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The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) by Ian Tregellis
Thursday, September 27, 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.

My name is Jax.
That is the name granted to me by my human masters.

I am a clakker: a mechanical man, powered by alchemy. Armies of my kind have conquered
the world - and made the Brasswork Throne the sole superpower.

I am a faithful servant. I am the ultimate fighting machine. I am endowed with great
strength and boundless stamina.

But I am beholden to the wishes of my human masters.

I am a slave. But I shall be free.

On its surface, The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis is a fun alt-history about a world where the
Dutch conquered everyone with the help of alchemy and clockwork robots. But a lot of the
most mind-blowing stuff in this book is actually about the nature, and theology, of free will.
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Modern Masters Selections for 2018
Recaps & comments
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor was this month's selection. Made of three parts: Beginnings / Student / Warrior, this
fantasy tale tells the story of main character Onye.  Onyesonwu (Onye) translates to Who Fears Death (thus the title). She
is given that name by her mother for the future Onye will face.  Onye was a child of rape and in her mother's village, those
children are shunned or worse. The book follows Onye as she grows and discovers she has magical powers.  It seems she
got those powers from her biological father - who turns out to be a powerful mage but who is very evil.  Onye wants
revenge.  Who Fears Death is much more than a revenge story, extremely well-written. Grade: B+.
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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