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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Goodreads Declutter #2

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! I’ve started doing this a little with my Goodreads TBR declutter, but that just means this is a good time to do another declutter post!


Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading (Maybe)

(The “Maybe” is my addition, since I’m doing this as a Goodreads TBR declutter post and so I might decide I want to keep the books on my TBR.)

1: Time Transit by Kay Austin

There’s a reason Maude Kincaid is one of the best Time Rogues, and it’s the same reason she’s now dead—or soon will be. Gut-shot and lying in a sub-orbital tram station reeking of brimstone, waiting for the atmospherics to give out, she’s exactly where she intended: She’s saved CORE, her friends and her reality. And only a woman willing to bend the rules could do it.

The time travel was nothing. That’s been as natural as breathing since Maude became one of the 22nd century’s elite cadre of protectors against temporal rifts. Jumps to Dealey Plaza and the old South were nothing. Taking the bullet was a little harder. Maude’s only regret is about Gil. Gil, with whom she shared the 21st-century delights called Sonic burgers and blueberry Slushies. Gil, who’s half cowboy, half PhD, but all man. Gil, whom she abandoned with his memory erased because he was from another time, another reality, and because Time Rogues can’t afford to know love. Today, she can’t afford to forget it.

I got this book when Shomi was a new imprint for Dorchester. (It’s since been folded into their Love Spell line. RIP Shomi.) That was a long time ago. I think it’s only still on my TBR because it’s still physically on my shelf. That’s going to change, because I have no interest in the blurb.

Verdict: REMOVE

2: Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman

At the end of her bestselling Coldfire trilogy, C.S. Friedman challenged readers to imagine what a world would be like if sorcery required the ultimate sacrifice-that of life itself. Now, in Feast of Souls, she introduces us to a terrifying world in which the cost of magic is just that…in which the fuel for sorcery is the very fire of the human spirit, and those who hunger for magical power must pay for it with their lives. In this epic tale of nightmarish shadows and desperate hope, the greatest threat of all may not be that of ancient enemies returned, or ancient wars resumed, but of the darkness that lies within the hearts of men.

The premise still sounds interesting. I continually forget about this book, but everytime I read the blurb I want to read the book.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m not sure about starting another paranormal werewolf/vampire series, but I do like the idea of magic and technology taking turns working. Plus, a lot of my friends have rated it very highly.

Verdict: KEEP

4: Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick

“I’m not a heroine; I just play heroines. Also psychotics, orphans, vamps, hookers, and housewives.”

When bizarre magical disappearances disrupt performances in the Big Apple, struggling actress Esther Diamond receives a cryptic warning not to appear in an Off-Broadway musical because “there is Evil among us.”

Since the show much go on, Esther teams up with a conjuring cowboy, a banker with stage aspirations, and a group of drag queens. They’re led in their efforts by Esther’s new BFF, Dr. Maximillian Zadok, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York from Evil. Also on the case is Detective Connor Lopez, a sexy cop who fears that Max and Esther may be a bigger problem than the vanishing performers.

Boldly facing down an enraged producer, a hungry tiger, and other deadly obstacles, Esther, Max, and their friends pursue Evil to its lair in their fearless determination to find the missing performers and restore harmony to their city.

Magic + theatre was what got me hooked on this in the first place. It still sounds interesting.

Verdict: KEEP

5: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.

Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

This is a re-read for me, and I can’t remember if I liked it or not… but I want to remember. Therefore I want to read it.

Verdict: KEEP

6: The Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs

Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic—both good and evil—returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…

Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it—and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains. But the Hob is the last of his kind. And he will exact a heavy price to defend the village—a price Aren herself must pay.

I don’t remember why I have this one on my shelves. I think I got the book as part of a blog contest? I have never had a personal interest in the book, though, and have hung onto it by default.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time. Caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by Egyptian sorcerers, befriended by Coleridge, Doyle somehow survives. And learns more about the mysterious Ashbless than he could ever have imagined possible.

I’m not 100% sure about this one, but I like the idea of time travel and I like the Egyptian setting, too. I’m going to keep this one on here for now and see if I can get to it soon.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Sleeping With The Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson

Fredericka Bimm is a mermaid. But she’s not the stuff of legends. A marine biologist, she knows what’s in the water so chooses not to expose herself to toxins. Then two strangers come into her life. Her new colleague is a hunk with a mermaid fixation. The other claims he is Artur – her rightful ruler!

