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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!

It’s been a crazy week for me and will be another one, so forgive me for this post not being complete since I honestly don’t even know if I got anything in the mail the last couple of days >.>. I led a high school science summer camp this past week, which is great since I love introducing my research and computer science to high schoolers, and as you read this I’m on a plane to Vancouver for a major conference in my field and I’m presenting my research! Anyway, I hope this means plenty of time to read these beauties ;-). Also, a good part of this post was written at 1am while waiting for my Vicodin and Valium to kick in enough to sleep after getting up at 6am, so forgive me if I sound completely mad or have horrendous typos ;-).


Spoils and Tribute

All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park (Tor, Unsolicited) – I’m so overwhelmingly intrigued by this book, but I can’t really describe all the cool stuff coherently. Basically, its apparently a collection of a few stories told from different alternative histories/timelines/times I’m not sure. There are also some really interesting reviews already up, largely negative but for various complicated reasons. This all just spurs me to jump in and see if I like the water’s temperature (that should become a saying now please).

The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erickson (Tor, Unsolicited) – This is apparently a novella set in a well-established fantasy world and is marked as book five of the series. Based on the marketing blurb, I’m going to assume I can jump in without having read the previous books, so I’m going to give that a try and see how it goes :).

Shattered by Mari Mancusi Loop by Karen Akins Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

Shattered by Mari Mancusi (SourceBooks, NetGalley) – I haven’t read Scorched yet, but I of course have it on the shelf and really really want to read it soon, hence I couldn’t resist grabbing Shattered because dragons ;-).

Loop by Karen Akins (St. Martin’s Griffin, NetGalley) – I could love or hate this one, but I wanna find out! I enjoy time travel and sometimes find myself surprised at enjoying romance-heavy story lines. It generally depends on the writing, so I’ll know quite soon if this one is for me :D.

Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Books, NetGalley) – I’m a huuuuuge Nancy Kress fan after reading Beggar’s in Spain and am still kicking myself for not having gotten to her YA from last year yet. Therefore when I saw a novella of hers on NetGalley, I had to request it, plus aliens! I’m thinking this will be a perfect dose of sci-fi goodness to fit into a very busy month.

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon by David Bennett (Tor Books, NetGalley) – I’m getting more and more into steampunk and there is a freaking brass dragon, so this is clearly an Anya book! I didn’t realize that this is the sequel to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, so I just requested that one from the library ;-). I have confidence in this series though since my book twin Pabkins loved the first book :D. Also, get excited since there is going to be a guest post and giveaway for Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon in the future!


Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh

I snagged Lark Rising from a friend’s pile of ARCs she couldn’t get to and I’m sooooooo pumped because it is life magic :D. I am totally setting myself up to be brutally crushed if Lark Rising isn’t completely epic, but on the other hand omg omg omg how can I resist????

On another note: look! I didn’t actually buy anything this week! But that’s not true since I discovered Better World Books thanks to Kel of Booked til Tuesday which is an amazing site that accepts donations of used books and then sells them suuuper cheap (like $5 hardcovers cheap) and donates profits to literacy charities across the globe! Also free shipping! So I might have bought about 11 books for around $32 >.>. To add to this awesome, my books wrote me a personal letter telling me how excited they were to be packing up and heading my way and it was definitely the cutest thing I have read in a long time. I’m definitely saving that email. You should seriously buy a book from them just to get that email! I also then discovered that The Book Depository includes beautiful bookmarks in their shipments, so I used that as an excuse to buy two more books at quite reasonable prices. I will be sure to show off the bookmark(s) if I get some *fingers crossed*. Basically, there is going to be a big spoils section at some point in the coming weeks!

Planning to Pillage

(i.e. new to the wishlist)

The Martian by Andy Weir

Apparently The Martian was self-pubbed in 2012 and I completely missed it, so now two of my grad school friends who don’t read a lot of sci-fi have recommended it vehemently to me! Therefore, I’m on the hunt for a copy and requested it from my library :D.

City of Halves

I’m completely in love with this cover and the premise sounds pretty fantastical and awesome. Chicken House tends to delve into the weird sometimes but so far I’ve really enjoyed their brand of weird!

