Sunday Status Update: May 28, 2017

Character update on break this week, due to unforeseen meteorological conditions in the western regions of Arnor.


Bill: This week I greatly enjoyed Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Casetell, an excellent ending to a very fun and highly recommended quartet. Soleri, by Michael Johnston, was less enjoyable, an opening book that didn’t have me all that eager to await the second. Like Jana, I also just finished Ellen Klages’ Wicked Wonders. Unlike Jana, I did not adore (or even much like) it. I believe that means I’m outnumbered 2-1 on that one. In poetry, I read Attributed to the Harrow Painter by Nick Twernlow, which didn’t do much for me as a whole but that had some strong sections to it. Media-wise, my son and I went to see Alien: Covenant, which was a solid movie, though I didn’t think it much of a necessary one, certainly nothing we haven’t seen before and so the first remains for me head and shoulders above all the others. We also just wrapped season two of the incredibly bleak but oh so well-written Black Mirror.  

Jana: This week I read (and then re-read, in an attempt to clarify some details) M.R. Carey‘s latest novel The Boy on the Bridge, a prequel/companion novel to The Girl with All the Gifts, which brought some interesting characters to its zombie apocalypse setting. I also read and adored Ellen Klages‘ new short story collection, Wicked Wonders, and I’m cooking up reviews of both books right now. Up next are Steeplejack and Firebrand, the first and second books of A.J. Hartley‘s YA South African alt- history STEEPLEJACK series, along with Æther and Empire Vol. 1: Eternal Glory, collecting issues 1 – 6 of a steampunk-spaceship comic (words by Mike Horan, ink by Bong Ty Dazo, color by Tim Yates).

Marion: Pretty much the only thing I read this week was V.E. Schwab’s trilogy. I finished A Gathering of Shadows and I’m about halfway through A Conjuring of Light. I went back and looked at our reviews of the first two and find that I’m right with the pack on these; I enjoyed them and I admire Schwab’s skill. Book Three ratchets up the action and it’s moving right along. Everything else I read this week has been in manuscript form.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading Edmond “The World Wrecker” Hamilton’s fix-up novel Return to the Stars (1968) and hope to get a review out in the next few days. Next up for me will be another Hamilton novel, City at World’s End (1951). I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one and look forward to getting into it very much…

StuartI got the official notice from my doctor that my herniated disk is healed, and have been back to the office, meeting friends, walking a lot, and listening to audio books to celebrate. I will never take good health for granted again! After taking a light break with Dennis E Taylor‘s second book in the BOBIVERSE series, For We Are Many (2017), I moved on the more serious and highly-praised The Traitor Baru Cormorant (2015) by Seth Dickinson, which was very complex, challenging, and increasingly tragic towards the end. The main character is a royal accountant, but the major themes revolve around betrayal, facades, social norms, conformity, rebellion, control and how much can be sacrificed for our goals without losing ourselves.

Tim: This week, I was too busy to get a lot of reading done, but I scratched away at Kij Johnson‘s The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe. It’s very pretty, very well-crafted, and very… well, dreamy.

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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. Stuart, after all you went through with your back I’m glad to hear it is healed!

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