Sunday Status Update: May 24, 2020

Kat: I’m working my way through Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol. It’s a new audio edition that collects all the TIME PATROL stories. I’ve had company all week — my boys are home from college — but that’s not the only reason it’s taking me a while to get through this book…

Bill: This week I read David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue, which I absolutely loved; The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, which was enjoyable but flawed; and The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman, which as with the others  in the mystery series lived up to my fond memory. I’m currently reading The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, and having the same mixed response I had to the prior two.

Kelly: This weekend I’m starting A Song Below Water, an upcoming YA novel about sirens by Bethany C. Morrow, and binge-watching the DUBLIN MURDERS TV series based on Tana French’s books. I’m also still meandering through Michael McDowell’s Blackwater at a leisurely pace. Normally it would be a bad sign that I’m taking so long with a book, but not so here; it’s good, it’s just very long and has a lot of natural stopping points because it was originally published as a series. So I end up setting it aside when something more urgent comes up, but it always calls me back.

Marion: I read E. Catherine Tobler’s novella “The Kraken Sea” several years ago. See Kate’s review. I was enthralled by the Jackson Unreal Circus. To my good fortune, Apex Book Company is releasing a collection of the Jackson Unreal Circus stories, The Grand Tour, and I got to read it in ARC form. Eerie, beautiful and strange, these stories veer from beacons of hope to subtle horror in the style of Caitlin Kiernan. Other than that, I have been engaged in tearing apart the middle section of my first draft WIP with an eye to revision. Think “remodeling” without new windows and updated kitchen appliances at the end.

Tadiana: In the last few weeks I’ve had to reread no less than three novels in order to write a reasonably insightful review for this website (Network Effect, Interference and Minor Mage). It’s easy to put off review-writing when the publication date is comfortably a few months in the future, but obviously this strategy is backfiring on me. Will I learn my lesson? We’ll see… I’ve just finished Aurora Burning, a fast-paced YA SF novel (second in the AURORA CYCLE series) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and have read several short fiction works, including many of the latest crop of Hugo nominees. I’m juggling several books that I’m currently reading, including The Traitor Baru Cormorant, David Copperfield and TRUEL1F3 (the third in Kristoff’s LIFELIKE trilogy). In other exciting news, a review copy of Alix E. Harrow’s upcoming novel The Once and Future Witches just landed on my doorstep a couple of days ago, and I am truly delighted. Her debut novel The Ten Thousand Doors of January (currently nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula) was one of my favorite fantasy reads last 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. Kelly Lasiter /

    Tadiana, I’m jelly of your shiny new Harrow book!

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