|Hope & Red by Jon Skovron
Thursday, May 24, 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
*For the complete list of titles for 2017 scroll below event recap. You will find all
Hope & Red by Jon Skovron:
HOPE, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor’s forces, secretly
trains as a warrior and dreams of vengeance.
RED, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld,
learns to be an expert thief and con artist.
Together they will take down an empire.
|Modern Masters Selections for 2018
|Recaps & comments
|Forge of God by Greg Bear
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.
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.
|Windswept by Adam Rakunas
Our theme of labor relations was well served with the Adam Rakunas debut novel, Windswept. Labor organizer Padma
Mehta, in first person, was an interesting character throughout. Strong and resourceful, she managed to get past many
obstacles along the way. Padms is a labor organizer on the edge of space in an outpost. She's on 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. A small-time con artist tells her about a deal too good to be true. Against her better
judgment, she buys it. Corporate mayhem and a well written plot follow. Consensus was a B+ rating.