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Discover the original Transformer when we read Circe in November/December
Given that the final week of both November and December are terrible times for meet-ups, and people tend to be busy around the holidays, we'll be doing just one book for November & December, with our meet-up held in mid-December. Our November/December selection is *Circe* by Madeline Miller. Copy-and-paste summary follows. --------- In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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34 South Main Street · Mount Prospect

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What we're about

One Book Club to rule them all, One Book Club to find them, One Book Club to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them . . .

Well, not really. It's cool if "binding" is any part of how you spend your spare time---no judgment!---but this isn't that kind of "fantasy" club. Our kind of fantasy club is the kind where we read fantasy. We're all about good books, good food, and good company. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at a restaurant in the Northwest Suburbs to discuss a fantasy book that we voted to read. Books are voted on two months in advance to give our members plenty of time to read them.*

What kind of fantasy, you ask? Any kind! Urban fantasy, epic fantasy, hard fantasy, classic fantasy, alternate history fantasy, super hero fantasy, YA fantasy, steampunk fantasy, and so on. There will be occasional excursions into the horror and science fiction genres, but fantasy is our main focus. We also hold occasional meet-ups at fantasy-themed movies and other events. The only cost to membership in this group is a $1.00 non-refundable fee per person to RSVP for the regular book club events, which helps defray the organizational/Meetup costs. Movies and other events cost nothing to RSVP for.

More About This Club

This club is a shameless clone of the excellent and long-running Western Suburban Science Fiction Book Club (https://www.meetup.com/Western-Suburban-Sci-Fi-Book-Club/). We are trying to do for fantasy what they have done with sci-fi, but in a slightly different locale. If you love sci-fi and are willing to travel to the West Suburbs for meet-ups, you should definitely check them out!

This club is also meant to carry on the mission of the Suburban Fantasy Book Club (https://www.meetup.com/Suburban-Fantasy-Book-Club/), which went on indefinite hiatus in November 2015. The organizers live in southwestern Mount Prospect, so most of our meet-ups will be at restaurants in that area, but we will branch out into other villages and townships in the Northwest Suburbs: Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, etc.

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