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Past Meetings > August 2018: Reborn

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Heather Hay (businessendofbooks) | 105 comments Mod
The August meeting will be back at the Lomas Tramway Library at 2pm. Most of us at the book club love our last remaining weeks of quiet reading before the new school year/semester starts. Several of our members are educators or students so come join us before we hit the books again.

August is also the month for Albuquerque's Science Fiction and Fantasy literary convention called Bubonicon.

Guests of honor include John Scalzi and MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL, with toast master Lee Moyer. Special artist guest is Eric Velhagen. Some panels at Bubonicon also include artists and writers in the comic book industry.

Heather (me) has enjoyed volunteering there for the past couple of years and she highly recommends that budding new writers attend.

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Heather Hay (businessendofbooks) | 105 comments Mod
According to our last meeting, our book club has a love/hate stance on Mark Millar, however Reborn left many of us with a resounding "meh."
Here are the scores:
9, 4, 6, 4, 5, 6

While picking apart the elements of the book to appreciate we came up with a few.
-There's a novel treatment of widowers who remarry.
-The art is pretty great. The added hashmarks in the art used to depict the evil art was a good idea.
-Flying elephants are an unexpected feature for a fantasy story.

And the elements we didn't like.
-Shallow plot, but with potential.
-We weren't sure if reborn referred to the afterlife or the characters changing. The rules of the world wavered and became inconsistent.
-The extreme violence that comes with a Mark Millar work felt unneeded.

As always, when we aren't particularly fond of a book, we talk about what stories did it better. Here are the other works of art we discussed.
-Amethyst Princess of Gemworld comic book - Vol 1 No. 3 - July 1983
-The Minority Report
-Minority Report, the film. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minorit...
-The Demolished Man
-Babylon 5, the show. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_5
-Alfred Bester wrote the famous catchphrase "In the brightest day, the darkest night" for Green Lantern. Read more about this here: http://nerdalicious.com.au/filmtv/is-...
-We love Greg Capullo's art which includes Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls
-The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
-The Dogs of War
-Harry Turtledove
-Ghost Talkers
-An example of good superhero with faults was Hancock. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock...
-Our favorite story involving a character wanting to get back into the real world was Tron. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron
- Superfolks
- Meg. And we discussed the new movie in theaters for The Meg. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1...
-The Exorcist
- The Lost World. And film Jurrassic Park: The Lost World. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Los...
- Authr has a great podcast regarding all kinds of fandom. Check it out here: https://infodumppodcast.com/about/
-XYZT art installation. An art exhibit called "Abstract Landscapes"
by Adrien M & Claire B is at Artechouse in the Sawmill area of Albuquerque. Enjoy moving through the exhibit and causing light to bend and create movement. https://www.albuquerque.artechouse.com/

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