TBR Shelf Cleanup #68


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.

Time and Again by Clifford D. Simak

Asher Sutton has been lost in deepest space for twenty years. Suddenly arrives a warning from the future, that he will return- and that he must be killed. He is destined to write a book whose message may lead to the death of millions in centuries to come. For this reason Sutton is hounded by the sinister warring factions of the future who wish to influence or prevent the writing of this book he has not yet begun to write. Yet already a copy has been found in the burnt-out wreckage of a space-craft on Aldebaran XII. 

I don’t remember getting this book and I’m not really sure where it came from. I’m guessing it may be one my husband picked out and stuck in my pile somehow. I think I should hold on to it because husband but also I’m not really interested? UNDECIDED

The Clockwork Witch by Michelle D. Sonnier

The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Arabella is destined to disappoint, when she was expected to shine. Though she descends from a long line of gifted witches she has earned the moniker of a “brown bud” showing no sign of magical talent. When it truly seems her lot can grow no worse, she discovers an unnatural affinity for…of all things…technomancy. Not only are the mysteries of the mechanical world open to her, but her new-found ability allows her to manipulate them, making her the first ever clockwork witch and anathema to the nature of the witching world.

Pretty sure I got this at one of the book festivals. It looks right up my alley–just need to find time for it! KEEP

The Shootout Solution by Michael R. Underwood

Leah Tang just died on stage. Well, not literally. Not yet. Leah’s stand-up career isn’t going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she’s offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job! Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it’s up to Leah – and the Genrenauts team – to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth. But the story’s hero isn’t interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance…

I’ve had this one in my pile for an embarrassingly long time (well, I say that about a lot of books but it’s true). I still have all intentions of reading this one! KEEP

Master of Whitestorm by Janny Wurts

Chained at the oar on a Mhurgai galley, a sullen slave who never speaks is considered a madman by his fellow captives–until the hour Korendir announces a plan, which is certainly doomed to failure, for no one ever escapes the merciless Mhurgai alive . . . Korendir’s silence hides a devious intellect. And his benchmate, Haldeth, is desperate to end his cruel captivity, even if mercy comes to him under the murderous knives of the Mhurgai. When Korendir’s daring plan frees them both, Haldeth is compelled to follow his determined companion on an even more impossible quest: to lift a curse that despoils the kingdom of Torresdyr by recovering a legendary wardstone from a witch. His prize if he succeeds? A wizard’s treasure. If he fails? A grave with the legion of defeated champions before him. Far from content to retire from danger, Korendir’s restless nature will not embrace peace, his insatiable taste for impossible odds skating the thin edge toward insanity . . .

This is one that I may not ever read but I do hope I get the chance to–the one book I read by Janny Wurts I really enjoyed and this is one of her stand-alones. KEEP

Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen

In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity’s genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.

I’ve heard that this one is very weird and for that I look forward to it. Definitely still plan on reading this! KEEP

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


Once again not a lot of purges or anything. I think as I get down to the nitty gritty I’ve got a lot of ‘keeps’ left, but we’ll see how things go with what’s left! Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

9 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #68

  1. HCNewton says:

    Shootout Solution isn’t the best novella in that series–but it’s a great intro to it. Once you pull the pin on that one, you’re going to end up tearing through the rest.

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