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Marion: I read Robin Sloan’s delightful Sourdough this week. Kat reviewed it here, but I may add a few comments. The book was even more fun for me because I’ve been to some of the locations used, like the Ferry Terminal’s farmers market or the island of Alameda. I loved the “Lois Club,” and it’s pretty clear that one particular character was inspired by Alice Waters of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse fame. I also finished another dark, atmospheric and weird John Connolly Charlie Parker novel, A Game of Ghosts. That series gets stranger with each book.

Sandy: Moi? After having just finished Books l and 2 of E. “Doc” Smith’s famous LENSMAN six-parter (Triplanetary and First Lensman, respectively), what else could I possibly be reading now but Book 3 in the legendary space opera, Galactic Patrol, which was originally released serially in 1937? I’m already halfway through this one, am enjoying it a lot, and look forward to getting back to you with a review shortly…

Tadiana: In the last couple of weeks I’ve read some interesting and varied books. In the speculative field: The Fever King by Victoria Lee, an upcoming, gritty YA novel that combines magic and dystopian SF, with a dash of alternative history; Seanan McGuire‘s In an Absent Dream, which I thought was fantastic; and In the Company of Strangers, the first book in a new Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy series by Melissa McShane. My non-SF/F reads were My Lovely Wife, a tense, murder-filled thriller by Samantha Downing, and a WWII-era historical novel, The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff, about British women who were deployed to France to work with the Resistance as radio operators and saboteurs. Good times!

Taya: I’m down with a cold after nursing Nathan and my daughter through them earlier in the week. Between books at the moment.

Terry: I continue to try to decrease the number of books I currently have bookmarks in. I also continue to fail by starting something new that captures me. This week that book is The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish, which is sufficiently atmospheric and scary that I’ve had to turn on extra lights while reading it. Nicely done!


  • Tim Scheidler

    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.