Sunday Status Update: January 15, 2023

Marion:  I finished Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Nick and Nora Charles in Space” mystery, The Spare Man. It was fun. Continuing my William Gibson re-read, I’m about one-third of the way through Count Zero.

Sandy: Moi? I recently finished reading a book by Robert Silverberg that I had not even heard of until lately, and that book is Conquerors From the Darkness, which was first released in 1965. I was fortunate enough to find the 1968 Dell paperback. Like all Silverberg books, this one sucked me right in from the get. Right now, I am reading a book by Damon Knight entitled Beyond the Barrier, which was first released in 1963. I am reading the 1965 Macfadden paperback. I hope to be able to share some thoughts on both of these fine novels with you all very shortly….

Terry: I finished The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny, the third in her THREE PINES mystery series, as well as Howards End Is on the Landing by Susan Hill, a book about a year of reading from one’s home, enjoying one’s own library, which is a project I’ve been toying with myself. Last night, though, I started reading The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix, and I’m absolutely captivated; it’s such fun! I plan to pick up the next in the series, The Sinister Booksellers of Bath (coming in March) as soon as I’ve finished this.

Tim: As winter breaks ends and I begin rotating back into my usual schedule, I’ve been trying to make more time to settle down with books. I managed a small reread of Jim Butcher‘s DRESDEN FILES (still a bit of a comfort food for me even after all these years) and began Brandon Sanderson‘s latest, Tress of the Emerald Sea. So far it’s a slight stylistic stretch for Sanderson, and I’m curious to see where it goes.


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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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3 comments

  1. @Sandy, I really want to read that Knight book!

    • Sandy Ferber /

      I enjoyed it a lot, up until the last 10 pages, when things got very…upended, let’s say. I’m gonna have to think about this one a bit before sharing some thoughts about it….

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