Sunday Status Update: April 22, 2018

Another week has passed already, and we did plenty of reading.

Jana: This week I finished both Bryan Camp’s The City of Lost Fortunes (review to come) and Kim Stanley Robinson‘s Aurora (a bit slow-going, but still good), along with Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep (review also to come). I also read Linda Nagata’s short story “The Martian Obelisk,” which was touching and insightful. I also pushed some papers around, worked on some house projects, and angrily shook my fist at the dandelions that just won’t stop appearing no matter how many of them I pull out of my yard. Next week my hope is to read Emily Devenport’s Medusa Uploaded and, time permitting, Neal Shusterman‘s Thunderhead, the sequel to Scythe.

Marion: I finished At the End of the Day by Claire North, and found it touching and filled with ideas. It’s the first “Claire North” book I’ve read although I really enjoyed her Matthew Swift and Urban Shaman series written as Kate Griffin.  I’m more than halfway through an ARC of Blood Orbit by K.R. Richardson. It’s a noirish police procedural set on another planet, with a greedy corporation, corrupt cops, and various ethnic divides among the inhabitants of the planet. It appears to be the start of a series.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading Otis Adelbert Kline’s 1933 Martian swashbuckler The Swordsman of  Mars and hope to have a review ready for you very soon. So what could possibly be up next for me but the book’s sequel, The Outlaws of Mars, also from ’33…

Stuart: It’s been a couple weeks since my last update, and now that spring has suddenly arrived in London, it’s hard to sit down and read or write reviews when the good weather is so notoriously short-lived, but thank goodness for audiobooks. During a trip to Dubrovnik two weeks ago, I took a break from the MILES VORKOSIGAN SAGA and tried out Nick Harkaway‘s The Gone-Away World, a zany and manically clever post-apocalyptic story that roams all over the place, but does it in unique and memorable fashion. It’s a mix of Mad Max landscapes, larger-than-life characters, sinister ninjas and amazing fight sequences, shocking plot twists, and digressions galore. Certainly different from anything else I’ve read. Now I’ve started Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett‘s Good Omens, a book I’ve meant to read for many years but am glad I can catch more British humor than I would have before.

Terry: I’m just recently back from a sightseeing vacation that left little time to read. Even with two long flights, I still only read one book:  Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I’d been expecting more from that book than I got, as I’ll explain in a review soon. I’ve since started The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which I’m reading in anticipation of The Labyrinth of the Spirits, the newest in the novels about the Cemetery of Lost Books. I’m also reading What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton, which is causing me to cull my shelves for all the books she raves about, planning to read them very soon; perhaps that will be my grand project for 2019. John Scalzi’Head On just arrived, too, and I’m tempted to dive straight into that one, forsaking all others.

Tim: This week, I read The Autumn Republic, the final installment in Brian McClellan‘s POWDER MAGE TRILOGY. The series is fun and lively, with a lot of interesting ideas, though I must admit that reading them all back to back has worn me out a little on powder mages for the time being. Fortunately, Mark Lawrence‘s Grey Sister is on hand for my next read.

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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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