Yeah… no. I thought this sounded amusing at the time, but I’m not interested anymore.

Verdict: REMOVE

9: Bring It On (Retrievers #3) by Laura Anne Gilman

Nobody said juggling a career and a relationship would be easy… Wren Valere used to have a simple life. Her partner Sergei would negotiate the terms of the Retrieval all right, the theft and she would use her magical Talent to carry it out. Paycheck deposited, on to the next job.

Now? Her relationship with Sergei is even more complicated (sex will do that). Her fellow lonejacks are trying to organize against the Mage’s Council. The nonhuman population of Manhattan is getting fed up with being ignored and abused. And the Council? Well, they have an agenda of their own, and it’s not one the lonejacks are going to like.

And Sergei is far too involved with the Silence, his former employers, for Wren’s liking.

When it comes down to choosing sides, the first rule of the lonejack credo is “Don’t get involved.” But when friends are in danger, and the city you love is at risk, sometimes getting into the thick of things is all you can do.

I think I still want to read this one. I liked the first two in the series (though I don’t remember them very well anymore). I’m keeping it on the TBR since I enjoyed the first ones, but if it takes me too long to get to it I may change my mind. We’ll see.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Burning Bridges (Retrievers #4) by Laura Anne Gilman

Wren Valere used to be almost invisible. But now she’s not only being seen, she’s getting involved.

Recent attacks against nonhuman Fatae have escalated into hate crimes against magic users in general–humans included. With the Mage Council distracted by internal power struggles, Wren is guilted into stepping up as spokesperson for the fragilely united Fatae and lonejack communities.

And, because the cosmos deems her without enough complications, her partner-lover Sergei is drowning in his own problems. But not only can’t she help him she’s the cause.

With lives on the line, including her own, Wren’s going to have to break the lonejack credo, ditch her long-cherished invisibility and take a stand.

But burning bridges can be deadly.

This one sounds less interesting than it used to. I’m going to take it off the TBR, though I’ll admit that if I read book 3 and like it I will almost certainly put this one back ON the TBR. That, however, is a decision for another day.

Verdict: REMOVE


Well, it wasn’t quite the plan for the Top Ten Tuesday, but it’s close! And at least I did remove some of the books I reviewed!


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Goodreads Declutter #2

  1. Please let me know if ‘Feast of Souls’ is worth it, if you ever decide to pick it up 😀

    ‘Magic Bites’ was on my list a couple of years ago as well! I remember it now.. But I can’t read too much paranormal Fantasy, so I dropped it.

    I’ve never read ‘Earthsea’, but watched an adaptation once. A looong time ago! I think it was a Mini-Series? I’d like to read the books one day..

    1. I will let you know about Feast of Souls, if I ever get there. (The cover I’ve seen is different than the one you posted with that dress.)

      I have gotten out of the habit of Paranormal Fantasy, but I usually enjoy it, so I want to get back to some of the books and see if the genre can get me re-hooked. I used to be able to read nearly exclusively Paranormal Fantasy.

      I read Earthsea long ago, and I got mad at something the main character did and so I stopped reading it. I forget what happened, only that I thought it was unbelievable… but I was a kid at the time, so maybe now as an adult it will make more sense to me.

  2. That keep/remove process is tough; I end up keeping a lot more more books than I planned. I went through both my unread bookcases, and only deep-sixed 8 books. But I figure that was a first pass, and I’ll try again in a month or two, when I’ve had a chance to mull them over. I did better with my Kindle library; I only went through about 30 or 40 of my oldest Kindle books, and found 10 to delete. The delete-able books will grow scarcer as I keep going through the Kindle library, though—I quickly learned to be more selective about freebies and bargain books than I was when I started!

    1. I’ve been getting more selective in what I buy vs. borrow these days, too. Well… mostly. Kinda. I do find it hard to get rid of books, though, even if I don’t know that I’ll re-read them. And then I’ll go on a binge and get rid of a ton of books, and regret it later. *shrug* Not much I can do about that, I guess, except try to sleep on BOTH kinds of decision!

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