Sunday Status Update: July 29, 2012

And as July draws to a close, we’re still in the trenches fighting the good fight and keeping bookstores in the black despite the distraction of the Olympics on TV…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: I’ve been working on the website in my free time this week (I hope you noticed), so I didn’t get much reading done. I am just about to finish the audio version of C.S. Friedman’s The Madness Season. I’m really impressed with Friedman’s work — very smart stuff — and I’m looking forward to reading all of her science fiction and probably her fantasy, too. I’m also reading a really excellent story collection by Mike Resnick called The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Ruth: So, finals are over and grades are submitted which means I’ve been making friends with my kindle again. Elizabeth Moon‘s Echoes of Betrayal has been put aside for a bit. It’s just too hot for me to fully sink into her densely created worlds. I need something a bit lighter during the summer months. Unfortunately, D.J. Butler‘s Liahona, the first book in his CITY OF THE SAINTS series isn’t drawing me in the way I had hoped either. This steampunk alternate history set in the days leading up to the Civil War is relying too much on the historical figures as established characters to give any emotional weight to the story. I’m about half way done so we’ll see how it finishes out. Matthew Munson‘s Fall From Grace is almost finished, which is good because I have Frances Hardinge‘s delightful looking Fly by Night waiting for me to dive into it.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I read Rikki Ducornet‘s Gazelle, the first of her work I’ve perused. It’s lovely, a story of a girl right on the verge of womanhood, ensconced in the foreign, luxuriant, sensual country of Egypt.  The language is lovely and the story touching and sad. I’m also reading Tim Horvath‘s Understories, a collection of marvelously strange stories. Horvath reminds me of Stephen Millhauser, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino:  he writes of the uncanny, of the strange places the unfettered imagination can go.  Just beautiful stuff.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week I read the entire PERCY JACKSON series by Rick Riordan. I’m not exactly sure why. Not that there’s any particular reason I shouldn’t have read it, but on the other hand it was almost entirely impromptu. I hadn’t thought about Greek Gods or young adult fiction for a good long while, but right out of the blue I dropped a zombie thriller and picked up the first one. Then one thing led to another, and before you know it…anyway, it’s quite a charming kids’ series, really. Bit of a Harry Potter whiff, granted, but very much its own thing as well. Otherwise, I continued with Fritz Leiber‘s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories. I suppose I should search for something to say on that front, but… yep. Those two intrepid swordfighters. They’re very much still intrepidly swordfighting. As swordfighters tend to do…

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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. Brad Hawley /

    I didn’t get my update in on time, so I’ll use our comments section. Thanks to Marion’s review on Friday, I finally pulled my four volumes of The Amulet off the shelf. I just finished the first book, and my daughter has read three. They are great fun. Amazon has volume five available for pre-order, with a September 1st release date. I don’t know if it will be the last in the series, though. Does anybody out there have any added info on this series?

    I’m also reading a bunch of cosmic Marvel comics, including Guardians of the Galaxy. And if you don’t know anything about GotG, look it up on wiki because you’ll be hearing more about it in the coming year: it’s one of the major new Marvel movies in the works.

    Finally, I’ve been rereading for about the third time Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain Marvel. The title of the next Captain America movie is The Winter Soldier, and since that’s the name of one of Brubaker’s Captain America story arcs, I’m assuming the movie will roughly follow the same plot–at least I hope so! I’m considering writing some reviews of trade collections of these Captain America issues, so keep your eye out for a Cap appearance in a Fanboy Friday column here on

    • CTGT /

      If you like Brubaker on Cap, you should check out his run on Daredevil. I really enjoyed it, especially considering his run followed the Bendis Daredevil run which was fantastic.

      • Brad Hawley /

        Oh yes! I love Daredevil. Frank Miller, Bendis, Brubaker, and now Mark Waid! DD has been a fortunate title in getting such top-notch writers.

  2. Brad /

    I’m also now halfway through two mind-blowing series by Mark Waid. In one, the greatest superhero of them all (he resembles superman) goes bad. And in reaction, the greatest criminal turns good to save the world from this now-crazed superhero. Each of the two titles is about 30 issues long and focuses on one of these characters. There’s a great digital sale going on at Comixology: both complete runs of Mark Waid’s related titles exploring the nature of good and evil–Incorruptible and Irredeemable–are available for less than $55. Not bad for 61 issues by one of the greatest current writers. The two series would have cost close to $200 if purchased as individual issues. This is one of the best bargains I’ve seen on comixology for one of the best comics.

  3. The website changed?

    Just kidding. I like the black on white. Anything else (white on black for example) is very hard for me to read. Probably old age.

    Looks good; I like it a lot.

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