Tuesday, March 3, 2009

First Meeting

Lat night was the very first meeting of Chimera Book and Writing Group. We sat down with coffee listening to the storm rage outside as we got down to the nitty gritty of discussing our first book choice, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, and why Heather and I started the book group in the first place.

Over more coffee and tea we talked about the books we like, what made us purchase them, or borrow them from the library and read into the small hours of the night. I brought along a hastily grabbed pile of my books to discuss content and covers. What makes you fall in love with a book? is it that dragon glimmering on the cover or daring hero/heroine? the first sentence? the book jacket? what makes the characters come to life and speak to you?

The book group is centred on our love of the dark side of things, the things that lurk in the darkest corners of our nightmares, and the hunters that seek them, dark worlds and the fantastical filled with all manner of creatures good and evil. Books off the edge of the map where "Here there be Dragons".

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