Sunday Status Update: December 18, 2011

In the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: This week I read Well of Sorrows by Benjamin Tate (pen name of Joshua Palmatier), the first book of an ongoing series. I found it utterly engrossing for the most part, finishing it in two days and moving on as soon as possible to its follow up — Leaves of Flame. I can tell already I’m going to be impatient for the third book and will be bemoaning yet again not waiting for a series to be completed before beginning it. When will I learn? Reviews to come. I’ve also just begun Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a look at modern physics by Lisa Randall. which is so far proving to be clear, entertaining, and informative.  Finally, my son and I are reading the first CHARLIE BONE book together, though he’s skipped ahead of me. I didn’t care for the first two as noted in my reviews and so far I’m finding the same issues annoying me this time through, but he seems to be enjoying it. Ahh, the things we parents do for our kids…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Greg: FINALLY finished Patrick Rothfuss‘s The Wise Man’s Fear, Day II of THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE (my Kindle is heavier from uploading it). There were some really great moments in that book, but for me those moments were few and way too far between. Now I’m reading something with more juice in it: Richard Morgan‘s Broken Angels. Yeah, Kovacs kicks @$$.

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Kat: My semester is over, so no more commute for a while. Therefore, it’s going to take me a long time to get through the audiobook I’m listening to, now: Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon. I’m reading it in print, too. But Christmas preparations and a lack of commute aren’t the only reasons Cryptonomicon is going to take a while. The book is long! The ARC I have from Subterranean Press (they’re printing a limited edition in 2012) weighs 4 pounds. Seriously. I put it on the scale.

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Marion: It feels like I haven’t had much time for reading that wasn’t work-related. I read Ursula LeGuin’s The Telling from 2000, definitely a minor work in the HAINISH CHRONICLES. Lovely writing, though. I finished Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. It’s good, but has a definite case of Second Book Slump. I’m halfway through Murakami’s amazing 1Q84 — it seems like I’ve been halfway through this book forever. It’s not that things aren’t happening, they are, many exciting and strange things. It’s very long, though. This week I have work meetings that go into the evening, so I don’t expect to make too much progress. Then there are all the books I’m buying, but not for myself…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I needed something small and easy to pack and handle to read this week, as I had a short trip and didn’t want to carry too much with me. So I devoured Maureen F. McHugh‘s new short story collection, After the Apocalypse over the two days of my trip. On the way home, I started Tamara Siler Jones‘s Ghosts in the Snow, which I’m enjoying so much that I’ve already acquired the next two (and, it appears, only others, at least to date) in the series about Dubric Bryerly, the head of security at Castle Faldorrah in an unspecified past time and imaginary place. I’m hoping to get these books and a pile of others reviewed before real life resumes after Christmas and New Year’s, as I’m attempting to set aside six days for nothing but reading and writing. That would have worked better if we hadn’t decided to have a houseful of company to dinner on New Year’s Eve! But I should still be able to get a serious reading fix. Yay!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week the semester finally ended, which leaves me with some long-awaited and much-cherished free time. I celebrated liberty in general by blasting through the remainder of Anne Rice‘s Interview with the Vampire and following it up with The Vampire Lestat. My impressions of Rice‘s work have changed since I was first exposed to it (for the better), but I still find that she makes some odd stylistic choices at times. I’ll try to express some of this in an upcoming review. With some free time ahead of me, I’ve begun reading Queen of the Damned and a borrowed copy of Brandon Sanderson‘s Alloy of Law simultaneously. I find that they’re not entirely incompatible. Well, all right, I’m a liar: they’re ridiculously disparate in style, tone, the whole enchilada. Still, reading the two of them at once — Rice in the sombre evenings and Sanderson in the more chipper mornings — seems to be working well so far.

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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. Greg, I eagerly await your comments on Broken Angels. There were many things I loved,and many things that made me roll my eyes. I will love to read your take on the “angels.”

  2. lots of really big books getting read by this gang . . .

  3. Marion- I’m anxious to discuss Broken Angels with you. I’ll have to re-read your review. I’m digging it so far, but want to know what made you “roll your eyes”. (I’d ask you now, but I don’t want any spoilers. :) )

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