|The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 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 2019 scroll below event recap. You will find all
This month's title was recommended by Kevin Keefe
The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare Series #1) by Lilith Saintcrow
Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect
Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and
her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each
other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy
killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them
into treachery toward their Queen.
In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its
head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the
problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.
The game is afoot..
Empire of Sand by
Silver On the Road by
Laura Anne Gilman
Bane and Shadow by
A Big Ship At the Edge
of the Universe by
The Black Prism
Lightbringer Bk #1 by
State Tectonics by
|Modern Masters Selections for 2019
|Recaps & comments
|Vanguard by Jack Campbell
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 Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark
The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark was the Caribbean Dreams selection for Modern Masters. Although a 110 page
novella (7 of them would fit into one Outlander book), it was very well received. Clark's debut novella brought an alternate
New Orleans to life, complete with orisha, airships, and high adventure. Main character, Creeper, is one of the street
children of the city. While trying to plan a robbery on unwitting passerby, Creeper overhears a secret. Creeper brings this
news to Captain Ann-Marie of an airship. What follows is a well written adventure with well defined characters. Everyone
gave it high marks. It is easy to see why Clark is a rising science fiction and fantasy star.