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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

Five Reasons to Attend Chicago TARDIS

With excitement around the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, many fans are looking for an opportunity to celebrate this milestone with other fans (especially with this latest guest news). Thankfully, Thanksgiving weekend brings Chicago TARDIS, a yearly local convention that features guests and a variety of people celebrating our favorite Time Lord. Thinking about attending?

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 #47

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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 #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

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #42

For March’s book club meeting we will be reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Mix a touch of Bourne Identity with a smidge of X-Men and you get the story of Myfanwy Thomas, who can’t remember her past. She’s quickly thrust into the world of a secret spy organization employing people with extraordinary abilities—yet still tries

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #41

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For February’s book club meeting we will be reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman. What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles,

The Nerds Join the Meetup Mashup Take 2

We had such a fun time when we did this in January, we had to do it again. The Chicago Nerd Social Club is joining a mashup of Meetup.com groups at Mystic Celt.   All the groups merge together and take over the backroom of Mystic Celt playing boardgames or Magic, while meeting and hanging out

Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub #8

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The Council of Elrond decreed that we form a bookclub, and we obliged. For our eighth bookclub meeting we are reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Join us for discussion of our current book as well as voice your opinion for our next selection. From Publishers Weekly Review: Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice

Chicago Nerds Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub

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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