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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 and Media Social First Half 2021 Book List

Third Tuesday of every month, 7PM at Denny's, 9030 North Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix AZ. Watch www.casfs.org for changes)

Until we get some serious vaccination going on, we will do Zoom online meetings. Watch casfs.org, the CASFS Book & Media Social Facebook group and Stephanie’s meetings e-mails for the links.

January 19, 2021 Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge's latest fantasy adventure The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he's becoming a monster and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

Phoenix Public Library has hard copy and e-book, and offers an audio edition via Hoopla.

Randall Whitlock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge Time: Jan 19, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83160219643 Meeting ID: 831 6021 9643

February 16, 2021 The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

This short story collection introduces Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher. Compare to the Netflix series with Henry Cavill.

Can anyone find an English-subtitled version of the 2001 Polish film and TV series, titled “The Hexer?”

Randall Whitlock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski Time: Feb 16, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86946727619 Meeting ID: 869 4672 7619

March 16, 2021 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.

Compare to the Studio Ghibli animated film and the SyFy Channel miniseries.

Randall Whitlock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin Time: Mar 16, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85454677859 Meeting ID: 854 5467 7859

April 20, 2021 The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez

Let’s do something funny for April Fools. “Gil’s All-Fright Diner” went over well last Halloween, so we’ll return to A. Lee Martinez.

From Amazon.com, “Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break.

When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders---not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.”

Randall Whitlock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez Time: Apr 20, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81413980096 Meeting ID: 814 1398 0096

May 18, 2021 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.

Phoenix Public Library has e-book, CD and hardback editions.

Randall Whitlock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Time: May 18, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82290838599 Meeting ID: 822 9083 8599

June 15, 2021 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers; magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. He can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Phoenix Public Library has print, e-book, online audio and CD editions.

Randall Whitlock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Time: Jun 15, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87522299118 Meeting ID: 875 2229 9118

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). Questions? Contact Randall via books@casfs.org

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