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Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #56

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For May’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty. Zoe takes a job writing a travel book series—and then has to choose how to be paid: in regular dollars, hell notes, blood tokens, or occult favors. “If Buffy grew up, got therapy and found a

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #55

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For April’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It tells the story of Quentin Coldwater, a teenager from Brooklyn, New York, who discovers that the magical world he’s read about in books is real. “Most people will like this book. But there’s a certain type of reader who will

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #54

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For February’s Book Club meeting we’ll be discussing The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. In the tenements of New York City in 1899, the masses of immigrants on the Lower East Side have two extraordinary beings among them: Chava and Ahmad, a golem and a jinni, both as bewildered by their circumstances as

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #53

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For February’s Book Club meeting we’ll be discussing Scud: The Disposable Assassin – The Whole Shebang! by Rob Schrab, Mondy Carter, Dan Harmon. In the world of Scud, bullets are cheaper than human life. Corner vending machines provide any weapon you might need. The most popular weapons are Scud disposable assassins: Robot hit men that

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #52

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For January’s Book Club meeting we’ll be discussing Divergent by Veronica Roth. In a dystopian version of Chicago, at age 16 everyone takes mandatory tests to determine their fate and are thus divided into five factions: Abnegation, meant to uphold selflessness; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #51

Ancillary Justice

For December’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Ancillary Justice is a tale of war crimes whose astropolitical scope is stunning. It’s a military thriller, a mystery, and a very complicated love story about sentient starships and hive minds in an alien civilization that looks a lot like something

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #50

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For November’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. A nightmarish traveling carnival visits the Midwest one October and two teenage boys soon go exploring. The novel has long been considered a masterful blend of fantasy and horror, one appropriate to the season at hand. What we

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #49

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For October’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative – the very opposite of Mr. Norrell. Astonished to find another practicing magician in early 1800s England, Mr. Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #48

The Burn Zone

For September’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Burn Zone by James K. Decker. Plagued by overpopulation, disease, and starvation, humanity was headed for extinction—until an alien race called the Haan arrived. And then the real trouble began. “Fast, unrelenting, and uncompromising, The Burn Zone is an adventure you won’t want to miss.”—New

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #47

TheShiningGirls

For August’s Book Club meeting we’ll be discussing The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. This novel circles around a time-traveling serial killer based in Chicago, featuring many events in Chicago history like the World’s Fair, the flooding in the Loop in the 90s, ship-building in the area during World War II, and the renovation of