Sunday Status Update: August 9, 2020

Jana: This week was chockablock with non-FanLit responsibilities, so I had much less time for getting reviews wrapped up than I wanted (harrumph). I was able to squeeze in a few reading hours for Tamsyn Muir’s Harrow the Ninth, though, and it was incredibly difficult to pull myself away each time.

Kelly: So, Tamsyn Muir’s Harrow the Ninth came out this week, and it sort of ate me alive, distracting me from everything else I intended to read. Now that I’ve finished that, I’m back to Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston, and when I’m in a different mood, A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong.

Marion: I also read Muir’s Harrow the Ninth and my reaction was different from Jana’s and Skye’s. I could have put the book down easily at any point until about fifty pages from the end. I freely admit this could be an age thing.

Sandy: Moi? After having hugely enjoyed the novels The Purple Sapphire (1924) and The Greatest Adventure (1929) by author John Taine, I am currently reading my third book by this overlooked writer, 1930’s The White Lily, and I must say that this one has really sucked me right in. I look forward to being able to share some thoughts about this one shortly….

Terry: I finished The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab with tears streaming down my face. Really beautifully done! I’m now racing through Gregg Hurwitz’s latest ORPHAN X thriller, Prodigal Son, due out early next year.


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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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  1. And here I am with both Gideon the Ninth and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue on deck for when I finally, finally dig my way out of the reading slump I’ve been in for far too long. Among other exciting books of course!

    Based on everything I’ve heard though, I think Marion’s slight mix-up is likely a pretty accurate premonition about how I’m going to feel about Harrow the Ninth ;)

    • Kelly Lasiter /

      Heehee! I ended up loving it, and loving it even more after I thought about it for two days and noticed more clues and Chekhov’s Guns. I think we reviewers are going to be all over the place on Harrow!

      • Jana Nyman /

        Not to mention the memes!! I could spend a week poring over Harrow, just looking for all the memes and pop-culture references.

        • Neither of you are making it any easier for me to finish up these books I have on the go before diving into Gideon and Harrow!

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