Sunday Status Update: May 4, 2014

This week, we receive an update from the Great Detective himself.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Sherlock: My mind rebels at this stagnation. This week I have read some twenty-six treatises upon the chemical methods of detection — there are, I shall own, at least some hopeful signs of progress in that quarter, and not before time — as well as every newspaper at least a dozen times and Watson’s latest lapse into mawkish literary expectoration.  Under ordinary circumstances, I could find at least casual diversion in discussing it with the man himself, but as yet I cannot forgive Watson after I discovered in him the culprit of The Mysterious Disappearance of my Drug Dealer last week. No doubt he has the miserable, tear-spattered write-up on its way to print as we speak, and I’ll force him into a retraction the following day. Damn it all, why do we always do this?

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Brad: This week I’ve mostly read student papers (as I will this coming week as well), but I’ve found time to read some of Silverberg‘s earliest stories and have greatly enjoyed them (btw, Amazon sells the newest collections of Silverberg’s stories on Kindle for $2.99 a volume!). On audio, I’ve been listening to two of my favorite novels, alternating between them depending on my mood: Murakami‘s Norwegian Wood and Austen’s Emma.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Kat: I only read one speculative fiction book this past week, but it was a good one: Larry Correia’s Warbound, the third volume of his GRIMNOIR CHRONICLESWarbound has been (controversially) nominated for a Hugo Award. I don’t think it should win, since it’s up against Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, but it was definitely entertaining. The audio version of Correia’s series, narrated by actor Bronson Pinchot, may be the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Sandy: This past week I managed to finish my eighth Robert Silverberg book in a row, Shadrach in the Furnace, which I hope to do justice to with some kind of review, but doubt that I will be able to express how much I love this book with my meager vocabulary. It really is a winner. My next book, after this Project Silverberg, will see me returning to my main man, H. Rider Haggard. I have read around 45 of the dude’s novels at this point (out of 58), and my next one will be his Love Eternal, which I have a feeling will deal with his favorite subject, love that survives the grave; hence, a book with mild fantastic content. I am not a particularly rapid reader, and will probably thus be on this book for a few weeks, as it is a rather longish novel.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Terry: I started what promises to be an amazingly good book, Bradford Morrow‘s The Forger. It’s not due out until November, and I have tons of books coming out this month, next month and in July that I ought to be reading instead, but this book captured me. It’s about an antiquarian book dealer, for a start.  And the writing is gorgeous. So I’ll just sneak this one in between fantasies. In the meantime, I’m also reading the first two issues of the new e-zine, Jamais Vu. And I’ve finished up Sarah Pinborough‘s FORGOTTEN GODS trilogy, which was excellent from start to finish. Reviews coming soon to a computer near you!

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Tim: This week, I spent much of my time preparing to leave Ireland, and finally climbed on the plane with (more or less) all of crucial belongings yesterday. It’s amazing how much stuff I seem to accumulate over time. On the book front, I’ve begun Jack Vance‘s Tales of the Dying Earth. I’m having tremendous fun —  ah, it’s great to be done with paper season.


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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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3 comments

  1. Brad /

    Sandy: It’s great to see your reading update this Sunday! I like to see what the rest of the reviewers are reading (with the occasional biographical insight!). Welcome to both the “Sunday Status Update” and the Fanlit family . . .

  2. I finished Barbara Ehrenreich’s memoir *Living With a Wild God,* which is interesting and as well-written as I would have expected. I am about one-third of the way through my second read through of Robert Jackson Bennett’s upcoming book, *City of Stairs,* and enjoying it as much as I did the first time.

  3. Papers and papers still. But only two left and so tonight let the reading and writing rumpus start!!

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