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The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark
Thursday, M
arch 28, 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.

Rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djèlí Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of
orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God's
Drums. Recommended by the Writing Excuses group.

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-
scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by
earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-
Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious
weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms,
speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission
aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of
New Orleans.
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Modern Masters Selections for 2019
Recaps & comments
Vanguard by Jack Campbell
2/2
8/19
Chris H

Vanguard by Jack Campbell was this month's selection. It was a prequel to the Lost Fleet series. Robert Geary was a fine
lead character, but received no support from the council. Though military space in nature, it transcended that with well
drawn characters and exciting plot lines. Grade generally B+.


The Gradual by Christopher Priest
1/24/19 recap

Chris H
Finishing up our musical theme for the month was The Gradual by Christopher Priest. A composer’s tour of a Dream
Archipelago explores themes of time, memory and the petty frustrations of travel. Alessandro Sussken is a brilliant
musician and composer living in the iron-curtain-ish Republic of Glaund. Glaund is fighting an Orwellian never-ending war
with another island called Faiandland. All the actual fighting happens on a distant southern continent, but war still touches
every aspect of island life. Sussken’s older brother goes off to fight, but Sussken’s burgeoning musical reputation means
he instead joins a concert tour of the archipelago. During his travels he discovers that time seems to slip in unpredictable
ways from one island to the next. A journey that lasts a few months for him corresponds to many years passing on
Glaund. When he returns home his parents have died, while his wife has given up on him and left. Sussken, the main
character, loses his bearings along the way. The book was well written but handled the explanations of what was
happening confusingly. Generally rated a "B".