Sunday Status Update: September 2, 2012

Another week, more books…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: Busy week around here what with starting another school year and hitting the big 50 (calling for a week of family, um, is “celebrations” the right word?). I did manage two shorter books, but both ended up disappointing, bringing my long streak of good reads to an end. One was Paul Auster‘s Winter Journal, which was unexpectedly pedestrian in both style and content, a real disappointment as I’m a big fan of most of his writing. The other was Glaciers, by Alexis M. Smith, which just didn’t do it for me in any aspect–character, story, structure, or language. Here’s hoping this week goes better…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: I am reading Bitter Seeds by Ian Tegillis. Looking forward to The Kingmakers next.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: I had a really good reading week! I was totally entertained by three classics that I read in audiobook format: Perelandra by C.S. Lewis, Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Another nice thing was that my husband agreed to listen to the Vonnegut novel with me. He has no interest in most of what I read, but he wanted to read Slaughterhouse Five. We worked on a jigsaw puzzle while we listened.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: Zzzz….. mmm? Wuh? Was I asleep? Sorry, I was just reading some pension reform legislation for work. Fortunately, I also started A Guile of Dragons by James Enge, and it’s keeping me awake. So far, this is an intriguing take on epic fantasy. And I’m reading Antigone again, just because… well, there’s no reason, really.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Ruth: What have I been reading? I finished up Lois Lowry‘s THE GIVER series. I burned through Angelfall by Susan Ee which was an interesting read. I’ve started the ARC of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente. I may have done a little dance of joy when it showed up in my mailbox. I’ve also started Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks which has been quite compelling so far. This is a book that was originally released in 2002 and is being re-released in October as a tenth anniversary edition. I’m also sneaking in a few pages of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon here and there. My best friend from college was appalled that I hadn’t read it so she sent me her copy.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I’m still working on Chris Holm‘s The Wrong Goodbye, Jeffrey Ford‘s Crackpot Palace and Tim Horvath‘s Understories. There just isn’t enough time to read lately!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: As seems to be something of a running theme this week, I’ve had little time for reading (for pleasure, anyway) and so it’s going to be another lesser week, unfortunately. I reread the original Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer in preparation to review the series, and then started on Daniel Abraham‘s The Dragon’s Path. George R. R. Martin‘s cover quote lauds it as “Everything I Look For in a Fantasy”. I can well believe it, as Abraham‘s style is in style similar to nothing else in fantasy so much as Martin‘s very own A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Happily, I like ICE AND FIRE, and The Dragon’s Path seems interesting and well-crafted so far.

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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. And Ruth, if I received a book called The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, I would be dancing too. That sounds amazing, though I know nothing about it. I really have to get hold of a Valente book one of these days…

  2. Happy Birthday, Bill!

  3. Happy birthday, Bill!

    And Tim, you really should read Valente. She is like no one else I can think of right now. It’s almost as if she is writing poetry instead of prose.

  4. Bill, it might be different for guys, but for me, 50 was quite freeing. I no longer worried about what people thought of me, for one thing. That’s really nice.

  5. Thanks Kat!

    50 wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be Marion–thanks for the advice (though many, including my wife, might say I’ve spent too long not worrying about what people thought of me . . . ). Hey, that fits in kinda nicely with Antigone!

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