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The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole
Thursday, N
ovember 29, 2018 - 8pm
Panera
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652

This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works
of "modern" masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and
related genres. It also occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the
classics.

*For the complete list of titles for 2018 scroll below event recap.  You will find all
12 bookcovers/titles.

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell,
the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils,
and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent
that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter,
the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing
their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
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Modern Masters Selections for 2018
Recaps & comments
The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) by Ian Tregellis
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Chris H
Our selection for the month was The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis. Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Dutch created a
mechanical army of “Clakkers”—thinking clockwork beings powered and enslaved by alchemical magic—and now rule the
world. Only the French government in exile still resists, from their fortress at Marseilles-in-the-West (Montreal). An
alternate history where New Amsterdam never became New York. One of science fiction's toughest challenges is making
nonhuman characters feel human. Robots are particularly hard. Tregillis manages to bring "human" to characters like Jax.
The three story lines of main characters - Berenice, Visser and Jax were all interesting. Todd was the only one who had
read the whole trilogy. The rest of us weren't sure we would continue on to the other two books. The consensus was the
book was not bad, grades of B and B-. Did a good job of asking what does it mean to be human? Have free will?
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
8/23/18 recap

Chris H
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames was our August selection to represent the month's theme of humor - and the Kings
of the Wyld were very humorous. The 'kings of the wyld" were a retired band of mercenaries - Clay Cooper, Gabriel,
Matrick, Moog, Ganelon - to be specific.  When Gabriel's daughter Rose finds herself in a dangerous situation, Gabe goes
to his old mates to "get the band back together" to rescue Rose. The "band" are now a bunch of old, battered men who
are tired and out of practice - on the road to rescue Rose, they encounter mayhem, danger and pretty much everything
and the kitchen sink making for some very funny moments. Very well drawn, distinct characters along with episodic
adventures and lots of humor make this debut novel soar. Attendees all agreed a B+ Good rating.  If you are looking for a
fun adventure read, this one is highly recommended.
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