Sunday Status Update: May 6, 2018

Even more books this week!

Jana: This week was pretty productive, reading-wise! I was swept away by Kat Howard‘s Roses and Rot, utterly charmed by Catherynne M. Valente‘s Space Opera, and glued to my chair during Sarah Beth Durst‘s third QUEENS OF RENTHIA novel, The Queen of Sorrow. (Reviews of Valente’s and Durst’s books are in the works.) I’ve begun reading Robyn Bennis‘ upcoming novel By Fire Above, the first sequel to The Guns Above, and I’m also neck-deep in preparations for Fantasy Literature’s participation in Tor Books’ #FearlessWomen blog tour and publishing campaign, as mentioned in the most recent WWWednesday. I’m really excited about this, and I hope you guys are, too!

Kat: School is out, so I’ve got more time to read for the next three months. This week I read the second book in Mercedes Lackey‘s VALDEMAR series: Arrow’s Flight. It’s finally been produced in audio format. Also Alex Bledsoe‘s last TUFA novel: The Fairies of Sadieville. Nice finish to the TUFA series. Reviews coming soon, of course.

Marion: I finished Seanan McGuire’s Tricks for Free, the second book about the Price family’s youngest, Antimony (who goes by Annie usually). Pursued by the murderous Covenant of St. George, Annie has changed her name and gone to ground in Florida’s second-most-popular theme park, Lowryland (although with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter I can make an argument that Lowryland would be the third most popular park). She not only has to face corrupt magic-users, but a tangled emotional relationship, entitled theme park guests and draconian rules of employment. Currently I’m enjoying Sarah Beth Durst’s The Reluctant Queen. This is a perfect sequel to The Queen of Blood; the consequences are real and both Daleina and the new, “reluctant” queen are engaging believable characters.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished Otis Adelbert Kline’s 1933 novel The Outlaws of Mars and hope to have a review of this one ready for you very soon. Next up for me will most likely be one from my main man, Robert E. Howard; a posthumous affair called Three-Bladed Doom. It features one of his recurring characters that I have not encountered before, El Borak, and I am thus looking forward greatly to getting into this one…

Tim: This week, I finished up with Mark Lawrence‘s Grey Sister, second novel in his BOOK OF THE ANCESTOR trilogy. Review is forthcoming.


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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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