Sunday Update! Art by Janny Wurts Marion: I read  Crownbreaker,  the final book in Sebastien de Castell’s SPELLSLINGER series. I’ve skipped one book in Kellen’s adventures, and it’s the one before this one, but I think I kept up well enough. Kellen is sent off to kill a god in this one, but as always, his real problem is his relationship with his powerful, loving, manipulative, lying father. Now I’m reading Elsa Sjunneson’s Sword of the White Horse, a second world fantasy based on the Ubisoft game Assassin’s Creed, Valhalla. I’m at a slight disadvantage because I don’t know the world, but the adventures are fun.

Bill:  Along with a lot of student papers, I read

  • Rose/House by Arkady Martine, an excellent, layered novella that lingers in the mind for some time afterward
  • Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee: a mostly enjoyable novella with a good premise but one I wished had slowed down into a novel
  • This Blue by Maureen N. McLane, a poetry collection that strengthened as I read further
  • Smith Blue by Camille T. Dungy, a good poetry collection with a remarkable long poem: “Prayer for P——

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading Louis Charbonneau’s 1960 novel Corpus Earthling, which was the basis for my very favorite episode of the TV show The Outer Limits. The book, to my surprise, is completely different from that truly frightening television episode, and I hope to be sharing some thoughts on both of them with you all very shortly….

Terry: I’m reading In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune, who has become one of those writers I follow closely. Such heart in his work!


  • 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.