Marion: T. Kingfisher’s  Nettle and Bone, a dark, sweet, wry, innovative fairy tale quest, was a sheer joy to read. I was torn between surrendering to the delight and frothing with envy at her storytelling skills. As a complete change of pace, I read Christopher Moore’s Razzmatazz, another virtually indescribable Moore action-fantasy-comedy set in 1947 San Francisco and points north.  Now I’m nearly to the end of R.F. Kuang’s second book in the Poppy War series, The Dragon Republic.

Bill: This week I read Locklands the strong close to Robert Jackson Bennett’s fantastic trilogy, the smoothly excellent Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, and the interesting and informative Black Victorians: Hidden in History by Keshai N. Abraham and John Woolf (with a fantastic works cited)

Sandy: Moi? After having recently read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first two books of his CASPAK trilogy, The Land That Time Forgot and The People That Time Forgot, what could I possibly be reading next but Book 3, Out of Time’s Abyss, which, like the others, initially appeared in 1918? I am hugely enjoying the final installment of this great and classic series and look forward to sharing some thoughts on it with you all shortly….

Terry: I’ve started almost 20 books, but have had trouble settling down to any single one of them. The trouble ended when I started reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, about which I cannot say enough good things. It’s about how to have a good life as an old and/or unwell person right up until the moment of death. Very thought-provoking, oddly hopeful, generous and smart. I unreservedly recommend this book.

Tim: This week, I listened to an excellent audiobook production of Michael Moorcock‘s Elric of Melnibone, and began The Fortress of the Pearl thereafter. I always seem to forget just how much I enjoy the Elric books in between rereads.


  • 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.