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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!

CASFS Book Social Fall, 2019 Book List

We meet at 7PM on the third Tuesday of every month at Denny’s 9030 North Black Canyon Highway , Phoenix , Arizona .

July 16, 2019 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling Let's have another look at the YA classic. Of course the entire book and film series is fair game for the discussion.

August 20, 2019 – Rivers of London (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch Join PC Peter Grant of the London Metropolitan Police as he learns just how strange law enforcement can be when you interact with ghosts, wizards and river goddesses on a daily basis. If you enjoy The Dresden Files, this will be right up your alley.

September 17, 2019 – Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport. From “A generation starship can hide many secrets. When an Executive clan suspects Oichi of insurgency and discreetly shoves her out an airlock, one of those secrets finds and rescues her. Officially dead, Oichi begins to rebalance power one assassination at a time and uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship and the Executive clans.” Emily is a Guest of Honor at CoKoCon 2019.

October 15, 2019 – Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon From “Zephyr, Alabama , is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson—a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake—and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible vision of death that will haunt him forever. As Cory struggles to understand his father’s pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that are manifested in Zephyr. >From an ancient, mystical woman who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown—for his father’s sanity and his own life hang in the balance.”

November 19, 2019 – Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine From “When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable. Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London , England . However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France , learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars. Arabella of Mars, the debut novel by Hugo-winning author David D. Levine offers adventure, romance, political intrigue, and Napoleon in space!”

December 17, 2019 – Edison ’s Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss In this 1898 unauthorized sequel to War of the Worlds, Thomas Edison, Lord Kelvin and the rest of Earth’s greatest minds carry the war back to the Martians. Long in the public domain, you can find free editions at many places around the web, including an e-book on Project Gutenberg and audio editions at Librivox.


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