Chicago Nerds Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub


The Council of Elrond decreed that we form a bookclub, and we obliged.

For our seventh bookclub meeting we are reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.  Join us for discussion of our current book as well as voice your opinion for our next selection.

The Graveyard Book’s Amazon Review:

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene–a family is stabbed to death by “a man named Jack” –the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack–an 18-month-old baby–escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard’s ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody (“Bod”), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod’s progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up) -–Heidi Broadhead


Watch every chapter read by the author Neil Gaiman online:

thanks to fellow nerd @MailorderAndie for the tip!

When: Monday, March 8, 2010 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Second floor of the Noble Tree Cafe 2444 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL

Cost: Free


8 Responses to Chicago Nerds Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub

  1. [...] Next Bookclub: Monday, October 12, 2009 – 6:30pm-8:00pm 2nd Floor of Noble Tree Coffee & Tea – 2444 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 Discussing American Gods by Neil Gaiman Detailed event info and ticket information [...]

  2. Dan P says:

    I am a nerd who loves to read sci-fi and fantasy. I would love to attend a bookclub nut I’m out in the suburbs. Do you ever get together out in the burbs? If interested my wife owns a tea shop in Franklin Park (Abbygails) and she has bookclubs there sometimes.

  3. Rachel Baker says:

    We haven’t done an event in the suburbs yet but we have heard people asking not to forget non-city nerds. Please sign-up for our mailing list and we will let you know of anything in the future.
    If you would like to be more involved, and host an event email: rachel[@]

  4. Redag says:

    Hello Dan, I maintain a little project to maintain a list of SF&F book clubs in the area, including the burbs. You can take a look at

    There are many options out in the suburbs and I bet you can find one that is right for you! But don’t be shy about coming into the city either.

    Jason M. Robertson

  5. Fiction says:

    I love to read about fiction, btw – I like the layout of your site.

  6. Michael says:

    Hi…I would be interested in attending some of your speculative fiction book chats. Does one just show up? Or is their a place to sign up to get regular e mails? Apologize for the questions but can’t seem to find the info.


  7. Looking for an event to do…look no further than the Second Stage Theatre beginning August 11.

    For a limited time reserve with the discount code “hobosinspace” and save $5 of the regular price of $15.00.


    The Junction

    ALIENS HAVE LANDED! Now what?!?!
    Hobo Junction presents the World Premiere
    of “IN PURSUIT” Opening August 11, 2011
    at Chicago’s Second Stage Theatre

    TICKETS: $15.00 – 1-800-838-3006 or online at
    August 18th Theatre Thursday Event is $12.00 with code “theatrethurs”

    IN PURSUIT, by Breahan Pautsch, is Hobo Junction’s new sci-fi comedy. A sweet couple of immigrants from another galaxy is settling into a quiet life in Wisconsin, and only an intergalactic green card stands between them and the nice normal Earth life they’ve always dreamed of. Just when Earth American citizenship seems within their reach…miles of red tape, a crazy out-of-town cousin hell-bent on a good time and an unexpected body threaten to derail their well-made plans.

    As they struggle to keep it all together, they learn that everyone’s idea of “nice” and “normal” are not the same, making it harder to find on Earth than Tribble in a field of Triffids, and that home may not be on any planet, but in the big, squishy heart of someone they love.

    Incorporating brand-new puppet designs and classic comedy, Hobo Junction will launch this show at the Second Stage Theater in Chicago August 11, 2011.

    WHERE: Second Stage Theater * 3408 N. Sheffield * Chicago, IL 60657

    WHEN: August 11 thru Sept 11. Thurs thru Sat @ 8:00pm and Sunday @ 7:00pm

    August 18th there will be a special Theatre Thursday Performance with a pre-show reception at 6:45pm and a post show discussion with the cast and creators.

    TICKETS: $15.00 – 1-800-838-3006 or online at
    August 18th Theatre Thursday Event is $12.00 with code “theatrethurs”

    CAST: The cast includes Hobo Junction company members Travis Barnhart and Christopher Rex Jacobs, with guest artists Mary Jo Bolduc, Cassandra Clingon, Spenser Davis, Kristi Parker-Barnhart, Cyra K. Polizzi and Lauren Robertson.

    CREW: Playwright – Breahan Eve Pautsch, Director – Richard Paro, Stage Manager – Emilie Kuhar, Technical Director – Tim McCalister, Set Design – Timothy Lane, Lighting Design – Eric Van Tassell, Sound Production – Joe Griffin, Puppet Design – Jessica Dangieri, Katie Jones & Josh Zagoren, Costume Designer – Janna Weddle, Public Relations & Marketing – Dan Krall

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