ALN Monthly Book Club - California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout Sunday, April 28, 2019 1:00 PM

Active Lifestyle NERDS!

Join us for the April 2019 book: California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout.

Content warning: this story depicts violence, gore, and human abuse that may be disturbing to some readers.

When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.

When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.

Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch's storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian's sword, an object of untold power.

For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There's Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel's ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.

Extravagant and yet moving, Greg van Eekhout's California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality--different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.
For more information on how to find the group at the park: We meet at Presidio Park at the top of the hill, at whatever picnic tables we can grab in the shade, as close to the bathrooms as we can get without it getting smelly. 32°45'26.1"N 117°11'33.4"W

It is highly recommended you bring a folding chair or a blanket to lay on the ground. We usually sit atop pine needles, but some people are able to sit on the picnic tables or in the grass if any is nearby.

We hope to see you there!

Red Rising - Pierce Brown - May
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard Feynman - May (Non-Fiction)
The Magicians - Lev Grossman - June
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North - July
Scythe - Neal Shusterman - August

Attending: 19

Presidio Park 4288 Cosoy Way San Diego CA  92103