What we do and don't read
We usually read character led Fantasy paperbacks which could be anything from Alternate history, Cross Genera Fantasy, Dystopian Fantasy, Feminist Fantasy, Literary Fantasy, Modern novels with an Fantasy slant, New Wave Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy, Short Story Collections or even the occasional High Fantasy or anything else that helps us become 'Well Read' in Fantasy. We try to pick books that are as likely to appeal to men as women and will generally be no more than 400 pages long. Something that a commuter will easily be able to finish within one month.
We will not read vampire novels, multipart series, LOTR/RPG/TV/Movie novelisations or most books with leather/PVC clad ultra-assassin-strong-yet-sensitive-tragically-misunderstood-ultrababes on the front cover. Or most young adult novels ***.
We generally try to provide at least one months notice of the upcoming book to allow people plenty of time to read them. Suggestions for books are always welcome. If you want to suggest a book, add it to your profile in the appropriate place by going here.
So that each meeting do not get too busy a maximum limit of 16 places per meeting has been set. Members are expected to RSVP before attending to allow us to control the number attending and provide the best experience for as many as possible. Those simply turning up without an RSVP will be asked to return with an RSVP.
How much is membership
Membership is free but unless otherwise stated Bookclub meetings are charge at £2 per meeting. This covers our costs, provides us modest amount to advertise with and reduces 'tourists' taking all the places & never attending. Members have to pay their dues when they RSVP. Refunds will only be offered if the meeting is cancelled or rescheduled. Membership dues are made for named meetings and do not provide a form of credit that can be transferred between meetings. Everything you need to know about Membership Dues is here.
Two strikes and you're out policy
Due to the success of the Bookclub and places being limited to each meeting, members who change their status to NO within two days of a meeting or those who simply don't turn up twice will forfeit their membership, permanently. When people cancel at the last minute it means that someone else misses out on taking that place, which isn't cool.
After the first time offenders will be sent an email warning them that the next time they will simply be removed. This email is sent with a 'delivery receipt request' so Your Glorious Dark Lord ® knows the email was delivered to you.
Sadly Your Glorious Dark Lord ® is not in a position to judge whether people have a legitimate reason for pulling out of a meeting at the last minute and it would be foolish to try. What we do know from personal experience is that when people are aware of this type of policy they tend to change their RSVP much much earlier, which helps everyone.
Our priority is to run the book club for regular members to get to know each other, make friends and have a good time. To this end members, or so called 'CherryPickers', who only seem able to RSVP Yes to free events or famous/popular books may lose their place at these meetings if regular members look to be losing out. In this case 'loose their place' would mean their RSVP being change to No and their Dues refunded.
For the same reason as the two-strikes rule, Your Dark Lord ® is not in a position to judge whether members/CherryPickers have a real reason for only attending famous/popular books.
This is not a judgement on these members/CherryPickers, their reading habits or their ability to attend. Its very human to want the best of things, but if you want to in this book club, join in.
"My god Jim, I'm a bookclub, not a billboard"
or absolutely no commercial or link building fake memberships
Any 'members' seen to place links advertising any blogs/books/products/websites whatsoever or mails members with similar material will be immediately removed from the group and banned from rejoining.
If you would like to contact the Glorious Dark Lord ® of the Fantasy Book Club please feel free to do so through the meetup site.**
Unsolicited Commercial, Public Relations, Advertising or "I thought you might be interested" emails will automatically be blacklisted and forwarded onto Spamhaus and recorded as spam. You have been warned. We will also never provide our members email address to a commercial company or email our members on anyone else's behalf, so please don't ask! Its embarrassing.
*** LOTR/RPG/TV/Movie novelisations
I know they are popular but they are the Fantasy equivalent of Mills and Boone.
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