Marion: After A Novel Way to Die by Ali Brandon, a light “bookstore murder mystery” with a cat that solves crimes and leaves its human clues by pulling books off the bookstore shelves (the titles contain clues); I DNF’d a domestic thriller I won’t name. I’m only half-joking when I say that I couldn’t relate to the “woman in danger” MC, who goes into basically a fugue state when she’s writing (she’s on her 5th best-seller when the book opens), and so has turned all her finances over to her attentive, failed-writer husband. What could possibly go wrong? I’ll never know, because I set the book aside when he buys a house with the royalties from her last book. I mean, I measure my royalties success in burritos. Now I’m safely back in the pages in Genevieve Cogman’s final (for now)  INVISIBLE LIBRARY novel, The Untold Story, and having a cozy, wonderful time.

Bill: Since our last report I read:

  • The Stardust Thief:  Chelsea Abdullah’s fantastic and highly recommended fantasy debut
  • Fevered Star: Rebecca Roanhorse’s newest which I enjoyed, if not as much as the first book, Black Sun,
  • The World According to Color by James Fox: an always interesting exploration of color
  • The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black: A wonderfully written and vivid account that I can’t recommend enough
  • The Track the Whales Make: an excellent poetry collection by Marjorie Saiser
  • Stunt Hearts: a solid poetry collection by Mary Jo Thompson


Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading still another offering from Armchair Fiction’s ongoing Lost World/Lost Race series, this one being Herbert Clock and Eric Boetzel’s modern-day Aztec fantasy The Light in the Sky (1929). I am finding this one to be beautifully written and very exciting, and hope to share some thoughts on it with you all shortly….


  • 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.