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: July 19, 2020

Jana: This week I read Zen Cho’s novella The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, and it was lovely, of course. I’m currently reading Katherine Addison’s The Angel of the Crows, and as much as I’m enjoying Addison’s world-building and descriptive talents, I have to agree with Bill and Tadian... Read More

Sunday Status Update: July 12, 2020

Jana: This week I read Raquel Vasquez-Gilliland’s debut novel, Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, which was beautifully written and contained some extremely searing commentary on America’s treatment of immigrants. I also read Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Relentless Moon, which was so engrossing that I actually forgot to move for a few hours while I read (an oversight I do not recommend).

Bill: This week I read Read More

Sunday Status Update: July 5, 2020

Jana: This week I read The Menace from Farside, a novella published in 2019 as the latest instalment in Ian McDonald’s LUNA universe, which was enjoyable, but it’s been long enough since I read the actual trilogy of novels that I kept distracting myself by wondering how the events in the novella affected or were affected by the preceding books. My fault, not McDonald’s. Also, I started reading Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Fated Sky Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 28, 2020

Jana: This week I read Lina Rather’s Sisters of the Vast Black, a novella with lots of interesting characters and concepts, and a little more hand-waving than I’d prefer when it comes to hard details like timeline and spatial relations. I’m also reading Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, which I’m really enjoying despite my constant story-induced anxiety. Kowal’s writing is evocative and compelling, to say the least.

Bill: This week I read Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 21, 2020

Jana: This week I read Nghi Vo’s novella The Empress of Salt and Fortune, which I loved, and Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood, which I was much cooler on. (Though the winter setting helped ward off the spring-transitioning-to-summer heat I hate so much.) Next up, Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 14, 2020

Jana: This week I read Finna, a very slight novella (I’d call it a novelette) by Nino Cipri about love, queerness, anxiety, wormholes, and big-box capitalism. I wish it had been a longer read, but I can’t figure out where I wish Cipri had expanded it. I also read Bethany C. Morrow’s A Song Below Water, and discovered that Kelly and I had the same reactions to it, which was fun (and unsurprising).

Bill: This week I read When Jackals Storm the Walls Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 7, 2020

Jana: This week I read Sarah Beth Durst’s latest MG novel, Catalyst, which was so much fun and a perfect antidote for everything I’ve been feeling over the last few weeks. I also read Martha Wells’ latest entry in the MURDERBOT DIARIES series, Network Effect, which I absolutely enjoyed (and forced my hand on picking up a copy of the first book in the series, Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 31, 2020

Kat: I’m really busy with my job and am behind on my reviews. I’ll try to fix that this week. Finally I finished Time Patrol by Poul Anderson. Then I read Witchy Eye, an alternate American history fantasy by D.J. Butler. This was entertaining, but unnecessarily long. Not sure if I want to read the sequel, just due to the length. Reviews to come.

Bill: This week I read Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 24, 2020

Kat: I’m working my way through Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol. It’s a new audio edition that collects all the TIME PATROL stories. I’ve had company all week -- my boys are home from college -- but that’s not the only reason it’s taking me a while to get through this book...

Bill: This week I read David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue, which I absolutely loved; The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, which was enjoyable but flawed; and The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman, which ... Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 17, 2020

Kat: It’s been two weeks since you heard from me and I’ve read several books and one short story. Here they are in the order I read them: Blood of the Heroes by Steve White, “Dave’s Head” by Suzanne Palmer, Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 10, 2020

Marion: I’ve been mostly reading works in manuscript. I read the first Anna Pigeon mystery, The Track of the Cat, by Nevada Barr. These mysteries, set in various US National Parks, are beloved by many. To my great surprise, I wasn’t one of them. I’m keeping on with Sarah Pinsker’s A Song for A New Day, which is excellent but benefits in a weird way from current events, because she imagined a similar situation so precisely.

Bill: This week I finished grading student papers and so was finally able to read.  In genre, I finished Nevertell by Katharine Orton, a YA novel set in Stalinist Ru... Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 3, 2020

Kat: Exam week, so I only got one book read: Providence by Max Barry. I didn’t like this as well as I hoped I would. Review coming soon.

Bill: Finals week so like Kat, not a lot of reading. I did finish Kingdom of Liars, a solid if at times problematic debut by Nick Martell. Outside of genre I continue my reread with my son (his first read) of Tony Hillerman's enjoyable Navajo mysteries, completing The Dark Wind.

Marion: I fi... Read More

Sunday Status Updates: April 26, 2020

Kat: I’ve read several books since my last update and I hope to get them reviewed soon. Here they are in the order I read them. A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. The Last Human by Zack Jordan. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin... Read More

Sunday Status Update: April 19, 2020

Kat: I tried the first two novels in Charles E. Gannon’s CAINE RIORDAN series, Fire with Fire and Trial by Fire. I agree with Marion that they are too long and marred by a hero who is too good to be true. Fran Wilde’s Riverland, a finalist for... Read More

Sunday Status Update: April 5, 2020

Jana: This week has been...well, you get the news, you know what it’s been like. Distracting, to say the least. I’m reading through Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor’s latest WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE novel, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home; it’s delightful and dark and very, very tense, so I’ve been taking my time with this one rather than just devouring it all at once.

