This month, we are diving into rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djeli Clark's The Black God's Drums. P. (the P stands for Phenderson) Djeli Clark is the award winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His stories have appeared in online venues such as Tor.com, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies including, Griots, Hidden Youth and Clockwork Cairo. He is a founding member of FIYAH Literary Magazine and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons. When not writing speculative fiction, P. Djèlí Clark works as an academic historian whose research spans comparative slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World. He melds this interest in history and the social world with speculative fiction.
The Black God's Drums reflects the marriage of these interests as it brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life. In Clark's New Orleans, caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.
Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of November. Click here to order online and remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or to the store for easy pick-up! You can also get the audiobook from our partner, Libro.fm! Click here to get yours!
Reviews & Interviews
"Interview: P. Djeli Clark" -- Lightspeed
"Q&A With P. Djeli Clark" -- The Nerd Daily
"Interview with P. Djeli Clark" -- The Hub
"Review: The Black God's Drums" -- Locus Magazine
“'The Black God’s Drums' Is A High Stakes Novella That Will Take You to the Skies" -- Black Nerd Problems
"The Black God’s Drums: We Really Hope This Begins A Series" -- Fantasy Literature
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this month we are meeting on November 21st at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
This month, after the dark, psychological trip that Shirley Jackson took us on in October, we wanted something lighter and more encouraging. Mary thought The Alchemist would be the perfect book to read together. It's long been a book club classic because it's themes are universal: follow your dreams, listen to your heart, there's a place for all of us in this world. We can't wait for this month's book club discussion and hope you'll join us with your perspective.
So, what exactly is The Alchemist about? Read the publisher's summary:
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic.
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Sounds lovely, right? The perfect read for cleansing your literary palate! You can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of the month. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
We'll meet at the Hatchet Coffee lounge on November 29th at 7:30pm. We'll have free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
Medium.com Review -- "Book Review on Will Smith's Favorite Book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho"
The Guardian Review -- "The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho--Review"
Oprah.com Interview -- "Oprah Learns the Secret to Paulo Coelho's Timeless Wisdom"
Dear Hatchet Coffee lovers, if you haven't joined the Hatchet Coffee Book Club yet then you are seriously missing out. We meet on the last Thursday of each month (unless there's a conflict with holidays) and discuss an incredible book together while we share alcohol of some sort. Last month we had hot toddies, which were delicious, and in September, we had spiced rum apple cider. This month, we'll share a bottle of wine together while we chat about Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter--the story of an almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet that spans 50 years and almost the entire globe. Romantic, funny, and purely enjoyable this book is perfect for the stressful beginning of the holiday season.
You can get your copy for 15% off when you purchase it from Foggy Pine Books. We even have a little display with all of this month's book club titles. If you prefer to read it as an ebook, you can get it here from our online store and download for immediate reading. If you'd rather listen to the book, you can get a digital audiobook from our indie partner Libro.fm to start listening today or you can have the audio CD sent straight to your home from our online store. Regardless of how you ingest the material, we want you to come to this month's book club and tell us what you thought. This is a great opportunity to meet other people in our community who love books as much as you do! It's always a good time and we welcome new members with gusto.
We'll also be discussing ideas for books that we want to read together at the beginning of 2018! So, come armed with recommendations!
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