Unbound by Jim C. Hines

I’m a huuuuuuge fan of Jim C. Hines and the Magic Ex Libris series especially, so when I saw this GORGEOUS cover for Unbound I nearly fainted. *resists inundating pub reps with request emails*

Sorry the post got a bit ginormous, I’d just rather gush about upcoming books than sleep and you all said you enjoyed my humor when I get a bit out of it, so there ya go ;-).

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

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings-Anya

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  1. Fiza @ I'll Read Till I Drop says:

    Nice haul, I see lots of new books for me.
    Hope you’ll enjoy reading them :D

    My new pretties :)

  2. Great haul! It looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead. Good luck with all that travel! And I apologize (sort of) for introducing you to Better World Books, though I’m still shocked you hadn’t heard of it before! I can’t count how many $2.50 or less hardcovers I’ve grabbed from there. :)
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    • Haha, I’m surprisingly ignorant of lots of things on the internet ;-). I’m really happy to have gotten those hardcovers especially though!

  3. These look fantastic! I LOVE the cover of Shattered! So epic and mystical. x) You’ve got a lot to read, it looks like. ;) Enjoy them! My Stack!
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  4. I skipped over Loop the first time, just because the cover was meh for me, but I’m feeling sappy right now and a time-traveling romance may just be what I need :) Off to request it – thanks for the push!

    • I so agree about the cover, I was like uhhhh… too much kissing for me! But I am just so strangely intrigued and feeling sappy at well, must be something in the air ;-)

  5. Because DRAGONS… I love it. Can’t wait to read more dragons myself!
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  6. “Because dragons” is a totally valid reason, imo. Add to that thieves, witches, and girls disguised as boys and you’ve got my auto-buy list! Sounds like you’ve had an insane few weeks – try to get some r & r. Enjoy your plane reads! Hopefully you won’t be sitting next to a hyper kid like I was on my last flight!

    • Yey dragons! I was fortunate for the most part on my plane rides. There was one with babies all in a row but they were mostly chill, haha.

  7. I understand why your avatar is a dragon now. That’s a lot of loot! I can’t wait for the reviews! :)

  8. Good luck with the presentation! I’ve been staying away from the Fantasy section of NetGalley for a while, but after seeing these books, I want to take a look through it again. I hadn’t heard of Shattered, but the beautiful cover made me look it up and now both this and the previous one are on my reading list.
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    • Haha, I try to avoid NetGalley, but that just means there are more things for me to request when I finally cave ;-)

  9. Adelynne Chang says:

    All these books look good! I’m kinda interested in seeing how Loop will go though. It’ll be interesting to see how the author deals with time travel, because a lot of authors are bad at explaining time travel, and in the end, it all doesn’t even make sense.

    • I so agree about Loop! I’m almost convinced that time travel can’t actually work that well in books, but I’m willing to give it a try ;-)

  10. THE LOOP! I have my eye on that one now!

    Great haul this week! Lots of good stuff!
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    • The cover is so shiny! But then I noticed the kissing so I’m a bit nervous about how heavy the romance will be, but we’ll see ;-)

  11. I have “The Martian” sitting on my desk. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

    • Woot! I just requested it from the library and it was already out so I’m on the list, but I’m glad it’s so popular!

  12. Loop looks so good! I haven’t heard of it before, but I definitely have to check it out now! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here’s my STS!

  13. You got an amazing assortment of books. I know what you mean about Dragons. Dragons are awesome indeed. I hope you love all your new books this week.

    Books of Love
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  14. Darn. I missed the next Gideon Smith on NetGalley. Whoops. Hope my library picks it up.
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    • I’d suggest just emailing Tor. I got an email pitch about it and got the widget through that, so I think it might be invite only but I’m sure the publicist would be happy to get more publicity for it!

  15. Oh! Congrats on presenting your research! That’s awesome :-) I’ve not heard of most of these books but I agree City of Halves has a BEAUTIFUL cover. I want it now!! Have a safe trip! <3

    • Thanks!! I’m only completely dying of panic, but I’ve reached the point where I know I have to simply do it and it probably won’t go perfectly, but I have to start somewhere ;-)

      I just found out that City of Halves is a UK release only and doesn’t even have a US date set! So I ordered it from TBD >.> Must have it!

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