Sunday Status Updates: September 11, 2011

Well, it’s that time again…

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: I’m starting Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kat: I read the second book in David Weber’s HONOR HARRINGTON series, The Honor of the Queen. I will not be moving on to book 3 even though I have already purchased it at Audible. That was a waste of a credit (they were having a special 3 for 2 series deal). My kids and I read and loved Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. I started William Gibson’s Count Zero and my husband and I are starting Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five on audio, but he watches so much football that I’m not sure when we’ll finish it. In print I’m still working on John Lambshead’s Lucy’s Blade.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kelly: I’m currently reading With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan, and also just starting Laini Taylor‘s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor’s Lips Touch: Three Times is one of the most memorable books I’ve read in recent years, so I’m stoked!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: This has been an indulgent reading week for me, starting with Labor Day weekend. I finished Ward Just’s beautiful novel, Rodin’s Debutante. Just’s flights of words rise off the page like flocks of snowy egrets. I finished Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Company Man. Despite candy-commercial quibbles (“You got Sci-fi in my noir!” “You got noir in my sci-fi!”) I predict that this guy is The Next Big Thing. I read the last Spenser novel completely written by Robert Parker: Sixkill. Now I’m in a quandary. Which do I start: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, or Hellbent by Cherie Priest?

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Robert: This past week was not one of my better ones. Hurt my back on Monday and was largely incapacitated for a few days. Of course, the injury did give me time to finish reading The Sacred BandDavid Anthony Durham’s rewarding conclusion to THE ACACIA TRILOGY. Currently I’m reading Black Light, an urban fantasy novel co-written by Stephen Romano and screenwriters Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan of Saw fame. After that, I plan on reading Joseph Nassise’s Eyes to See.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Stefan: Once again, I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I’d hoped, this time thanks to the Labor Day/back to school madness, this time combined with a major power outage here in San Diego. Reading by flashlight just isn’t as much fun when you’re an adult! I spent most of the week reading The Highest Frontier, the long-awaited new SF novel by Joan Slonczewski. I had high expectations for this one, and I wasn’t disappointed. After that, I started on Acacia by David Anthony Durham, and I plan to finish it up and then read its sequel next week in anticipation of the third volume in the ACACIA trilogy, which is due out next month.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I finished Duane Swierczynski’s Fun and Games this week, and am looking forward to diving into the next Charlie Hardie mystery, Hell and Gone. Hardie is a wonderful character — seemingly indestructible, but in a middle-aged, out-of-shape way, if that makes any sense. Now I’m reading Jim Butcher‘s first DRESDEN FILES novel, Storm Front, mostly because Justin keeps talking about how great this series is. While I’m finding this book enjoyable, I’m surprised at Justin’s enthusiasm; it seems like a competent first novel, but not more than that, at least so far. I’m betting that Butcher is one of those guys who gets better as he writes more. I’ve also just started reading Lauren Beukes‘s Zoo City; it’s been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and I’m planning to go to the convention (including the banquet, where the awards are handed out) at the end of October, and I’d like to have all the nominees read by then. As I’ve currently read none of them, that might be a challenge! But I’ll give it the old college try.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: I’ve been getting settled back into the wild world of academics, which has left me painfully little time for personal reading. I did have a look at On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, which seems interesting and fast-paced so far, but as with a lot of Powers’s work somehow fails to grab me on an emotional level.

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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. Aw, jeez, you guys just added six books to my “read next” list. This website is going to result in me going bankrupt any day now.

  2. Terry–I worry that The Dresden Files might be like classic Star Trek–he started a sub-genre twelve years ago that many people have copied. You’ve probably read those people already, so Dresden doesn’t seem new.

  3. Marion- Robert B. Parker was an awesome writer. I didn’t start reading him until I heard some of his Spenser books on Sirius Radio’s Book Radio channel. Then when I saw the movie Appaloosa and found he wrote the book, I got and read all his Westerns. (I’m also old enough to have watched the Spenser for Hire TV series starring Robert Urich.)
    Joe Montegna reads the audios of the Spenser books. He’s perfect for it.

  4. My husband just read Sixkill aloud to me. The Parker books are absolutely made for reading aloud.

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