Sunday Status Update: January 28, 2018

Another week, and more new books!

Jana: This week went as planned: I read Vic James‘ Gilded Cage (and am very excited to be able to read the sequel, Tarnished City, in the coming week) and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood (underwhelming) along with re-reading Kate Elliott‘s Night Flower and Court of Fives as I make my way through the COURT OF FIVES series to my brand-new copy of Buried Heart (such excitement!). I began reading David Mack‘s The Midnight Front, book one in a new series about good guys who summon demons to fight bad guys who summon demons; in this case, it’s a small coalition of people from Allied countries pitted again against the Thule Society, a real-life group of Nazis obsessed with the occult. So far it’s engaging and well-written, and I hope to have a review put together soon.

Marion: I finished Binti; the Night Masquerade Nnedi Okorafor’s triumphant conclusion to the Binti trilogy. I hope to have a review up soon. Now I’m conflicted; I want Tor to reissue all three in one omnibus volume… but I want all three of those beautiful covers. Sigh. What’s a reader to do?

I also read some short fiction in Clarkesworld and F&SF; and read my first Best Read of 2018, although is it not genre. Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was a treasure; her prose is beautiful, concrete and elegant. Her rounded characters took me by the hand and led me through a frightening road trip, and I never doubted her for a minute. This is an emotionally harrowing read with an optimistic ending, characters I won’t forget, and a window into the truths of life for many people in this country right now – truths that I’ve  been sheltered from. Read up on it so you know what you’re getting – it’s a ghost story in the same way Toni Morrison’s Beloved is – and you’ll know if it’s a book for you.

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading another novel by the great Stanley G. Weinbaum. I had previously hugely enjoyed The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum and his novel The New Adam, and now am in the middle of his posthumous, postapocalyptic The Black Flame (1948), which I was fortunate enough to acquire in its original hardcover edition for only $6 or so! I hope to be able to get a review out for you all soon…

Terry: I finished The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, and am eager to read the next in his OSTEN ARD trilogy, The Stone of Farewell.  I’m still reading Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, but expect to finish that this weekend. My palate cleanser novella is Houses of Ravicka, which is exceptionally weird, perhaps beyond my ability to like it; I’m not sure yet.

Tim: This week, I started listening to Scythe by Neal Shusterman, which is interesting so far but beginning to make me fear a predictable ending. We’ll see how things turn out. Otherwise, I’ve been reading C.S. Friedman‘s Black Sun Rising in print, which has a fascinating world.

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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. It seems like it should be weirder that the Thule Society was a real thing, yet somehow it fits right in with the Nazi worldview.

    • Yeah, it existed before the Nazis really came into power (and was instrumental in helping the Nazis become dominant in Germany) but overall they were a big ol’ bunch of loons. The plot of Raiders of the Lost Ark isn’t all that far-fetched, when you consider what the Thule Society was really up to.

      • Yes, reading about them was where I first heard of the name Wolfram (which I think is a variation on wolf-bird) some Teutonic knight who was probably mythical. Yes, loons indeed.

  2. Marion, I definitely agree with you that the Binti novellas should be released as an omnibus! Tor did it for Sarah Gailey’s two American Hippo novellas, so maybe we’ll get lucky with Okorafor’s trilogy. :)

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