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March's Fantasy (Morning Session) - Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

Please join us as we discuss Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, the first book in The Eternal Sky trilogy. Bear is a winner of 2 Hugo awards and a Locus Award. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 321 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. This is our morning discussion session. Our afternoon session can be found here.

From Amazon:

A powerful new fantasy from Hugo award–winning author Elizabeth Bear, Range of Ghosts creates a world both deep and broad, where a sorcerer-prince seeks world domination to the glory of his God.

Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.

Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards.

These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.

This lean, sinewy, visceral narrative, set forth in extraordinarily vivid prose full of telling detail, conveys a remarkable sense of time and place, where the characters belong to the landscape and whose personalities derive naturally from it.”  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Bill K.

    I was a little surprised at the reaction to the book this month. Far more than I would have thought voted “met” or like one member said when changing their vote from ‘not like’ to ‘mah’ with the appropriate shoulder shrug (I liked that). The major problem was that it was more of a story to set up the rest of the trilogy. I did like one reference to the Tiger person as one of the “Thunder Cats.” I was also amused that for the fifth time this year, I heard the reminder “If you don’t like the book, you don’t have to finish it”, though quite a few took that to heart with this book. Though this book was primarily setting the stage (I didn’t like that), I thought the structure of the world (magic, kingdoms, people, different skies, etc.) was interesting and plan to get to some exciting parts of the story (in the next two books…).

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Suyong

    Apologize - only just realized about the DST when I opened my iPad this morning….

    March 9, 2014

  • Rahsaan W

    Sorry, but i'm nowhere near finishing the book this time!

    March 4, 2014

  • Samuel L.

    Spring forward, fall back. As this is supposedly Spring <hah!>, don't forget to adjust your alarm clocks before going to bed or you'll be late.

    3 · March 4, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! We're less than a week away from our discussion, so please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to avoid a no-show and to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend.

    I know Meetup has had intermittent outages for the last several days, so if you can't get through please try again later. Thanks!

    March 4, 2014

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