Sunday Status Update: August 4, 2013

This week, we hear from Molly Weasley, circa 1992 or so. That’s right, not only does our magical update machine travel between dimensions, it also travels through time. And space. One might even say time AND relative dimensions IN space. Isn’t that right, Doctor?

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Molly: What? No, I didn’t read anything this week. I have seven children, dear, what did you think I was going to read? Except Lockhart. Oh, he is a marvel. When more of the children are back at school, perhaps then I’ll have the time. People keep telling me about a new detective novel, but I’m not so sure. Seems like a funny sort of thing to read, no wizards in it at all.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Kat: I finished up Lois McMaster Bujold’s VORKOSIGAN series this week with Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance and Cryoburn. I have one non-Miles book left to read (Falling Free). I’m really going to miss Miles et al.! I also read several other books: Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein (quite entertaining), Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (a forgettable children’s fantasy),Journey to the Underground World by Lin Carter (just like every other Lin Carter book I’ve ever read), and The Mediator byMeg Cabot (a mildly pleasant YA). What am I going to read next? I have no idea, but there’s so much to choose from!

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Marion: I spent a wonderful week in Fort Bragg, California at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. It was a great three days focused on various aspects of writing. Currently I am reading Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, by Peter Orner, one of the faculty, and the new-to-me Bronte biography by Juliet Barker.  I finished up Michael J. Sullivan’s Crown Tower and a review will follow. What a fun book! I also picked up, at random, Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep, an urban fantasy or paranormal romance (I’m not quite sure which). I didn’t enjoy this at all and was shocked realize I’m in the minority on this one. I’ll have to see if I can articulate my issues with it in a rational and persuasive manner.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Terry: I spent much of this week rereading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (hey, it’s a long book!) and starting the next book in Lynch’s trilogy, Red Seas Under Red Skies. This man can really write, and he’s on my list of authors whose new works I will immediately purchase.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Tim: This week, like Terry, I read part of Scott Lynch‘s Red Seas Under Red Skies. I do find The Lies of Locke Lamora a bit stronger (at least so far), but I’m very much enjoying book number two as well. Ah, who am I kidding? I love both books, and I’m ecstatic about Republic of Thieves. Lynch is one of those authors worth the excitement. Also worth the excitement? The new Doctor for Doctor Who is being announced today, so if you’re reading this after 2 pm EST, hurry and find out who it is. And if it’s anyone other than the middle-aged white man it’s probably going to be. We need to stay on top of these things so we can duck and cover before the internet explodes.

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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. @Molly One word: AUDIOBOOKS. WITH HEADPHONES. (I guess that’s three words including two compound words, so maybe that’s really like five words.)

    @Marion I’m reading book two in that Estep series right now. I’m listening to the audio version which I think has a lot to do with why I’m enjoying it — the narrator is fabulous. This second book is getting repetitive and there are a few writing quirks that annoy me (such as people “getting dead”) and there’s nothing original or thought-provoking to the story, but I like the characters pretty well.

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    @Marion – I read the second in that Estep series (without realizing I hadn’t read the first) and didn’t like it at all. I found the main to be completely one dimensional and that one dimension was unlikeable and the one sex scene I recall was a bit ridiculous in timing and place.

    @Kat – I’m not at the end of the Vorkosigan series yet but I suspect that I’ll come back to it in the future as a re-read (or re-listen).

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