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.