|The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 8pm
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 2017 scroll below event recap. You will find all 12
This month's selection takes us on a journey: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by
Becky Chambers (recommended by Chris H).
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The
Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could
possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of
the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she
bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities,
from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring
engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful -
exactly what Rosemary wants. Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance
to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live
comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space
without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But
Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon
discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
|Modern Masters Selections for 2018
|Recaps & comments
|Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Our selection for the theme of good book / bad movie was Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. It was chosen not
because there's a bad film of it, but rather because a 10-part Netflix television is going to be appearing shortly. The plot
concerns Takeshi Kovacs being hired to find out who killed someone - by the person who was killed! It turns out people
who die can come back in various "sleeves" - a robotic replacement vessel. The novel is a combination of Blade Runner and
noir detective story. The only real negative was the excessive violence and how it was depicted. Grades generally ran in
the B/B+ range.
Several attendees are anticipating the Netflix incarnation. Started off 2018 with a good, solid choice. Well done Todd.