Sunday Status Update: April 8, 2018

Plenty of cool books this week!

Jana: This week my weather was (mostly) cooperative, so I spent a lot of it outside, digging up weeds and thinking about flower seeds. I’ve been re-reading Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor‘s second NIGHT VALE novel, It Devours!, in the evenings, and I read Ilana C. Myer‘s second novel, Fire Dance, which is billed as both a stand-alone companion AND sequel to her debut novel, Last Song Before Night. I found that it functioned more as a sequel for me, though there’s certainly room for debate. I got some long-delayed reviews knocked out, and should be able to finish a few more of those in the coming week. I also hope to be able to read Emma Newman‘s third PLANETFALL novel, Before Mars, and to get it reviewed soon.

Marion: I Finished Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. It’s possible by the time folks are reading this I’ll have posted the review. I started Mohsin Hamid’s slim novel Exit West, an example of the ways a general fiction writer (Hamid wrote The Reluctant Fundamentalist) can adopt the tropes of speculative fiction to good effect. In an interview on PBS, Hamid said his mysterious “black rectangles “ that take you to other parts of the world when you step through them were inspired by smart phones.

Sandy: Moi? I have recently finished reading Edmond Hamilton’s 1948 melding of sci-fi, fantasy, sword & sorcery and lost-race adventure genres, The Valley of Creation, and hope to have a review for you very shortly. Next up for me will most likely by a post-apocalyptic novel written by Jack London in 1912: The Scarlet Plague. I haven’t read any London since the days of my yute and thus am looking forward to getting into this one very much indeed…

Tadiana: My two week update: I’ve whiled away a few hours with Faith Hunter‘s Skinwalker, the first book in her JANE YELLOWROCK urban fantasy series; The Stone Girl’s Story, a delightful middle grade fantasy by Sarah Beth Durst; a reread of Tamora Pierce‘s Emperor Mage (after reading Tempests and Slaughter about the mage Numair’s younger days, I had to remind myself of what happened to these characters later in their lives); K.C. Archer‘s School for Psychics, which brought me down with a thud; and another reread, Patricia Briggs‘ excellent urban fantasy Fair Game, which I’ve decided is my favorite book (so far) in her ALPHA AND OMEGA series. Now I need to go write a few more reviews; I can feel Kat’s whip cracking over my head!

Tim: This week, I’ve been carrying on with Brian McClellan‘s POWDER MAGE trilogy in The Crimson Campaign. It’s a solid follow-up to its predecessor, though the plotting is a little more chaotic this time around.

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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. So nice to see so many of us here, and so many good books to add to the TBR list.

  2. I haven’t checked in in a long time, but I’ve been busy reading and reviewing comics, so here are some upcoming reviews you’ll be seeing in the coming weeks: Heavy Liquid, Lady Killer, Jupiter’s Circle, Marvel 1985, Kingsman, The Woods, Empress, Batman: Year One, Demo, Criminal series (vols 1-7), Fatale (books 1-5), and Ghosted (vols 1-4). Many of these are books I’ve been meaning to review for a long time, particularly Fatale. I also have set out to re-read my favorite series by Alan Moore: Promethea. So keep an eye out for reviews of those five volumes. Finally, I’ve been looking at more and more comics by Image, so expect many more Image comics than Marvel and DC in the near future.

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