Next meeting Sat 23rd April

The next meeting is in Chester Library on Saturday 23rd April. We’ll be discussing The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North aka Catherine Webb.

The book has received excellent reviews, and it won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. The Guardian described it as a gripping read that is often quietly profound, emotionally affecting and intellectually dizzying.

Also at this meeting we need to choose the books for the next four meetings. The books on the shortlist are:

  • Piers Anthony – On a Pale Horse
  • John Scalzi – Old Man’s War
  • Stephen Baxter – The Time Ships
  • Jack Williamson – Darker Than You Think
  • Pat Cadigan – Synners
  • James Tiptree Jr – Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
  • Liz Williams – Empire of Bones
  • Paul McAuley – Something Coming Through
  • Lawrence M. Schoen – Barsk
  • Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen – The Rabbit Back Literature Society
  • Jeff Noon – Vurt
  • Natasha Pulley – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

I’ll put an expanded version of the shortlist on my web site if you want more info on the stories.

Next meeting Saturday 26th March

The next meeting is in Chester Library on Saturday 26th March. We’ll be discussing The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

This was kind of my choice, or at least I argued hard for it, and I like the book because I think it’s the way fantasy should be done. Forget princesses and unicorns, the heroine in this book is if not actually psychotic then at least frighteningly monomaniac, and there are some really horrific scenes. Whether you agree with me remains to be seen, but I think this is a book that will stick in your memory, and I’m not the only reviewer to think this way.

Also at this meeting we need to choose a shortlist of twelve books for the next four meetings. Come to the meeting buzzing with ideas and prepared to fight for your favourites! If you need any ideas have a look at the lists of suggestions on my web site. The books left on the last shortlist are:

  • On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
  • Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
  • Jack Williamson – Darker Than You Think
  • Cherie Priest – Maplecroft

By chance rather than intention this meeting falls between Good Friday and Easter, which is going to cause problems for some. Oh well. If you can’t make it then can you say so in our Facebook group so we have an idea of who is coming.