Sunday Status Update: August 29, 2021

Kat: I’m still listening to John BellairsLEWIS BARNAVELT books with my daughter. Bellairs died in 1991 and the series has continued under author Brad Strickland. You’d never know there was a change in authorship. This week we read The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder, The Beast Under the Wizard’s Bridge, and The Tower at the End of the World.

Bill: This week I read The Desert Prince, Peter V. Brett’s start to a new series set in his DEMON CYCLE world and two non-fiction works: the interesting but somewhat repetitive Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory, and Myth byPatrick Nunn and the excellent Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. In video I quite enjoyed the third installment of Marvel’s What If, making it two for three in the series so far.

Marion:  I finished up Jessica Warner’s concise history of Britain’s gin craze (called Craze). In between bits of Robert McFarlane’s luminous book Under Land, a study of various underwords, mythic and physical, I started a YA comedy from 2008, Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin. I got it because a writer friend of mine is writing a novel with a similar biological premise as the starting point, and this is the only other book I’ve seen use that change. Despite the fascinating starting point, it’s basically a comedy about a girl who wants to go to prom, and it’s dated, so I’m having some trouble staying with it. Many parts are funny–it’s just not my thing.

Terry: I’ve been on a quest to finish books I’ve started, so this week I finished The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig and Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings, both of which I enjoyed. As a reward, I’ve allowed myself to dive into The Antropocene Reviewed by John Green, a book of essays mostly about the natural world, and it is a delight.


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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. Loved Under Land Marion. Course, I love everything and anything by McFarlane

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