|The Gradual by Christopher Priest
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 8pm
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works
of "modern" masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and
related genres. It also occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the
*For the complete list of titles for 2019 scroll below event recap. You will find all
We start 2019 off with The Gradual by Christopher Priest:
A new literary novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Prestige, Christopher Priest. A
rich and involving tale of the creative mind, the rigours of living under war and the nature
of time itself.
Alesandro grows up in Glaud, a fascist state constantly at war with a faceless opponent.
His brother is sent off to war; his family is destroyed by grief. Occasionally he catches
glimpses of islands in the far distance from the shore, and they feed into the music he
composes—music for which he is feted. His search from his brother brings him into contact
with the military leadership and suddenly he is a fugitive on the run—he seeks refuge on
the islands and his endless travels take him through places and time, bringing him
answers where he could not have foreseen them.
|Modern Masters Selections for 2019
|Recaps & comments
|The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) by Ian Tregellis
Our year-end review discussed books read from both Suspense Central and Modern Masters, plus any other books read
during 2018. Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn, though not discussed because of cancellations, was deemed the worst
book of the year. Beyond juvenile, it was infantile. On a brighter note, some of the best books included The Long Way to a
Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, and Talon of God by Wesley Snipes / Ray
Norman. Crestwood Lake by Mark Vogel was excellent, with the hope that it's sequel Crestwood Lake 2 will be selected in
the near future. Revisiting authors such as Gail Carriger (Blameless) and Kat Richardson (Vanished) were also appreciated.
2018 was a fine year of reading.
|The Armored Saint by Myke Cole
The Armored Saint, book 1 of the Sacred Throne Trilogy, garnered mixed reviews. It's described as a grimdark fantasy and
most felt it delivered. Some rated it an 8 while others gave it a 5. Todd is eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series and felt
that book 1 - The Armored Saint - by itself was a 7 1/2 but in conjunction with the second book becomes an 8. Kathleen
enjoyed being blindsided by the twists and turns in the story. Dianne felt the ups & downs to be jarring. Both Kathleen
and Dianne felt some scenes were hard to visualize removing them the story. Chris gave it a 7 and liked how much
emotion Myke Cole puts into the characters and story. Whether you enjoyed the book or not, it generated a lengthy and
lively discussion. Todd brought his A game and led attendees through the ins and outs and gave insight into book 2, The
Queen of Crows. Welcome to newcomer Brian who asked great questions and added much to the discussion. Nice evening.