Sunday Status Update: September 9, 2012

And here we are again.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: Not much read this week thanks to work and the length and pace of my lone book—In Sunlight and Shadow by Mark Helprin, one of my all-time favorite authors. Unfortunately, despite the utter beauty of much of the prose and its moving close, the 700-page book disappointed in the presentation of its two main characters and its love story. Sigh. But I refuse to end by complaining about Helprin, so I’ll close by saying his A Soldier of the Great War goes on my top five all-time list of books, so you should read that. And then read Winter’s Tale.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: I’m so excited to report that Audible Frontiers has finally produced Roger Zelazny’s CHRONICLES OF AMBER in audiobook format — something I’ve been waiting years for. I happily indulged in a re-read of the first two books this week: Nine Princes in Amber and The Guns of Avalon. I also listened to Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (not really a fantasy novel, I discovered) and, with my eyes, I read Brandon Sanderson’s new novella Legion.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kelly: Halloween seems to have come early to my reading pile. I’ve been in the mood for witches, so I’ve picked up Juliet Blackwell‘s In a Witch’s Wardrobe. I’m also reading the YA novel Blackwood by Gwenda Bond, in which the Roanoke Island disappearances recur in the present day, and The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki, a ghost story for kids.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Ruth: So, I’ve decided that I need to read some more of the classics of the genre, so this week I read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. That is a weeeeeeeird book. I also read the graphic novel A Flight of Angels by Rebecca Guay which is gorgeous. I’ve picked up Icefall by Matthew Kirby at the recommendation of many of the reviewers here. And I also have started The Shimmers in the Night by Lydia Millet. None of these books showed up in my status last week, and I didn’t finish the books from last week before starting these new books. There’s just so much to read!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I have had a thoroughly hellish week in which I have read and written thousands upon thousands of words on such interesting topics as grease interceptor systems for restaurants (science fiction), Medicare reporting requirements for liability insurers (fantasy) and the machinations of private equity firms (horror). Despite all this excitement, I nonetheless managed to finish reading Chris F. Holm‘s The Wrong Goodbye, which is a great deal of fun and left me looking forward to the next in the series.  I also took a gander, for the first time ever, at a few issues of Clarkesworld Magazine. Here’s hoping next week gives me a little more reading time — for fiction, that is.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week I was on the go a lot, but I did read The Arctic Incident, the second book in Eoin Colfer‘s ARTEMIS FOWL series. It’s a little odd going back to the beginning of the series after so much time has passed. Simply because it happened to be around, I also picked up and reread most of Jim Butcher‘s Changes. Even on the second reading, it’s fast-paced and exciting.

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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. Yea Ruth– can’t wait to hear what you think of Icefall!

    Mmmmm, grease interceptors, now I’m hungry . . .

  2. I always love it, Terry, when you and Marion classify your work documents into fiction genres. I really ought to try that sometime. :D

  3. Loved Swordspoint. The audio production was great as well.

    • Hi Joel, it was a strange production. Sometimes Kushner read the dialogue and sometimes the actors did. The sound effects were obnoxious, but fortunately infrequent. It was nice to hear the author reading her own work, though!

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