Here are the groups picks for Sci Fi and Fantasy for July 2016, plus mod Rogers turn at the Mod Special: A Super Ultimate Fantastic Extra Bi-Monthly Group Read!
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
First Published: 2014
Pages: 518 (paperback)
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.
Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
First Published: 2009
Pages: 488 (paperback)
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York.
There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfil Quentin’s yearning.
But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined.
Mod Special: A Super Ultimate Fantastic Extra Bi-Monthly Group Read
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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
First Published: 1994
Pages: 400 (paperback)
The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.
For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.
Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil.
As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat.
We hope you’ll read along with us in one/some/all of these during July, we look forward to the discussions over on GoodReads!