The reading assignment for June is “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear. It’s a novelette (a longer kind of short story), and it can be found online here. Also look at the comments collected here, which might be a starting point for the discussion (mild spoiler warning, perhaps read the story first).
The June meeting will be held on Thursday June 11, 7pm, at The Sleepless Goat.
For July, we will read the first and the fourth of the Earthsea books by Ursula K Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea and Tehanu, to compare them. There is almost thirty years between the publication dates of these, and we will discuss what made Le Guin want to go back and reimagine this world, and also how her style and voice have changed over the years. If you are really serious, you can read the rest of the series as well!
For August, we decided to read The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman’s latest young adult title and also nominated for the Hugo Award. This book we will contrast with Un Lun Dun, a YA title by China Mieville. Two British fantasy authors: similarities, differences, influences.