Sunday Status Update: September 22, 2019

Kelly: Still reading One Hundred Years of Solitude; it’s great, but there’s so much of it, and it’s dense! I’m also reading Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, because I got interested in her new book, Unraveling. The latter is billed as a standalone, but I learned that it is actually related to Redemption in Indigo so I’m reading that earlier book first. Finally, I’m reading Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff, a prequel to her novel Maresi.

Bill: This week I read Troy Carrot Bucher’s Lies of Descent and Victoria Schwab’s MG novel City of Ghosts, both of which were solid but flat. In non-genre, I read Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table by Kit Chapman, a good look at the search for trans-uranium elements. In video we watched Mortal Engines, which had its issues but was better than expected.

Marion: I don’t think David Mitchell’s Number 9 Dream is genre, but as with all Mitchell’s work there’s a tinge of the fantastical. I spent most of the week reading my way through this one. The sheer nasty violence of the zakuza section was nearly a deal-breaker for me, but once I got on the other side of it I began to understand what Mitchell was doing. I’m glad I stuck with it.

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading a classic piece of realistic fantasy that has been sitting on my shelf for decades unread: W. H. Hudson’s Green Mansions, which was originally released in 1904. I am reading the 1959 movie tie-in paperback, picked up so long ago that I don’t even recall where I found it. The book has really sucked me right in, beautifully written as it is, and I look forward to getting back to you on this one shortly….

Terry: I’m still reading the 900+ page Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, but I hope to finish it today.


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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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