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Year-In-Review
Thursday, D
ecember 27, 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 2018 scroll below event recap.  You will find all
12 bookcovers/titles.

Join moderator Todd Ehrenfels as he discusses the hits, misses,
and everything in between for 2018.  There is no book
selection for the evening, jsut casual conversation about what
books were read for Modern Masters, on your own time. Give a
revommend or learn about a new series, author or book.
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Modern Masters Selections for 2018
Recaps & comments
The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) by Ian Tregellis
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Our selection for the month was The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis. Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Dutch created a
mechanical army of “Clakkers”—thinking clockwork beings powered and enslaved by alchemical magic—and now rule the
world. Only the French government in exile still resists, from their fortress at Marseilles-in-the-West (Montreal). An
alternate history where New Amsterdam never became New York. One of science fiction's toughest challenges is making
nonhuman characters feel human. Robots are particularly hard. Tregillis manages to bring "human" to characters like Jax.
The three story lines of main characters - Berenice, Visser and Jax were all interesting. Todd was the only one who had
read the whole trilogy. The rest of us weren't sure we would continue on to the other two books. The consensus was the
book was not bad, grades of B and B-. Did a good job of asking what does it mean to be human? Have free will?
The Armored Saint by Myke Cole
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The Armored Saint, book 1 of the Sacred Throne Trilogy, garnered mixed reviews. It's described as a grimdark fantasy and
most felt it delivered. Some rated it an 8 while others gave it a 5. Todd is eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series and felt
that book 1 - The Armored Saint - by itself was a 7 1/2 but in conjunction with the second book becomes an 8. Kathleen
enjoyed being blindsided by the twists and turns in the story. Dianne felt the ups & downs to be jarring. Both Kathleen
and Dianne felt some scenes were hard to visualize removing them the story. Chris gave it a 7 and liked how much
emotion Myke Cole puts into the characters and story. Whether you enjoyed the book or not, it generated a lengthy and
lively discussion. Todd brought his A game and led attendees through the ins and outs and gave insight into book 2, The
Queen of Crows. Welcome to newcomer Brian who asked great questions and added much to the discussion. Nice evening.
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