Posted by : atcampbell | On : March 17, 2009

Gateway by Frederik Pohl

Nine people attended this meeting at the Milwood Library, including one first-time visitor.  Our topic was Gateway, Frederik Pohl’s classic 70s novel about exploring an ancient alien space artifact. All of us had read Pohl before. We all started and finished Gateway.

We liked the exploration story a great deal.  The mysteries of the artifact were

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : March 2, 2009

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Fifteen people attended this discussion at A. T.’s house, including one first-time attendee.  At this meeting the group discussed its first graphic novel, Watchmen.  The book is a superhero story set in an alternate version of the 1980s, and it served as the basis for the then-forthcoming film of the same name. Six of us had read Alan Moore before, and three read Watchmen when it was new. Thirteen of us started the book, and nine finished it.

One person loved it and would recommend it to lovers of comics. The story was deeper and broader than she expected from comics.  She liked several alternate-world touches, like Robert Redford running for President instead of

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