This is a spirited discussion about books of all kinds, including current books and past favorites. We have a book of the month to read for consideration, however you should show up even if you don't get it read; we always have a great talk. In addition we usually confer about other things that happen to cross our minds such as movies and TV shows. The group is always looking for something new that will stretch the mind, so bring it on in!
We meet at 7PM on the third Tuesday of every month at Denny’s 9030 North Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, Arizona. “Zoom” online meetings will be held if the venue is not available (Gorram Covid).
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Book List for Second Half 2020
July 21, 2020 Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin
After the murder of his master Garkin, Skeeve, an apprentice magician, joins forces with a demon dimension traveler named Aahz.
This is one of Randall’s favorite comic fantasy stories. You are likely familiar with the comic book adaptation by Robert Asprin and Phil Foglio as well. Note: someone has uploaded the audiobook to YouTube.
August 18, 2020 Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
A murder most foul at a Science Fiction convention must be solved by scientist and novice SF author Jay Omega. Maybe a little dated now, but this is a fun look at 1980s con culture.
September 15, 2020 All Systems Red by Martha Wells
From Goodreads.com, “On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.”
This is the first in the Hugo and Nebula-winning Murderbot Diaries. Tor released the first three volumes as free e-books earlier this year. Talk to Randall or Dee about getting a copy.
October 20, 2020 Gil’s All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
Seems like a good choice for Halloween.
From Amazon.com, “Welcome to Gil's All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer . . .
Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around-until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.
But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg. Seems someone's out to drive Loretta from the Diner, and more than willing to raise a little Hell on Earth if that's what it takes. Before Duke and Earl get to the bottom of the Diner's troubles, they'll run into such otherworldly complications as undead cattle, an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and the terrifying occult power of pig-latin.
And maybe--just maybe--the End of the World, too.”
November 17, 2020 Cities in flight by James Blish
From Amazon.com, “A brilliant and bleak look at a world where cities roam the Galaxy looking for work and a sustainable way of life. In the first novel, They Shall Have Stars, man has thoroughly explored the Solar System, yet the dream of going even further seems to have died in all but one man. His battle to realize his dream results in two momentous discoveries anti-gravity and the secret of immortality.”
We’ll talk mainly about the first volume, but the whole series is fair game.
December 15, 2020 The Wizards’ Butler by Nathan Lowell
From Amazon.com, “For five grand a month and a million dollar chaser, Roger Mulligan didn't care how crazy the old geezer was. All he had to do was keep Joseph Perry Shackleford alive and keep him from squandering the estate for a year.
"They didn't tell him about the pixies.”
Nathan Lowell’s Quarter Share series went over very well with our bunch. This sounds like a fun premise.