Sunday Status Update: April 17, 2016

This week, Supergirl contemplates whether or not Kryptonians are dangerous to humanity.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Supergirl: This week everyone in the League was making a big deal about how Kal and Batman both had a mom named Martha. Seems like kind of a forced connection to me, but whatever floats your boat, guys. They also kept arguing about whether or not Kal was dangerous to humanity. He totally is, by the way. So am I. If either of us ever threw a punch at full speed and force, it would go off like a bomb and probably level the city. Remember that stretch of beach that mysteriously turned to glass a while back? Yeah, I got a spider on me. Honestly, why we live in an urban center, I have no idea.

Brad: This week, I re-read the first 20 issues of Gotham Central by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka (there are 40 issues total). I also read the first six issues of the most recent run of The Defenders, the Marvel team featuring Dr Strange, Silver Surfer, and Namor, quite an odd mix. I’ve started re-reading Brian K. Vaughan’s Dr. Strange: The Oath. For review purposes, I’ve been re-reading volume seven of The Sandman: Brief Lives. I should have a review ready for next week. I’m reading Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil, and re-reading another Brubaker title, his early crime story Scene of the Crime, originally written for Vertigo, but recently re-issued in a deluxe edition by Image. On audio, I’m listening to Version Control by Dexter Palmer, and I’m listening to Austen’s Emma for at least the third time (though I have no idea how many times I’ve read this great novel in physical editions). Finally, I’m reading Blue and Gold by K. J. Parker (as collected in Academic Exercises).

João: Still undertaking my Malazan journey, currently halfway through Reaper’s Gale. Because I haven’t check in here for a while I might as well give a overview of my journey so far. My favorite novel in this series was Memories of Ice for the sheer epicness of it all. The density of badass characters, and Kruppe, has yet to be beaten in any other novel. The best one however was Midnight Tides. Very intricately plotted, and the sheer tragedy of it all still haunts my bones. I still have 12 Malazan books, including the new ones, to go through. It has been quite a journey so far, and in good Letherii fashion I am in debt for some reviews for the site.

Kevin: I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus on reading lately for personal reasons, but now I’m back! I’m very excited to have finished Todd Lockwood’s The Summer Dragon, which I rather liked. Having also powered through Holly Jenning’s Arena and Adam Selby’s Snakewood, I’m beginning to suspect that I’ve developed a taste for debut novels. Hopefully we’ll get some great reviews of those up soon – in the meantime, I‘d suggest adding The Summer Dragon to your to-read list!

Marion: I finished Caitlin Kittredge’s Grim Tidings, the second book in THE HELLHOUND CHRONICLES, and I also read and enjoyed Two Serpents Rise, another CRAFT novel by Max Gladstone. By the way, the spine of my mass-market paperback of that book reads Wo Serpents Rise. I thought that was funny. I just started Nancy Kress’s Nebula and Locus award-winning novella After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall. I could never get this title right before, but now that I know it’s got a time-travel element, things have fallen into place (hah! Unintended pun) a bit better.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading Kate Wilhelm’s Hugo Award-winning novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang and hope to get a review out for this one in the next day or two. Next up for me will be a 1965 novel written by Kate’s husband, Damon Knight, entitled The Rithian Terror. I’ve never read anything by Knight and thus am looking forward to this one very much…

Skye: Hello! I have been a bit of a stranger here lately as my school term has been ending with a good helping of assignments and a dash of stress on the side. I have had little time to read as April has gone on which means I’ve made minuscule headway in the books I do have on the go. Those still include The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch and The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding. Additions to the pile include: Welcome to Night Vale the novel extension of the excellent podcast by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Red Glove the second installment in Holly Black‘s THE CURSEWORKERS trilogy, and Wastelands: Tales of the Apocalypse an anthology of tales edited by John Joseph Adams. On kindle I have a copy of Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip which I have only barely started so far. I still have a good chunk of school work to do before I get to dive back into reading. I’ll be back soon!

Stuart: Spring has arrived in Japan, so it’s time to combine audiobooks and hiking & cycling. After slogging through Octavia Butler‘s grim Parable of the Sower, I finished off two audiobooks by Iain M. Banks read by one of my favorite narrators, Peter Kenny. He does all of his CULTURE novels, and can do an incredible range of voices and accents, but his specialty is Scottish, which is perfect because Banks was a Scotsman and both Feersum Endjinn and The Bridge have some Scottish elements. There is a catch – Feersum Endjinn is not available on US Audible, so I will only reveal how to get it in my review! As for comics, I finished Vol 3: Dream Country of Neil Gaiman‘s SANDMAN series. It remains whimsical and disturbing by turns, and the artwork is handled by different artists depending on the story.

Tim: This week, I finished up with Abraham Merritt‘s The Moon Pool and kept plugging ahead with Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman‘s DEATH GATE CYCLE in their fifth book, The Hand of Chaos. Not much new to add, really.

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TIM SCHEIDLER, who's been with us since June 2011, holds a Master's Degree in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Tim enjoys many authors, but particularly loves J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Susanna Clarke. When he’s not reading, Tim enjoys traveling, playing music, writing in any shape or form, and pretending he's an athlete.

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  1. Sandy; I will be interested in your review of the Wilhelm book, and I’ll probably post a short response review sometime next week. I read it a few months ago.

    • So glad we’ll finally get that reviewed! It’s been on our priority list for a long time.

    • sandy ferber /

      OK, Marion. I enjoyed the book a lot but did have some small quibbles with it. We’ll see how our experiences compared in a few days….

  2. Jean Hall /

    Marion – I thought that was funny, too!

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