Sunday Status Update: December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, to those who celebrate it.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kris Kringle: I’m stuck. I’ve been stuck for hours. I’m almost sure someone’s closed the flue on me. I can see morning light. Send help!

Jana: This week I read Laura Bickle’s Nine of Stars, a semi-weird-West-type of fantasy novel involving alchemy, shapeshifters, folklore, and winter in Yellowstone Park. Review to come shortly. I’ve also been (slowly) working on a review of an anthology edited by Robert Silverberg, This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse. With twenty-one stories, spanning over a century, the range of themes and authors is quite broad. And I started Pat Frank’s classic Forbidden Area, an interesting Cold War-era novel about nuclear power and its dangers. I haven’t gotten far into it yet; the holiday season descended upon me like a flock of magpies and stole all of my free time. But I do hope everyone’s holidays are enjoyable and full of happiness!

Marion: I finished Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, which I enjoyed completely, and now I’m about halfway through Infomocracy by Malka Older, which is brilliant. Reviews will follow.

Stuart: Since my family arrived in Hawaii I’ve been in full tourist mode and haven’t had almost any time to read, but have managed to sneak in a few stories from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (English edition 1974) and The Complete Cosmicomics (English edition 1997). Like Borges, Calvino is a fabulist who spins impossible tales with a magic realist touch, but for my money Calvino has a much more playful and entertaining approach that doesn’t require a doctorate in 19th/20th century classical literature and philosophy, so I am enjoying his stories in little bits and pieces. Should be perfect reading material  when I spend Christmas Eve and Christmas on the airplane heading back to Tokyo this weekend.

Tim: This week, I listened to Brandon Sanderson‘s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. I quite enjoyed it, although I had read several of the included stories before.

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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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