Sunday Status Update: July 14, 2019

Lots more fun books this week!

Jana: This coming week I’ll be starting Mercedes Lackey’s The Hills Have Spies, the first volume in the FAMILY SPIES trilogy within the larger VALDEMAR universe, so that I can understand what’s going on in Eye Spy, the just-published second volume. I haven’t read any of Lackey’s work before, but I’m well aware that she’s widely considered to be a cornerstone of the fantasy genre, so I’m curious to see how I respond to her style. Reviews of other books are forthcoming, albeit more slowly than I would prefer.

Kat: I had a pretty busy week and I’m in the middle of a book that I don’t like much, so I keep finding other stuff to do (like my job, grocery shopping, laundry, etc.). The book is John Varley’s Steel Beach, the second of his EIGHT WORLDS novels. I have to say that it’s really boring and I feel like giving up on it.

Kelly: I’ve continued compulsively reading Seanan McGuire’s OCTOBER DAYE books this week. I’m on Night and Silence now. The one I just finished, The Brightest Fell, was fantastic! On deck, I’ve got Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss and Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey beckoning from my latest library haul.

Marion: Most of this week I’ve been at ReaderCon 30 in Quincey, Massachusetts. I’ve been listening a lot, but haven’t read much (although I’m going to buy about a dozen books.)  I did read many of the short stories in Sofia Samatar’s  wonderful new collection, Tender, a title which has two meanings. Some old favorites, like “Selkie Stories are for Losers,” and “How I Met the Ghoul” are here, along with some new gems.


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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. Marion /

    Jana, I saw THE HILLS HAVE SPIES in the bookstore at ReaderCon. (Didn’t buy it, though.)

    • Because the title puns on the title of 1977 horror movie “The Hills Have Eyes,” I keep thinking there are going to be references to it, and so far I’m not seeing any (which is probably a good thing, haha).

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