Down the TBR Hole #10

This is already the 10th!!!! post I am writing about my evergrowing ‘Want to Read’ list. That’s correct, even though I have taken off 32 books already, it doesn’t seem to get much smaller. I add just as much new ones as I take off. But at least it is better up to date now.


  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or more) books. Of course, if you do this weekly you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopsis of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M Valente.

13538708September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and definitely want to continue with it. This book stays.


Now there follow three books by the same author. These books I didn’t put on for the books themselves, but just because I wanted to read something by this author. Therefore, following my own, strict, rules, I can only keep one of these three…

Hellstorm’s Hive by Frank Herbert

53729America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects.

When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom’s Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses—it could not be allowed to continue. What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise.

First published in Galaxy magazine in 1973 as “Project 40,” Frank Herbert’s vivid imagination and brilliant view of nature and ecology have never been more evident than in this classic of science fiction.

I put these books on after having read The Green Brain by this author. It also deals with insects, and it does so really well. It was very nice for the biologist that is me to see ecology done well. I have high hopes for this one.


The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert

2010Santaroga seemed to be nothing more than a prosperous farm community. But there was something … different … about Santaroga.

Santaroga had no juvenile delinquency, or any crime at all. Outsiders found no house for sale or rent in this valley, and no one ever moved out. No one bought cigarettes in Santaroga. No cheese, wine, beer or produce from outside the valley could be sold there. The list went on and on and grew stranger and stranger.

Maybe Santaroga was the last outpost of American individualism. Maybe they were just a bunch of religious kooks…

Or maybe there was something extraordinary at work in Santaroga. Something far more disturbing than anyone could imagine.

This also sounds as a very interesting story and something I would be interested in reading.


The Eyes of Heisenberg by Frank Herbert

2015A New World in Embryo

Public Law 10927 was clear and direct. Parents were permitted to watch the genetic alterations of their gametes by skilled surgeons . . . only no one ever requested it.

When Lizbeth and Harvey Durant decided to invoke the Law; when Dr. Potter did not rearrange the most unusual genetic structure of their future son, barely an embryo growing in the State’s special vat-the consequences of these decisions threatened to be catastrophic.

For never before had anyone dared defy the Rulers’ decrees . . . and if They found out, it was well known that the price of disobedience was the extermination of the human race . . .

Again, this sounds really interesting…

But Hellstorm’s Hive sounds the best to me out of these three reads, so I will keep that one, and take The Santaroga Barrier and The Eyes of Heisenberg of the list. Who knows, maybe they will come back on after I have read Hellstorm’s Hive.


Indexing by Seanan McGuire

17907054“Never underestimate the power of a good story.”

Good advice…especially when a story can kill you.

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected—perhaps infected is a better word—by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

That’s where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you’re dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn’t matter if you’re Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.

I do enjoy a good fairy-tale inspired story. This seems to be closer to the dark, original Grimm tales than the cute Disney versions, which sounds promising. It stays.


The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes’ pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.

Those of you who have read some of my previous posts know that I have a massive weak for stories about/with Sherlock Holmes. I have heard a lot about this one and it is supposed to be really good. It definitely stays.


We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp. 

I am going to need some help with this one from you guys. I don’t really know what to expect, and my Goodreads friends have given it very mixed reviews (all star ratings occur, in equal measures…). Let me know in the comments if it should stay or not.


Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

23507745“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

This looks like a fun and magical middle-grade story, which do enjoy. It stays.

After the slaughter of 2 weeks ago, when I took of 5 books, this was a very modest week. I have now, after 10 posts, taken 34 books of my Want to Read list. I am quite proud of that number to be honest. When starting this I would be giving a Lot of books the benefit of the doubt, but I have been quite strict. I will definitely continue this in the coming months, so keep an eye out for my future journeys!

Hoping you are having a lovely day,


9 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #10

  1. Hellstrom’s Hive is….weird, at best. Grotesque also springs to mind 🙂

    I haven’t heard of those other 2 Herbert books you mention, so I’ll probably stick them on my list. Thanks!

    I have not read any of those others, so I hope they work out for you.

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      1. I have to track them down first. They’re on kindle, but at almost $10 a piece, that is NOT happening.

        Well, thank goodness for libraries. They have the Santaroga Barrier anyway…

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