Sunday Status Update: December 27, 2015

Characters all on break this week. Apparently they’ve formed a union.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Jana: This week I read (and had fun with) John Montroll’s DC Super Heroes Origami, which was fun and ridiculously challenging. I started Daniel José Older’s Half-Resurrection Blues, the first in his BONE STREET RUMBA series, to prep for the sequel, Midnight Taxi Tango (which comes out in early January). And I baked cookies, hung up pretty lights, and went for lots of walks in the snow, because those are my favorite things to do at this time of year. I hope everyone has been having a lovely holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate, and that you’re busy making up your New year’s resolution lists.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews João: I’m back home for Christmas and New Year’s shenanigans (and a lot of studying, as usual) so I have not been reading that much. Honestly, I’m not really feeling the urge to pick up a fiction book right now, so I don’t know whether I’ll read anything until the year ends. I did get some books from my girlfriend, namely The Fifth Season by N.K. Jeminsin, Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock, and The Peripheral by William Gibson. Of those I’ll probably read The Peripheral first because I am a bit too fed up with fantasy right now, and because it seems to share some similarities with Simon Ings’ Wolves which I enjoyed a lot. 

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kevin: Happy holidays to all our wonderful readers! I’ve had a great reading week after being entranced by Adrian Tchaikovsky’s SHADOWS OF THE APT series and am currently on book five. The end of the year always offers some great deals on ebooks, so I’ll definitely be acquiring a ton of new books for January. Aside from all that, I’ve embraced my inner geek by watching Star Wars – all of them! No spoilers here, but I rather liked episode 7.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Ryan: I’ve recently finished Haruki Murakami‘s Hear The Wind Sing, which I didn’t particularly like. I also finished Catcher in the Rye, which was better on audio, thank goodness. I also finished two by Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express (I greatly prefer the former to the latter). I’m now in the middle of Tim Butcher’s Blood River, and I’m listening to Hampton Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice and Kim Stanley Robinson‘s The Gold Coast.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Stuart: With the holidays in full swing with family and friends, I’ve hardly had any time to read or listen to books. The only chances were listening to The Fifth Season the first two nights when I was completely jet-lagged and couldn’t sleep, and little bits of Alan Moore‘s Watchmen on the iPad and iPhone while on shopping jaunts to Ala Moana Center. Clothes shopping is a special form of torture reserved for guys, and having a device has been a godsend to maintain my sanity. I have seen 7 episodes of The Man in the High Castle, and it’s pretty well done but increasingly different from the book. Still plan to watch Jodorowsky’s Dune and the Dune miniseries when I can find some time.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I’m reading Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song, an excellent YA horror novel; The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner, which continues to astonish me with its lovely language; and Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch, the loveliest mash-up of mystery and magic I’ve come across lately.  May the new year bring us all plenty of time in which to read!

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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 finished Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older, and spent the rest of the holiday weekend reading Dashiell Hammett. In addition to the many wonderful books I got, I treated myself to Six of Crows but I haven’t started it yet.

  2. Hammett is THE best crime fiction writer . . . ever!

    My favorite book of his is the collection of Continental Op stories that is imaginatively entitled The Continental Op.

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