savagery. And Mother Cloot, who may have sorcerous powers, works in equally suspicious ways–perhaps for evil, perhaps for good.

This is another one of those books that I’m not quite sure how it ended up in my collection. Probably got it for free somewhere or very cheap used…. the premise does sound interesting but also I’m not sure I want to read it. UNDECIDED

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

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At least I only added three to my keep pile this time–more progress. Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

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