Sunday Status Update: January 10, 2021

Kat: I re-read the first two books in Brandon Mull’s FIVE KINGDOMS series for kids (Sky Raiders and The Rogue Knight). I read them years ago but I’m ready to read and review the final three books (which have been sitting on my phone for a long time), so I needed to give them a re-read in preparation. I’m now on book three, Crystal Keepers. I got some reviews done this week, too, so look for those soon.

Bill: This week I watched and read a lot of news. In between, I finished Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger, a very good Lovecraftian YA novel, and First Light by Emma Chapman, an excellent non-fiction exploration of the earliest time periods in our universe’s existence.

Kelly: I didn’t get much reading done earlier in the week, but my copy of Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon by James Hibberd just arrived. Call it my birthday gift to myself. I can’t wait to dig into this behind-the-scenes history of Game of Thrones.

Marion: This wasn’t a great reading week either for several reasons. I re-read my own first draft of the third book in the Copper Road series. It isn’t terrible, but I see the need for lots of revision. I also plunged into Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo, which is book one of the TABAT QUARTET. I love the worldbuilding and the complex relationships in this series! On Wednesday a failed coup attempt distracted me and I couldn’t concentrate to read, and it’s been hard to get back into it after that.

Sandy: Moi? If you will look back at all the books that I have written about here over the last three years, whether they be in the fields of sci-fi, fantasy or horror, you will see that they all have one thing in common: They were all written during the period 1900 – 1950; a little reading assignment that I call Project Pulp. Well, I suppose that this early 20th century fun is destined to continue for a while, because the current book that I am reading is a new release from Armchair Fiction’s LOST WORLD/LOST RACE series, Eden Phillpotts’ The Golden Fetich (1903). This one has really sucked me right in and I do look forward to reporting back to you on it soon….

Terry: I had hoped to get a lot more reading done during my staycation this week, but politics captured my attention almost completely. Also, sleep! But I still managed to finish Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, who is now on my list of authors whose books I will buy even if I know nothing about the books. I really enjoyed The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly, one of his MICKY HALLER mysteries. And I unexpectedly fell into A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, a retelling of the frame story from The Arabian Nights.


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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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