Posted by : atcampbell | On : January 18, 2000

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

On January 18th, a dozen readers met to discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Our group included two persons who had not previously attended one of our meetings, one of whom was an 8-year-old.

Our normal discussion leader was in Houston for family reasons, so I was drafted into taking notes. Unfortunately, my notes are in a box somewhere in my new house so I must attempt to reconstruct the meeting from a cold-obscured memory.

Everyone liked the book (in fact, some loved the book), but some expressed

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : January 4, 2000

Bloom by Wil McCarthy

Eight people attended the discussion of Bloom, including one first-time participant. Five had finished the book, one had read half of it, and the rest were there simply to socialize.

Bloom is a futuristic SF novel set in a world where the Earth has been invaded and taken over by a mysterious growth called the “Bloom”. A few Earthlings have managed to escape, and they have carved out new civilizations on Jupiter’s moons and in the Asteroid Belt. The book follows a group of human scientists who

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