Sunday Status Update: November 27, 2011

Bit of a slower week this time around…

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Greg: I’m still knocking away at The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I should have it finished this week. It’s just not the page-turner I had hoped it would be.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: I just finished reading Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion by Janet Mullany, which was surprising.  Next up: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill, and then I get to read some actual fantasy for a change!

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Kat: I knocked off a story collection and a couple of novellas sent by Subterranean Press: The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb/Megan LindholmAll About Emily by Connie Willis, and The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub. The Hobb/Lindholm was a nice collection that I can recommend. The Willis book was a light and entertaining SF story. The Straub story was about a dark and mysterious boat ride down the Amazon, which would have been just my kind of thing if it hadn’t involved a repulsive sexual fetish.

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Ryan: I’m reading Michael Crichton‘s new book, Micro. Crichton reportedly finished a third of the novel before he passed away and it has been finished by Richard Preston. Crichton’s goal appears to have been very much in line with the best SFF literature: to take the mundane world and make it appear fantastic. His notion here is not to travel anywhere more exotic than the ground of a rainforest, though our perspective is somewhat changed. The scientists in Micro have all been shrunk to one and a half inches tall. Their adversaries are insects rather than dinosaurs. Don’t mess with ants.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Stefan: My wife had the week off, and as a result I’ve had less time to work (read: laze around on the couch reading) so instead I’ve been dragged around Legoland and the San Diego Zoo and so on. The horrible life of a book reviewer, right? Anyway, as a result, I didn’t have a lot of time to read, so I’m once again horribly behind on the stack of books I’m supposed to read and review urgently. I hope I’ll have a more meaningful update with some actual, you know, book titles for you next week!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I’m still reading the collections of short stories I was reading last week — two anthologies and a hefty magazine — but I managed to finish up with The Dragon DelaSangre by Alan F. Troop yesterday. That means that yesterday was also a day to start a couple of new novels, just to keep things moving: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet; my nephew swears it’s the best book ever) and Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. The Hunger Games pretty much picked me up and wouldn’t let me go, which is why I got almost nothing else done yesterday evening. I need a few hours like that every now and then!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: While I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading Christopher Marlowe lately, I’m not entirely sure what estimable gentleman would think were I to try to make the argument for Tamburlaine the Great as a fantasy epic. On the occasions in which I’ve had a minute away from research, I admit freely that I’ve been gravitating toward comfortable texts I’ve read before and thus in which I don’t need to invest particular effort. This week, it was Robert E. Howard‘s turn at bat, as I steadily worked my way through The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian.

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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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