Sunday Status Update: August 5, 2012

Bit of a slow week this time around…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: I can sure tell when I am really into book and really not. With work being really crazy the last month, I have struggled to slog through a couple of books that should have been quick and easy. Just finished Don’t Kill the Messenger by Eileen Rendahl and I am still working through Chocolate Lenin, which it interesting, but not compelling. Oh well!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: All my free time has gone into the FanLit facelift, so I couldn’t get much reading done. While I worked on the site, though, I was able to listen to the audio version of Rising Tides, the fifth book in Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series. This epic reminds me a lot of Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME, even though it’s a completely different setting. I’ll try to explain that in my review.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: Last week I attended the Mendocino coast Writers Conference, a twenty-seven year old conference held in the tiny northcoast town of fort Bragg. David Corbett, a crime-novel writer, was one of the faculty and I picked up his book, Blood of Paradise, while I was there. He based the book, which is set in El Salvador in the early 2000s, on a Greek tragedy, and, simply put, it’s about the corruption of the (relatively) innocent. He has good characters with convincingly troubled back-stories but the star of the book is Corbett’s sense of place. You can feel the humidity, hear the insects, feel the tension as the uniformed men with guns march past. The book is not particularly upbeat but it is compelling.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week I continued (once again) with the FAFHRD AND GREY MOUSER stories by Fritz Leiber. More rollicking adventure and good-natured knavery. I’m now approaching the close of the series. I also read Ursula LeGuin‘s A Wizard of Earthsea, which is even lovelier than I remember. Otherwise, most of my time was taken up with music in one form or another.


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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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2 comments

  1. missed our deadline–doh!

    This week I read Divergent by Veronica Roth, a fast-paced solid YA dystopia. I also reread Steven Erikson’s Forge of Darkness and am continuing the reread of his Reaper’s Gale over at Tor. I also finished The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, a a different sort of quiet post-apocalyptic novel which I really enjoyed. Reviews of all to come. Finally, the other day I sat down and went through a stack of unread magazines which had been piling up. Now if I could only do the same with my stack of unread literary journals . . . Up next is probably the sequel to Divergent (Insurgent) and our next book club book (We Should Talk About Kevin) which I’d read when it came out and can’t say I’m looking forward to rereading. The things we do for our book clubs . . .

  2. Kat–I’m sorry you didn’t get to read more, but I can’t begrudge the time because the site looks fantastic!

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