Posted by : atcampbell | On : May 20, 2008

Water Rites by Mary Rosenblum

Eleven people attended this discussion at  A.T. Campbell’s home. Our topic was Water Rites by former ArmadilloCon Guest of Honor Mary Rosenblum. This is a new book that contains the novel Drylands and several related stories, all set in a near future where the Pacific Northwest has gone dry. Seven of us had read Rosenblum before. Eight people started and finished Water Rites.

Many of us read Drylands it when it came out in the early 90s. We feel that the book is more relevant now, and we found the stories filled in some gaps. We

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : May 5, 2008

Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

Thirteen people attended this discussion at the North Village Library, including one first-time attendee. Our topic was Bridge of Birds, a World Fantasy Award-winning humorous fantasy novel set in ancient China. In this book, the children of a village are all struck with a mysterious illness, and a young man named Number Ten Ox is sent out to find a wise scholar to heal them. Four of us had read Hughart before. Everyone at the meeting had started and finished Bridge of Birds.

One reader commented that she had such a good time with this book’s protagonists, the young and strong Number Ten Ox and his wise older companion, Master Li. She loved the flaw in Master Li’s character. Early in the book, she was

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