Friday, 3 August 2012

New “Club Fantasci” Speculative Fiction Video Book Club

I’m co-hosting a video book club. Me. Wow.
The book reviewers are David Lowry, author Dionne Lister, entertainment personality and model Shannon Million, and of course myself! 

Club Fantasci launched August 1, 2012, and is designed to help bring great books and great authors more exposure to the world at large. We are taking the stigma out of speculative fiction!

The book club will select a book each month for review, and the reviewers will then meet via G+ Hangout once a month to discuss the literary merits of the book – and we’ll be doing more than just telling you we liked or didn’t like the book. In an entertaining way, of course. So it's just like an offline book club... except online... with wine... and stuff.

The first G+ hangout is scheduled for August 31st 7:00pm EST/CST. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, that’s 1 September 10am AEST. So if you fancy joining us, go pick up this month’s book, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

You can learn more about us by:

Joining our group on Goodreads
Liking our Page on Facebook
Checking out our Website

And here’s a little more about Club Fantasci and what we hope to achieve:

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.

Club Fantasci will introduce the “Wine of the Month” and each of the reviewers will pick music they feel best represents the current “Book of the Month.” So bring your book, keep that wineglass topped up, and don’t forget your iPod!

The “Wine of the Month” for August is a 2011 “Suited Muscat” from Sort This Out Cellars Winery in Las Vegas, NV.

Alternatively, you can connect with the reviewers
The Lowry Agency:

Dionne Lister

Shannon Million

Ciara Ballintyne

You can read the official press release for the launch of Club Fantasci here

If you missed it, check out my guest post on POV Rules and when it's OK to break them here

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MAJK said...

Now this is going to be Fun! I can't wait :)

Ciara Ballintyne said...

Well, we certainly intend it to be fun! :-)

Tom Stronach said...

I can see the headlines now 'Australian lawyer' hosts the first worldwide drunken ON-LINE VIDEO book club, members clamour for more (wine)!

Julia Barrett said...

Ciara - this is totally cool!

Ciara Ballintyne said...

Ha ha, I love it! Although 10am Sydney time is a tad early for me to be in my cups LOL

Ciara Ballintyne said...

Thanks Julia :-) We are hoping we can really make something of it.

Salmaan D said...

And its even at a decent time for us. Usually cool things online are held at stupid-oclock AEST. I may join you one day! :-)

Ciara Ballintyne said...

One of the benefits of Aussie co-hosts :-)

Dionne Lister said...

Great post Ciara :) I have to get off my arse and do mine now. Go Club Fantasci! lol Ok Tom, hand me that drink...

Ciara Ballintyne said...

Yes, get off your arse and do some work! ;-)

GnosticismVacuum said...

GnosticismVacuum said...

Great post Ciara :) I have to get off my arse and do mine now. Go Club Fantasci! lol Ok Tom, hand me that drink...

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