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Suspense Central Selections for
2018

*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month.  If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Thursday, O
ctober 18, 2018 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Route 17 North) · Ramsey, NJ

Full line-up of 2018 titles is listed below - please scroll down

This group meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
horror, or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured
selection.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s last novel, is the story of an apparently young,
amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a
startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire.
Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the
same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she
cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that
tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.
August
Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland
9/20/18 recap

AM
Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland was, we hope, the first of a series.  The book tells an
alternative history that has zombies rising up during the Civil War.  All agreed the settings and
characters were very three dimensional making for a page turning read. Main character, Jane, tells the
story.  At times her one-sided thinking makes the story a bit convoluted, but overall it's a well written,
fun read. The author uses just enough real historical scenarios and details to make you think this
could've happened!  The book provides food for thought...pun intended. Solid A- across the board.
Noir by Christopher Moore
8/16/18 recap

Chris H
Noir by Christopher Moore was the selection for the month's theme of humor in genre. We'd previously
read Christopher Moore and thought he'd be a great fit.  What the author was going for didn't really
work for most attendees. The setting was post WWII, 1947.  The plot involved a Roswell-like alien
cover-up by the government that draws our main character in...against his best efforts to avoid
involvement.  It was considered more pulp than noir. Sammy the main protagonist was certainly an
unreliable narrator in that most of his antics were off base. Luck got him through most of the situations
he found himself. Grades ranged in the B - C range. Other books by Moore were considered better.
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