The San Diego Sci-Fi/Fantasy Meetup Group Message Board › Book recommendations from 06/04/07
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I was unable to attend this one due to illness; Eben took notes for me and I finally found the document.
Eben: John J. Miller's Death Draws Five (Wild Cards series). (2006) Mr. Nobody wants to do his job. The Midnight Angel wants to serve her Lord. Billy Ray wants some action. John Nighthawk wants to uncover the secret behind his mysterious power. Fortunato wants to rescue his son from the clutches of a cryptic Vatican office. John Fortune wants to catch Siegfried and Ralph's famous Vegas review. The problem is that all roads, no matter where they start, lead to Leo Barnett's Peaceable Kingdom where the difference between the Apocalypse and Peace on Earth is as thin as a razor's edge and where Death himself awaits the final terrible turn of the card.
Sean: Joss Whedon's Fray (Graphic novel). (2003) Tough but reluctant vampire-fighter Fray, in a gritty futuristic world, lives in the bad part of town and makes a living doing heists for Gunther, a blue and scaly criminal who directs operations while submerged in a living-room-sized tank. So when an enormous, goat-hoofed demon shows up at Fray's apartment, she's not terribly fazed, but she certainly isn't ready for his message: she, Melaka Fray, is destined to kill vampires...
Val: Eric Flint's 1632. (2000) A six-mile square of West Virginia is tossed back in time and space to Germany in 1632, at the height of the barbaric and devastating Thirty Years' War. Repelling marauding mercenaries and housing German refugees are only the first of many problems the citizens of the tiny new U.S. face, problems including determining who shall be a citizen. In between action scenes and descriptions of technological military hardware, Flint handles that problem and other serious ethical questions seriously and offers memorable characters...
Val: Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God. (1994) Chrysanda Flamande was the sultriest vamp of the silver screen in Hollywood in 1923. Then an elderly Chinese gentleman warned her that a trinket she'd worn in her last movie had marked her to be the bride of an ancient devil-god of Manchuria. Now the Rat God is stalking closer, and Chrysanda is discovering that there's no mousetrap big enough to keep her from being dragged unwilling to the altar!
Lori: Harry Turtledove's Guns of the South. (1992) It's January of 1864. Lee's army suffers from shortages of arms and supplies, and the general is privately convinced that the war is lost. Then Andries Rhoodie appears with a new type of rifle--an AK-47--and offers unlimited arms to the Confederacy. With the new weapons, the South wins the war and history is changed. The peacetime Confederacy still confronts divisional strife over slavery, however, and Rhoodie and the group he represents become angry when the Confederate government begins relaxing laws concerning slavery. Their whole reason for helping the South win had been to create a supremacist white culture for the future. The Confederate government is now faced with a new enemy--Rhoodie and his soldiers, armed from the future.
Lori: Walter John Williams' House of Shards and Rock of Ages (Drake Majistral series, now out of print). In the far distant future, the Khosalikh have conquered humanity and subsequently lost a war of rebellion to them as well. Now co-existing with aliens, though sometimes with rancor, humans don?t remember their heritage very clearly. Elvis is now the focus of a religion, for instance, with Graceland as its Mecca. Celebrity Drake Majistral, whose career is a Khosali tradition known as "Allowed Burglary", gets into various sorts of trouble in these swashbuckling comedy-of-manners novels.
More links and details to be posted later.
Lori: Alexei Panshin's Star Well (1968), The Thurb Revolution (1968), and Masque World (1969). (Anthony Villiers series).
Donald: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife
Donald: Charles Stross' The Family Trade
Donald: Patricia Briggs' Moon Called
Donald: Carrie Vaughn's Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Donald: David Drake's Lt. Leary series
Ron: Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Mote in God?s Eye
Ron: M.J. Engh's Arslan
June meeting ?guilty pleasures?:
Eben: Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking
Donald: Alex Archer's Rogue Angel: Destiny
Donald: Karen Chance's Touch the Dark
Donald: Vicki Pettersson's The Scent of Shadows