Sunday Status Update: February 18, 2018

Are we starting to turn the corner on winter 2018? Time will tell. In the meantime, books!

Bill:Digging myself out from the backwork from having the flu, and while my health has rebounded, my reading luck has not. My only completed book was Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, which had me struggling to finish. Otherwise, I’m still in the midst of Our Senses by Rob DeSalle, and still loving listening to Yuval Harari’s Sapiens. Media-wise, my son and I both enjoyed Netflix’s Altered Carbon and Europa One, and are eagerly looking forward to our Thursday showing of Black Panther.

Marion: I took a walk down memory lane this weeks, re-reading, after fifty years, The Time Traders by Andre Norton. I picked up the Baen omnibus reprint that includes a second in the time-travel series, Galactic Derelict, at… okay, it was Goodwill. For ninety-nine cents. The Time Traders was one of the very first Norton books I read as a kid. It really is dated (Although, like fashion, certain things come back into style in weird ways, like the Russians as our adversaries.) It is a good example of the Cold War mentality and, surprisingly, it still held up! I cared whether our hero was going to prevail over Bronze Age warriors, a difficult terrain, the Russians and space aliens!

Now I’ve plunged into Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning. Palmer won the John W Campell award last year at the Hugos, and well she should have. The world-building is amazing; the language immersive and exquisite, but none of that would mean too much if I didn’t care about these characters, and I care about one of them from the second page.

Sandy: Moi? I will be the first to admit that my reading activities have been a bit sidelined this past week by the remarkable, five-week, 47-film Ingmar Bergman festival that has been going on at my beloved Film Forum, here in NYC. (Full par-ticklers .) Still, I WAS able to finish my current book, Philip Francis Nowlan’sArmaggedon 2419 A.D., and hope to get a review of that one out soon. Next up for me will most likely be a true obscurity, a book called Tomorrow’s Yesterday by a writer named A.M. Stanley. Don’t look for any info about this 1949 novel on the Interwebs; you will not find any. It is a genuine rarity that I greatly look forward to getting into….

Tim: This week was cluttered, but I kept listening to The Greatest Knight and finally finished up with Black Sun Rising in print. I’m moving on to Meredith Ann Pierce‘s Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood.

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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. Bill, glad you are feeling better.


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