Kat: Like Jana said, the news is distracting. Plus, I’m working from home and my teenage daughter is also home from school, so that’s distracting, too… But I did g... Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 22, 2020

Kat: Well, I’m teaching online only until the end of August, and all other campus meetings have been cancelled, as well as three family trips and multiple concerts and other events. So, that should give me a lot more time for reading in the next few months. This past week I read three novels. A Heart of Blood and Ashes, by Milla Vane, was simply dreadful. It’s getting a DNF from me. The other two novels were by Frank Chadwick: How Dark the World Becomes, and its sequel, Come the Revolution. These were entertaining. Reviews of all these are coming soon.

Marion: I finished Premee Mohammad’s gothic horror nov... Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 15, 2020

Bill:  This week I read Val Hall: The Even Years by Alma Alexander, The Book of Samson by David Maine, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renki and Big History by Paul Singh.

Marion: I read Genevieve Cogman’s sixth INVISIBLE LIBRARY novel, The Secret Chapter, which is, to some extent, a heist novel. I liked it. I am finishing up Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 8, 2020

Jana: This week I finished A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name, which was a lot of fun, and read Carrie Vaughn’s The Immortal Conquistador, a novella exploring the backstory of Rick, from her KITTY NORVILLE urban-fantasy series. I haven’t read any of the other books in that series, and that might have to change, now.

Bill: This week I read Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine (enjoyable but didn’t match its potential), Monster 1959 by David Maine (fun parts but bit of a disappointment), ... Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 1, 2020

Marion: I finished Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias, a pulpy, blood-soaked surrealist novel. I flinched a lot from the violence as the short book rotates through literary fiction, magic and horror, but I loved the language. Iglesias channels his political anger very well in what is, largely, a political novel. Next up, Sanditon by Jane Austen -- her original 60-page fragment, not the adaptation.

Bill: This week I read Leigh Bardugo’s The Crooked Kingdom, Duncan Hamilton’s Servant of the Crown Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 23, 2020

Jana: I’m still reading through A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name, and really enjoying it. I like what Larkwood’s doing with the characters and world-building, and the way she plays with fantasy-genre expectations without throwing everything out the window. My hope is to finish it next week, and then to get a review in the hopper shortly afterward.

Bill: This week I read in order of preference: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Queen of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff, Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy, and Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 16, 2020

Kelly: I recently reread King Lear for one of my classes, so I decided it was a good time to get around to Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear, which fleshes out the story with a hearty dose of character development and a hefty scoop of muddy, bloody earth magic. It’s long, but thoroughly atmospheric and engrossing.

Bill: Over the past two weeks I read:
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley, a disappointing sequel
The Last Day
by Andrew Hunter Murray, a... Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 9, 2020

Marion: At this writing, I’ve almost finished Kira Jane Buxton’s novel Hollow Kingdom, about a tame crow and a bloodhound who try to save humanity after a strange zombie apocalypse sweeps Seattle, Washington. The crow, named S.T, is our narrator. I took a break to read Cocaine Blues, one of Kerry Greenwood’s sprightly 1920s Austrailian murder mysteries featuring Phryne Fisher. Next up, Mazes of Power by Juliete Wade. I’m really eager to start that one!

Sandy: Moi? I am currently still suffering with the after effects of a concussion from around six weeks back, and that has effectively cut my reading ti... Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 2, 2020

Jana: This week I read Charlaine Harris’ second GUNNIE ROSE novel, A Longer Fall, and Sarah Gailey’s latest novella, Upright Women Wanted. Tadiana and I will be reviewing A Longer Fall together, and I should have a review for Upright Women Wanted put together quite soon. Next up for me is A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name, because “orc priestess wh... Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 26, 2020

Marion: I mostly read work in manuscript this week, but I did finish Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth. I’m shocked at how deeply and thoroughly the book disappointed me.


Bill: This week I read Animal Mineral Radical, a collection of essays by BK Loren; Washington Black, an excellent novel by Esi Edugyan; and Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages by Jack Hartnell.

Terry: I finished Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 19, 2020

Jana: This week I started reading An Easy Death, the first book in Charlaine HarrisGUNNIE ROSE Weird West/alternate-history series, so that I’ll know what’s happening when I read A Longer Fall, the second (and just-published) instalment. For fun, I’m doing a re-read of the various Anne McCaffrey PERN books in my personal library, but the order I’m reading them in will be chronological determined by in-book events, so I’m beginning with Dragonsdawn Read More