Sunday Status Update: February 19, 2012

And back reporting for duty this week…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: This past week (actually past two as I missed last week’s status) I read the duology Indigo Springs and Blue Magic, by A.M. Dellamonica which I found solid but not particularly compelling and with a nagging constant flaw in the background. Reviews to come. I also read Grant Morrison‘s Supergods, a history/memoir of comic book superheroes — interesting to start but then it devolved a bit. And boy did he get strange. Finally, my son and I are in the midst of Robin Hood (sparked by a bit of archery during a summer week in the Adirondacks).

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Greg: My sector is all clear and nothing to report. Enlisted Soldier Hersom is falling behind on his duty and realizes that he needs to make significant progress with his assigned missions or face punishment by the tribunal. Hersom out.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: This last week I finally finished Of Limited Loyalty by Michael A. Stackpole and closed out Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole. I am 25% done with Intiate’s Trial by Janny Wurts. She is one of my favorite authors, so taking time to savor the story is almost impossible…too good!!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: Neil Gaiman has started his own audiobook line called Neil Gaiman Presents. Using Audible’s platform, he’s working with authors and narrators to produce audiobooks of some of his favorite novels that have not yet been produced in audio. I listened to two of his first offerings this week: Light by M. John Harrison and Pavane by Keith Roberts. Light was too dark (that sounds weird) but I enjoyed Pavane. I also read the graphic novel Agatha Awakens, which is the first hardback omnibus of the first three volumes of Phil & Kaja Foglio’s GIRL GENIUS comic. It is absolutely gorgeous and the best way to experience this comic.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsMarion: I just finished up Phillipa Bowers‘s The Secrets of the Cave and a review will follow. Now I am packing to go to Washington State for a memorial service over the long weekend. I’m only bringing one book; Habitation of the Blessed, by Catherynne Valente.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Rebecca: I’ve been dividing my time between fantasy-fiction and plenty of detective novels, but as of this week I’ve just finished Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Patricia McKillip’s Cygnet duology. I’ve just started the first chapter of Robin McKinley’s Rose Daughter, her second retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. Having read her first effort Beauty a few years ago (and having some reservations about it) I’m looking forward to seeing how she tells the story this time around, and how her perception of the original fairytale has changed. And then perhaps I’ll finally get to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I was on a bit of a vacation this week, celebrating Valentine’s Day and my tenth wedding anniversary. We went to Las Vegas, where there’s so much happening all the time that there’s not much time for reading. I did zip through The Night Season by Chelsea Cain, a serial killer mystery that doesn’t have quite the power of Cain‘s earlier novels, but not bad. I’m also reading Alan Bennett‘s Smut, which is a bit of a surprise after the gentle and genteel The Uncommon Reader, about Queen Elizabeth’s (fictional) reading habits.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week, I have spent much time concerned with the prospects of not a novel but a film. Disney’s John Carter has been atrociously marketed, but early buzz is positive. I’m on tenterhooks at this point. After all these years, Burroughs‘s pulpy interplanetary hero deserves a good film. That’s all there is to it. Otherwise, I read a bit of Henry Rider Haggard‘s She, a surprisingly suspenseful Victorian adventure novel. I’ve yet to see whether Haggard can carry through on his suspense with a climax to match all of the grandiose foreshadowing (sometimes a stumbling block in Victorian lit), but I’m pleased so far.

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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. “grandiose foreshadowing” haha — that’s so true!

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