Sunday Status Update: May 28, 2023

Marion: I’m about one third of the way through Matthew Pearl’s 18-year-old novel The Bookaneer, which I’m liking more now that our narrator has arrived in Samoa and we’ve met Robert Louis Stevenson and his family.

Bill: Since our last update I read:

  • The Book That Wouldn’t Burn by Mark Lawrence: sure to be on my Best of ‘23 list
  • The Essential Peter S. Beagle: Volumes I and II by Peter S. Beagle:  an excellent (no surprise) collection of Beagle’s short stories
  • Witch King by Martha Wells: A good fantasy with an intriguing set of characters
  • The Malevolent Seven by Sebastien de Castell: admittedly a  bit disappointing though enjoyed parts
  • For the Love of Mars by Matthew Shindell: an interesting look at our changing thoughts about the Red Planet over time
  • The Ugly History of Beautiful Things,

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