Donnerstag, 5. Oktober 2017

Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club

Book clubbers!

Have you devoured this tremendous work of art yet?

If no - Hurry up, our discussion is next week, October 13, 7.30 pm at the Otherland bookshop!

If yes - You may want to indulge in further material while preparing for our discussion.
For instance, take a look at these:
By Max Gladstone on religion:
By Ruthanna Emrys on identity:
And Palmer's response to both:
And more interesting stuff from Ada's blog:

(Thank you Marc for the references!)

Horror Revisited

On Chainsaws and Massacres

Remembering Tobe Hooper

by Inci German

The recently deceased Tobe Hooper will without doubt be remembered firstly as the director of the staggeringly nasty, terrifying and one of the most difficult to watch horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). In only an hour and a half he awoke the revolsion, agony, dread and deepest fears of a whole generation while bordering on hilarity and insanity through utmost exageration and bluntness, concluding in the deepest of reliefs. Didn't you too get uneasy at the gas station scene or shout in disbelief "Oh no, don't do that!" when they entered the crazy butcher family's house or cried in shock and firmly closed your eyes when Leatherface first appeared and grabbed Jerry, shutting the door - panicked and yet relieved because you didn't see what he's doing to him? And yet wasn't Leatherface's lipsticky face for special dinner occasions in the slightest sense somewhat cute? Did you laugh incredulously at that insane scene where the ancient Grandpa tried to suck Sally's blood out of her finger or tried to hit her on the head with the sledge hammer, missing repeatedly, leaving you repeatedly aghast? Hooper surely knew his craft.

There are arguably few other directors, even in the genre, who can grab you as tight as Hooper can. Above all, he contrives to confront his spectator with the major anxieties and fears of his time - something especially the horror genre can achieve in a uniquely metaphorical way. The coming oil crisis and the American fear of running out of gas, the mass murderer Ed Gein who made lampshades and seat covers from the skin of his victims (and whose legend was told to many baby boomers as children to keep them in order) and even his personal aversion against family gatherings... He takes all these elements and meshes them in an extreme way into a distinctive work. I would argue that Hooper's prime achievement was to create a true work of art that appealed and still appeals to the masses, despite initial rejection and banishment.

Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club

"One of the major works of fantasy in this century", says The Observer about Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Quartet and equally major will be our discussion at the book club this Friday!

Don't miss it; 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop!

Mittwoch, 2. August 2017

Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club Reminder and Miscellaneous

Anne Leckie and Marko Kloos... With headspinning guests, exciting talks and cheery dinners, last week was one of the Otherland's highlights of the year!
But we don't stop there, there is more to come - such as the role playing evening tomorrow evening and our upcoming book club discussion next Friday.

Ever imagined what the world would be like if everybody (or most of them) died? In Station Eleven Emily St John Mandel gives us her own post-apocalyptic vision with wandering theater groups performing Shakespeare, an airport used to preserve the last remaining artifacts of human civilization and a doomsday prophet with a much unusual source of inspiration for his religion. Copies available in abundance at the Otherland as always!
Mark your calendar: Friday August 11, 7.30 pm at the bookstore as usual.

Coming soon: More reviews of both books and movies - sorry for the irreguarities. I know the blog has turned into a kind of messsage board lately but that will change and we'll have plenty of OBC writeups and articles on here, so hang on!

Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017

Book Club Goes Valerian!

It's a friday evening movie date, then:

Meeting point - Entrance Cineplex Neukölln, Friday July 21st, 7.30 pm.

See you guys there!

Hello past and present book clubbers!

We want to go to the movies with you and watch "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets". Just sign up and write down when you have time (it's always the 19.45 show at the Cineplex Neukölln)!

Here's the doodle-link:

The winning date(s) will be announced here on the blog no later than Thursday (July 20).
Totally excited about this!!!

Montag, 17. Juli 2017

The King of the Dead is Dead, Long Live the King!


It was only in February that we celebrated George A. Romero's 77th birthday with a Zombie-Special, and now I have to hear that he has passed away yesterday July 16, 2017.

It's so very very sad - we lost a legendary, genius, iconic master of horror!
Thank you George, for having been.

You can read stuff we previously published about him here and here. And here's a great documentary about his work, among other directors. Let's all take the time to indulge in Zombie movies today in his remembrance.

Mittwoch, 12. Juli 2017

Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club

It is soon discussion time again at the Otherland Book Club!

Haldeman's The Forever War (1974) is not only the first title in the SF masterworks series AND winner of the Nebula, Hugo and Locus Awards, it is also the first military science fiction we will be talking about in our club!
So we expect everybody who is reading it or has read it in the past to join. It isn't even a long book, you can still make it if you start today.

Plus, the movie is comming out soon! Don't miss the chance to crack your smartass-smile and say "The book was better!" when it is showing! Read it!

Friday July 14th, 7.30 pm at the Bookstore, admission free, no registration needed as always! See you there.