Sunday Status Update: April 27, 2014

Bit short on time this week, so no character update. I’ve sent out the owls and ravens for next week, though.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Kat: I had a three-star reading week. Everything I read was entertaining and recommendable, but not wonderful. Dru Pagliassotti’s Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind, the second in her CLOCKWORK HEART series, has an interesting setting. Mercedes Lackey’s first twoELEMENTAL MASTERS books, The Fire Rose and The Serpent’s Shadow, are unique fairytale retellings. Dreamwalker is the start of a new YA series by C.S. Friedman, an author I particularly admire. Jules Verne’s The Master of the World is a classic that’s most interesting because it shows how visionary Verne was.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Marion: I finished The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata, an independently published novel that is nominated for a Nebula. I hope to have a review of it done soon. I also finished the ARC of City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett, an intriguing second-world fantasy with lots of social commentary. Bennett tries his hand at a different sub-genre with each book and he hasn’t disappointed me yet. Right now I’m reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s memoir Living With a Wild God.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews RebeccaI’ve just finished reading Margaret Mahy’s final work, a sweet little children’s book called Tale of a Tail about a friendly dog with a magical tail to be released on the 1st of May. It was a rather bittersweet experience considering she was one of my favourite authors, and it’s always sad to reach the end of a writer’s body of work. Up next, I plan to continue my complex relationship with Robin McKinley by reading The Hero and the Crown (apparently it’s one of her best books, so if I can’t get captured by it, I’ll just have to concede defeat) as well as Kate Mosse’s Sepulchre. Kat wasn’t impressed by it, but I quite enjoyed Labyrinth, so I’m willing to give it a try.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Terry: I’ve spent another week working hard to get organized and to catch up, but once again I’ve been foiled by legal work. I did manage to read the Spring 2014 edition of Subterranean Magazine, which is brilliant — especially “Hath No Fury” by Kat Howard. Other than that, I’ve been spending my time reading the third book in Sarah Pinborough‘s FORGOTTEN GODS trilogy, The Chosen Seed. It’s a fine trilogy, which leads me to the conclusion that I want to read a lot more of Pinborough’s work. In fact, I have Mayhem cued up next — as soon as I finish reading all the books I’ve already started!  (There are so many I don’t even want to count them.)

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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. Brad Hawley /

    This week I mainly read student papers. But I also read Nightwings because of Sandy’s review. I loved it. I also read a few more excellent Kage Baker stories, and I look forward to reading some of her novels this summer. Finally, I read a number of comics, but my favorite was the graphic novel Friends with Boys, which I reviewed on Friday.

  2. Student papers as well for me, though the end is in sight! I did read A Creature of Moonlight last night–a YA that came in a bit slow/overlong but still won me over with its writing and its larger coming-of-age (especially for girls) metaphor. Review to come

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