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January's Fantasy - Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Please join us as we discuss Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, Book 1 of the Sixth World series. This is the debut novel of the Hugo-, Nebula-, and Cambell-winning author. The book is a relatively short read at about 287 pages. RSVPs will be opened 1-2 weeks prior to the meetup. 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. Also, as we are being generously hosted by a restaurant, we do ask that you patronize their business. All outside food and beverage is prohibited. PAPERBACK: KINDLE: AUDIBLE: BOOK DESCRIPTION: While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive. Welcome to the Sixth World. *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 two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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Fiona's Irish Pub

5810 Kingstowne Center · Alexandria

What we're about

We'€™re a diverse group of readers of all ages and backgrounds, meeting twice a month for book discussions. Every second Sunday (usually) we discuss a fantasy selection, alternating between traditional and urban/contemporary fantasy each month. Every fourth Sunday (usually) we discuss a science fiction selection, alternating between classic and modern sci-fi. We've seen so much interest in our book selections, we also open up morning discussion sessions 1-2 weeks before an event to give new members a chance to attend.

Our discussions tend to range across topics, comparing and contrasting to other novels, drawing parallels to science, history, world cultures, politics, religion, or philosophy, and generally tangenting wherever the conversation takes us, often towards unexpected epiphanies ("Carrot Top is the herald of the apocalypse").

If you want a stodgy, pretentious literary critique, this probably isn't€™ for you. But if you're looking for a great group of interesting people who share your love of speculative fiction, and if you want to explore and enjoy laid-back and engaging discussions of new authors, subgenres, and series, come by for one of our meetups. Even if you don't make it all the way through a book (or at all), you're still welcome to join us and enjoy a fun afternoon. Come to laugh, share stories and make new friends!

We also, from time to time, attend author events, hold fun dinners, watch movies together in the theatre, or do screenings of DVDs (fantasy classics, anime, wuxia, Sundance films) or TV shows (such as "Game of Thrones"), and take trips to special events, like the Maryland Renaissance Festival or various conventions (Balticon, WorldCon, CapClave, Dragon*Con, World Fantasy Convention, to name a few). We occasionally attend plays together (if they have a sci-fi or fantasy bent). We hold a monthly writers meetup for aspiring authors, as well as participate in NaNoWriMo and hold an annual writers retreat. We hold a karaoke party, a laser tag outing, a summer picnic, and a Halloween party every year. We also hold an annual charity drive. And as always, we have even more exciting exciting new things in store for the future.

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