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Windswept by Adam Rakunas
Thursday, A
pril 26, 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 2017 scroll below event recap.  You will find all
12 bookcovers/titles.

Windswept by Adam Rakunas:

Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout.
All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she's supposed to
recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She's only thirty-three short. So
when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down
the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out against
her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies. As Padma should
know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. And suddenly
retirement seems farther away than ever: she's just stumbled into a secret
corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial
sugarcane in Occupied Space.
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Modern Masters Selections for 2018
Recaps & comments
Forge of God by Greg Bear
3/22/18
A
M
Excellent discussion about author Greg Bear and his novel Forge of God. Todd and Liz had read Greg Bear before and
enjoyed his other works. Forge of God was well written, a quick read but so depressing! In different parts of the world,
mysterious new cinder cones, granite mountains  suddenly appear. A team of geologists investigating in Death Valley find
an alien being who states "the news is bad".  If it sounds dire....it is. Forge of God is an interesting study of human
behavior, written realistically, and a well done science fiction piece. The book garnered a solid B average, even though it
kept Kathleen up. She was looking for unicorns and rainbows - this book isn't it lol! The book was enjoyed enough that
attendees would like to read the sequel at a later date.

Chris H
The Forge of God by Greg Bear was this month's selection. It's basically a version of "War of the Worlds" with a really bad
outcome. Aliens destroy Earth at it's core. A well written book which unfortunately is relentlessly depressing. Grades were
in the 'B' range. Great discussion.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
2/22/18 recap

Chris H

Our theme of It's the Journey, Not the Destination was well represented by our selection of The Long Way to a Small,
Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Liz and I had read this debut novel last year, and it was a good reread. The crew of the
Wayfarer was diversified species wise and extremely well drawn. The characters were what made the read so enjoyable
for everyone.  While not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you enjoyed the characters so much, you looked forward to going
on their journey with them.  The story was episodic, which was not a detriment at all, the plot well written, all within a
debut novel. Grades were in the 8 - 9 range, everyone enjoying the ride.