Sunday Status Update: January 15, 2012

Here’s what we’ve been reading…

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John: I am halfway through Of Limited Loyalty by Michael Stackpole.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: After the holidays I’m back in my regular routine which means listening to audiobooks on my way to work. This past week I finished Philip K. Dick’s The Simulacra, which was fun, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, which was a good intense YA story. I’ve started Songs of Love & Death, an anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Though I don’t have much time for books in print, I’m still being entertained by Dream Castles, a collection of stories by Jack Vance.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kelly: Between the holiday whirl and one of my periodic bouts of genre burnout, I didn’t read as much fantasy in the last few weeks as I wanted to. Instead, I kept finding myself reading (free!) old Sherlock Holmes stories on the Kindle I got for Christmas. Now, palate cleansed, I’m enjoying Michele Lang‘s Lady Lazarus, a novel about witches, vampires, and demons set at the beginning of WWII. It’s just enough different from my usual fare to really pique my interest.

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Marion: I’m starting Water Ghosts, an historical novel about the California town of Locke. I plan to visit Locke again next weekend with a friend, especially since they now have docent-led tours of the Chinese laborer village (they built the central valley levees). I finished Jeff VanderMeer’s A City of Saints and Madmen. How can you not love a book that, in the final pages, “A Note on Fonts,” you come across prose like, “Redolent of fine leather, sandalwood and cinnamon, Caselon is dry yet velvety,  its gossamer qualities offset by enough backbone to satisfy even aficionados of such terse fonts as Nicean Monk Face… ?” I’m about halfway through Tachyon Press’s publication of Eyes Like Leaves by Charles deLint.

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Terry: My reading time has narrowed down to two tiny slots most days:  lunchtime, when I bother to stop work for lunch, and 20 minutes before I doze off at night. Lunches are filled with Lee Child‘s latest JACK REACHER mystery, The Affair. Nighttime reading is still Lavie Tidhar’The Bookman, which is quite good; I wish I had more time to devote to finishing it up.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week, I spent a lot of time working on my thesis, and so I didn’t get a lot of reading (or anything else) done. Occasionally, I’d try to relax with the bitterly disappointing official sequel to Dracula, entitled Dracula the Un-dead, but as it was so very bad, I never felt particular inclination to continue.


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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 can update that I finished Lady Lazarus between then and now, and really enjoyed it! :)

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