Sunday Status Update: October 29, 2017

This week, in honor of Halloween, Michael Myers.

Michael: Finally, the time is almost here. Soon, I’ll set out on my bloody task. I will put such fear into these people that they will always remember the day I came home. The only snag is my crippling head cold, which makes it hard for me to breathe (I make ghastly rasping noises all the time), and makes it very difficult for me to run or even jog without an awful coughing fit. But I am undaunted! I shall simply have to walk after my victims. Yes. I’ll just stroll after them in a leisurely fashion. Provided they all end up hiding somewhere private and alone rather than running to the police station, everything should be fine.

Marion: I read Ghostland; An American History in Haunted Places by journalist Colin Dickey. In spite of the name, it is not really about ghosts. It’s about places that have become “haunted.” Dickey points out that many famous American ghosts actually have no historical evidence behind them (sometimes the person named as the ghost never even existed). Ghost stories exist to fill different cultural needs. I was amused that at a legal brothel in Nevada (Mustang Ranch), Dickey said that this was the best place he could argue a psychological theory for ghosts, but it was also the place where he saw the most compelling physical evidence for a ghost.

Sandy: Moi? I have just finished reading Walter de la Mare’s classic 1910 novel of psychic possession, The Return, and found it a bit tough to get through. I have very mixed feelings about this one, beautifully written as it is, and hope to get a review out for you soon. Next up for me will most likely be Viennese-born Gustav Meyrink’s classic 1915 novel The Golem, which I have been meaning to read for many years…

Tadiana: Two week update here: I finished up the new illustrated edition of  Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere, and have also read Roger Zelaznys delightful Halloween pastiche, A Night in the Lonesome October; Peter Clines‘ new time travel adventure Paradox Bound, and Emily Winfield Martin‘s Snow & Rose, a lovely middle grade illustrated retelling of the old Grimm folk tale “Snow-White and Rose-Red.” For my currently reading plate, I’m currently juggling Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s The Bear and the Serpent, Andy Weir‘s new moon-based SF novel Artemis, and Stephanie Garbers YA fantasy Caraval, and thinking that I really do need to jump into the second volume of the Library of America’s new two volume set, Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories (which, by the way, would be a fantastic gift for any SF fan).

Terry: I’ve been trying to get caught up on books I’ve started at one time or another. That means that, in addition to Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, I’m also dipping into and out of Five Stories High, edited by Jonathan Oliver; Christopher Wild by Kathe Koja; Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach; Turtles All the Way Down by John Green; This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab; and My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. I also want to start over from the beginning with Sofia Samatar‘s A Stranger in Olondria; while I remember much of what I’ve read of it vividly, I’m afraid my memory might be selective, and I want to bathe in Samatar’s lush language  and beautifully painted weird word pictures again. High atop the “read next” pile:  Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado; Experimental Film by Gemma Files; Trumpocracy by David Frum; and No Time to Spare, a book of essays by Ursula K. LeGuin.

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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. Tadiana, I’m giving a friend a copy of the new NEVERWHERE edition for All Hallows Read. It’s lovely.

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