Sunday Status Update: February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day! .

Queen of Hearts: Off with their heads! Off with all their heads! And that sort of thing. Why I’m the obligatory Valentine’s Day reference, I really couldn’t say. But it makes sense somehow. Probably has to do with mathematics. It all comes back to mathematics, don’t you know.

Bill: This week I read Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh, the second in his SPADEMAN series. Not quite as good as book one, but still enjoyable. I also read The Letter and the Cosmos: How the Alphabet has Shaped the Western View of the World by Laurence de Looze, an interesting look at the formation and impact of the Western alphabet, and Robert Haas’ poetry collection The Apple Trees of Olema. Currently I’m reading and enjoying A World from Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life by Ben McFarland, listening to chapter four of The Fourth Revolution, and also on to chapter four of Blood and Bone by Ian Cameron Esslemont for the Tor MALAZAN reread

Marion: I finished Leigh Bardugo’s brilliant Six of Crows, and Charlie Jane Anders’s first novel All the Birds in the Sky. I think we’re going to see a lot of discussion about All the Birds in the Sky, not only for the ideas but because Anders is something of an up-and-comer in the SFF community. Right now I am reading Dominion, the third book in the John Connolly/Jennifer Ridyard alien invasion trilogy CHRONICLES OF THE INVADERS. No spoilers, but I have to say things aren’t going so well for right now.

Ryan: I’m about halfway through the audio adaptation of Robert J. Sawyer‘s Humans, which is the second novel in his NEANDERTHAL PARALLAX series. I’ve recently finished John Wyndham‘s Trouble With Lichen, which I think is a pretty weak title for an otherwise alright novel. And before that I read Kim Stanley Robinson‘s The Gold Coast. I’m eager to read The Pacific Edge, but I am more eagerly awaiting my turn at the library for Robinson’s Red Mars.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading the final book in Leigh Brackett’s SKAITH TRILOGY, The Reavers of Skaith, and hope to get a review of that one out for you very soon. Next up for me will be a book of Brackett’s short stories, as I continue to celebrate the centennial of “The Queen of Space Opera”…

Stuart: This week I finished Loeb and Sales’ Batman: Dark Victory and Loeb and Lee’s more recent Batman: Hush. Both good for different reasons. It’s time to move on to two other comic book franchises: Frank Miller‘s SIN CITY series and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ snarky space opera SAGA series. As for audiobooks, I finished Octavia Butler‘s Wild Seed (1980), the first volume of her PATTERNISTseries about long-lived beings with telekinetic powers and shape-shifting ability that live among mere mortals. After all that, I had a special listening opportunity because I came down with the flu, which is rampant in Japan in the winter. So while being stuck in bed for the last 3 days, I started listening to Ann Leckie’s Ancilliary Justice and Ancillary Mercy. It’s a lot like the British Empire in space, with indeterminate genders (to be precise, gender exists, but it’s not important), along with distributed-consciousness AIs.

Tim: This week I began the second novel of the DEATH GATE CYCLE, Elven Star. It’s set on a completely different world than the first one, because apparently protagonist Haplo succeeded in his mission last time. I was unaware of that after finishing the first book, but whatever. On with the show.

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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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