Marion: I’m reading Ocean Vuong’s autobiographical novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, and loving every heartbreaking word.

Bill: This week I read two story collections — Dreaming in Quantum and Other Stories by Lynda Clark and The Tangleroot Palace by Marorie Liu, neither of which fully satisfied, and an enjoyable draft of a new novel by an author who shall remain nameless (have to wait for the favorable review it will eventually get).  I’m currently two-thirds of the way through The Kingdoms, by Natasha Pulley, which is sharply written and going in nicely unpredictable directions so far.

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading a novel by a very popular sci-fi author from the pulp magazine era, Harl Vincent, who I had not previously encountered. The novel in question is his 1929 offering entitled Venus Liberated, and I must say that it has really sucked me right in. I look forward to sharing some thoughts about this one with you all in the near future….

Terry: I’m very much enjoying The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley, a time travel story in which the French win the Napoleonic Wars. The changed history is interesting, but the characters are the best part of this fine novel. I’m also reading The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, a propulsive mystery.


  • Tim Scheidler

    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.