Sunday Status Update: October 15, 2017

Character update will return next week.

Bill: Not much reading this week between a sprint to finish the first draft of a new play by Friday’s rehearsal and finally grading the 45 essays I’d put off in order to do so. Though that didn’t stop me from binging the first season of Fortitude all the way through. So nothing completed, though I’m about halfway through Peter Brett’s The Core, the concluding volume of his THE DEMON CYCLE.

Marion: I’m writing this on Thursday morning. This hasn’t been a great week for me. Half of my home county is in flames, and three friends lost their houses – they evacuated safely with themselves and their pets, but family photos, antiques, original art, books, wedding dresses safely stowed in plastic bags, holiday ornaments, favorite kitchen tools, stuffed animals, gifts… all those things are gone. I am inspired by the outpouring of help, love and generosity of those in my area toward the displaced. Stores are donating goods, and local restaurants are devoting their days off to cooking for the two local shelters. We are so far unaffected except emotionally and I am grateful for that.

But on the reading front; I finished The Stone Sky, the third book in N.K. Jemisin’s dare-I-say groundbreaking fantasy trilogy. I think choices Jemisin made in these books will change how good fantasy is written. Jana and I will be sharing our thoughts about it. I finished Max Gladstone’s Ruin of Angels, the sixth book in the Craft series. It was delightful; a twisty action plot with good characters and a fascinating setting anchored by a creepy living-squid-tower (I must clarify; it’s a single squid, not a tower of squid). I’m into the last quarter of Nicky Drayden’s South African contemporary fantasy Prey of the Gods. I’m not quite sure what I think of it yet but it keeps me turning pages.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading Susan Hill’s ghost novel (actually, more like a supernatural novella) of 2012, Dolly, and hope to get a review of this one written for you soon. Next up for me will be English author Walter de la Mare’s classic novel of psychic possession, The Return (1910), which I have been meaning to read for quite some time. I am looking forward to this one very much, indeed…

Skye: When this Sunday update gets posted, I will have been to the The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. While I’m writing this, I haven’t. It’s weird how that works out. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a bit about the conference and share some of what I saw and learned here! In the mean time, I’m still reading a gaggle (bunch? Shelf? Conspiracy? What would be an appropriate group name for books?) of books. I’ve added The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera to the rotation even though I haven’t finished many others since my last update. Outside of speculative fiction, I’m heading off to one of the book tour stops for Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Of course, I have to finish that one before I go! It’s a busy time, but books are a great part of it between school and other adventures.

Tadiana: So this week’s update is quite a bit shorter than last week’s, which was about six weeks’ worth of reading for me. This last week I finished reading The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan, the last book in the MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD trilogy, and Abounding Might by Melissa McShane, the third book in her EXTRAORDINARIES series about Regency-era women with magical powers. I also read Seanan McGuire‘s novelette Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in her WAYWARD CHILDREN series. I’m still working on the new illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere

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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. Skye, I am loving “a conspiracy of books.”

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