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Jun 12, 2020

BOOK TALK @ 4:44


Notes from Our Chats :)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Parable of the Sower
Kindred - both by Octavia Butler--WITH IMPORTANT NOTE FROM LISTENER MAUREEN: "
In the current climate, I think it's worth noting that Octavia Butler is probably NOT one of the few women of color writing science fiction, but rather one of the few women of color BEING PUBLISHED in science fiction. Systemic racism shows up everywhere!

The most recent This American Life podcast covered Afrofuturism (and was a rebroadcast), and so I would imagine that lots of POC are writing science fiction, but the publishing world may not be publishing them. And, of course, it's hard for anyone to get published."

Book and pattern recommendations below.
Tuesday June 9th Book Chat notes
Mary Snellings: Overwhelmed by Kathy Lipp
Kathy Lipp has a podcast - Clutter Free Academy podcast

Ann Blanton: Vivian Shaw - Greta Helsing series, plus the OLD classic Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest

Lina: The Group - Mary McCarthy

Side convo - Toshi : our ten year old taught us this new word: Pareidolia - a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data. Some common examples are seeing a likeness of Jesus in the clouds or an image of a man on the surface of the moon
Mary Snellings : our brains are wired to see everything

Ann B—All points south - Ravelry pattern Casapinka -
Mary is making
Laura Ricketts :

Roadtrip dreams:
Amy Hewgill :  here’s a Maori arts school… it’s mainly based in carving, which is a huge tradition -

Series to binge-watch - Numb3rs to James and the Giant Peach read by amazing actors:
We will get past this podcast with Sandi Toksvig
Mary Snellings : Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare sonnets on FB.
Laura Ricketts : Fake Doctors, Real Friends- :
Podcast - This Day in Esoteric Political History -

Thursday June 11th Book Chat Notes
Aimee: The Imagineering Story
on Disney+
Heather: Jim Brown Owns Lester Maddox on the Dick Cavett Show:
Jennifer: Boris Karloff reads “Just So Stories” on Youtube!

Fun to look at:
The Vanishing - Janye Ann Krentz
more books by Krentz -
Daphne du Maurier books:    -
Heather/Jennifer: - Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey (book 5 in the Inspector Grant series)
(A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast #156 - covers Daughter of Time - TY Kathy!)

Shelly is on Colorado in her “all around the country” reading - Kent Haruf - Plainsong (good listen) and then onto Connecticut - Bedelia (1945) Vera Kaspery

Heather. Ordover : How the scots invented the modern world - by Arthur Herman

Joe: Is it a Utilikilt or a Kilt

Heather. Ordover : EVERY woman in a cold climate needs this set of stockings:

Joyce - Garden Spells: A Novel (Waverly Family Book 1)
Book 1 of 2: Waverly Sisters | by Sarah Addison Allen

Regina’s Crafts and Masks will be open soon on Etsy

Listen to Orson Wells - Rebecca - Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (alt world detective agency)

Space Force

Aimee: The Holiday (Jack Black, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, etc etc etc)

Aimee Woolwine : Listen to -
Hildegard Von Blingin’ 
Jamel aka Jamal

The Original Hildegard Hildegard of Bingen

Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas -
“[A] delicious literary Gothic debut.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (EDITOR’S CHOICE)
“Moody and evocative as a fever dream, Catherine House is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step.” – THE WASHINGTON POST
A Most Anticipated Novel by Entertainment Weekly • Cosmopolitan • The Atlantic • Forbes • Good Housekeeping • Better Homes and Gardens • HuffPost • Buzzfeed • Newsweek • Harper’s Bazaar • Ms. Magazine • Woman’s Day • PopSugar • and more!
A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.
Trust us, you belong here.”

Aimee: Horrorstor: A Novel Kindle Edition
by Grady Hendrix (Author) - HILARIOUS -

To Knit
Candy is making - Hope & Dreams by Agnes Kutas- MDSW fiberoptics in colorway - Atlantic -

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho  -
“Magic and mayhem clash with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.
 The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers maintains the magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman as their Sorcerer Royal and allowing England’s stores of magic to bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…
 At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up, an adventure that brings him in contact with Prunella Gentlewoman, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, and sets him on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…”  - low-rent Strange & Norell  - Robert Asprin “Myth” Series Robert Asprin
Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy Book 1) by William Gibson -  “Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer is a science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.
Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.”

Heather. Ordover : The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O - Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland -