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Book Club Monthly Selections > December 2018 Fantasy Nominations: "Member Take Over"

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Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
Sign up now for a "Member Take Over" slot!

Tired of waiting for the appropriate theme to get a book you want to read/share nominated? Tired of your selection not getting picked? Well, have I got a monthly "theme" for you…

Member Take Over will give you the opportunity to totally take control of the nominations for a month. You and only you will nominate 2-4 books of the appropriate genre for the month (theme is optional and totally up to you as well) for our members to vote on.

Anyone interested please reply below. You need not provide your choices at this time. EVERYONE who replies will get the opportunity to Take Over. All names will be randomly sorted into order and you’ll be assigned a month to provide your nominations. (Not necessarily all in a row, as we may still have other theme's interspersed.)

This is the Fantasy Sign-up thread, do not post here if you don't want to do Fantasy nominations. Please visit the Sci-Fi thread if that is your preference. You may sign up for both if you like as well.

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Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
To save us some time here, I'll Volunteer!

1. Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory

It is a world like our own in every respect . . . save one. In the 1950s, random acts of possession begin to occur. Ordinary men, women, and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the depths of the collective unconscious, pop-cultural avatars some call demons. There’s the Truth, implacable avenger of falsehood. The Captain, brave and self-sacrificing soldier. The Little Angel, whose kiss brings death, whether desired or not. And a string of others, ranging from the bizarre to the benign to the horrific.

As a boy, Del Pierce is possessed by the Hellion, an entity whose mischief-making can be deadly. With the help of Del’s family and a caring psychiatrist, the demon is exorcised . . . or is it? Years later, following a car accident, the Hellion is back, trapped inside Del’s head and clamoring to get out.

Del’s quest for help leads him to Valis, an entity possessing the science fiction writer formerly known as Philip K. Dick; to Mother Mariette, a nun who inspires decidedly unchaste feelings; and to the Human League, a secret society devoted to the extermination of demons. All believe that Del holds the key to the plague of possession–and its solution. But for Del, the cure may be worse than the disease.

2. California Bones (Daniel Blackland, #1) by Greg Van Eekhout California Bones by Greg Eekhout

When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.

When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.

Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch's storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian's sword, an object of untold power.

3. A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1) by Marie Brennan A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

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