As summer goes on, we’re reading some new books.

Bill: This week I read a solid alien contact novel — The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull, an absolutely captivating look at the explorations and ramifications of the Greenland ice sheet — The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner, and an interesting but at times too detailed look at the impact of discovering carbon 14 — Hot Carbon: Carbon 14 and a Revolution in Science by John F. Marra. In video, I watched the last few episodes of season four of The Magicians, and the finale absolutely broke me (in a good way).  I’m not only still thinking of it days later; I’m still watching it (my son walked in last night and asked, “how many times have you watched that scene now?”)

KatI was in Washington DC all week, so I got nothing read!

MarionI finished Rebecca Roanhorse’s second Maggie Hoskie book Storm of Locusts. It’s filled with hard-driving action but leave plenty of time for the necessary relationship angst. I love the descriptions and the action. I am about halfway through Ann Leckie’s fantasy novel The Raven Tower.

SandyMoi? I am currently reading a short novel by Ralph Milne Farley entitled An Earthman on Venus, which was originally serialized in 1924 in Argosy magazine and had its first book publication in 1948. I was fortunate enough to pick up the 1950 Avon paperback at an antiquarian book fair for $10, and look forward to reporting back to you all on this one shortly….

Tim: This week, I finished Orwell‘s 1984 on audiobook (very good novel, very well performed), and started a lecture series on Churchill, by a professor named Rufus Fears (enjoyable so far, though I think I prefer Professor Fears’ courses on Romans and Greeks). I also began reading Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry. Interesting take on the Peter Pan idea, though the foreshadowing seems just a shade too heavy at times.


  • Tim Scheidler

    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.