Status Update

Every Sunday Tim compiles a report about what we read the week before. For most of the books we mention, you can expect a review soon.

Sunday Status Update: July 25, 2021

Kat: Since you heard from me last, I’m caught up on the novelizations of the FogliosGIRL GENIUS comic (so fun!). I finished two more Andre Norton stories: Star Guard and Star Rangers. I also read Juliet Blackwell’s Synchronized Sorcery Read More

Sunday Status Update: July 18, 2021

Marion:  I have 8 5000-word pieces to read for next month’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (I don’t have to read my own) so that’s taken up quite a bit of time. I’m still browsing John Langan’s mammoth story collection Children of the Fang. The eponymous novella is one of my favorites so far. Last night I delved into the poetic and beautiful prose poem/essay collection Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places, by Robert McFarlane and Dan Richards, hauntingly illustrated by Stanley Donwood.


Bill: This week I finished my reread of Steven... Read More

Sunday Status Update: July 11, 2021

Jana: This week I continued making progress with Helene Wecker’s The Hidden Palace, and was able to immerse myself in Becky Chambers’ novella A Psalm for the Wild-Built, the first volume in her MONK AND ROBOT series. Each book is enjoyable and thought-provoking in completely different ways, and I foresee strong recommendations for both in my future.


Bill: This week I read the basic but interestingly informative Read More

Sunday Status Update: July 4, 2021

Jana: This week has been (like most weeks lately) tremendously busy, so I’m still working my way through Helene Wecker’s The Hidden Palace. I’m liking it quite a lot, and I wish I could just sit down and read for more than 10-15 minutes at a time! My hope is to have a chance to finish it next week, along with some half-completed reviews that I really want to get posted. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day!


Bill: This week I read the best short story collection I’ve read in a number of years — The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado (rave review to come). I also continued my reread o... Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 27, 2021

Kat: I’m reading Machine by Elizabeth Bear. It’s slow-going so far. I’m more interested in the non-fiction book I’m reading: How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Dr. Michael Greger. It was recommended by two of my kids who are vegans. It’s very informative and full of scientific citations, though I suspect there’s a bit of cherry-picking going on (pun intended). But it’s clear that a whole-food plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat and I’ve been moving that way in the past few months for both health and ethical reasons.


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Sunday Status Update: June 20, 2021

Jana: This week I read Hard Reboot, a fast-paced and fun “giant mecha battlebots” novella by Django Wexler, and Even and Odd, the latest middle-grade novel from Sarah Beth Durst; I really admire how well Durst incorporates real-world struggles into her candy-colored fantasy stories. Reviews forthcoming. Next week will be devoted to The Hidden Palace, the just-released sequel to Helene Wecker Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 13, 2021

Kat: I’m reading some of the Locus finalists including Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn, Grady Hendrix’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, and Rebecca Roanhorse’s Race to the Sun. I’ve also... Read More

Sunday Status Update: June 6, 2021

Marion: I’m currently reading a small-town slasher horror novel called The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry. She does a nice job of setting and time period (1985). I also started dipping into a nonfiction book about the 1930s packhorse librarians in Kentucky, Down Cut Shin Creek. It’s got a bonus--it’s filled with photos of these resilient women!

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading an early novel from one of my favorite authors, sci-fi Grand Master Jack Williamson. It is his 1931 offering entitled The Stone From the Green Star, and I must say that it has really sucked me right in pretty quickly. I hope to be able to share some thoughts about this one with you all very shortly….

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Sunday Status Update: May 30, 2021

Kat: I read two Andre Norton stories this week: The Crossroads of Time and Quest Crosstime. They’ve been released together in a new audio edition by Tantor Audio. Now I’m re-reading (in audio format) some Tolkien with my teenage daughter. While we work on a jigsaw puzzle together, we’ve read The Hobbit and now we’re on to Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 23, 2021

Kat: Since you heard from me last my semester ended, so I now have more time for reading. The Fall of Koli was a totally unexpected ending to M.R. Carey’s RAMPART trilogy. This Virtual Night by C.S. Friedman is a book I’ve been waiting for for years. It was entertaining but not as good as This Alien Shore. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi is up for awards this season. Terry and I are working on a review of this mem... Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 16, 2021

Marion: I’m caught up in S.B. Divya’s SF adventure Machinehood. I’m loving the beautifully realized future world, the action and the dilemmas the characters face. I was all set to recommend it to Kat, but she’s already reviewed it!

Sandy: Moi? I am currently reading my third book in a row by San Francisco-born author/poet Stanton A. Coblentz. I had previously enjoyed ... Read More

Sunday Status Update: May 9, 2021

Kat: Two more Nebula Award finalists this week. These are up for the Andre Norton Award for best Young Adult fiction. A Game of Fox & Squirrels, by Jenn Reese, was a beautifully written and moving fantasy novel about a young girl dealing with the consequences of child abuse in her family. Star Daughter, by Shveta Thakrar, is about a teenager who is half star and, as her powers begin to emerge, must visit her mother’s celestial court. I love the South Asian inspired setting of this one.


Bill: This whole month has been mostly non-stop papers. But I had a lull between drafts and final copies, so I happily reread our very own Read More

Sunday Status Update: April 18, 2021

Jana: This week I started reading Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, which is both beautifully written and well-written, so I’m very happy.

