Sunday Status Update: March 4, 2018

Plenty more books this week!

Bill: I read and reviewed (a bit less favorably than Marion) The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith. I also finished Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War by Ken Mondschein (review to come) and Our Senses by Rob DeSalle (good if a bit dry). On audio, I finally reached the end of Yuval Harari’s excellent Sapiens, and have begun Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. TV time suffered this week thanks to papers, so no genre shows or movies.

Kat: This week I read Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey (like its predecessor, beautiful but too remote), Sunrunner’s Fire by Melanie Rawn (an average epic fantasy), and Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (a trashy gossip rag, but fun to read). Now I’ve started on Josiah Bancroft’s Senlin Ascends which, thankfully, I’m liking better than anything I mentioned in the previous sentence.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading a true obscurity, A.M. Stanley’s Tomorrow’s Yesterday (1949), and hope to be able to get a review out for you very shortly. Next up for me will most likely be the book that many claim was an inspiration for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ JOHN CARTER OF MARS series, the novel Gulliver of Mars (1905), by Edwin Lester Arnold. I look forward very much to getting into this one…

Stuart: Having a great time with my re-read (or first listen) of Lois McMaster Bujold‘s  MILES VORKOSIGAN SAGA, having finished The Vor Game, Cetagandaand Borders of Infinity in the last few weeks, as I’m following the internal chronology. I also finished the first three volumes of  Brian K. Vaughan‘s Paper Girls comic series, and while the plot remains disorienting, I’m okay with that. Next up is Stanislaw Lem‘s The Invincible, a new audiobook version of the Bill Johnson translation of the original 1964 Polish novel – this one is a direct request from our Editor in Chief, so I can’t decline.

Terry: I just finished The Fisherman by John Langan, and have nothing but raves for it. I’ve started The Etched City by K.J. BishopReservoir 13 by Jon McGregor and Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak (funny how a library due date can concentrate the mind!), but an not yet far enough into any of them to offer an opinion. Watch this space.

Tim: This week I completed N.K. Jemisin‘s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which was very well-written but felt as though the breadth of its ambitions were straining against a relatively simple plot. Since finishing it, I’ve begun reading Poul Anderson‘s The Broken Sword, which is fantastic.

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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. I missed Tim’s deadline this week. My bad! I’m still reading Book Three of Ada Palmer’s TERRA IGNOTA, but I also read some graphic novels and comics. I read Vols One and Two of BLACK PANTHER; A NATION BENEATH OUR FEET and love the sheer volume of themes Ta-Nehisi Coates wove into this story. One character’s spiritual journey in particular is inspiring. I also enjoyed Chapter Two of Saladin Ahmed’s 1970s supernatural-detective drama, set in Detroit, ABBOTT.

    Kat, I’m startled and kind of delighted that you read FIRE AND FURY. I want to read it but I’m going to wait for the paperback.

    • Startled? To be clear, nobody despises President Rump more than I do. He is a completely incompetent, uneducated, incurious (and probably stupid) narcissist and he’s managed to hijack the GOP. I’m disgusted that so many of those so called “conservatives” have jumped on his band wagon, surrendering their principles to appease a group of people who… who… nevermind, I’ll stop there… I am really hoping John Kasich runs again. He is a man I would happily vote for, but I’m disgusted with most of the rest of them.

      The book is gossipy, with few sources cited, so I shouldn’t believe all of it, yet I do. There’s not much that hasn’t been in the news, but it was still fascinating.

      • I, too, was surprised that you read FIRE AND FURY, but only because of the gossip-quotient. And yet I can’t look away…

  2. Tim, I agree that Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was well-written but not fully developed. You can see just how far Jemisin has come with the Broken Earth trilogy, where she brings all her skills in world-building and complex characters and innovative storytelling into one explosive package.

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