Sunday Status Update: August 23, 2020

Jana: This week I’m reading Kate Elliott’s latest novel, Unconquerable Sun, the first book in THE SUN CHRONICLES, a trilogy most frequently described as “gender-flipped Alexander the Great in space.” I’m also reading Jonathan Strathan’s upcoming The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020; since most of the stories in this collection are new to me, I’m discovering some interesting gems.

Kelly: I read The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi this week. I loved their 2019 YA novel, Pet, so I was really curious about this new release. It’s good, though there wasn’t as much SF/F in it as I might have hoped. Review to come. Now I’ve started Emily Tesh’s Drowned Country. As I write this, two characters have just landed in a bizarre supernatural situation and … promptly gotten into an argument about an academic paper, which is just the type of thing I find hilarious.


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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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4 comments

  1. Kelly, your description made me laugh!

    Jana, the Saga anthology sounds like a treasure trove.

  2. Paul Connelly /

    I enjoyed Unconquerable Sun quite a bit, Jana. It reminded me a little of Mark Lawrence with so much of the focus on action (unlike the Spiritwalker trilogy). I have forgotten most of what I used to know about Alexander the Great, so I wasn’t even attempting to match up any of the story with Alexander’s history.

    • Jana Nyman /

      I like what she’s doing with the character perspectives as the story unfolds. And I know so little about Alexander that I’m not trying to match!

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