Sunday Status Update: July 22, 2012

And here’s what we did this week.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: This week I read Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson, and Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson (David B. Coe).

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews KatWake of the Bloody Angel, by Alex Bledsoe, was a book I’ve been anticipating all year. I love to read Bledsoe’s books in audio format and this one didn’t disappoint. They’re not for everyone, but I really love Bledsoe’s hero. Two other audiobooks read this week: The Wilding by C.S. Friedman (sequel to In Conquest Born) and Robert A. Heinlein’s Glory Road. Neither of these was something I feel the need to recommend.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: In January, the long-term used bookstore in town closed. I was in mourning for several weeks. Last week, the manager of that store and a book-scout partner opened Mockingbird Used Books. It’s a tiny space (although they are expanding) with glowing wood shelves and a growing selection of books. Yes, there is a point to this meandering story. I went in last Saturday, their “soft launch,” and scored a copy of James Tiptree, Jr; The Double Life of Alice B Sheldon by Julie Phillips. Tiptree/Sheldon was one of the most influential and enigmatic science fiction writers of the 1970s. I’m also reading The Devil’s Redhead, a crime thriller by David Corbett, who will be teaching the workshop I’m taking next week. Crime thrillers aren’t usually high on my list, but Corbett has set the story in California’s Central Delta, an unusual location. He effectively captures the lives of second-generation Arkansan-Californians who came from a moonshining tradition and have updated their product. At moments it reminds me of Winter’s Bone.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: It’s been a very busy week, and I’ve had regrettably little reading time. I did manage to finish Keith Roberts‘s Pavane, and found it absolutely enchanting, definitely a book everyone who wants to know and understand the fantasy genre should read. I plan to read more of his work. I’ve also started reading a new collection of original stories in honor of Ray Bradbury, Shadow Show, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle. Great stuff, and definitely not to be confused with “Ray Bradbury Theater,” which is our bedtime television watching and which is generally not at all good.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week I read The Wind Through the Keyhole, the latest DARK TOWER novel from Stephen King. I found it an engaging and interesting read, although it must be said that as the book is composed (like The Wizard and the Glass, book IV) of a relatively small frame narrative around one of Roland’s tales of yore, I’m a bit biased. I’ve always been a sucker for the mystique of gunslingers in DARK TOWER, and my favorite parts tended to be when the focus was on fallen Gilead rather than the present-day quest. The Wind Through the Keyhole makes me, personally, crave an entirely new series called STORYTIME WITH ROLAND DESCHAIN or something along those lines. I’m also still cycling back to Fritz Leiber‘s SWORDS books. Overall, I’m enjoying the adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser quite a bit more than I did during my first abbreviated attempt. Still, I must say that when I’ve finished one of the books I for some reason don’t want to go into the next one right away, which means that the two swordsmen may be appearing in my updates for some time yet.

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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. STORYTIME WITH THE GUNSLINGER sounds like a great series — I’d read it!

  2. Allan /

    Hey guys. Not sure if I missed a post but was wondering if Greg still contributes here. I enjoy his reviews and have missed him the last few weeks.

    Im interested in checking out Thieftaker

  3. Hey Allan,

    I’m still around. Sorry I’ve been outta touch.
    By night; I fight crime and I’ve found that leading a double-life is much more difficult than they make it seem in the comics. :)

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