|The Year In Review
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 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 classics.
*For the complete list of titles for 2017 scroll below event recap. You will find all 12
Year In Review
Modern Masters moderator, Todd Ehrenfels, will discuss the year's
selections - what was a hit or miss? What would we like to see
more of? Take recommendations for next year's line-up and chat
about whatever attendees would like to chat about. A casual
gathering in between the madness of the holidays.
|Modern Masters Selections for 2017
|Recaps & comments
|Lock-In by John Scalzi
Lock In by John Scalzi was our pick this month. We had read Scalzi's Red Shirts last year, which was funnier than this
science fiction, procedural murder mystery. Lock-In centers on Hayden's Syndrome. What is Hayden’s Syndrome? A
disease that “would claim millions of lives and sentence millions more to “Lock In,” a paralysis of the body that leaves the
mind fully functional.” Named after the First Lady of the United States who contracted it and was its first victim in the
novel. The characters, especially Chris Shane and his partner Leslie Vann, were particularly well drawn. Scalzi has a way
of making science fiction believable much like Michael Crichton made medicine understandable. Generally well-received, a
|Shadowland by Peter Straub
Shadow Land by Peter Straub was our choice this month. Anyone expecting a Ghost Story type of novel would be
disappointed. I read Ghost Story at least twice and would give it a B+ rating. Shadow Land was a bit too disjointed for my
tastes. It starts off in a school and goes off into a place called Shadow Land. While I would give a C rating, the rest of the
attendees were willing to give it a B or B+ rating.