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April 17-Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
May 15- Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
June 19- World War Z by Max Brooks
July 17- Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
August 21- Ghostlight by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Shades of Grey
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
The New York Times bestseller and "a rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness" (The Washington Post) Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade.
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European culture: the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. Valente's take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century. Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever peasant girl, to Koschei's beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, that will bring Russian myth to life in a stunning new incarnation.
World War Z
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
Publication Date: 2001-07-03
The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city--intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began. But at what cost? With the advent of peace, man ceases to strive for creative greatness, and a malaise settles over the human race. To those who resist, it becomes evident that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. As civilization approaches the crossroads, will the Overlords spell the end for humankind . . . or the beginning?
Publication Date: 2008-12-09
Thorne Blackburn claimed to have magickal powers, to be able to tap into ancient wisdom. Others claimed he was a fake, cheating his many followers out of their money and destroying their free well. The truth may never be known . . . one dark, climactic night thirty years ago, Blackburn's most powerful ritual went horribly awry, leaving his flock shattered and one woman dead. Blackburn himself vanished. Now the scattered remains of Blackburn's followers have rallied around a new leader, the charismatic Justin Pilgrim. Hearing this, Thorne Blackburn's daughter, Truth, returns to the site of her mother's death and father's disappearance. Truth has many unanswered questions. Where are her long-lost half-siblings? Was her mother's death an accident or murder? Is Pilgrim a charlatan, or are his claimed powers real? If he completes Thorne's ritual, will someone else die? The answers will lead Truth to a deeply powerful truth of her own, one that will change her life forever. This wonderful contemporary fantasy by New York Timesbestseller Marion Zimmer Bradley was named "Best Fantasy Novel of the Year" by VOYAwhen it was first published in 1995.
is a speculative fiction book group that meets once a month to discuss a prechosen novel. Speculative fiction is the overarching genre the encapsulates science fiction, fantasy, horror and any blending of the three. We are open to the public and encourage new members to stop in at any meeting.
Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month.
The group is led by librarians Karen Ostertag and Veronica Reynolds. If you have any question please call or e-mail us at 634-4997 x128 or x114 or email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.