Sunday Status Update: April 29, 2018

Another week, more books!

Bill: Like Kat I’m buried in final papers (only 70 more!). But also like Marion, as soon as  Foundryside showed up on my Kindle I blew off a night of work to read it.  She’s right—it doesn’t disappoint at all, as we’ll elaborate on in an upcoming joint review soon. My other act of self-indulgence was to exit my last class and immediately hit the theater ten minutes later to see the new Avengers movie with my family (And I did not pull my son from his last period in order to do so. As a teacher I would never do that. Ever. Really. That’s the story I’m sticking with). My son and I are also happy The Expanse and Westworld have returned, both pleasing in different fashion. Finally, on audio I finished Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography of Leonardo da Vinci and have just started listening to Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst  by Robert M. Sapolsky. So far so good. Now back to our regularly scheduled papers…

Jana: This week was very busy and stressful, but I did manage to carve out time for Emily Devenport’s Medusa Uploaded, a really enjoyable sci-fi thriller influenced by Japanese folklore and films (review to come shortly). I also read Myke Cole‘s novella The Armored Saint, which was good enough to make me want to read more, but didn’t grab onto my heart the way I expected it to. I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to read next — it’s all going to depend on how much free time I have and which deadline is looming the most ominously.

Kat: It’s the end of the semester, so mostly I’m reading student papers (which are quite good!), but I did manage to get some reading done in the last month that I haven’t managed to review yet (but will soon). I read Kevin Hearne‘s final IRON DRUID CHRONICLES novel, Scourged, which felt like a too-quick rap up of this series. Also, I read the new audio version of Mercedes Lackey‘s Arrows of the Queen which was much better than the first audio version. Also, Nnedi Okorafor‘s Akata Witch which was like a Nigerian Harry Potter. And A Magical Match, the latest in Juliet Blackwell‘s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES. Currently I’m reading Andre Norton‘s Catseye. Reviews of all these are coming soon…

Marion: I’m hard at work on a dead-lined project, and getting ready for a trip later this week. I was in good shape and then the ARC of Robert Jackson Bennett’s new book Foundryside landed on my doorstep. I looked at my long list of errands and my timeframes and did what any responsible adult would do – kicked them to the curb and started reading! The book, set in a vividly-realized fantastical world, doesn’t disappoint. I’m also reading Dan Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.

Terry: I’m still reading everything I was reading last week, but I’ve also started a couple more: Nightmare Carnival, edited by the brilliant Ellen Datlow, and Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward, upon the announcement of its nomination for an Eisner Award. I like skipping from one to other, but I also know this means nothing I’m reading has fully captured me.


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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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2 comments

  1. Terry, I enjoyed Ahmed’s interpretation of Black Bolt tremendously, but his original Zoom comic Abbott is mesmerizing! It captures the sense of the 1970 beautifully with a sense of the dangerous weird, and I’m learning all kinds of stuff about the African American renaissance in Detroit, about which I knew nothing.

  2. Thanks, Marion! I finished Black Bolt last night and quite liked it, so now I’ll have to look up Abbott — I didn’t even know it existed.

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