Sunday Status Update: July 9, 2017

Character update on break this week.

Jana: This week I put reviews together for Sarah Beth Durst‘s The Reluctant Queen and Nicky Drayden’s The Prey of Gods, two very different novels with some interesting similarities (i.e., impressive world-building and great female characters). I read Heroine Worship, the second in Sarah Kuhn‘s HEROINE COMPLEX trilogy; I also read The Gauntlet, Karuna Riazi’s debut MG novel, and I finished The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, a collaborative effort between five authors which was originally published in serialized installments and was recently collected in one large volume. Reviews of each are in the works, naturally.

Marion: This week I decided to start rereading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and dipped into a self-published book by geologist Thomas E Cochrane, Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast. It’s clearly written with lots of good charts.

Terry: I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. to finish The Third Claw of God by Adam-Troy Castro, one of his ANDREA CORT novels. It was excellent, and I’m looking forward to hunting down every short story, novellette and novella Castro ever wrote about this wonderful character. I’ve already got Emissaries from the Dead, the only other novel about Cort in written form, on my nightstand, waiting for my eager eyes. (There’s a third novel, War of the Marionettes, but it’s available only in audio form, and I prefer to read my books rather than listen to them, as a general rule.) I’ve also gotten back to This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and am excited to be immersed in one of her worlds again.

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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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