Sunday Status Update: August 8, 2021

Kat: I’ve been on vacation, and the fall semester is about to start in a couple of weeks, so I’ve been pretty busy. But I did manage to read a couple more Andre Norton titles, Synchronized Sorcery by Juliet Blackwell, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I’ve also read a couple of books about nutrition.

Bill: This week I read The Kingdoms, by Natasha Pulley, which had its issues but which I’m still recommending (review up soon); Second Nature by Nathaniel Rich, a collection of infuriating/energizing environmental essays; and The Last Unkillable Thing by Emily Pittinos, a poetry collection that didn’t work for me on the whole, but had some wonderful segments. Currently, I’m a third of the way into The Rookery, Deborah Hewitt’s sequel to The Nightjar, a debut novel that felt like one but boded well for future work based on its originality and imagination, both of which are in clear evidence in the follow-up. In video, I finished Counterpart, a smart mix of science fiction and spy stories (spy-fi?) topped by a brilliant performance by J.K.Simmons. Bemoaning no third season of this excellent show. My son and I also bade a fond farewell to Grimm, which held up quite well on a second viewing for me. Finally, I watched Luca, which I’d classify as lesser Pixar, though it was enjoyable enough and of course, being Pixar, had me choking up at various points.

Marion:  I was at the conference from Thursday through Saturday, so I didn’t get much else read, but I did start Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason, by Jessica Warner. Because, who could resist that title? It’s nonfiction, a study of the anti-gin propaganda movement in England.


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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. I longed for a third season of Counterpart.

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