Ship's Log started as a Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club in early 2016, and takes place at Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar in Hamilton Ontario. Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month. Take a look at our CALENDAR for more details.
Here you can find a list of past and present Book Club Books. Books are chosen by members at our meetings two months in advance and each month has a theme. Hover over the cover of each book for more. We also have our entire backlog of LISTS available with our themed books from each month.
Theme: Early Female Authors
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
We are given four versions of what might be the same woman — Joanna, Jeannine, Janet, and Jael — each in a world that contains different roles and opportunities for women. As they crash through each others' alternate reality worlds, they find that the various J women range from warrior to wallflower. But which way is right? And if none are right, how can they invent a better way?
Theme: Short Stories
Title: A Thousand Beginnings & Endings Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (editors)
Edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, this anthology focuses on retellings of South and East Asian myths and folktales, with contributors mostly of South and East Asian heritage. An author’s note appears at the end of each story, with a summary of the original tale and the reasons the author had for choosing to retell it.
Theme: Black, Indigenous, Authors of Colour
Title: Signal to Noise - Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.
Title: The Hunger by Alma Katsu
Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone--or something--is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a
Theme: Back to the Books VOL IV
Title: Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
“Vita Nostra” — a cross between Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” and Elizabeth Kostova’s “The Historian” [...] is the anti-Harry Potter you didn’t know you wanted.” - The Washington Post
Theme: Climate Fiction VOL III
Title: Blackfish City – Sam J. Miller
In our near future, humans are living in the Sunken World, where climate change has drowned our cities. Taking place on a floating city in the Arctic Circle, our characters battle with the realities of political and socio-economic abuse. Enter the Orcamancer, a mysterious woman riding on the back of an orca whale, bringing with her a polar bear.... and change.
Theme: Canadian Authors VOL III
Title: The Amateurs – Liz Harmer
SET IN OUR HOMETOWN HAMILTON!
In a time and place only slightly removed from now, PINA, the world’s largest tech company, has introduced society to a new product called “Port.” This irresistible space-time travel device is mysteriously powered by nostalgia and longing. Earth’s population plummets when many who pass through its portal do not come back—either unwilling or unable to return."
Theme: Alternate History
Title: The Difference Engine – William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Theme: The Long Read Vol III
Title: The Thessaly Trilogy – Jo Walton
Theme: Translated Novel
Title: The Dead Mountaineer's Inn – Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
Theme: So Spooky Vol III
Title: The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay