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 Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies (Tr. Lucy Van Cleef).  In non-genre I read The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found by Violet Miller and finished via audio the highly recommended Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time by Gaia Vince

Kat: My schedule’s easing up a bit and I was able to finish four books in the past couple of weeks: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Knife Children, a novella set in her SHARING KNIFE world, Jim C. HinesTerminal Alliance and Terminal Uprising, the first two books in his JANITORS OF THE POST-APOCALYPSE series, and The Peripheral by William Gibson.

Marion: After Bill’s review, I had to get The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. After a bunch of booksellers and I stared at the cover and went “Ohhhhh!” for a few minutes (because it’s gorgeous) I proudly carried it home and have started the introduction. Thomas gets points for a great opening paragraph in the introduction.

Sandy: Moi? Having just finished one entry in Armchair Fiction’s Lost World/Lost Race series,  A. Hyatt Verrill’s The World of the Giant Ants (1928), I am now moving on to another. Thus, I yesterday started a book from 1930 entitled The Drums of Tapajos, by one Capt. S. P. Meek. The book has pulled me in immediately and I look forward to sharing some comments on this one with you in the near future….

Tadiana: I’m ashamed to say I’m still working on finishing all three books that I was reading two weeks ago: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (I’m starting to really enjoy it but it’s a slow read), My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (totally bogged down in that one), and Patricia BriggsSmoke Bitten (not sure why I set aside that one; I just need to pick it back up again). I did whip through Tracy Wolff’s Twilight-inspired Crave one night, which showed up on my doorstep in a really great publicity box, but wasn’t that good despite keeping me up until the wee hours. I actually enjoyed Twilight much more, for a brain candy read.


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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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