Kat: The academic year ends soon, so I’m pretty busy. I managed to read Wraiths of Time by Andre Norton, and I’m currently reading Read More

Sunday Status Update: April 11, 2021

Kat: It’s been a few weeks since I checked in. Since then I’ve read Voorloper and Android at Arms by Andre Norton, Tower of Mud and Straw (Nebula finalist) by Yaroslav Barsukov, A Question of Navigation by Kevin Hearne, a... Read More

Sunday Status Update: April 4, 2021

Jana: This week I read through the boxed set (novellas #1-4) of Martha WellsMURDERBOT DIARIES, which I loved, and have been contributing enthusiastic reactions to Tadiana and Kat’s reviews. I’m also midway through Sarah Beth Durst’s The Bone Maker, and am enjoying it tremendously so far. Durst has a really good handle on her middle-aged former heroes who are forced to revisit their greatest victory/failure and the trauma still affecting their live... Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 28, 2021

Marion: I finished up The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso, which gives us a vagrant queen with an unusual problem, set in a well-realized second world. It’s Book One of a series and the second book, The Ikessar Falcon, is out now. In between revisions, and reading that, I browsed the poems of Xochitl Julisa Bermejo, in Posadas. “Our Lady of the Water Gallons” is the poem I keep returning to.


Bill: Mostly buried under papers this past week. I did manage to finish Einstein’s Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and cold Explains the Universe Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 21, 2021

Marion: Very little reading this week because it’s another week of revisions, but I hope to send one manuscript back to my editor in a day or two. I am reading Nick Martell’s The Kingdom of Liars, which Bill reviewed. I agree with Bill’s review. I am going to finish it though.


Bill: This week I read the quite fun Fiends of Nightmaria, the newest Malazan novella by Steven Erikson Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 14, 2021

Kat: S.B. Divya’s Machinehood was the best book I read this week. I look forward to telling you about it. I’m also reading four stand-alone novels by Andre Norton which were collected in the 2009 Baen omnibus The Game of Stars and Comets which has just been produced in audio format. So far I’ve finished The Sioux Spaceman and The Eye of the Monster. I’m currently reading the third novel, The X Factor. These aren’t great literature -- they’re just short fun space oper... Read More

Sunday Status Update: March 7, 2021

Kat: Four books this week, all newly released audiobooks. Two were by D.J. Butler: In the Palace of Shadow and Joy and The Cunning Man. Gordon R. Dickson’s Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! has been on my TBR list for years. Lastly (and not least, but also not best) was E.J. Beaton’s debut, The Councillor. With all the hype, The Councillor ... Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 28, 2021

Kat: I read a novella by a promising new author named Andrew Kelly Stewart. We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep, published by Tor.com (audio by Tantor Audio), debuts on March 9. I’ll tell you about it soon.

Kelly: This weekend I’m “attending” my first virtual SFF convention. I’ve learned that I have much better dance moves in Second Life than I do in … uh, first life. I’m also reading The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston and Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand Read More

Sunday Status Updates: February 21, 2021

Jana: This week I read Everina Maxwell’s debut novel Winter’s Orbit, a sweet and fluffy romance that also weaves in some truly interesting space-opera elements. (Review in progress.) I have a few novellas that I need to catch up on so I can add my thoughts to existing reviews, and in non-FanLit reading, I’m making progress on Lucille Ball’s autobiography. What a truly fascinating life she led!


Bill: Yep--lots of school reading as with others. But since my last status, I did read:
Copper Road by our very own Marion, which left me eagerly looking forward to the sequel
A Desolation Called Peace by Read More

Sunday Status Update: February 14, 2021

Marion: I had a hiatus in my revision-a-thon, and I was so happy! I got to read for pleasure! And not my own stuff over and over.  I’m about to finish Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper Legacy, the third book in his YA fantasy trilogy. Older expands the shadowshaper lore and takes us back to the history of the magic, and Sierra’s roots. The final few chapters are suspenseful and I can’t wait to see how they prevail against the army of adversaries they face.

Terry: It was another week in which my attention was mostly riveted on politics, so I still haven’t finished either of the two lengthy... Read More

Sunday Status Update: Feburary 7, 2021

Kat: I read two books by C.J. Cherryh this week: Merchant’s Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. These were released in audio format by Tantor Audio in a combination pack called Alliance Space. Last night I watched all five episodes of Wandavision. I didn’t like the first episode at all but by the time I finished the fifth, I was hooked.

Marion: I finished my ARC of Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 31, 2021

Kat: I finished R.J. Barker’s Call of the Bone Ships which is the sequel to The Bone Ships. It was better, I thought, but I didn’t like it as much as others do. It’s beautifully written, but I just didn’t connect with the characters. Today I’m starting C.J. Cherryh’s Merchanter’s Luck which has recently been published in audio format. This book, first published in 1982, has been on my TBR list for decades, so I’m pretty e... Read More

Sunday Status Update: January 24, 2021

Kelly: I’m currently in the middle of my ARC of Sarah Gailey’s The Echo Wife. I’m not sure what’s more chilling, the science or the interpersonal dynamics. And there’s a lot of overlap between the two, of course. Good, and unsettling.

Bill: This week I read the excellent The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, the good On Fragile Wavesby E. Lily Yu, and the somewhat disappointing Winterkeep by Read More