It was a close race, but The Ballad of Black Tom emerged the clear winner! I’m very happy with August’s book of the month. It sounds fascinating and it will be a quick read, as it is only 149 pages. If you’re in the mood to read a thrilling story that’s part horror and part fantasy, then definitely join us!
There’s exactly one week left until we reach the deadline to finish reading Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and hope the ones who joined the Diverse SFF Book Club for June-July enjoyed it as much as I did. I will share my thoughts on the book next week here on my blog!
If you read the book, please try post a review or discussion post in your own blog as well by July 15th if possible. You can share it on the #DSFFBookClub hashtag or directly with me at @_diversebooks. Either of these will do, as I’ll be able to locate your tweet and signal boost.
Alternatively, you can simply join the discussion in the Goodreads Group. All of these are optional, but the book club will feel livelier and more interesting if we engage one another. This will also encourage others to join the fun so the book club can grow! Currently, the book club is rather small, so I decided not to do a Twitter chat because finding a time that suits everyone is always difficult, and it would result in very few people participating in the chat. I will revisit the idea if the book club grows. Please let me know if a Twitter chat is something you’d be interested in.
So let’s get to our choices for August’s book of the month!
On Twitter, I asked members of the #DSFFBookClub to provide possible book choices for next month. There were several entries, but I tried to narrow it down to four. The books listed below garnered the most interest, were recommended more than once, or I simply made a judgement call to add it to the list.
Read the description for each book carefully and visit the Goodreads page before arriving at your final decision. All four are excellent choices, but choose one that you have not read. I certainly know what I’m going to pick. 🙂
Vote for August’s book of the month!
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology – by Sfe R. Monster and Taneka Stotts
“Beyond is an anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics. Featuring 18 stories by 26 contributors, Beyond is a 250+ page, black and white, queer comic anthology, full of swashbuckling space pirates, dragon slayers, death-defying astronauts, and monster royalty. Each story celebrates and showcases unquestionably queer characters as they explore the galaxy, mix magic, have renegade adventures, and save the day!”
The Grace of Kings – by Ken Liu
“Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.”
The Ballad of Black Tom – by Victor Lavalle
“People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.
Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.”
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. A man who is intent on destroying Ashala’s Tribe — the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and vulnerable and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind.
And right beside her is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move.
Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?
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The winner will be announced on 7/11/2016.
Members will then have from 7/15 – 8/15 to read the book of the month.
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