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Meeting Calendar

May 21: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

For the Summer:
Great YA Reads
(for More than Teens)!

June 18: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

July 16: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Aug. 20: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Books will be available for checkout in the New City Library lobby (across from the checkout desk, beneath the windows) starting about a month before the discussion date.

 

About In Other Worlds

is a speculative fiction book group that meets once a month to discuss a pre-chosen 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 at 7 p.m.

The group is led by librarian Karen Ostertag. If you have any questions please call or e-mail 634-4997 x128 or kosterta (at) rcls.org. 

 

More about... Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

May 21:

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Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone
ISBN: 9780765333117
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
Nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

A god has died, and it's up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis's steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara's job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in.

Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who's having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb's courts-- and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb's slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally-built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Max Gladstone's THREE PARTS DEAD introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

 

More about... The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

June 18:

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The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey
ISBN: 9781416984481
Publication Date: 2009-09-22
2010 Printz Honor Award winner

"These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me."

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting.

In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was feeding on her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagi--a headless monster that feeds through the mouthfuls of teeth in its chest--and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to overtake and consume our world before it is too late.

The Monstrumologist is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of H. P. Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riordan.

 

More about... Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

July 16:

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Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve
ISBN: 9780060082079
Publication Date: 2003-11-01
2007 Seiun Award winner

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea...

The great traction city London is on the move again. It has been lying low, skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, as its great mountain of metal lumbers along in hot pursuit of its quarry, the sinister plans it has harbored for years can finally start to unfold behind its soaring walls...

Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and most famous archaeologist, and his daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes. Only the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice, prevents Valentine from being stabbed in the heart.

Madly racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. "Look at what your Valentine did to me!" she screams. "Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!" And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death.

Minutes later, Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.

In a stunning literary debut, Philip Reeve has created an unforgettable adventure story set in a dark and utterly original world fueled by Municipal Darwinism -- and betrayal.

 

More about... Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Aug. 20:

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Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
ISBN: 9780375866562
Publication Date: 2012-07-10
2013 William C. Morris YA Debut Award winner; 2013 Andre Norton Award finalist; 2013 Locus Award nominee for Best First novel; 2013 Kitschies' Golden Tentacle finalist

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered--in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

“Just when you thought there was nothing new to say about dragons, it turns out there is, and plenty! Rachel Hartman’s rich invention never fails to impress — and to convince. It’s smart and funny and original, and has characters I will follow to the ends of the earth.” — Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author

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