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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!

DECEMBER 20 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the Denny's at 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix. This month's book: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Thousands of years after the destruction of the age of man and science, new races and magic now rule the world, but an imminent danger threatens. A horde of evil Demons is beginning to escape and bring death upon the land. Only Wil Ohmsford, the last of the Shannara bloodline, has the power to guard the Elven Princess Amberle on a perilous quest to the save the world, while the leader of the Demon force aims to stop their mission at any cost.
Randall Notes: Technically second in the series, it does not rely much on “The Sword of Shannara” and is set in a later generation. It is the basis for the Shannara TV series, running on MTV.
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JANUARY 17, 2017 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's This month's book: Dracula by Bram Stoker  Grand-daddy of all horror novels, the original is an "episotlary novel," composed of letters and diary entries from multiple characters' points of view. You can find it in any library or as a free download from Project Gutenberg or Librivox. There have been a gazillion movies. Who is your favorite Dracula? Bela Lugosi? Christopher Lee? Gary Oldman? Leslie Nielsen? For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

FEBRUARY  21, 2017 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's This month's book: The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein  Alien invasion in a flying cars future from a secret agent's point of view. How much did the 1994 movie with Donald Sutherland and Julie Warner get right? How much was borrowed for Star Trek? For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 MARCH 21, 2017–THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's This month's book:  Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold Set in the "World of the Five Gods." Originally an e-book, this novella is now available in print and as an audio book, all of which can be had at Phoenix Public Library. Penric, younger son of a minor noble house is unexpectedly possessed by an ancient demon. What do you do in a situation like that. It's too late for exorcism, so why not make friends, join The Order of the Bastard and have some adventures? For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

APRIL 18, 2017–THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's This month's book:  The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham  Big giant nasty plants. Read the book or look at one of the several film, radio and TV adaptations. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 MAY 16, 2017–THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's This month's book:  Bitten by Kelley Armstrong First in the Women of the Otherworld series. Elena Michaels is the only known female werewolf, but she grows tired of spending her life pursuing rogue werewolves and trying to control her temper and violence. She decides to leave her Pack and live in Toronto as a human, but the Pack leader calls in a favor, which leads Elena to try to help quell an uprising. Compare to the Syfy TV series with Laura Vandervoort. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 JUNE 20, 2017 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's This month's book: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher  Harry Dresden is the only Wizard listed in the Chicago telephone directory, but don't lend him your smart phone. Compare the novels (beginning with Storm Front) to the comics and the sadly short-lived SyFy TV series with Paul Blackthorne. James Marsters reads the audio books, all available at your local library. You can buy the TV episodes from your favorite online store or watch them free (with ads) on Vudu. Phoenix Public Library has the DVD boxed set. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 JULY 18, 2017 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's -Rear booth of the restaurant. Turn right at the pay station. They usually hang a small banner on the back wall. . This month's book: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov  Buddy cop mystery in the distant future as a human detective is teamed with a robot to solve a murder in the agoraphobic giant cities of future earth. A movie is in development. There was a BBC radio drama in 1889 starring Ed Bishop from "Captain Scarlet" and "UFO." It's not hard to find on Youtube. Tragically, a BBC TV production starring Peter Cushing was erased back in the 1960s. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 AUGUST 15, 2017 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's. -Rear booth of the restaurant. Turn right at the pay station. They usually hang a small banner on the back wall. This month's book: Rivers of London (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch   London probationary constable Peter Grant must learn the basics of magic, question ghosts and meet with the local deities to solve a series of bizarre murders in the first of this engaging urban fantasy series. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 SEPTEMBER 19 –THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's.-Rear booth of the restaurant. Turn right at the pay station. They usually hang a small banner on the back wall. This month's book: Witchworld by Andre Norton   WWII vet Simon Tregarth, a man on the run, escapes from our world into another, where magic still has power. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 OCTOBER 17 - THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's. -Rear booth of the restaurant. Turn right at the pay station. They usually hang a small banner on the back wall. This month's book: A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle   First-published Sherlock Holmes story. This is meant to be a broad discussion of Sherlock and his many incarnations in print, stage and screen. Who is your favorite Holmes? For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 NOVEMBER 21 - THIRD TUESDAY - CASFS Book Social 7PM at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's. -Rear booth of the restaurant. Turn right at the pay station. They usually hang a small banner on the back wall. This month's book: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein   One of the master's Hugo winners. A lunar colony revolts against rule from Earth. For more info contact Randall book@casfs.org

 

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