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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 Second Half 2021 Book List

We meet the Third Tuesday of every month 7:00pm, at Fuddrucker's 8941 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85021. Watch www.casfs.org for changes)

During the pandemic, we have substituted Zoom meetings for the in-person ones, and I will try to open a Zoom room in parallel with the physical meeting if there is enough Wi-Fi bandwidth. Watch www.casfs.org for changes)

July 20, 2021 The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

From Goodreads, “In the vastness of space, the crimes just get bigger and Slippery Jim diGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, is the biggest criminal of them all. He can con humans, aliens and any number of robots time after time. Jim is so slippery that all the inter-galactic cops can do is make him one of their own.”

This should be easy to find in used book stores. Phoenix Public Library has the e-book and audio versions online and on CD. Audio is also up on YouTube as of this writing.

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August 17, 2021 Rosemary and Rue (October Daye Book 1) by Seanan McGuire

From Amazon.com, “The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas. The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.”

Seanan will be a Guest of Honor at Virtual CoKoCon September 3-6, 2021.

Phoenix Public Library has hard copy and e-book editions.

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September 21, 2021 Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

From Amazon.com, “For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days—until the shifting corporate fortunes of the Sims Bancorp Company dictates that Colony 3245.12 is to be disbanded, its residents shipped off, deep in cryo-sleep, to somewhere new and strange and not of their choosing. But while her fellow colonists grudgingly anticipate a difficult readjustment on some distant world, Ofelia savors the promise of a golden opportunity. Not starting over in the hurly-burly of a new community . . . but closing out her life in blissful solitude, in the place she has no intention of leaving. A population of one.

With everything she needs to sustain her, and her independent spirit to buoy her, Ofelia actually does start life over–for the first time on her own terms: free of the demands, the judgments, and the petty tyrannies of others. But when a reconnaissance ship returns to her idyllic domain, and its crew is mysteriously slaughtered, Ofelia realizes she is not the sole inhabitant of her paradise after all. And, when the inevitable time of first contact finally arrives, she will find her life changed yet again—in ways she could never have imagined. . .”

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October, 19, 2121 Redwall by Brian Jacques

From Amazon.com, “Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is well…until a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is coming—Cluny, the terrible one-eyed rat and his savage horde—Cluny, who has vowed to conquer Redwall Abbey! The only hope for the besieged mice lies in the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior. And so begins the epic quest of a bumbling young apprentice—a courageous mouse who would rise up, fight back…and become a legend himself.”

Phoenix Public Library has hard copy, e-book and audio editions, as well as the animated film.

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November 16, 2021 The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

From Amazon.com, “Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.”

A Netflix series is in production. Phoenix Public Library has hard copy, e-book and online audio.

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December 21, 2021 Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

From Amazon.com, “Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.”

Phoenix Public Library has hard copy and e-book editions. This was just published in May, so get into the hold queue at the library early!

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We meet at 7:00pm on the third Tuesday of every month, at Fuddrucker's 8941 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85021. “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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