Stacking the Shelves: 11/7/20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review: 

ORBIT GOODIES!!!!

The Poison Prince by S.C. Emmett
OOoo OOo OO!! I loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to read this sequel! There is so much good political drama, potential/budding romance, and it was just so surprisingly awesome. 

Call of the Bone Ships by R.J. Barker
Another amazing looking sequel from Orbit. I’ve been LOVING the pirate/high seas adventure fantasies that have been released lately. Can’t wait to dive in and ‘sea’ if this one lives up to the previous book. 

The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
And here’s a lovely physical ARC of one of my most anticipated new series for 2021! I’ve already featured this a couple times on my blog, so just check out the synopsis.

Wine Dark Deep by R. Peter Keith
This was a cool looking scifi book that unfortunately didn’t work so well for me. You can check out my review HERE.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
I’m going to jump on the Greek gods train and have fun with this one! The cover is awesome and the synopsis is promising, plus Alex Bracken has written some good stuff! Thanks to Disney-Hyperion for the eARC!

The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst
This was a recent Waiting on Wednesday feature it OMG IT SOUNDS SOOOO GOOD!!!! The early reviews are great and I might read this ASAP! Thanks to HarperVoyager for the eARC.

My Purchases:

I have acquired quite a few versions of the Red Rising series over the years and here’s another one. It’s because I’m WEAK! These are a way cool special edition set from FairyLoot that finally arrived after some shipping confusion. They are LOVELY.

Ahhh yes, birthday gifts to myself! I love buying cookbooks. Bravetart is an awesome dessert  cookbook and Orange Blossom & Honey offers an interesting look into Moroccan cuisine and has great pictures to boot!

I snagged Devolution and accompanying card game from a Del Rey giveaway many months ago. It got delayed forever due to COVID, but here it is! I read it like, the day after I got it so a review will be up soon!

I’ve been charging through audiobooks lately and have listened to some particularly good ones! I’m currently listening to The Sword of Kaigen and will be posting reviews of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and The Devil and the Dark Water soon! You can check out my review for A Deadly Education HERE.

Wine Dark Deep by R. Peter Keith – Review

Published: October 12, 2020

Publisher: Uphill Downhill Press

Series: Wine Dark Deep #1

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 149 (ebook)

My Rating: 1.5/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

A hard science-fiction space opera.

The First Book in the Epic Odyssey of the Spaceship Ulysses and its Crew!

When the solar system’s key asteroid mine is seized by revolutionaries, it puts the secret mission of the spaceship Ulysses in jeopardy. Without a refueling launch from the asteroid, the survival of the ship and its crew is uncertain. The safest course for the Ulysses? Abandon the mission and limp home.

But Cal Scott, captain of the Ulysses, is an astronaut of the old school and failure is not an option. He has a plan: head straight for the asteroid belt and get their fuel—one way or another.


I picked up this novella on a whim mostly because I liked the title. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t quite work for me. Since it was only 149 pages, I decided to power through but I did seriously consider DNF’ing it at about 30% in because I was so BORED.

Calvin Scott is the captain of the spaceship Ulysses, which was on a mission to survey a planet (if I remember correctly). The asteroid base they needed to stop at for refueling decided they were going to rebel against the corporations and they weren’t going to refuel the Ulysses. Cal Scott decided that wasn’t going to fly, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and went down to the asteroid base to negotiate or take the fuel by force. All by himself. 

The whole story was just a little ridiculous. Like, this Cal Scott guy is apparently such a wildcard he could mess up the entire rebellion by himself. Even though his ship is basically stranded because they need fuel. Also, the rebellion was such a joke – horribly planned, the people weren’t really that committed, and honestly that probably made it more realistic. For some reason the story and characters (mostly Cal Scott) were so cringey. 

This is a series I won’t be continuing for obvious reasons. I just didn’t like it and thought it was boring. Even when the action started, I just kind of chuckled and thought it would be a marvelously bad movie starring Tom Hardy because the MC didn’t talk very much and just I kept skimming along.