Stacking the Shelves - MapleBooks new reads!

Stacking the shelves is a book meme hosted by Tynga: it’s “all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!”.

As I was stacking the shelves this week, I suddenly realized that 2014 is nearly over. This is the stack of books that will make the junction between 2014 and 2015. It feels odd. And since it’s my first year book blogging, it’s also the first time the transition between two years appears to me in this way: I’m stacking books which will be released next year. How weird.

Touch The Sky, Embrace The Dark by Matt Moore

Touch The Sky, Embrace The Dark by Matt MooreMatt Moore is a local author in Ottawa and writes horror and science-fiction. Two of the short-stories featured in Touch The Sky, Embrace The Dark were nominated for the Aurora-Boreal award. On his GoodReads profile, Matt Moore states that he “believes good speculative fiction can both thrill and make you think”, which of course caught my interest right away. I must add that I found the eBook of The Sky, Embrace The Dark in the Kobo Store for the ridiculous price of $2.99, which makes these ten short-stories even less expensive than a hot chocolate in Second Cup. We live in a strange world.

Only able to recall the memories of others, a ghost tries to solve the mystery of his death.

The zombie apocalypse is the gateway to a higher level of human consciousness.

An amusement park of the future might turn you into the attraction.

An engineer-turned-mercenary races to kill the savior of mankind.

When the sky falls, what room is there for hope?

Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley ArmstrongVisions is the second volume of the Cainsville series. The first book, Omens, was quite a thriller but felt short, in my opinion, on the fantasy side. Actually, you could feel it paved the way for more in the sequel: there were some elements of witchcraft and neo-paganism. It was pretty original. I’ll finally get to know more about all this.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

The Deep by Nick Cutter

The Deep by Nick CutterThe Deep is Nick Cutter’s second horror novel, planned for early January 2015. it comes after The Troop which had been a gripping though slightly frustrating experience earlier this year. I still found myself quite excited to read his new book, since I pretty much love the mix of science-fiction and horror. I also loved the psychological thriller side of The Troop and hope to find this kind of thing again in The Deep.

A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

The Just City by Jo Walton

The Just City by Jo WaltonThis is my second try at Jo Walton’s novel. I read My Real Children earlier this year and as much as I found the overall idea of the plot charming, the execution didn’t work for me. I needed another attempt and here it is: The Just City, for release mid-January 2015, which I wouldn’t want to miss anyway since it’s featuring Socrates! Did I ever mention I own the complete work of Plato translated in French? I didn’t!? Let me show y… Ok. Later.

“Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent.”

Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future—all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past.

The student Simmea, born an Egyptian farmer’s daughter sometime between 500 and 1000 A.D, is a brilliant child, eager for knowledge,  ready to strive to be her best self. The teacher Maia was once Ethel, a young Victorian lady of much learning and few prospects, who prayed to Pallas Athene in an unguarded moment during a trip to Rome—and, in an instant, found herself in the Just City with grey-eyed Athene standing unmistakably before her.

Meanwhile, Apollo—stunned by the realization that there are things mortals understand better than he does—has arranged to live a human life, and has come to the City as one of the children. He knows his true identity, and conceals it from his peers. For this lifetime, he is prone to all the troubles of being human.

Then, a few years in, Sokrates arrives—the same Sokrates recorded by Plato himself—to ask all the troublesome questions you would expect. What happens next is a tale only the brilliant Jo Walton could tell.

And that’s it! What about you? How are you going to read your way to 2015?