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Spoils, Tribute, and Planning to Pillage

Spoils and Tribute

Spoils and Tribute is a feature of On Starships and Dragonwings where I tell you about the books I’ve bought and received recently (my version of Stacking the Shelves). I promise that I paid for all my spoils and I’m not letting the “tribute” go to my head ;-). Planning to Pillage is just my version of Waiting on Wednesday where I share books that have caught my eye!

Ermegerd! I think it’s been about a month since I’ve done one of these, so be prepared for some overwhelming amounts of books *hides from the piles*. Also be sure to check out which will be going up in giveaways soon ;-).



Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! (Unsolicited, Tor) – Memoir of famous sci-fi writer apparently? I tend to prefer reading the original works instead of the nonfiction, but for those of you who like these things, check it out :D.

Willful Child (Unsolicited, Tor) – Action sci-fi adventure!

Heart of Stone (Unsolicited, Tor) – This is a sequel in the Truth Seers series, anyone read book one?

Stone in the Sky (Solicited, Macmillan) – I wasn’t thrilled by Tin Star, but it had potential and the premise of Stone in the Sky sounds like it has more action, so I’m hopeful!

Beastkeeper (Solicited, Macmillan) – :D Need I say anything? It has a pretty cover and an awesome premise! Also, I got approved for the eARC much to my chagrin, so I’ll be giving away this physical copy, woot.

The Book of Storms (Solicited, Macmillan) – I’m a little confused about the pub date about this one since it looks like it is now January instead of November like the ARC says. Also, I’ve accidentally now ended up with two copies, so would anyone be interested in a middle grade giveaway bonanza?

Finding Serendipity (Solicited, Macmillan) – Can you tell I’ve been in a huge middle grade fantasy mood? :D This one sounds very whimsical!

The Whisper (Solicited, Macmillan) – I haven’t read the first in this series, but am hoping I can jump in here and still enjoy what I hear is an awesome world/writing!

Scarlet Tides (Unsolicited, Wunderkind Publicity) – This one is a second book and rather hugely intimidating, anyone have thoughts?

A Play of Shadow (Unsolicited, Penguin) – I loved the world of book one, A Turn of Light, though the pacing and length got to be too slow and long after a bit. I’ll be trying this one out since it sounds more action-packed, but I’m giving myself permission to give up if it isn’t working.

Dreamer’s Pool (Unsolicited, Penguin) – Preeeeeeeeeetty! I have downloaded an eARC already, so it was a pleasant surprise to get a finished copy of this lovely thing!

The Turning Season (Unsolicited, Penguin) – This is a sequel and I haven’t read the first books, anyone know anything about it?

The Time Roads (Unsolicited, Tor) – I wasn’t sure about this one, but then saw an awesome review from Nathan and am convinced that I must give it a try ;-).

Death Marked Unmade This Shattered World Winner's Crime Witherwood Reform School Owl and the Japanese Circus Wildalone Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret Ferals Fork-Tongue Charmers Carousel Seas Stonehill Downs Glass Arrow

Death Marked (Edelweiss, HarperTeen) – Eeeeeee! Impressive I haven’t read it already right?? I’ve shown great restraint, but it is high on the read-as-reward list ;-).

Unmade (NetGalley, HMH) – I have it on very good authority that I will love Entangled, and therefore broke my rule of requesting sequels when I haven’t read the first book >.>.

This Shattered World (NetGalley, Disney) – So much love! This also means that I will be giving away the bound manuscript I got from BEA since I’d prefer to read the eARC :D.

Winner’s Crime (NetGalley, Macmillan) – :D :D :D :D SOON!

Witherwood Reform School (NetGalley, Henry Holt) – More middlegrade!

Owl and the Japanese Circus (NetGalley, Simon & Schuster CA) – I was invited to read this one by the author and there is an eastern dragon in it!!!!!

Wildalone (Edelweiss, William Morrow) – I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but got an invite and looked closer at the description. I will definitely be interested to see what it holds ;-).

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret (Edelweiss, HarperCollins) – Book magic middle grade!

Ferals (Edelweiss, HarperCollins) – Middle grade magic that looks pretty dark and has magic where kids can commune with one species each, cool!

The Luck Uglies #2: Fork-Tongue Charmers (Edelweiss, HarperCollins) – I haven’t read the first, but middle grade is pretty easy to pick up in the middle and this premise intrigues me more than the first book did, hehe.

Carousel Seas (Edelweiss, Baen) – Again with the jumping in in the middle, we’ll see if I get too confused, but this series looks cool and I can’t resist trying!

Stonehill Downs (Edelweiss, HarperVoyager) – This is a late edition to the list because I got a very convincing pitch for this dark fantasy from a senior Voyager publicist. It could be awesome, it could be really weird, I shall see and I encourage you to look for it come December!

The Glass Arrow (NetGalley, TorTeen) – A very late edition, I’m so excited to have snagged an eARC of The Glass Arrow since it looks wicked awesome!



There were several author events this month, including Epic Reads where I got my copy of The Jewel signed and was convinced to try Exquisite Captive ;-). I also of course had to get Snow Like Ashes because pretty. Then there was a Kendare Blake event where I finally realized what Antigoddess was about and will now be giving the series a try! I finally bought a copy of Ironskin to match my other two books in the series, hehe. Thug Kitchen is a cookbook with explanations for complete newbies and swearing plus really tasty looking recipes! And since Thursdays with the Crown came out this month, I finally got the first two in hardback to match :D.


