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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 #52

Divergent book cover

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 #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

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #46

jumper Book Cover

For July’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing Jumper by Steven Gould. Jumper tells the story of David Rice, a teenager who escapes an abusive father using his ability to teleport. And as David explores his new power he learns that the world is literally his for the taking. But there are consequences too.

Getting Nerdy About Pulp Literature

For many nerds, pulp literature may seem a bit antiquated – after all, much of it was published 80 to 100 years ago. However, pulps of all kinds provided imaginative entertainment during a harsh time, provided the raw material for much of our contemporary popular culture….and is consistently being rediscovered by newer fans Make no

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #45

For June’s Book Club meeting we will be reading Dead Witch Walking, the first of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. This urban fantasy novel starts from the premise that both superpowers invested in genetic engineering during the Cold War instead of engaging in the Space Race, leading to a virus spread by tomatoes that