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Name : Lorraine H.

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Chasm City (Revelation Space) by Alastair Reynolds
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Chasm City and Coffee

Chasm City by Alastir Reynolds is a futuristic sci-fi novel in the point of view Tanner Mirabel who appears to have contracted a religious virus that gives visions of the life of Sky Haussman, the founder of Sky's Edge. With flashbacks from Tanner to Sky, you will either be confused or pushed on to find out the next events and how they are related. This book has action and great plot twists that surprise.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Epic, Adventurous
Dragon Champion

This is the first in a series of novels in the point of view of dragons. E.E. Knight, a very creative new author, is able to spin the classic fantasy book into a unique journey through the eyes of a mythical creature. Members in our book club enjoyed the variety of characters and continuous action in the story. There were many themes and p.o.v. that were open to discussion and opinion.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Brilliant, Adventurous
The Eyre Affair

Our book group enjoyed the fun randomness of this novel. Not all of us were able to catch all the British puns but we had fun discussing the ones we were able to point out. Reading the original novel, Jane Eyre, helps but is not necessary to understand the story. It was a fun, light novel that you can enjoy as long as you can let go of reality.

Book Club Recommended
Epic, Brilliant, Insightful

This was our groups first book read. All of us sci-fi nerds loved it! This classic sci-fi novel opens the door to non-traditional ideas that tell very human archetype themes and stories. Our discussion touched on various topics including: ecology, space travel, resource protection, civilization requirements, leadership and politics. We talked over 2 solid hours over this novel, and often bring it up in other book meetings.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Informative
Snow Crash

This novel was an interesting technology based sci-fi. This alternative reality story sometimes seemed to strike close to home. Our discussion group enjoyed pointing out parallel ideas from this novel in our own culture. We had to use our brains on some of the bizarre situations but with the fast paced action in the story the plot didn't get old.

Graphic, Adventurous, Romantic
Wizard's First Rule

With in our group, members either loved this pick or hated it. This epic story starts out with this first novel of the series. If your group enjoys long adventure stories this is a great pick to read. But half of our group had difficulty getting into the unrealistic fantasy aspects of some portions of the book. It is fun to read, but not too much depth for discussion purposes. I personally enjoyed reading it, but felt a little empty to purpose when finished.

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Brilliant, Fun
A Science Sci-Fi Novel

This book may not have fast action but the members of our group appreciated the way this book stayed true to the scientific aspects that were described. What seems more like three stories in one, this book encouraged a lot of discussion and debate about the scientific community and it's relationship with morals and obligations. Another theme that was brought up is perspective of other beings. Overall a meaningful and thought provoking read that our members enjoyed.

Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Fun, Insightful
On a Pale Horse Discussion

This book was a re-read for many of the members. It is the first in a long fantasy series by Piers Anthony. The book is light and fun but still filled with serious thoughts and ideas that we discussed at length. These topics ranged from advertising and media to death, morality, and the human soul.

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