SyFan Book Club (free)
Not everyone takes science fiction and fantasy literature seriously, but we do! Kendra Boersen leads this new book club that speaks your language, and where you’ll get to suggest books to read and discuss with people who appreciate the genre as much as you do.
2nd Thursday of each month, 6-7PM, Windolph Room, Adults
Thursday, March 13 - The Scar (China Mieville, 2004) 578 pages, and Spindle’s End (Robin McKinley, 2001) 368 pages
In this novel set in Mieville’s New Crobuzon universe, Bellis Coldwine escapes her past on a ship sailing for a new frontier filled with slaves and criminals. Not long after their journey begins, the ship is overrun by a floating pirate city. Bellis, as well as several other engaging and fascinating characters, have to navigate the murky political and social waters of the pirate city in order to survive.
Robin McKinley takes the age old story of Sleeping Beauty and covers it with her own brand of magic. Rosie, unaware of the curse laid on her at her birth, discovers a talent at an early age that shapes the pathways of her life. As she grows into a young woman, events move her toward the culmination of prophecies, curses, and plans that would not only change the course of her own life, but of the lives of her fellow countrymen.
NOTE: Because of snow-related schedule changes, Pastwatch was being removed from the list.
Thursday, April 10 - The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss, 2007) 662 pages
Kvothe, an orphan, traveler, student, and legend, narrates this tale of violence, power, love, death, and friendship. Filled with action and elegant prose, The Name of the Wind takes the reader on a journey through a magically detailed life that will stay with the reader long after the final page. Luckily, this is only the first book in a greatly anticipated trilogy.
Thursday, May 8 - Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura (Kathy Tyers, 1994) 341 pages
Set directly after Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, this novel continues the adventures of Han, Luke and Leia. The Rebel Alliance intercepts a message from the edge of the galaxy: a message calling for help. Eager to gain more allies and to establish themselves as a legitimate government, the Rebel Alliance sends emissaries to offer aid. Among the group are Han, Luke, and Leia, unaware of the true danger that lies ahead behind the mask of a simple call for help.
Thursday, June 12 - Foundling (D.M. Cornish, 2006) 434 pages
With its detailed lexicon and world building, and fantastic drawings done by the author scattered throughout the book, Foundling is the beginning of a series that follows the misadventures of a boy named Rossamund and the weird and terrifying creatures he meets on the way. Rossamund also discovers secrets about himself and his past that will change the way he views his world
Thursday, July 10 - Independent Reading
In the spirit of Independence Day, each member of the book club will choose a science fiction or fantasy novel of their own choice (that they have not read before) to read for the month of July. Then, at the meeting, each member will make a brief recommendation of their book to the other members of the book club. Each member will discuss why they liked (or disliked) the book, what drew them to it, and whether they would read the author again.
Please pay all outstanding library fines before attending library programs.