For those of you who don’t know, Sweeping the Shelves is my “weekly” challenge try to clean up my shelves. I pick 5 random books that I own but haven’t read, post about them here, and then decide whether to keep or donate them.
Here’s the picks for this week!
Behemoth – Leviathan #2 (Scott Westerfield)
Description from Goodreads: The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan’s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.
Final Verdict: Well, apparently I liked the first book in this series enough to give it a full 5 stars on Goodreads. I don’t remember ANYTHING that happened in it now, but…I guess that just means I’ll have to re-read it before getting to this one. 😉 – KEEP
Black House – The Talisman #2 (Stephen King & Peter Straub)
Description from Goodreads: Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories “twinner” from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.
When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “The Fisherman” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
Final Verdict: I really liked The Talisman. It was 2 BILLION pages long, but it was really good. This one is also really long and I probably won’t get to reading it any time soon, but IT’S STEPHEN KING. – KEEP
The Crossroads – Haunted Mystery #1 (Chris Grabenstein)
Description from Goodreads: Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.
Final Verdict: This one looks interesting, has really good reviews, and, considering how easy to read The Island of Dr. Libris was, shouldn’t take me very long to read. I think I’ll keep it for now and donate it after I’ve read it. – KEEP
The Enemy – The Enemy #1 (Charlie Higson)
Description from Goodreads: When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.
Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there – alive?
Final Verdict: I dunno. I can barely handle the gore in zombie books/movies at the best of times, and having it happen to kids? Hm. I must have bought this while I was still on my high from the Wayward Pines series (which is great, btw, you should check it out), but I’m just not feeling it now. – DONATE
The Whisperers – Charlie Parker #9 (John Connolly)
Description from Goodreads: In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods–drugs, cash, weapons, even people–are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.
The authorities suspect something is amiss, but what they can’t know is that it is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men’s hearts. As the smugglers begin to die one after another in apparent suicides, Parker is called in to stop the bloodletting. The soldiers’ actions and the objects they have smuggled have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other, the killer known as the Collector. . .
Final Verdict: Reading some of the other reviews, I think this one might be a little too grim for me. And adding in the fact that it’s #9 in a series I haven’t even heard of…yeah, I think this one is for the donation pile. – DONATE
Today’s Count: Keep = 3, Donate = 2
Overall Count: Keep = 7, Donate = 3