Sunday Status Update: August 20, 2017

This week, Legolas and Gimli run into a snag on their way to the Havens (spoilers).

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Legolas: Journal Entry 4858299: This week, I at long last set off for the Grey Havens, accompanied by Gimli. It was an auspicious moment, many tearful farewells. Still, I was eager to take to the seas, for ever since I heard the sound of waves on shore, there has dwelt in my heart a terrible desire for the shining land beyond the waters. Gimli just wants to hit on Galadriel again. Anyway, our journey went smoothly the first few days, but last night, a terrible storm blew in. We were both of us up all night struggling with sails and tiller, and by the time the tempest blew itself out, we had no actual idea where we were. Now here we are floating along beneath a featureless sky, and for all I know we’re headed right back toward Middle Earth. Also, waterlogged dwarf smells awful.

Kat: My fall semester starts tomorrow (and I have the flu, ugh) so I have been concentrating on my classes and haven’t had much time to read. I’m in the middle of Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey, I’m reading VALDEMAR novels because it looks like Tantor Audio is releasing some of them in audio format, so I”m trying to catch up with the ones that have already been released in audio. They are mindless and fluffy which is probably just what I need before my killer semester starts. One of my colleagues had to take some family leave to help her ailing mother, so I’m teaching one of her classes in addition to my usual four, plus I’m overseeing our new brain imaging lab and trying to get a new bachelor’s degree approved. Fortunately, I really love my job, but I don’t have much free time these days.

Sandy: Moi? I am very happy to be reading an ARC of a new Robert Silverberg novella that will be coming out next month. Silverberg has not come out with any new product in four years, and with no new novel in around 14, so this is really something of a big deal for all his many fans. The novella is called The Emperor and the Maula, an updating of the Scheherazade story as a futuristic space opera. I hope to have a review for you all soon…

Tim: This week, I continued listening to Dan SimmonsFall of Hyperion and reading Joe Hill‘s Horns. Both are very fun, but I’m progressing slowly.


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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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