Sunday Status Update: September 17, 2017

Character update will return next week.

Bill: This week I read two disappointing works: Horizon, the conclusion to Fran Wilde’s BONE CITY trilogy; and Cast No Shadow, a muddled graphic novel by Nik Tapalansky and Anissa Espinosa.  More enjoyable was Reed Tucker’s Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC, a generally entertaining look at the two major superhero comic companies’ interactions with one another.

Marion: I finished Holly Black’s urban fantasy White Cat on the plane coming to HawaiiCon. Black is an imaginative writer and I enjoyed the concept of “magic workers” and the struggles they face. That said, the un-likeability of the MC’s family made the book a less-than-pleasant read, and left me wondering how such venal, selfish people managed to raise a boy with a functioning, if weak, moral compass. Now I’m browsing Giants at the End of the World, a Showcase of Finnish Weird, which was part of the WorldCon packet. It is adding to my ever-growing list of books in translation that I need to find. This book is right up Terry Weyna’s alley.

Sandy: Moi? Having just finished reading Jules Verne’s The Begum’s Fortune (1879), I am proceeding on to another master of 19thcentury literature, Edgar Allan Poe. The book that I am getting into now is Poe’s only full-length novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, which was first released in 1838. This book is featured in Moorcock and Cawthorn’s Fantasy: 100 Best Books and I thus have high hopes for this one, indeed. I will endeavor to get my thoughts out to you regarding this one soon…

Tim: This week, I began listening to Son of the Black Sword by >Larry Correia. It’s fun so far, though I must admit that I’m not very far along. At some point I’m going to have to figure out where the “black sword” as a spooky weapon of power originated, because I seem to see it a lot. Maybe it’s just rule of cool.

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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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