Sunday Status Update: August 13, 2017

This week, Supergirl again. Yeah, I dunno.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Supergirl: I spent this week in super speed. Did you know the super speed is something I can turn on and off? Bet you didn’t. It is, though. You know that feeling where you focus in really hard on something, and time seems to slow down as you study it? It’s like that, except, you know, actually happening. I did it for the whole week. Weirdest thing I’ve ever done. Do you know how creepy people look in slow motion? Do you know how hard it is to pay attention to what people are saying when they’re taking like an hour to say it and their words sound like discordant whale song? How the Flash hasn’t gone completely insane and murdered us all by now, I have no idea.

Brad: This week I’ve been enjoying on audio the newest collection of short stories by Haruki MurakamiMen Without Women, and I’ve been reading an older novel of his 1Q84. I also continue to enjoy reading “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feyman!” In comics, since I just saw the movie Logan, which features X-23, I’ve been reading the two short series about her made about ten years ago. I’ve also started reading Siegfried by Alex Alice. I have also re-read some of Marvel’s major events, short series that I first read when I got into comics: Avengers: DisassembledSecret War, and Secret Invasion. Finally, I’ve been re-reading Bendis‘s run on Daredevil.

Marion: I finished The Chimes by Anna Smaill. It won the World Fantasy Award in 2016 and I can see why. I hope to have a review done by the time I get home.  I also started The Courier by Gerald Brandt. It is a series and the second book is already out.  It was recommended to me by a bookseller who hadn’t read it yet but had it recommended to her as a book similar to early William Gibson. I get the similarities; a dystopian urban setting and a teen girl bike courier, but I don’t see the comparison. So far, I have been able to predict everything the MC (and the other characters) were going to do. I’ll finish it up when I get home; the visuals of the freeway city are good, and it may surprise me. Of course, I may come home with a hundred books from WorldCon.

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading a book by mathematician Eric Temple Bell, who, when he wrote science fiction, used the pen name John Taine. The book is his 1929 classic The Greatest Adventure, which deals with both Antarctic exploration and prehistoric monsters gone wrong by dint of evolutionary tampering. I am well into the book and am really loving it. I hope to be able to get a review of this one out for you soon…

Terry: I finished Lee Child’s Night School, and read Sexcastle, a bloody graphic novel about an assassin by Kyle Starks.  Between those two, my palate was cleared and I could return to fantasy. Now I’m spoiled for choice, and have dipped into far too many books to keep reading all of them. The two that have come out on top are Under the Pendulum Sun, a wonderful debut fantasy by Jeannette Ng, and Christopher Wild by Kathe Koja, in which Christopher Marlowe lives three lives, in three different historical eras.  I’m also still reading Edward Rutherfurd’s Paris.

Tim: This week I began reading Joe Hill‘s Horns in print, and listening to Dan SimmonsThe Fall of Hyperion on audiobook. Both are engaging, though I knew more or less what to expect from Simmons, whereas Horns is my first ever experience with Hill. So far very enjoyable.


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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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