Sunday Status Update: July 10, 2016

Character update on break this week.

Marion: I finished Icon by Genevieve Valentine, the second book in her FACES trilogy. I think she has invented a new subgenre. It got off to a slower start for than the first book, Persona, did, but I definitely liked it.  I also read an ARC of Robert Brockway’s horror thriller The Empty Ones. That was a white-knuckle thrill ride! Still making my way through The Body Keeps the Score, about PTSD, by Bessel van de Kolk, and starting to read various sort stories in manuscript for my writers conference the first week of August. I also read How to Talk to Girls at Parties, the graphic novel based on Neil Gaiman’s short story, illustrated by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. It is stunning.

Ryan: This week, I began reading Terry Pratchett‘s A Slip of the Keyboard, which collects his non-fiction. I am also plodding through Kim Stanley Robinson‘s Green MarsStar Trek has returned to Netflix in Canada, so I’ve been re-watching DS9. Although Picard is still my favorite captain, DS9 has become my favorite Trek.

Sandy: After having read three books from sci-fi’s Golden Age – When Worlds Collide (1933), After Worlds Collide(1935) and Cosmic Engineers (1950) – I have decided to read something a little more modern … more modern for me, anyway! Thus, I have just started reading a book by Robert Silverberg, his offering entitled The Seed of Earth, which was released as recently as … 1962. I always love getting into a book that I haven’t yet read by one of my favorite authors. Perhaps one day I will stun and amaze you all by reading and reviewing a book that was written in the 21st century. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though…

Stuart: I really enjoyed The Killing Moon, the first book of  N.K. Jemisin‘s DREAMBLOOD duology. It’s got all the top-notch world-building, non-Eurocentric settings, complex characters, gender issues, and social politics that I expect from her books, and compelling multi-stranded narratives to boot. Definitely my favorite fantasy author of this decade. I’m almost finished with book two,The Shadowed Sun, which takes up the story ten years later but shifts the focus to new characters and settings. It’s not quite as good as the first book, but certainly worth reading. I’ll have to read her INHERITANCE trilogy soon, but first I’ll jump back into large-canvas space opera with Vernor Vinge‘s 1993 Hugo Winner A Fire Upon the Deep.

Tim: This week I’ve been preparing for and attending a workshop at Bowdoin college in Maine. It’s been fun, but hasn’t afforded me a lot of time to do my own reading (or indeed much of anything else). My books are on hold but not forgotten, and I’ll hope to return to them soon.

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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. Tim, the workshop sounds great, can you tell us a little bit more.

    Sandy, I love your takes on the Golden Age. Plenty of us are splashing about in the 21st century prose, don’t feel like you have to rush to join us if you’re having fun.

  2. RedEyedGhost /

    DS9 is my favorite Trek by a significant margin. Love the character growth over the course of the series.

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