Sunday Status Update: December 26, 2017

Apologies for some tardiness in getting this update out. This week, Santa Claus and an old joke.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kris Kringle: Someone left out rum for me. I knew I shouldn’t have tried but I thought, well, just a small one wouldn’t hurt. Well, one turned into a few more, and I’m not as young as I used to be. I haven’t had a night like that in… oh, who knows how long? Thank heaven Dasher had his wits about him, led the sleigh home. I wasn’t in much of a state to do it by then. Fell out of the sleigh as we landed, ruined a good set of trousers. The Missus made them for me and all. Couldn’t be helped, but I knew I couldn’t let the Missus know about it. I hid the ruined trousers, and then I went in and tried to patch myself up with some band-aids before I went to bed. I was trying to be stealthy, but it didn’t do any good. The Missus knew in the morning.

“You were drinking last night,” she said.

“Oh dear,” I said. “How’d you know?”

“Well, first there’s the fact that we live in the North Pole and you left the door wide open. Then there’s the blood on my nice clean sheets. And then there’s all those band-aids stuck to the hall mirror.”

Jana: This week nothing important broke in my house (huzzah!) so I was actually able to sit down for some good reading time, and wonder of wonders, actually got some reviews written. For FanLit, I read Kill All Angels, the concluding volume in Robert Brockway’s VICIOUS CIRCUIT trilogy. I also read (and really enjoyed) the first volume in Tony Cliff’s DELILAH DIRK graphic novel series, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. Reviews to come, naturally. And for myself, I read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s much-loved classic The Little Prince. Happy holidays, everyone!

Marion: I didn’t get much reading done this week. I finished Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, a book of hers I had not read. I am stunned and envious at the ease with which she slips into and out of characters’ POVs. I grabbed an ARC of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti; The Night Masquerade, but haven’t had time to start it, yet. I did read a SERENITY comic collection, Leaves on the Wind. It helped fill in some free time here and there, and would probably make a good Firefly-themed movie, but I wasn’t amazed by it.

Wishing everyone joyous, safe and magical holidays!

Sandy: Moi? I am currently engrossed in a new book that has come out from the fine folks at Penguin, The Best of Richard Matheson. This is a big, 400+-page affair that collects 33 of Matheson’s tales between two covers, and that happily only repeats three stories from the author’s 1969 collection The Shores of Space, which I had previously enjoyed. The volume is kind of like a companion piece to their Perchance to Dream collection by Charles Beaumont of a few years back. I look forward very much to getting into this generous anthology of Matheson’s stories. And oh … happy holidays to one and all!

StuartI’m happy to report that my micro-discectomy surgery last Friday seems to have worked, as I can now stand, sit, and even walk a bit about the house. However, I’m under strict doctor’s orders to take the recovery slowly and not work for at least two weeks, so what’s one to do when they are suddenly free of intense leg pains, can move again, and have free time for the first time in ages? Of course I continued to chip away at Lucius Shepard‘s collection The Best of Lucius Shepardbut frankly I was in the mood for lighter fare, so I snapped up the third installment of Dennis E. Taylor s BOBIVERSE series, All These Worlds, for 8 hours of audiobook bliss. What a fun series, exactly what I needed. Next I plan to finally sample Terry Pratchett’s beloved DISCWORLD series (with 41 entries all told!), starting with #13, Small Gods, as I’ve read that is one of his best. 

Tim: I had a very busy week this time around, but I did manage to finish Brandon Sanderson‘s Oathbringer (my review will probably be out or pending by the time this is posted), and made an attempt at The Summer Tree, first book in Guy Gavriel Kay‘s FIONOVAR TAPESTRY. FIONOVAR is one of those series that I keep making runs at every couple of years, because I was given the whole trilogy (in very nice edition) as a gift, and I feel guilty ignoring it. Besides, I like Guy Gavriel Kay! Well… hypothetically, anyway. This is the fourth time I’ve tried to get through The Summer Tree, and I lasted about one chapter longer than last time. You know you’re bored when you have to start imagining different silly voices for the characters just to keep them straight. Anyway, after dropping that like a hot potato, I started listening to another gift, an audio collection of Robert E. Howard‘s CONAN stories. Say what you will about the pulp era, but it’s never boring. I’ve found it just the thing for the hectic holidays, by Crom!

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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. Stuart, I am so glad to read that the surgery was a success and you are doing better! Thank goodness.

  2. Stuart, thank you for the update! I’m glad you’re on the mend!!

  3. Thanks everyone, and glad to see that we all found some time to read in between busy holiday activities! I’ll provide more details in my Sunday Status Update.

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