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A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 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 2019 scroll below event recap.  You will find all 12
bookcovers/titles.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White:
Firefly meets The Fast and the Furious in this science fiction adventure series that follows a
crew of outcasts as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to saving
the universe.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up.
She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest
bidder, but this time she might have stumbled on something real–the story of the Harrow,
a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.

Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the
racing world–until she witnesses the murder of a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and
on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah only has one lead: the killer also hunts a woman
named Boots.

On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them
on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.
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
September
Modern Masters Selections for 2019
Recaps & comments
Feeder by Patrick Weekes
8/22/19

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Great time discussing Feeder by Patrick Weekes. Scores ranged from 5.5 to 7 out of good (Chris, of course, lol) to solid 8's
(Todd and Kathleen) for this pop culture referenced science fiction unappreciated bacteria story - you had to be there. This
novel centers on a group of teenagers with superpowers that battle alien beings called feeders. Feeders are
inter-dimensional and left a few questions for readers about why/where/how? The creepy Lake Foundation provides a
good base camp for the book's villain, much like Frankenstein in his lab. A common complaint was a weak world building
and plot wholes. The pieces were all there, but not put together for complete satisfaction. Unappreciated Chris and his
unappreciated umbrella added to the hilarity of the evening but Liz's "Why?" completed the night. Lots of fun.
Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron
6/25/19 recap

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Our pirate themed selection for the month was Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron, book 2 of the Empire of Storms trilogy.
The book follows Hope and Red (the title of the first book and its two main characters). Hope takes the name Dire Bane, a
pirate, and Red becomes Shadow, forced to do terrible things which he is unaware and unable to stop. It was fun to
revisit characters we had liked in the first book and see the story continue. The book basically received a 7 1/2, very good
but many viewed it as fill in or bridge between books one and three. Both book 1 and 2 of the trilogy have been enjoyed.
It was suggested for March 2020, the third month of the year, we have a theme "Third times a charm" so we can read
Blood and Tempest, the third book in the trilogy. Everyone thought the characters in the book were well drawn; we'd
really like to find out what happens to them in the third book.
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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