Status Update

Every Sunday Tim compiles a report about what we read the week before. For most of the books we mention, you can expect a review soon.

Sunday Status Update: February 28, 2021

Kat: I read a novella by a promising new author named Andrew Kelly Stewart. We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep, published by (audio by Tantor Audio), debuts on March 9. I’ll tell you about it soon.

Kelly: This weekend I’m “attending” my first virtual SFF convention. I’ve learned that I have much better dance moves in Second Life than I do in … uh, first life. I’m also reading The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston and Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand Read More

Sunday Status Updates: February 21, 2021

Jana: This week I read Everina Maxwell’s debut novel Winter’s Orbit, a sweet and fluffy romance that also weaves in some truly interesting space-opera elements. (Review in progress.) I have a few novellas that I need to catch up on so I can add my thoughts to existing reviews, and in non-FanLit reading, I’m making progress on Lucille Ball’s autobiography. What a truly fascinating life she led!

Bill: Yep--lots of school reading as with others. But since my last status, I did read:
Copper Road by our very own Marion, which left me eagerly looking forward to the sequel
A Desolation Called Peace by Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 14, 2021

Marion: I had a hiatus in my revision-a-thon, and I was so happy! I got to read for pleasure! And not my own stuff over and over.  I’m about to finish Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper Legacy, the third book in his YA fantasy trilogy. Older expands the shadowshaper lore and takes us back to the history of the magic, and Sierra’s roots. The final few chapters are suspenseful and I can’t wait to see how they prevail against the army of adversaries they face.

Terry: It was another week in which my attention was mostly riveted on politics, so I still haven’t finished either of the two lengthy... Read More

Sunday Status Update: Feburary 7, 2021

Kat: I read two books by C.J. Cherryh this week: Merchant’s Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. These were released in audio format by Tantor Audio in a combination pack called Alliance Space. Last night I watched all five episodes of Wandavision. I didn’t like the first episode at all but by the time I finished the fifth, I was hooked.

Marion: I finished my ARC of Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 31, 2021

Kat: I finished R.J. Barker’s Call of the Bone Ships which is the sequel to The Bone Ships. It was better, I thought, but I didn’t like it as much as others do. It’s beautifully written, but I just didn’t connect with the characters. Today I’m starting C.J. Cherryh’s Merchanter’s Luck which has recently been published in audio format. This book, first published in 1982, has been on my TBR list for decades, so I’m pretty e... Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 24, 2021

Kelly: I’m currently in the middle of my ARC of Sarah Gailey’s The Echo Wife. I’m not sure what’s more chilling, the science or the interpersonal dynamics. And there’s a lot of overlap between the two, of course. Good, and unsettling.

Bill: This week I read the excellent The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, the good On Fragile Wavesby E. Lily Yu, and the somewhat disappointing Winterkeep by Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 17, 2021

Jana: This week I’m reading Nghi Vo’s When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, a stand-alone novella in her SINGING HILLS cycle (which begins with The Empress of Salt and Fortune). It’s delightful and intricate, and I love the ways Vo uses interwoven texts to examine the story-telling process itself. I’ve also been listening to Sheldon Allman’s 1960 album Folk Songs for the 21st Century, a strange and darkly humorous collection of songs about atomic bombs... Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 10, 2021

Kat: I re-read the first two books in Brandon Mull’s FIVE KINGDOMS series for kids (Sky Raiders and The Rogue Knight). I read them years ago but I’m ready to read and review the final three books (which have been sitting on my phone for a long time), so I needed to give them a re-read in preparation. I’m now on book three, Crystal Keepers. I got some reviews done this week, too, so look for those... Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 3, 2021

Kat: I've been busy with holidays and planning for the spring semester, but yesterday I managed to read the two most recent PENRIC & DESDEMONA novellas by Lois Mcmaster Bujold: The Orphans of Raspay and The Physicians of Vilnoc.

Bill: Since our last status, I’ve read the following, unfortunately none particularly strong:
A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
The... Read More

Sunday Status Update: December 27, 2020

Marion: Last week, most of my “reading” involved recipes  and grocery shopping lists. I did, however, finish a romance novel (a genre I almost NEVER read). I finished up Deception by Selena Montgomery, better-known to politics-watchers as Stacey Abrams. It’s not my go-to genre, but I did enjoy it. And I managed to browse the most recent issue of Clarkesworld, which had a couple of interesting stories. A.C. Wise’s “To Sail the Black” was  like Giedeon the Ninth  light, and I loved the fractured first generation-North-American family in Brazilian writer Clara Madrigano’s “Lost in Darkness and Distance.”

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Christmas Break!

We are on Christmas break with limited reviews/columns this week.

Next week (on Thursday) we'll announce our favorite books of 2020.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!
(And for those who don't celebrate Christmas, we wish you a lovely holiday season!)

We hope you'll have time to spend with some wonderful books.

Stay safe and healthy! Read More

Sunday Status Update: December 13, 2020

Kat: This week was the last week of my semester and I was busy with grading and other end-of-the-semester stuff. I didn’t get anything finished, but I’m working on Bob Proehl’s The Somebody People which is the sequel to last year’s The Nobody People. I like this one better.

