Sunday Status Update: March 25, 2018

Plenty of fun books were read this week!

Kat: I’m reading Josiah Bancroft’s BOOKS OF BABEL. The first one, Senlin Ascends, was extremely entertaining and excellently written. Now I’m partway through the second, Arm of the Sphinx, which is maintaining the high quality of the first book. Also, the audiobook productions are wonderful. Reviews are coming soon.

Marion: I’m about two-thirds of the way through Andrea Hairston’s Will Do Magic for Small Change which I am enjoying. The present-tense (1987) story is fun but the part set in Dahomey, France and the US at the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries is fascinating.  I also started Jerusalem; the Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore, a well-written history of this historic city.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading Jack Williamson’s tremendously exciting short novel Dreadful Sleep (1938) and hope to get a review written for you very shortly. Next up for me will most likely be an Edmond Hamilton novel from 1948 that I just found in a bookshop, The Valley of Creation. I look forward to getting into this one very much indeed…

Tadiana: I’ve been on a lucky streak with good books in the last few weeks: Burn BrightPatricia Briggs‘ latest ALPHA AND OMEGA werewolf novel, and The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum, one of my favorite fantasy reads so far in 2018. I’m currently reading The Oracle Year by Charles Soule, which has a fascinating premise: a man has a dream in which he is told 108 predictions of the future, which he remembers perfectly when he wakes up. He decides to make some of those predictions public and sell others … and the fallout is fascinating. I’m also slowly making my way through W. Somerset Maughn’s 1915 classic, Of Human Bondage. Other noteworthy non-SFF reads: A reread of a favorite, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, a fun and frothy 1938 novel by Winifred Watson.

Tim: I had a good reading week this time around, finishing Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (fun and fast-paced) and then Nicholas EamesKings of the Wyld (witty and easy-going). Both were good reads, and though I’ll have to wait a little while yet for Eames’ follow-up, I’m planning on continuing the POWDER MAGE TRILOGY. For now, reviews of both books are in the pipe.

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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. Tadiana, I haven’t read THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY but I have a funny story about it. Last week a woman came into the bookstore, came up to Brandy at the counter and said, “Do you have that book? You know, *that* book, the one all the book groups were reading?”

    Brandy said, “Can you give me a bit more?” (I was in the corner smothering my laughter.)

    “It’s got potato peels in it,” she said.

    • That’s too funny, Marion! A few days ago someone in one of my GR groups was talking about trying to remember the title for when she went to the library, and I told her, just remember the words “Guernsey” and “Potato Peel.” (And actually I’m pretty sure either of those phrases would get you there.)

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