Sunday Status Update: September 25, 2011

Somehow or other, it’s Sunday again. I find this decidedly unnerving.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Greg: Right now, I’m trying to decide what I want to read next. I’d finally gotten the chance to crack open a book I’d been wanting to get my hands on for a long time — The Coming of the Horseclans, by Robert Adam — but I was greatly disappointed in it. I didn’t expect anything great, but with the cult following it had back in the day, I thought it would be fun. So now my TBR schedule is a little out of whack.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsKat: My kids and I read Debi Gliori’s Pure Dead Magic this week. Then we started on Catherine Jinks’ Evil Genius. It’s about a boy who’s the son of a Dr. Evil-type character and who is being trained to be an evil genius himself. The book is fun so far, but I think it might be a little rough for my 9 year old. I also finished William Gibson’s Mona Lisa Overdrive on audio (that book ended kind of weirdly) and in print I finished John Lambshead’s Lucy’s Blade, which I was expecting to like better than I did. Basically, it was written by a scientist, and it felt like it was written by a scientist.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Kelly: This week I’ve been working on my upcoming review for Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The challenge is to adequately explain why the book is awesome without giving away too many spoilers. I’ve also finished reading With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan. This week I’ll be continuing with Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Wisdom’s Kiss and also starting two urban fantasies: Conquer the Dark by L.A. Banks and Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: Reading this week has been eclectic. I finished Tim Waggoner’s Nekropolis and  Richard Kadrey’s Kill the Dead. So many zombies, so little time… I started Jules Verne’s “lost” novel, Paris in the Twentieth Century. Then I abandoned it for a birthday book (Robert, thanks for the recommendation!) Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. What a gift; mystery, beauty, magic, cruelty, deception and love, all in one elegant black and white package.

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Robert: Despite fighting a cold this past week, I managed to finish reading/reviewing Ashes of a Black Frost, the disappointing conclusion to Chris Evans’s IRON ELVES trilogy. Currently, I’m engrossed in Jonathan Maberry’s entertaining zombie novel Dead of Night. After that, I can’t wait to read Hell & Gone, the second volume in Duane Swierczynski’s awesome new trilogy.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Ryan: I’ve been reading A Feast For Crows, the fourth entry in George R. R. Martin‘s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. This is the second time I’ve read the novel, and I’m afraid that it’s every bit as disappointing this time around as it was the last time. I can’t help wondering what A Feast for Crows could have been if Cersei, who is too repulsively evil for this series, and Brienne, who is too “goodie goodie” for this series, were not given prominent roles.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Stefan: This week was all about Reamde, the superb new techno-thriller by Neal Stephenson. It’s a behemoth of over 1,000 pages that’s consistently entertaining and never boring. I spent the first half of the week reading it more or less non-stop, and the second half working on a huge review. It’s easily the most fun book I’ve read all year. Right now I’m reading The Other Lands, book two in the ACACIA trilogy by David Anthony Durham. Finally, some very exciting news: the long-awaited new Janny Wurts novel Initiate’s Trial is due out this Fall, and yours truly is eagerly awaiting an early review copy. I can’t wait!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Terry: I just finished M.L.N. Hanover‘s Killing Rites last night — well, this morning, I guess, given how late I was up finishing it.  It’s the best book yet in the BOOK OF THE BLACK SUN’S DAUGHTER, which is precisely what I’ve said about every other book in the series as it’s come along.  This is what urban fantasy was meant to be.  I also just started Abraham Verghese‘s Cutting for Stone, which promises to be a very fine literary read.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Tim: This week I finally managed to get some reading done, but rather than jumping into an unknown book, I just sort of floated in an old favorite (Neil Gaiman‘s SANDMAN series) as I would in a hot tub. Thanks to the experience, I now have a picture of Dream of the Endless on my wall (again). I keep waiting to feel that this instance of fanboyism is nauseatingly geeky even for me, but so far I have not. I can’t help it. He just looks so unspeakably intense up there above my calendar. I also worked a little bit on my review for Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, and I’ll hopefully finish it sometime early this coming week.


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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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2 comments

  1. Terry, I’m so jealous that you have Killing Rites! I loved that series.

    Ryan, you’re right about Cersei and Brienne–they’re too nasty and too good, respectively, to make being in their heads all that enjoyable. And we’re in their heads a lot for that book. He’s much better at the grey characters.

  2. I’m glad you’re enjoying The Night Circus Marion! Stefan, I’m interested to see what you think of the rest of The Acacia Trilogy. Tim, Sandman is awesome! I can’t wait to get the newest Absolute version of the series…

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