Sunday Status Update: May 19, 2012

We’re really moving into summer now…

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John: I am reading Pantheons by E.J Dabel, my first experience with a book wholly on an e-Reader. It’s not as bad as I feared, but I still think I like a regular book better!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: Another week gone by already?? I read two novellas by Robert Silverberg: The World Inside and Tower of Glass. I also read Christopher Stasheff’s The Warlock In Spite of Himself (do not buy this on audio!) and Terry Pratchett’s The Colo(u)r of Magic, the first of his DISCWORLD books. All of this was on audio. Then I sort of finished Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. I reviewed that last week. I’m busy with classes again — our summer term started — so not much time to sit down and read.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: I’m reading Rebecca Skloot’s medical nonfiction best seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It’s pretty fascinating! I also just started Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, the sequel to Wolf Hall. I’m not convinced that her concept of Thomas Cromwell is historically supported, but it’s convincingly done. She makes Henry VIII’s personal enforcer complicated and even appealing.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: This week I finished up Seanan McGuire‘s Discount Armageddon, now her second urban fantasy series. I also started reading Blackout by her alter ego, Mira Grant, and it’s every bit as good as the first two in the NEWSFLESH trilogy. I also read Issue 3 of Shadows & Tall Trees, a magazine of “gentle horror” previously unknown to me, but a pleasant new discovery. Finally, I’m also reading A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones, which contains a fair amount of fiction nominated for the Shirley Jackson Awards. It’s been a good week..

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week I’ve been staying with some relatives and visiting took precedence over sticking my nose in a book, but I did manage to get a bit of reading done. I’ve gone through the entirety of Kevin Hearne‘s IRON DRUID series now, having finished Tricked this past Tuesday, and I followed it up with John Steinbeck‘s The Red Pony. I enjoyed the latter quite a bit, but was a little dissatisfied with the former, which failed to interest me as much as its predecessors.

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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. Okay, because I’m too lazy to look it up, @Terry, please help me. Seanan McGuire writes the October Daye series, yes? I didn’t care much for the first book in that series. But she also writes the zombie series? Wow!

  2. Yup! She even jokes on her blog about her different pen names having different fashion sense.

  3. Seanan McGuire writes the Toby Daye books, yeah. I think you might want to try the second book in the series to see if you like it a bit better than the first — I think it’s one of the best urban fantasy series out there. (The other two I think especially good: M.L.N. Hanover’s THE BLACK SON’S DAUGHTER and Kat Richardson’s GREYWALKER novels.)

  4. Thanks for the friend invitation. If you or any of your friends are historical fantasy fans, check out my medieval Scottish epic, THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY (hardcover and a Kindle bestseller) at:

  5. THE BLACK SUN’S DAUGHTER sounds intriguing,and I love Kat Richardson’s stuff. I think I’m pretty much done with October Daye.

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