Thursday, April 06, 2006

April Mob Talk

What do the following have in common?
  • H.P. Lovecraft (and Hellboy)
  • Keanu Reeves (and if he should ever be allowed to act again)
  • V for Vendetta (comic & movie)
  • Chris Claremont (his career highlights and lack thereof)
  • Stanislaw Lem (R.I.P.)
  • westerns in general (and Deadwood in specific)
Not that much, it would seem. But be that as it may, those were all among the things discussed at today’s mafia. The conversation was very interesting, but my impeccable discretion (and the amount of beer consumed) prevents me from reporting in more detail, so you just have to take my word for it.

Today’s special theme were this year’s Nebula-nominated short stories. I was rooting for Margo Lanagan’s Singing My Sister Down, but the others didn’t quite agree. The story reached the second place in our vote, behind My Mother, Dancing by Nancy Kress. I’m still standing by what I said, though: Singing My Sister Down is an excellent short story, and Black Juice is a book everybody should read. (Dammit, missed my bus stop while writing that. Oh, well…)

Topics in today’s mafia zine: Atorox, Black Juice, Serenity, V for Vendetta, Jeff VanderMeer & City of Saints and Madmen.

Bar Bremer was supposed to have a renewed menu. Not much difference, though (which is as well since the old menu was quite ok as it was). The course of the day seemed to be “chips and chicken” that spread through the crowd like wildfire. (Don’t read that one literally. Please.)

Next month’s theme (no, not the food—eat whatever you will) is Hugo, more specifically the Hugo nominees for best short story. Everyone’s welcome to come and discuss this year’s offerings on May 4. The nominees are:

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