Announcement: GMS Book Club: Ancillary Justice

Sci Fi Fantasy Book Ancillary Justice

We’re pleased to announce the book for our August GMS Book Club meeting: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie. Here’s the plot of the book:

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren–a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.
An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose–to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

This is a fantastic space opera: I read it last year, and greatly enjoyed it. It’s also been nominated for just about every SF award out there. Come join us on August 7th, at 7:00pm at the Pierson Library in Shelburne. RSVP here.

Our next book club will feature The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Stavely, which will be on July 1st at 7:00pm.

GMS Book Club: Leviathan Wakes

Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club Leviathan

Our next book club meeting is coming up on June 5th. This time around, we’ll be reading and discussing James S.A. Corey’s debut novel, Leviathan Wakes, the first book of the Expanse series.

The Expanse is a much buzzed-about science fiction series, taking place within our solar system as a hijacked space ship and a missing girl lead the various governments in the system to the brink of war, with consequences that can affect everyone. The novel has been picked up for television adaptation by the SyFy channel, written by Vermont’s own Hawk Otsby.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to the event (we’ll provide pizza!) here.

In the meantime, pick up the book and give it a read (it’s long, but fast) and come prepared to chat about it in June! We’d like to note that it’s probably best to buy this locally – Amazon.com is currently engaged in some strong-arm tactics against Hatchette, the book’s publisher, and is only shipping the book after a couple of weeks after it’s ordered. Barnes and Noble and local book stores should have it in stock or be able to get it quickly.
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June GMS Book Club: Leviathan Wakes

Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club Leviathan

Last night, we held our first SciFi book club at the Pierson Library, where we discussed Andy Weir’s The Martian. We had a good discussion, and now, we’re looking forward to our next meeting, in which we’ll discuss Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey!

The meeting will be on June 5th at 7:00pm. Grab a copy of the book (available at a lot of local bookstores), and come out to chat with us about it. Personally, I can’t recommend this one enough – it’s a fantastic, solid SF read.

Interested? Sign up with the club

RSVP for this meeting here.

Sign Up for the GMS Book Club

Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club Martian

We’re starting up a book club, and we’re pretty excited to get people together to talk about SF books. Our first meeting is tomorrow, May 1st at 7:00pm, to discuss Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian. We’ll have pizza on hand for guests! RSVP here.

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Reminder: GMS Book Club, May 1st

Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club Martian

Next week on May 1st, we’ll kick off our first GMS book club meeting, where we’ll be discussing The Martian, by Andy Weir at the Pierson Library in Shelburne at 7:00pm. If you haven’t read the book yet, pick it up – we really enjoyed it, and will note that it’s a really fast read.

RSVP here!

 

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Announcing the GeekMtnState Book Club!

We’re set to launch our next line of events through Geek Mountain State: the GMS Book Club! We’ve got a ton of readers who follow us, who’ve attended our reading events, and we figured that this would be a great way to get some of them together and chat about some of the more recent releases.

We’re partnering with the Pierson Library of Shelburne, which will host the series. The general plan right now is to meet on the first Thursday every month at 7:00pm. The first meeting will be on May 1st. Food will be provided!

May 1st: The Martian, by Andy Weir

Here’s what the book is about:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

RSVP here.

June 5th: Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

RSVP

July 1st: The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley

In The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it’s too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.

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Book Release: Lost Children of the Far Islands

Lost Children of the Far Islands

Vermont-born author Emily Raabe will be releasing her first novel tomorrow, April 8th, titled Lost Children of the Far Islands. The book is described as a middle-grade adventure novel, and has received good reviews already from places such as Kirkus Reviews.

Here’s what it’s about:

Twins Gus and Leo and their little sister, Ila, live a quiet life in Maine—until their mother falls ill, and it becomes clear her strength is fading because she is protecting them from a terrible evil.

Soon the children are swept off to a secret island far in the sea, where they discover a hidden grandmother and powers they never knew they had. Like their mother, they are Folk, creatures who can turn between human and animal forms.

Now they must harness their newfound magic for a deeper purpose. The ancient, monstrous King of the Black Lakes will stop at nothing to rise to power, and they are all that stands in his way. Their mother’s life hangs in the balance, and the children must battle this beast to the death—despite a dire prophecy that whoever kills him will die.

Can Gus, Leo, and Ila overcome this villain? Or has he grown too strong to be defeated? Lost Children of the Far Islands is a story filled with magic, excitement, and the dangers and delights of the sea.

Raabe will be returning to Vermont on Sunday, April 13th for a reading at the Shelburne Town Hall in Shelburne (Sponsored by The Flying Pig Bookstore). From the bookstore’s website:

Emily Raabe is one of the Flying Pig’s favorite people: she was our first employee and a marvelous writer. Now, her debut novel for children is being published. Woo-hoo!

Shortly after reading an early draft of the manuscript for Lost Children of the Far Island, we found ourselves starting to recommend it to a customer — two years before it was published! That’s how terrific and memorable the story is. Here’s a little teaser about the plot: when their mother takes ill, three siblings must accept their magical, shape-shifting powers to try and save her. Part Selkie myth, part fantasy, part quest, this book is a natural for young readers. Gorgeous writing and a tight plot that can leave you breathless, Lost Children of the Far Island is a book we cannot wait to offer to customers.

We couldn’t be happier to host the book release party for Emily! Come help us celebrate at Shelburne Town Hall (right next to the Pearson Library in Shelburne Village). Emily will share a little of the book, host a Q&A session, and autograph and personalize books. We’ll have refreshments, too; it’s a party!

Please RSVP with the number of people attending, by calling 802-985-3999 or emailing at flyingpigevents@gmail.com.

This looks like it’ll be a neat book, and a neat event. Go follow Emily on Twitter.

Call for Makers at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire is looking for makers. On September 29th at Shelburne Farms, creators and crafters from around Vermont will gather for what has been called “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.”

So what is a Maker Faire? Well, it “brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.”

And to make it happen, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire seeks makers and their goods. “Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!

Reminder: Terry Brooks in Vermont!

 

This Sunday, September 11th, fantasy author Terry Brooks will be appearing at the Flying Pig Bookstore at 1pm, in Shelburne, Vermont. His appearance is part of the store’s 15th anniversary celebration:

After more than three decades of captivating epic fantasy readers, the storytelling magic of New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks’s Shannara saga continues to enthrall. Now the fascinating chronicle of Shannara’s prehistory reaches a thrilling new peak in the sequel to Bearers of the Black Staff, Measure of Magic: Legends of Shannara.

The store will have all of his backlist books available, and the new book will be 20% off before and during the event. There will be an RSVP required: 802-985-3999 or flyingpigevents@gmail.com.

Geek Things for August 18th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)