Sunday Status Update: March 25, 2012

Another week, another set of updates.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: This week the physics death march continued with In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin, a very clear and focused examination on, surprise, multiple universes, and Michio Kaku‘s Physics of the Impossible. I also finished Lissa Price‘s Starters, another YA dystopia that turned out to be like the poor teen’s version of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse TV series. Not a bad book, but, well, review to come soon. I’m continuing the read-aloud of The Star Shard with my son, though I learned the little sneak went and finished the book without me some time ago. He likes the read-aloud though, so the review will have to wait. The teaser is that I think it will be a good one. Finally, as always, the MALAZAN re-read over at TOR continues and we’re just starting The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Greg: I’m wrapping up Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell and I’ve got two fantasy genre comics that are an absolute blast. I can’t wait to review them for Fanboy Friday. Rock on readers, rock on. \m/

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: I am still working on Dragonmound by Richard Knaak. I have really had to work to get through this book, but I want to finish. My reward is a Modesitt to read next!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: I’m still enjoying the old SFF that Blackstone Audio and Audible Frontiers has recently been releasing in audio formats. This week I read Theodore Sturgeon’s To Marry Medusa, James P. Blaylock’s Homunculus, and Michael Swanwick’s Stations of the Tide. Each of these was enjoyable, so it was a good reading week for me. In print I’m halfway through The Best of Kage Baker which is totally excellent so far. I also read two comics: Elric: The Balance Lost and Sandman Vol. 1.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews MarionStefan sent me a box of challenge list books last week, and I found Matt Ruff’s Bad Monkeys in there. It was like finding an original Goya at a neighborhood garage sale! Last night, I finished up The Chalk Girl, by Carol O’Connell, latest in the Mallory series. The Mallory books are always implausible, dark, twisted and witty, and The Chalk Girl was no exception. Green-eyed, golden-haired, sociopathic Kathy Mallory is Nemesis in a cashmere blazer, with a gold shield and a gun.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I’ve been reading more tales in which Edgar Allan Poe is a character, including several stories in Ellen Datlow‘s wonderful collection, Poe; Gregory Frost‘s story, “In the Sunken Museum,” from his collection, The Attack of the Jazz Giants; and a novel by Roger Zelazny and Fred Saberhagen entitled The Black Throne. Next on the list is Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week, I headed out on a quest. I had taken it in my head that I was going to write a paper on C.S. Lewis‘s The Chronicles of Narnia, but when I arrived at the public library I found myself in the embarrassing position of walking in on a group of wide-eyed grade-school children who promptly grew flustered and departed upon my invasion of the young adult section. After my own flustered departure, I ended up roaming the “new and popular” section, where I could surreptitiously check on how many young readers I would send scurrying into hidey-holes when I returned. I found Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore as I waited, and the long and short of it is that I never got around to finding the NARNIA books at all. I’m not sure how I feel about Drizzt after these years apart — he’s both as exciting and as pitiably, painfully grandiloquent as ever — but reading about his new adventures does make me hearken back a bit  nostalgically.

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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. Marion, I like your Goya-at-the-garage-sale metaphor. It even sounds good: “Goya at the garage sale!”

  2. Sounds like a short-story title.

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