Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #56


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 real job, it would look like this.” (Scott Sigler)

Somewhere between Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere lands The Shambling Guide to New York City.

What we discussed at the last Book Club meeting:

For April’s Book Club meeting we discussed The Magicians by Lev Grossman. While it was pitched as “Harry Potter for maladjusted adults,” it read more like “take the whiniest of Harry’s infighting with his friends, and shift that to age 17-22.”

While the setting and magic system are fascinating, the self-involvement of the main character turned many of us off from the book. Some of us were hoping for redemption, but instead came away with a theme along the lines of: “wherever you go, there you are.”

When: Monday, May 12th, 2014 — 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Filter Cafe 1373-75 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL

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2 Responses to Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #56

  1. Janet says:

    Lol! I’m sorry I missed this book club, as that’s why I’ve always voted this book down! If you can’t even be friends with your nerdy magic club, you deserve to die alone you crazy sociopaths!

    I finished my degree this month so will actually have free time again (yay!) but will be out of town on a much needed vacation in May. Will hopefully see you all in June!

    Hint hint: Pick the Martian, I’ll hopefully have it done by then :)

  2. Paul says:

    HI Janet
    Sorry for the late response but I recently finished The Martian, Erin is half way done with it and I do believe I got Rich interested in reading it as part of the After Bookclub Bookclub. Hopefully we will see you for the next one when we read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

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