A little over a year ago, I stumbled across an online community that quickly became one of my favorites. Sword and Laser is a science fiction and fantasy book club led by Veronica Belmont, Supreme Sword (fantasy), and Tom Merritt, Supreme Laser (science fiction). Veronica and Tom post audio and video podcasts, discussing the monthly book pick and other literary topics. They even interview a variety of authors in the field (e.g. Pat Rothfuss and John Scalzi). An online discussion forum for the group can be found on Goodreads.  If you like reading science fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend this  group.  Since joining, I’ve found new favorites (Wool), read books I might not have found otherwise (Bridge of Birds), and read some classics (The Demolished Man). My world has been expanded!

Links

Sword and Laser (S&L) Website
S&L Goodreads Forum

List of Previous Books

Dec 2012 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Jan 2012 – Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Feb 2013 – Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Mar 2013 – Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh

I was unable to read this book with the group. It is still in my “to-read” list.

Apr 2013 – Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

May 2013 – Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars – One of my favorite book series!

Jun 2013 – Among Others by Jo Walton

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jul 2013 – Ringworld by Larry Niven

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jul 2013 – Redshirts by John Scalzi

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Aug 2013 – The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sep 2013 – The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Oct 2013 – Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Nov 2013 – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Dec 2013 – A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (by Marie Brennan)

Currently reading….