Sunday Status Update: July 23, 2017

This week, Peter Pan goes to Oz.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Peter: This week, I flew to a place called Kansas, and there was a lot of wind in a sort of funnel shape. Never saw one of those in England (or Neverland), but it looked like fun, so I flew into it. It wasn’t a very good idea, as it turns out, and I ended up somewhere called Oz. I apparently killed a witch on the way in, but she was wicked, so that was all right. Her sister got mad at me about it, but she was another wicked witch, so I killed her too, and crowed. Then some good witch got annoyed with me and said I oughtn’t to just fly around stabbing people like that and I’d better follow the yellow brick road and stop being naughty. So asked her why she didn’t want me killing wicked witches, and she got all huffy and said of course I could kill wicked witches, but only after I’d learned a lesson or seen a wizard or something. This Oz place is pretty strange.

Bill:I’ve been out of town for a while and so missed the last few status reports. In between hikes (and while recovering afterward), I read:

  • Philip Reeve’s very good YA duology: Railhead and Black Light Express
  • Karin Tidbeck’s oddly compelling Amatka
  • Abby Howard’s solid graphic non-fiction book, Dinosaur Empire: Earth Before Us Vol. 1

I also started but did not finish Callie Bates’ The Waking Land. And since returning, I’ve read two somewhat disappointing works Adam Christopher’s Killing is My Business and Steve Jones’ Revolutionary Science: Transformation and Trumoil in the Age of the Guillotine.

Brad: This week I reread the thirty-issue Echo by Terry Moore (see yesterday’s review). I also read the crime fiction graphic novel Red Handed by Matt Kindt. I’ve become very impressed with his work, though multiple readings are required to make sense of his narratives. I’ve spent a good portion of my reading time this week getting through the first three of six volumes in his Mind MNGT series. I also read the first volume of the British police procedural Kane by Paul Grist. Dover continues to republish lost comics from the 80s and 90s, and their latest volume, Private Beach by David Hahn, is excellent. I also reread the four-issue police procedural Point of Impact by Jay Faeber. Other than Matt Kindt, I’ve been addicted to the work of Jeff Lemire. I’ve been rereading his Essex County stories. Yesterday, I started reading Lemire’s Sweet Tooth, and that series is very difficult to put down. Finally, as always, I dip into the Hellboy universe for a quick story as a nice break between other comics. On audio, I’ve been listening to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and agree with Kat that it is a well-read version of the novel.

Jana: This week I read Michael F. Haspil‘s debut novel, Graveyard Shift, an urban fantasy/horror novel set in the Miami-Dade area and featuring an interesting cast of characters. I re-read Adam Christopher‘s Made to Kill and read its sequel, Killing is My Business; I found Made to Kill to be a little better than I’d remembered, and Killing is My Business was better than I expected, which is always pleasant. I also read Carrie Vaughn‘s latest novel, Bannerless, and I’m hoping to add some thoughts to Tadiana’s comprehensive review soon. On the docket are Tal M. Klein’s The Punch Escrow (a novel about teleportation gone awry) and Philip Reeve‘s Black Light Express, the second book in his RAILHEAD duology.

Marion: This is another week where I’ve read very little in published work. I don’t know if this belongs in Status Updates or not, but I won first place in the Short Story category of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, so… yay. I also picked up a Victorian mystery, Book One of series, called Lawless and the Devil of Euston Station, by William Sutton. Lawless, the MC, is a Scot who was trained as a watchmaker, but had a falling out w/his father and went to London to be a cop. He is assigned to a brilliant, irascible detective with an amazing solve record. Clockwork comes into play. What makes it different from other Victorian fiction is that is it funny, although the humor gets a bit labored at times. I also stared The Chimes by Anna Smail, a strange dystopian future set in Oxford, England. I’ve only read one or two pages but I hope to have some time to settle in with this one.

Terry: This week I’ve spent my (too little) reading time with Laini Taylor‘s Strange the Dreamer. She writes so beautifully that I’ve got detailed mental pictures of all the characters and their surroundings.

Tim: This week I read Seanan McGuire‘s Down Among the Sticks and Bones, second book (through chronologically first) in the WAYWARD CHILDREN series. In my opinion, it’s an improvement over the first book in just about every way (not to say that I didn’t enjoy Every Heart a Doorway, I just prefer Sticks and Bones).

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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. Yay, Marion!

  2. April /

    Congratulations Marion!

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