Bill: This was a great week, as I read four excellent works: Remote Control, a novella by Nnedi Okorafor; The Mask of Mirrors, by M.A. Carrick, The Only Good Indians by Read More

Sunday Status Update: December 6, 2020

Jana: Sorry you haven’t heard much from me lately! The last few weeks have been rather busy, but I did manage to read Sofiya Pasternack’s Anya and the Dragon and its sequel, Anya and the Nightingale, both of which are entertaining MG books. I also started reading Sarah Gailey’s upcoming novel The Echo Wife, and am very much looking forward to discussing it with Tadiana and Kelly.

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Sunday Status Update: November 29, 2020

Kat: Since you heard from me a couple of weeks ago, I've re-read Arkady & Boris Strugatsky's Monday Starts on Saturday. This time I'll get it reviewed. Also read Chloe Neill's The Bright and Breaking Sea (first book in a new series), K. Eason's How the Multiverse Got its Revenge (sequel to How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse), and Andrzej Sapkowski's The Tower of Fools (first in a new ... Read More

Sunday Status Update: November 22, 2020

Marion: It was not a good week for reading because I had writing to accomplish, but on Wednesday I started Hilary Mandel’s The Mirror and the Light, the third book about Thomas Cromwell.


Bill:This was an eclectic week of reading, which included:

Brian Naslund’s quite good (and often laugh-out-loud funny) Sorcery of A Queen  (review soon to come)
Virginia Postrel’s interesting The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World
Rick Barot’s excellent poetry collection The Galleons
Kristina Moriconi’s lovely Read More

Sunday Status Update: November 15, 2020

Kat: I’ve been distracted by the news, as usual, plus my work, but I did manage to read a couple of books in the last two weeks. K.J. Parker’s How to Rule and Empire and Get Away With It was a sequel of sorts to his (better) Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City. After the U.S. election I read Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, which was enlightening. Basically, research shows that (1) liberals are more “ Read More

Sunday Status Update: November 8, 2020

Marion: I finished the wonderful Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, and how I’m browsing the Nov/Dec issue of F&SF Magazine. Effective with the spring, 2021 issue that magazine will have a new editor, Sheree Renee Thomas, as C.C. Finlay retires. I’m curious about what changes that will bring.

Bill: This week in between student papers and election-watching I read two DC comics reference books by Robert Greenberger:  Batman:  100 Greatest Moments and Flash:  100 Gre... Read More

Sunday Status Update: November 1, 2020

Jana: This week I read The Penguin Book of Witches, and thought it was a really excellent resource, though I wish that Katherine Howe had been able to provide more historical context and present-minded commentary on the various “eyewitness accounts” and historical documents. I also started reading Meet Me In the Future, Kameron Hurley’s 2019 collection of short stories, and I’m re-reading Sofiya Pasternack’s Anya and the Dragon in preparation for its soon-to-be-published sequel, Any... Read More

Sunday Status Update: October 25, 2020

Jana: This week involved a lot of cold-weather prep at my house, so I didn’t get a lot of time to sit in front of my keyboard, unfortunately. But I did get a little farther into The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, and am still enjoying myself, and I made the very questionable choice of reading through T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones in installments before bed. It’s a great book! Just, you know, not so great to lie awake thinking about in the dark.

Bill: This week I read the good if jargony Att... Read More

Sunday Status Update: October 18, 2020

Jana: This week was a fairly productive one for me, so I’m pleased. I finished V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, got a few reviews taken care of, and began reading Alix E. Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches alongside The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Read More

Sunday Status Update: October 11, 2020

Jana: This week I finished Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education, and I’m so excited to see what happens in the next book! I’m about halfway through V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, which is a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing story. And next up is Read More

Sunday Status Update: October 4, 2020

Jana: This week I began reading Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education, and to no one’s surprise (including my own) I love it, love everything she’s doing with her extraordinarily deadly magical school and our anti-heroine El Higgins. I also started reading V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and am delighted by how the narrative is unfolding. For my “read one story a day” exercise, I opened up the Ellen Datlow-edited Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, and am looking forward to all kinds of spooky tales throughout October.

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Sunday Status Update: September 27, 2020

Jana: This week I read Juliet Marillier’s The Harp of Kings, a mostly-engaging fantasy set at some vague distant point in Ireland’s druid-filled past. I also finished Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe’s anthology The Mythic Dream, and I would say 95% of the stories were absolutely amazing, while the other 5% were extremely good. Not a bad ratio, all things considered! This week I’ll be reading Naomi Novik’s latest novel, A Deadly Education, and Daniel Pinkwater’s novella Adventures ... Read More

Sunday Status Update: September 20, 2020

Jana: This week I started The Mythic Dream, an anthology of classic myths retold by contemporary authors, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Thus far, each of the stories is wonderful, and I’ve only read about a third of them! I also read R.B. Lemberg’s first BIRDVERSE novella, The Four Profound Weaves, which is beautifully written, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more stories set in this universe. Next up is Juliet Marillier’s The Harp of Kings, the first book in her WARRIOR BARDS series.
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Sunday Status Update: September 13, 2020

Jana: This week I read Kit Rocha’s Deal With the Devil, a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy about mercenary librarians and super-soldiers that has some well-written fight scenes. I’m nearly finished with Jonathan Strahan’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020, and I started reading Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea, which is lovely and dream-like.

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