Sunday Status Update: July 2, 2017

Captain America, in honor of an incipient Independence Day. Also the one that just happened.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Captain America: This week I saw fireworks going off, and I figured some good patriotic American was celebrating Independence Day a little early. I got the shield and went over. Turns out it was just Canada Day. It’s embarrassing, but up to this moment I did not realize that there was a Canada Day. I asked the Canadians about it. “Well,” they said, “it commemorates Canada’s becoming its own country separate from Britain. Only July 1st isn’t the actual day that it happened, and we’re still part of the commonwealth. July 1st was actually dominion day, which was something different, but lately it’s Canada Day.”

“So you wanted your own Fourth of July, huh?”

“… yes.”

Honestly, I didn’t mind. They offered me beer, and Canadian beer is better beer. I’m sorry, my countrymen. I am.

Kat: It was a good reading week. I finished Mira’s Last Dance, a fun novella by Lois McMaster Bujold which is set in her FIVE GODS WORLD and features Penric, a demon-possessed scholar. The next book was the much-anticipated The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams. Twenty years ago his epic fantasies were my favorites. These days I am too impatient for their languid pace, but I enjoyed the nostalgia of revisiting his world and I think his fans will be pleased. Bill disagrees with me on this one. Today I will finish up Kevin Hearne’s newest IRON DRUID CHRONICLES installment, Besieged. It’s actually a story collection, and it will be out next week.

Marion: I finished Nemesis Games, Book Five in James S.A. Corey’s series THE EXPANSE. A game-changing event happens in that book and I am curious to see how the consequences play out in Babylon’s Ashes.  I also finished Cathrynne Valente’s linked story collection The Refrigerator Monologues, which is, I will say, “Interesting.” And I’m halfway through The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

Sandy: Moi? Having just completed Isaac Asimov’s first novel, 1950’s Pebble in the Sky, the first segment of what would ultimately comprise his GALACTIC EMPIRE trilogy, I am now moving on to Part Deux, 1951’s The Stars Like Dust. I’ve never read this one before and look forward greatly to getting into it. Happy July 4th to one and all!

Tadiana: It’s been a few weeks again since I last reported, and I’ve had a busy reading schedule! I finished The Wandering Mage and The Unconquered Mage, the second and third books in Melissa McShane‘s mage-centered CONVERGENCE trilogy (reviews for all three pending); Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst, a delightful middle grade fantasy (already reviewed! Yay, me!); Soleri by Michael Johnson (which Bill and I have reviewed); Pure Magic, the third book in Rachel Neumeier’s BLACK DOG YA contemporary fantasy series (lots of werewolves and vampires), along with Black Dog Short Stories II, the second set of short stories set in that world; The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, which I liked almost as well as Jana; and finally Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn. My most notable non-speculative read: The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge, a 1963 novel of life in an English village, which I loved. I’m currently reading The Weight of the World by Tom Toner, the second book in his AMARANTHINE SPECTRUM space opera series; Caesar’s Last Breath, a non-fiction, delightfully written scientific book by Sam Kean about the air we breathe; and Central Station by Lavie Tidhar.

Tim: This week has been a busy one, but I continued on with John Crowley‘s Little, Big: or, the Fairies’ Parliament. I’m enjoying it more the further it goes. Of course, I’m also a sucker for fairy stories, and the more mythology Crowley brings into it, the happier I become. Simple man, simple tastes, etc.


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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. dr susan /

    But, Kat, Mira’s Last Dance ends on a *gasp* cliffhanger! *sobs*

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