Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #11

cover image of Fables: Legends in Exile

cover image of Fables: Legends in Exile

For our eleventh bookclub meeting we are reading Fables: Legends in Exile, our first graphic novel for the group, and the first graphic novel released for the comic, collecting issues #1-5. Fables follows the real lives of various characters from fairy tales and fables who have been forced by the conqueror of their Homelands into a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. This first story arc involves a murder mystery involving Sheriff Bigby Wolf and Rose Red.

Join us for discussion of our current book as well as the opportunity to voice your opinion for our next selection.

This is what you missed at our last bookclub meeting:

For the month of May, the book club read A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Canticle is set in a future where World War 3 bombed civilization back to the dark ages. The three parts of Canticle follows a group of monks as they uncover knowledge and the hazardous path of the intellectual in a society where knowledge is taboo.

Canticle is considered a classic science fiction novel, but really grew out of three short stories Miller wrote. As such, there are three separate sections set over the span of thousands of years, which show the cycles that mankind enacts: superstition, sophistication, and eventual self-destruction.

Some people enjoyed the read, others thought it was dry in parts and/or the time jumps between sections were confusing. The explorations of religion and euthanasia aren’t currently as controversial as they perhaps once were, but the debate of science vs faith is still quite relevant.

When: Monday, July 12, 2010 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

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

Cost: Free

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