Monday, June 18, 2007

litcritters

This Week:
(discuss these stories with us at A Different Bookstore's Serendra Branch at Bonifacio High Street this Saturday at 4PM)

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich
Impossible Dreams by Tim Pratt
L'Alchimista by N.K. Jemisin
The Butler Didn't Do It by Maria Lima

Next Week:

The Spellweaver's Tale by Michael Jones
The Black Phone by Joe Hill
When the Dragon Falls by Patrick Samphire
The Woman in Schrodinger's Wave Equations by Eugene Mirabelli

Last Week:

Hanwell Senior by Zadie Smith
Higher Orders by John Bengan
Love is the Plan and the Plan is Death by James Tiptree, Jr.
City of Chimera by Richard Bowes

The Tiptree was tops - mindblowing, consistent and provocative. The Smith was tightly written, an excellent example of character-building using both broad strokes and details (go and read her award-winning novel "On Beauty"). The Bowes left me cold and the Bengan did not deliver.

**The LitCritters is a reading and writing group based in Manila, as well as in Dumaguete. Every week, we read and discuss several pieces of short fiction from various genres from different writers with the goal of expanding our reading horizons, improving our ability to critique, and learning how to write from the good texts. In addition to speculative fiction, we read Philippine literature in English, as well as world literature.

For those who'd like to join us, first, sign up for the LitCritter mailing list (which is basically me sending the readings once a week). Next, read all the stories for the week. Then, join one of our open sessions at A Different Bookstore at Serendra, Bonifacio High Street (the first one is on Saturday, June 23, 4PM).

We'd love to have you there.

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