Sunday Status Update: November 16, 2014

Today, Kvothe… er, or not.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kote: Bloody hell, Chronicler just keeps lapping up this BS I’m feeding him. Of course I’m not Kvothe the Arcane, but hey, sucker born every day. Getting a little concerned about Bast, though. Sometimes I think he’s just playing along, but other times he gives me the weirdest looks, like he’s buying it or somehow thinks I am Kvothe, or… I’m probably just imagining things.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews João: This was a particularly good week for me. I read the first two volumes of SAGA and am waiting for my girlfriend to finish reading the third volume so I can borrow it from her. I don’t know what to think of them to be honest. I like them, but I don’t read enough graphic novels to think I can pass any critical judgment on it beyond my own enjoyment of it. I also finished listening to Ender’s Game Alive by Orson Scott Card, a full cast audioplay of one of my favorite novels ever. This was the first time I ever listened to an audiobook, though I guess this is not your usual audiobook, and I am quite impressed at how much I enjoyed the experience. I have also started reading Jo Walton’s upcoming The Just City, which I am liking so far. It reminds me of her Hugo Award winning novel Among Others, which is a good thing, but as the first novel in a trilogy it does have that prologue feeling to it.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: Continuing on with a few series that I’m trying to catch up with, I read Poison Promise, book 11 of Jennifer Estep’s ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series. That will probably be my last book in that series, but I’ll be happy to try something else by Estep in the future. Next I read books 4, 5, and 6 of Mercedes Lackey’s ELEMENTAL MASTERS series: Phoenix and Ashes, The Wizard of London, and Reserved for the Cat. These are all stand-alones set in the same world and they vary in quality. I’ll continue reading these, just to get them reviewed for the site, but I’ll skip the books that Kate has reviewed. Now I’m on to Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series. I read books 5 and 6 this week, Phoenix and Athyra. This series is lots of fun, though Athyra was a disappointment because it wasn’t from Vlad’s point of view.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kate: I’ve been writing my NaNoWriMo novel this month, so my FanLit reading has, regrettably, taken a backseat. I’ve mostly been listening to books when I’m driving or at the gym. I’m re-reading Robert Jordan, so I’m near the end of Knife of Dreams. And I’ve been listening to a lot of short stories on Podcastle and Lightspeed‘s podcast, and have fallen in love with Kat Howard’s work.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Sandy: Hi, all. I continue to work my way through a huge book of Robert E. Howard short stories from the pulps of the ‘30s, and am savoring every bit of it. In the meantime, I have just dropped off a review of The Yellow God, by my main man, H. Rider Haggard. It is lesser Haggard, to be sure, but still offers much in the way of entertainment value….

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: What with two all-nighters this week, I’ve had almost no time for reading whatsoever. That means I’m still reading It by Stephen King. Maybe this week I’ll finally finish it!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week was mostly just continuing reading on things I’d already begun but set aside for some reason. I proceeded on Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, and R.A. Salvatore‘s The Spine of the World (reread). I also read J.M. DeMatteis’ Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa, because the internet seems to have exploded over it in the wake of some sort of Marvel Studios announcement, and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. It was actually quite a good reading week for me, because I enjoyed most of what I was going through (Spine of the World to a lesser extent than the others, but I knew what to expect there and wasn’t disappointed). Life is good.

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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. Joao, I love Saga! I am eagerly waiting for the fourth volume to come out. I think the story of war and civilization is excellent.

  2. Kate, isn’t Kate Howard’s work magnificent? I really like her stories, and End of the Sentence, which she wrote with Maria Dahvana Headley, was very good.

  3. Brad Hawley /

    Saga rocks! Don’t miss my review of the forty-page first issue of Tooth & Claw yesterday: I think it’s gonna be another hit for Image, and SFF fans are going to be all over it just like Saga, even though they are nothing alike other than just being exceptional. Great world-building through art, as well as great dialogue and character development.

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