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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafore
Thursday, Jul
y 26, 2018 - 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 2017 scroll below event recap.  You will find all
12 bookcovers/titles.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafore: Now optioned as a TV series for
HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin!

An award-winning literary author enters the world of magical realism with her World
Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in post-apocalyptic Africa.

In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region
genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the
annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the
desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the
color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names
her Onyesonwu, which means “Who fears death?” in an ancient language.

It doesn’t take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially
marked by
the circumstances of her conception.
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Modern Masters Selections for 2018
Recaps & comments
Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
5/24
/18
AM
Hope and Red by Jon Skovron was a rare book indeed - not only did every attendee read Hope & Red, but everyone liked
it - a lot - as well! Good choice Todd! Hope and Red follows the adventures of main characters Hope (a girl, trained in
secret to be a highly skilled warrior, bent on vengeance for a horrible crime against her entire village) and Red (a man
hiding his highborn past in a seedy world of petty crime and tough people). Every character is well-written and adds
something to the story. Excellent fantasy read complete with pirates, biomancers, fun, adventure and well placed humor.
We definitely want to read the follow up books in the trilogy.
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
5/28/18 recap

Ann-Marie
Yet again every attendee had read the selected book, this month The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, and every attendee
enjoyed the book. The book received high marks and lots of positive response. We'd like to continue with the series.
The Warded Man is a fantasy set in what is most likely a post-apocalyptic world where magic and demons exist. Magic is
used daily for survival. Once night falls, demons rise - rock demons, fire demons and an assortment of other baddies.
Humans must hide behind heavily warded walls to survive. The wards don't always do their job. Richly developed
characters, tight storytelling, vivid scenes made for a satisfying read. Todd has read all five books in the series and
Kathleen is close behind with three read. The rest of us have some catching up to do!

Chris H
As Ann-Marie mentioned, a lively discussion of a well-received book. Hopefully we'll discuss more books in the series in the
coming years.