Marion: I finished up Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett with mixed feelings which I shared in the comments of Bill’s excellent review. I needed a palate cleanser, so I reread a couple of things. The Dain Curse, by Dashiell Hammett, reminded me how much I love his world-weary Continental Op, and his dialogue–also unpleasantly reminded me of the racism. Harder to take than I remembered. Continuing the reread trend, I dove into Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Perfectly Fine. I was reminded how well he uses first-person plural in that story.

Bill:  No genre reads this week, though I did finish the mostly quite good Best American Poetry 2022 and unfortunately two disappointing novels by authors I’m a big fan of —  Ian McEewan’s Lessons and Julian Barnes’ Elizabeth Finch. In genre video, I watched Prey, which I thought quite well done until the physics-defying final fight scene (a typical complaint of mine) and like many, I watched episode one of House of Dragons, which was an OK story if overly familiar and with a way-too-on-the-nose villain, though I’m not sure it’s a necessary story (tonight’s episode hasn’t dispelled those thoughts)

Sandy: Moi? I recently finished reading another beautifully written, mind-blowing work from one of my favorite authors, Algernon Blackwood. The book in question this time is his novel from 1911 entitled The Centaur, which I just loved. Currently, I am reading a highly acclaimed horror novel from 1940 entitled Dark Sanctuary, by H. B. Gregory … the first of a bunch of books that I recently purchased from the overwhelming catalog of Ramble House. I hope to share some thoughts on both of these remarkable novels with you all very shortly….

Tim: This week, I reread a good portion of George R.R. Martin‘s Fire and Blood to coincide with the releasee of HBO’s House of the Dragon. I’m reminded that I do quite enjoy Martin’s writing, even in a more “historical” style as it is here. I don’t think I’ll be dipping back into A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE until the next book is on the horizon, though. Too big an undertaking these days.


  • 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.