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Meetings are held in the West Chester area, with frequent diversions from the borough into neighboring environs (including Media, Downingtown, and Exton). Please take a look at the list of past events to see if our selections are up your alley. Or if you have a sci-fi or fantasy title you'd like to recommend for the group, let us know! All monthly titles are chosen via member poll or group consensus during the meetings themselves.

Meetings begin at 7pm, and dissolve between 9 and 9:30 - or whenever we finish talking about the book and related (or unrelated) topics over dinner and drinks. The mood is always casual and welcoming.

We hope you'll join us!

Upcoming events (4)

Interesting Readings Online! - July - The Last Graduate (Novik)

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Interesting Readings: a book club for the best in sci-fi, from quirky classics to fresh indie!

Our first July selection will be Naomi Novik's THE LAST GRADUATE.

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Graduate-Novik-Naomi/dp/1529100909/

(Note that this is the sequel to A DEADLY EDUCATION, one of our previous selections.)

In Wisdom, Shelter. That’s the official motto of the Scholomance. I suppose you could even argue that it’s true—only the wisdom is hard to come by, so the shelter’s rather scant.

Our beloved school does its best to devour all its students—but now that I’ve reached my senior year and have actually won myself a handful of allies, it’s suddenly developed a very particular craving for me. And even if I somehow make it through the endless waves of maleficaria that it keeps throwing at me in between grueling homework assignments, I haven’t any idea how my allies and I are going to make it through the graduation hall alive.

Unless, of course, I finally accept my foretold destiny of dark sorcery and destruction. That would certainly let me sail straight out of here. The course of wisdom, surely.

But I’m not giving in—not to the mals, not to fate, and especially not to the Scholomance. I’m going to get myself and my friends out of this hideous place for good—even if it’s the last thing I do.

With keen insight and mordant humor, Novik reminds us that sometimes it is not enough to rewrite the rules—sometimes, you need to toss out the entire rulebook.

Interesting Readings In Person! - July - The Past Is Red (Valente)

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Interesting Readings: a book club for the best in sci-fi, from quirky classics to fresh indie!

Our second July selection will be Catherynne M. Valente's THE PAST IS RED.

https://www.amazon.com/Past-Red-Catherynne-M-Valente/dp/1250301130/

Catherynne M. Valente, the bestselling and award-winning creator of Space Opera and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland returns with The Past Is Red, the enchanting, dark, funny, angry story of a girl who made two terrible mistakes: she told the truth and she dared to love the world.

The future is blue. Endless blue…except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown.

Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time.

But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.

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Interesting Readings Online! - August - Monsters (Windsor-Smith)

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Interesting Readings: a book club for the best in sci-fi, from quirky classics to fresh indie!

Every August we delve into the realm of graphic novels! Our first selection will be Barry Windsor-Smith's MONSTERS.

https://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Barry-Windsor-Smith/dp/1683964152/

The year is 1964. Bobby Bailey doesn’t realize he is about to fulfill his tragic destiny when he walks into a US Army recruitment office to join up. Close-mouthed, damaged, innocent, trying to forget a past and looking for a future, it turns out that Bailey is the perfect candidate for a secret U.S. government experimental program, an unholy continuation of a genetics program that was discovered in Nazi Germany nearly 20 years earlier in the waning days of World War II. Bailey’s only ally and protector, Sergeant McFarland, intervenes, which sets off a chain of cascading events that spin out of everyone’s control. As the titular monsters of the title multiply, becoming real and metaphorical, literal and ironic, the story reaches its emotional and moral reckoning.

Monsters is the legendary project Barry Windsor-Smith has been working on for over 35 years. A 380-page tour de force of visual storytelling, Monsters’ narrative canvas is both vast and deep: part familial drama, part political thriller, part metaphysical journey, it is an intimate portrait of individuals struggling to reclaim their lives and an epic political odyssey across two generations of American history. Trauma, fate, conscience, and redemption are just a few of the themes that intersect in the most ambitious graphic novel of Windsor-Smith’s career.

Monsters is rendered in Windsor-Smith’s impeccable pen-and-ink technique, the visual storytelling with its sensitivity to gesture and composition is the most sophisticated of the artist’s career. There are passages of heartbreaking tenderness, of excruciating pain, and devastating violence. It is surely one of the most intense graphic novels ever drawn.

Interesting Readings In Person! - August - Ms. Marvel (Wilson)

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Interesting Readings: a book club for the best in sci-fi, from quirky classics to fresh indie!

Every August we delve into the realm of graphic novels! Our second selection will be G. Willow Wilson's MS. MARVEL.

https://www.amazon.com/Ms-Marvel-1-No-Normal/dp/078519021X/

Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York!

Collects Ms. Marvel (2014) #1-5, All-New Marvel Now! Point One (Ms. Marvel story).

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Interesting Readings In Person! - June - Pet Sematary (King)

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