Sunday Status Update: December 11, 2011

Lots of fun this week, as we move further into December.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: This week I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, a book that I mostly thoroughly enjoyed, especially if I didn’t stop to think too much about it but just slid through the scenes and language. I’ll be adding my own take to our several reviews of the book soon. I also read Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King with my son. It’s a great premise and a charming book and my ten-year-old was a big fan, knocking it off in two days once we’d started it aloud together. Review to come. On tap–The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Greg: FINALLY finished The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Lord willing, my review will be completed this week. I don’t think it’s ever taken me this long to read a book and it’s going to be difficult to review. Because, for me, it was a love-hate relationship.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: It’s been a pretty busy week and I am still reading Corvus by Brian Kearney. The next book on my list is Of Limited Loyalty by Michael A. Stackpole.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: After reading two old SF novels this week — Philip K. Dick’s Now Wait For Last Year, and Arthur C. Clarke’s The Fountains of Paradise — I was ready for a change. So I picked up the audio version of Kelly Meding’s Three Days to Dead which is pleasant enough, but mostly stands out because of the excellent narration provided by Xe Sands.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kelly: I’m reading Marjorie M. Liu‘s Within the Flames in print and listening to Cherie Priest‘s Hellbent on audio, and sneaking a chapter here and there from Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro for our challenge list.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: I re-read Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and I’m starting Seamus Heaney‘s translation of Gilgamesh. I’m still making my way through 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Ryan: I’m almost finished reading Neal Stephenson‘s Anathem. As per usual, I find that for every three hours I spend reading one of Stephenson’s novels, I spend at least another hour reading about the novel. Aside from many Wikipedia articles, I spent some time at his website, where Stephenson acknowledges many of the sources and inspirations for the “theorics” of the novel. I also read this AV Club interview with him. The interview directed me to this XKCD comic, and I suspect all SFF readers will have an opinion about the graph it offers.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: Everything came to a screeching halt this week once I discovered how much I liked THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I got hold of a copy of Catching Fire early in the week, and found I could do nothing else: I had to read. I think I made it through that novel in a day. Now I’m reading Mockingjay at a somewhat more sedate pace (I can dodge work for most of a day, but not more than one), and am begrudging every hour I need to spend doing something other than reading.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: Having finally finished up with various papers this week, I was able to get back to reading. I read and very much enjoyed Richard Matheson‘s novella I Am Legend, as well as Jim Butcher‘s Harry Dresden short story Love Hurts, which, although entertaining, was a bit less impressive than I had hoped for. Finally, apparently having developed a thirst for vampire lit without realizing it, I’ve begun reading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I had previously read The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, but it seemed like time to visit the original.

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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. Kat: That’s my favourite PKD book so really looking forward to your review.

  2. Kieran, It was way better than the last PKD novel I read, and I cried at the end.

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