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October's Fantasy - Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Please join us as we discuss Night Watch* by Sergei Lukyanenko, Book 1 of the World of Watches quadrilogy. Lukyanenko is perhaps the most prolific Russian-language science fiction writer, and this series has been phenomenally popular in the Russian-reading world. It's easy to get caught up in how fantasy is growing and evolving so rapidly in North America and the UK that it's easy to miss how many exciting new authors (such as Lukyanenko) are emerging worldwide. 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. The smaller morning session can be found here.

From Publisher's Weekly:

Set in contemporary Moscow, Lukyanenko's fantastic American debut—the first in a series about an epic struggle between good and evil—charts the adventures of a race of supernaturally gifted Others, who serve either the Light or Dark Side. The Others slip in and out of an eerie parallel world where they coexist in an uneasy peace that a terrible revolution may soon disrupt. Philosophical Anton Gorodetsky, an earnest Night Watch agent, falls in love with 24-year-old Svetlana Nazarova, a troubled young doctor under a Dark Magician's curse. While Anton endeavors to undo the curse, he discovers Egor, a gifted boy unwilling to choose between his Light or Dark abilities. As humankind's fate hangs in the balance, Anton is forced to re-examine his allegiance, and Svetlana is drawn deeper into the exotic, vivid universe of dueling magicians, shape-shifters, witches and vampires. Potent as a shot of vodka, this compelling urban fantasy was adapted to a Russian blockbuster movie in 2004.

" Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power. " — Quentin Tarantino

" Star Wars meets the Vampires in bursts with a sick, carnivorous glee in its fiendish games. " — The New York Times

" Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires’ seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome. " — Ron Charles, The Washington Post Book World

*Note: It appears that the paperback version may have just recently fallen out of stock with both Amazon and B&N. The book is available in Kindle and Nook formats, and most libraries should have them (Fairfax County definitely does), and you may find them in used book stores as well, including buying a copy online through Alibris. We'll keep you updated when the major booksellers restock.

*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 the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Vijay

    Great discussion, thanks to everyone who came out! Some really good contrasts between Russian and Western speculative fiction, and the worldview and moral outlook that affects both strains of fantasy and science fiction.

    October 29, 2012

  • Laquetta

    Informative and fun--the usual :)

    October 14, 2012

  • Lisa K.

    Check out:

    October 14, 2012

  • Vijay

    Just a reminder, if your availability has changed, please update your RSVP as soon as possible to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend.

    October 10, 2012

  • Vijay

    Now that this meetup is approaching, if your availability has changed, please update your RSVP as soon as possible to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend.

    If you're waitlisted, you may also wish to add yourself to the morning waitlist to maximize your chances of locking in a spot.

    October 1, 2012

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