Kat: S.B. Divya’s Machinehood was the best book I read this week. I look forward to telling you about it. I’m also reading four stand-alone novels by Andre Norton which were collected in the 2009 Baen omnibus The Game of Stars and Comets which has just been produced in audio format. So far I’ve finished The Sioux Spaceman and The Eye of the Monster. I’m currently reading the third novel, The X Factor. These aren’t great literature — they’re just short fun space operas, but I’m so glad to see Tantor Audio putting them out.

Bill: This week I read The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst; a solid but somewhat disappointing and overly familiar fantasy; Life’s Edge: Searching for What It Means to be Alive by Carl Zimmer, an excellent exploration of the definition of and search for life; Hamnet, by Maggie O’Frarrell, a moving story of Shakespeare’s wife and youngest son; and Kingdom Animalia, a strong collection of poetry by Aracelis Girmay. In video I binged the 1 ½ seasons of Snowpiercer, which lacks compelling depth but is solid enough background TV (i.e. keep it on while I work) that I’ll finish season two.  And I’m still quite enjoying Resident Alien, which now growing on my wife.

Marion: The second book in Juliette Wade’s series THE BROKEN TRUST, Transgressions of Power, opens up the world of Varin for the reader, and places characters we like in even more extreme jeopardy. (I hadn’t thought that was possible.) I didn’t want to put this book down. I finished it, though, so I’ve started on something completely different; Sarah Madsen’s Weaver’s Folly, a Southern cyberpunk fantasy. Yes, you read that right. Really enjoying her elf-who’s-a-thief main character, and her near-future Atlanta. Also teeth-gritting my way through another round of revisions.

Terry: I’m in the mood for some shorter works just lately, so I’ve read The Big Score  by K.J. Parker and  Later by Stephen King, and hope to have reviews of both of them done soon. I’m continuing the trend with The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey, which is about Geppetto’s adventures inside that whale, and What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch, the latest in the RIVERS OF LONDON series. I like the latter much more than the former, but we’ll see if that holds true as I finish both of them this weekend.


  • 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.