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State Tectonics by Malka Older
Thursday, D
ecember 5, 2019 - 8pm
*please note date/location change for December 2019

U
ncle Giuseppe's
1
0 Triangle Plaza
R
amsey, NJ 07446
*cafe area in front of store


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 2019 scroll below event recap.  You will find all 12
bookcovers/titles.

**Please note date and location change due to Thanksgiving holiday on November 28.
Meeting is pushed back a week and location moved for this month**

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.
State Tectonics by Marta Older:
The future of democracy must evolve or die.

The last time Information held an election, a global network
outage, two counts of
sabotage by major world governments, and a devastating earthquake almost shook
micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it's time to vote again, and the system that has
ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever.


Unknown enemies are attacking Information's network infrastructure. Spies, former
superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information's
best agents question whether the data monopoly they've
served all their lives is worth
saving, or whether it's time to burn the world down and start anew.
January
May
Empire of Sand by
Tasha Suri
February
June
Silver On the Road by
Laura Anne Gilman
March
July
Bane and Shadow by
Jon Skovron
April
August
Feeder by
Patrick Weekes
September
A Big Ship At the Edge
of the Universe by
Alex White
October
The Black Prism
Lightbringer Bk #1 by
Brent Weeks
November
State Tectonics by
Malka Older
December
Annual Year-In-Review
November
Modern Masters Selections for 2019
Recaps & comments
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
10/24/19

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks was an interesting read garnering high marks of 8/10 from attendees. The Black Prism,
first in a series of five books called the Lightbringer series, uses colors in magic for a fun fantasy read. While the book has
a lot going on, the reader never feels bogged down. It moves along at a good pace with only a few repetitive sections
that could have benefited from editing. The characters - main and secondary - are all well developed. The concept of the
book is that there are people with a special ability to craft magic from color. These people are used to control outcomes of
situations and maintain a balance in the 7 kingdoms. 'Prism' Gavin Guile, the most powerful person in the world, learns he
must fight against an uprising by a self-proclaimed king....at the same time he finds out he has a son who just happens to
be a superchromat. Very powerful in this world of color magic. Lots of fun. If you are looking for a slightly different
fantasy/magic read, give The Black Prism a try.
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
9/26/19 recap

Chris H
September's theme of deep, dark magic was well represented by A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White. It
is the first book of a trilogy with strong characters throughout. Good action, well developed characters and strong story
made for a fun read. Ratings were generally a solid '8'.
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January 2020
Outpost
by W. Michael Gear
February 2020
The Deaths of Tao
by Wesley Chu
March 2020
Blood and Tempest
by Jon Skovron
A look into Modern Masters 2020
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April 2020
The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells