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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.

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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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Ride the storm with Oathbringer in January

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We continue with epic fantasy and the Stormlight Chronicles #3 in January. This is a LONG book, so start early! Copy-and-paste summary follows:


The #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Words of Radiance, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together—and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past—even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

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Be taken by the Dragon with Uprooted in November/December

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