This is a pile of older and upcoming ARCs that I traded/was gifted/borrowed this month. Castle Hangnail is a middle grade to keep your eye out for, the illustrations are AWESOME! Yes, that is a copy of Firefight and yes there will be a giveaway once I finish it :D. The set of four Harper ARCs will all be given away, perhaps as a set, thoughts? The Accidental Highwayman is a gift from my dear Tabitha, thanks hun! Then there are some older ARCs that I snagged from a pile a friend was trying to clear out and I traded for Otherbound. The Girl at Midnight is borrowed and I’m so so excited to read it! Then the last two there are upcoming middle grade, let me know if you can’t make out the titles and are interested!

Normally I’d have Planning to Pillage as well, but I think this post is long enough as it is!

What have you gotten recently? What are you looking forward to?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings-Anya

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  1. Yep – 1 year as of July. I don’t have amazing stats or anything. Can’t hurt to try though :)
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  2. Wow! I need to get myself on whatever mailing lists you’re on! No one sends me surprise packages, but I also haven’t solicited any. I don’t feel like I’m a big enough blog to do that without being laughed at, which is fine. But I’m so going yo Netgalley and seeing if the Winner’s Crime is still there and they’ll give it to me because HELL YES. :) enjoy your reads!
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    • Email Tor adult and Penguin/Random House adult ;-). Adult titles are honestly much easier to get and blog about, plus seems to have less drama over all >.> Pfft, the worst that will happen is that you’ll never get a response, no laughing ;-). Have you hit your anniversary yet? I can’t remember D:

  3. Wow! What an awesome month! Very jealous. I need to start asking for more ARCs, but I’m unsure how to go about it. In the past I’ve always just been lucky enough to get copies at the bookstore where I work part time, but lately they seem to be getting less and less of them. You can check out my post in the link below.
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    • From my interactions with bookseller friends, the bookstore should have publicists in contact with them so you could ask your boss or someone if that’s the case to request specific titles?

  4. I’m borrowing Stone in the Sky right now, I loved Tin Star. I hope you like it more.
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  5. OMG THUG KITCHEN!!! I’ve been a massive fan of the blog FOREVER – there are few things I love more than vegetarian cooking and cursing. ;) If you aren’t a fan of those things, at least the pictures are pretty! I’m very excited to hear what you think of This Shattered World since I’m loving the audio version of These Broken Stars. Looks like you had a good ARC month…but how will you ever choose?!
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    • Hehe, fortunately I’m a fan of both! Now the boy that does the cooking isn’t a vegetarian, so we’ll probably add meat to some of the dishes, but I’m excited to try out the new grain options that they explain how to cook well! Oo, great to know about the audio of These Broken Stars, I think I’d love to revisit that story some day. Yeah, choosing or inventing time travel are the two difficult choices….

  6. I don’t know that I’ve heard of many/any of those unsolicited titles or the series they’re in. :( Hmm, well good luck separating the wheat from the chaff. :)

    You haven’t read Antigoddess yet? For some reason I thought you had. I still need to grab Book 2, but I enjoyed the first one.
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    • I’m both happy and sad that I don’t have as much time to try out the random books, so much known wheat makes it hard to take a risk on possible chaff ;-)

      Nope, I haven’t, but a good recommendation for it sounds like the start of another trade :D

  7. Wow, epic haul – so many book there I’d like to snag for myself.

    Here’s how I Stacked the Shelves this week.
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  8. Ah so so jealous that you have Death Marked and This Shattered World! Definitely a fantastic haul =_
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  9. So many great looking books in your pile this week. I’m kind of looking at that huge stack and seeing lots of good and interesting books. This Shattered World sounds so good. Great stack.

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    • I’m really excited for This Shattered World, I loved These Broken Stars so much, but that makes me also nervous about reading the next one D:

  10. Lots of great looking books. I just picked up Owl and the Japaneses Circus too. It looks really good.
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  11. I wanted Dreamer’s Pool pretty bad, no luck. Now I await the library list.
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  12. Wow! I don’t think you can hide from so many books! They must be fun to stare at though. Good luck getting to all of the ones you want to! Ferals looks really good (but edelweiss doesn’t like me). I wish I could go to a book event! I’m happy about all of the middle grades! Plus they’re quicker reads. :) I got Exquisite Captive and the books I won from you this week. I still have arcs on my plate though. The one I’m reading right now is going so slowly.
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    • I actually bring a lot of the finished copies that I know I can’t get to to the library since otherwise there would be major problems in my apartment! Don’t be afraid to DNF a book you’re not enjoying, no time in life for boring books!

  13. Yikes I don’t know when you’ll find time to read all those, but top of my list would be Firefight! And I’ve read The Scarlet Tides (Wunderkind sent me a copy as well) and yes it’s intimidating but really good! It’s actually the second book of the series, which I’ve been really enjoying. It’s an epic fantasy and author to watch.
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    • Yeah, they definitely all won’t get read, problem with unsolicited things :-/. That’s awesome to know about Scarlet Tides, I’ll have to grab the first from the library when I’m craving a thick fantasy :D

  14. Oh my goodness so many books! Your giant pile of books makes me so happy :)
    Also FIREFIGHT. I’m so insanely jealous right now!
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  15. YAY. So many books and all the awesome. I am very excited about Stone in the Sky! I enjoyed Tin Star and I have a feeling this one will be even better. I have Otherbound too! Maybe a read-along? I’ve heard it’s very good.
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    • I’m really hoping that Stone in the Sky has a bit more action than Tin Star, for some reason I had a hard time connecting, but going down to the planet sounds awesome :D Yes, read-a-long for Otherbound since otherwise I’ll have no chance of squeezing it in because of guilt ha

  16. Holy cow, what a feast! You will be verra busy. :D

    I received The Turning Season also and haven’t read the prior books but it looks good so I;ll probably read it.

    Happy reading!
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    • Definitely a month’s worth of reading if not more! My holidays will be busy, ha. I’m excited to hear what you think of The Turning Season, it’s one that I’m just not sure about D:

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