Sunday Status Update: September 25, 2022

Marion: I finished Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. It’s an optimistic delight of a book with a great octopus character.  Currently, I’m reading a debut mystery novel by Tracee de Hahn called The Swiss Vendetta. The interiors and descriptions are gorgeous.

Bill:  Since my last update, I’ve read:

  • The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez: going on my Best of 22 list
  • Neom by Lavie Tidhar: linked stories in the same universe as his great Central Station Neom didn’t hit that same exceedingly high mark, but still an enjoyable read chock full of creative visions and classic sci-fi references
  • Flush by Bryn Nelson: An interesting and informative look at how we might find a better use for what we flush than, you know, flushing it
  • Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón, an excellent collection of poems
  • I’m about halfway through listening to Lindsey Davis’ ancient Rome mystery The Iron Hand of Mars. In video, I’ve given up on House of Dragons, and have relegated the greatly disappointing Rings of Power and She-Hulk to background noise while I grade, the first out of morbid curiosity (don’t get me started on the mithril is made of good and evil and Silmaril stuff) and the latter to keep my hand in the Marvelverse

Sandy: Moi? I am currently in the middle of yet another supernatural horror novel that is only available today from the fine folks at Ramble House. The book in question this week is R. R. Ryan’s 1939 masterwork entitled Echo of a Curse, and I have just been loving it so far. I hope to be able to share some thoughts on this one with you all very shortly….

Terry: I’ve once again picked up The Embroidered Book by Kate Heartfield, and this time it’s sticking. It’s an historical fantasy about Marie Antoinette and her sister, Maria Carolina of Naples. Good stuff. I’m also reading Cemetery Road by Greg Iles, a mystery set in the Deep South and The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. Finally, I read Pulling the Wings Off Angels, a new novella by K.J. Parker, which had some interesting philosophical and theological discussion in it, making it a bit more interesting than Parker’s been for me lately.


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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. Paul Connelly /

    Just finished Nona the Ninth, which I loved (and just like the previous two Locked Tomb novels, Muir throws you right into the deep end of the pool without an inflatable seahorse to hold onto). Before that was the surreal Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah, the first three Garrett P.I. novels from Glen Cook (who I again feel is basically doing sword and sorcery with an overlay of other subgenres, like noir in this case or military with the Black Company, rather than the reverse), Buffalo Soldier from Maurice Broaddus, and a nonfiction reread, Gore Vidal’s Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace, to start things off.

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