Sammath Naur
Mythopoeic Society of Hawaii

Discussing Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature since 1975

Suggestions for 2008

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire for Sammath

Steve's Comments: This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to "Wicked". It concerns Lir, who could be Elphaba's son, and appears to be as enchanting as the earlier work.

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn for Sammath

Vanessa's Comments: Well, Ed recommended this book last year, but it didn't get on the list. It sounded interesting to me, so I checked it out. It's a very intriguing story. I liked the story line, but I did feel the descriptions of the times were a bit disruptive to the story line. I kept wanting to know more about what was happening in the story and not be bothered with medieval times. On the other hand these descriptions were interesting in and of themselves and I think those who love history will enjoy these diversions from the story line. The story also provided much food for thought. It was also nominated for a Hugo award this past year.

Ed's Comments from last year: Two parallel stories: A modern historian and his physicist girlfriend investigate a medieval German town's disappearance. In 1348, as the Black plague sweeps Europe, a village priest makes a startling discovery in the woods. (Carl Sagan meets Umberto Eco)

The Gathering Storm by Kate Elliott for Sammath

Ed's Comments: This is the fifth book. Why stop at the first four that we ahve already read.

The Chronicles of Amber (encore) by Roger Zelazny for Sammath

Burt's Comments: It's been 28 years since we last read Amber. I'd like to revisit it to see if it's as good as I thought it was at time.

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July for Moolelo

Burt's Comments: Because you belong here.

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais




Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix for Sammath

Vanessa's Comments: We read book one in this series, Sabriel, this past year. This is the scond book and third book in the series. Lirael starts off 14 years after Sabriel ends and Abhorsen concludes the story. I am totally in love with the writings of Garth Nix.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling for Sammath

Ed's Comments: We have probable all read it already but this would be a good opportunity to discuss it and the whole series once more.

Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman for Sammath

Lee & Katie's Comments:


Vanessa seconds (or is it thirds?) this nomination. This interesting tale is a spin off of American Gods. Story concerns the son of Anansi who get the news that his father has died, and he soon discovers he has a brother.

The other wind by Ursula K. Le Guin for Sammath

Vanessa's Comments: Time to revisit the world of Earthsea! The story continues the tale of Tehanu as an adult. I can't imagine not liking this book in a favorite world by a master storyteller.

To Walk the Night by William Sloan for Sammath