Thursday, August 16, 2012

Speculative Fiction Video Book Club – All Comers Welcome


Today, I'm delighted to help spread the word about a wonderful new video book club called Club Fantasci. My good friend, fantasy author Ciara Ballintyne, is here to explain more about this new and exciting group. I'm looking forward to it!

 
Club Fantasci is a new video book club in the style of Vaginal Fantasy Hangout. If you’re familiar with Vaginal Fantasy, you’ll know the hosts meet once a month via Google+ Hangout to review the book of the month, and members participate in discussions via the Goodreads group discussion boards.

Unlike Vaginal Fantasy, though, we’re not limited to a small sub-set of speculative fiction (fantasy romance and erotica) and will be reviewing books from the full gamut of the speculative fiction genre, including science fiction, hard SF, militaristic SF, high/epic fantasy, dark fantasy, dystopian, cyberpunk, steampunk, space opera, paranormal, urban fantasy, SFF romance and erotica, and everything in between.

Membership is also open to men – not that Vaginal Fantasy Hangout excludes men, per se, but it’s a brave man, I think, who will admit to participating in any group the name of which includes the word vaginal. There are a great many men who are fans of speculative fiction – as one of very few women in the audience at a Brandon Sanderson book-signing, I ought to know – but their interest probably doesn’t lie so much in the fantasy romance and erotica genres. We have something to offer those men (and the women interested in other speculative fiction genres) and at the same time we will be including fantasy and science fiction romance and erotica.

If you love speculative fiction, of any kind, we have something to offer you.

The first G+ Hangout is on 31 August at 7:00pm CST, and the Book of the Month for August is ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. Feel free to drop by our Facebook Page or Goodreads group and make suggestions for future books. I’ll be revealing September’s Book of the Month at the August G+ Hangout.

Here’s a bit more about the club:

Club Fantasci is a book club taking the stigma out of speculative fiction. We want to expose you to the full gamut of the speculative fiction genre, including science fiction, hard SF, militaristic SF, high/epic fantasy, dark fantasy, dystopian, cyberpunk, steampunk, space opera, paranormal, urban fantasy, SFF romance and erotica, and everything in between.

We want to educate readers on good writing in speculative fiction, entertain with witty banter, and above all have a fantastic time. Fiction need not be literary to be well-written, and good writing need not be boring or mundane! We promise you we’ll do our best to bring you a good book every month, and if not, we’ll tell you why it’s not! For a bit of light fun, we’ll also be featuring a wine of the month and picking a song that best fits the book. So bring your book, keep that wineglass topped up, and don’t forget your i-pod!

Your hosts are David Lowry, Dionne Lister (author of Shadows of the Realm), entertainment personality and model Shannon Million, and myself – your resident fantasy writer/lawyer extraordinaire combo!

Club Fantasci is also featuring a “Wine of the Month” – August’s pick is a 2011 “Suited Muscat” from Sort This Out Cellars Winery in Las Vegas, NV. Club members are entitled to a discount – check out the club Facebook page for more information.

You can learn more about us by checking out our Website


Hosts:

David Lowry - http://www.thelowryagency.com/
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, and Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

4 comments:

Ciara Ballintyne said...

Thanks so much for your generosity in posting this, Marsha.

Marsha A. Moore said...

You're very welcome. I'm eager to see this happen, and I love the first book to be discussed--one of my favs.

Tam Linsey said...

I just joined - I've been hearing great things about The Night Circus from friends, and this is the perfect excuse to read it right away.

Ciara Ballintyne said...

Welcome to the club, Tam! Hope you enjoy the book.