Outpost (Donovan #1) by W. Michael Gear
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 8pm

Panera Paramus
770 Rt. 17 North
Paramus, NJ

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 2020 scroll below event recap.  You will find all 12

Donovan is a world of remarkable wealth, a habitable paradise of a planet. It sounds like a
dream come true. But Donovan's wealth comes at a price.

When the ship Turalon arrives in orbit, Supervisor Kalico Aguila discovers a failing colony,
its government overthrown and the few remaining colonists now gone wild. Donovan
offers the chance of a lifetime, one that could leave her the most powerful woman in the
solar system. Or dead.

Planetside, Talina Perez is one of three rulers of the Port Authority colony—the only law left
in the one remaining town on Donovan. With the Corporate ship demanding answers
about the things she's done in the name of survival, Perez could lose everything, including
her life.

For Dan Wirth, Donovan is a last chance. A psychopath with a death sentence looming over
his head, he can't wait to set foot on Port Authority. He will make one desperate play to
grab a piece of the action—no matter who he has to corrupt, murder, or destroy.

Captain Max Taggart has been The Corporation's "go-to" guy when it comes to brutal
enforcement. As the situation in Port Authority deteriorates, he'll be faced with tough
choices to control the wild Donovanians. Only Talina Perez stands in his way.

Just as matters spiral out of control, a ghost ship, the Freelander, appears in orbit. Missing
for two years, she arrives with a crew dead of old age, and reeks of a bizarre death-cult
ritual that deters any ship from attempting a return journey. And in the meantime, a brutal
killer is stalking all of them, for Donovan plays its own complex and deadly game. The
secrets of which are hidden in Talina Perez's very blood.
May - Children of Ruin
(Children of Time #2) by
Adrian Tchaikovsky
June - Circe by
Madeline Miller
Modern Masters Selections for 2020
Recaps & comments
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks was an interesting read garnering high marks of 8/10 from attendees. The Black Prism,
first in a series of five books called the Lightbringer series, uses colors in magic for a fun fantasy read. While the book has
a lot going on, the reader never feels bogged down. It moves along at a good pace with only a few repetitive sections
that could have benefited from editing. The characters - main and secondary - are all well developed. The concept of the
book is that there are people with a special ability to craft magic from color. These people are used to control outcomes of
situations and maintain a balance in the 7 kingdoms. 'Prism' Gavin Guile, the most powerful person in the world, learns he
must fight against an uprising by a self-proclaimed the same time he finds out he has a son who just happens to
be a superchromat. Very powerful in this world of color magic. Lots of fun. If you are looking for a slightly different
fantasy/magic read, give The Black Prism a try.
by W. Michael Gear
The Deaths of Tao
by Wesley Chu
Blood and Tempest
by Jon Skovron
The Invisible Man by
H.G. Wells