Guest Rant: “Let’s Rock this Book Club!” by Ciara Ballintyne

Do you listen to music while you write? Or while you read? Love speculative fiction – and music?

Have I got the book club for you!

Club Fantasci is a new video book club. Just like a normal book club – except your hosts ‘meet’ via Google+ Hangout to discuss the book. You get your say on the discussion boards for the group at Goodreads!

So where does the music come in?

Club Fantasci is the brainchild of David Lowry of the Lowry Agency, representing musicians and voice-over artists. With a heavy background in music, David conceived the idea of each co-host picking a song that fits, in some way, with the Book of the Month. You can offer your suggestions, and discuss suitable songs, at the Goodreads discussion page or on the Club Fantasci Facebook page.

So if you always find yourself setting a scene in a book to music, you should definitely join us. The first G+ Hangout is on 31 August at 7:00pm CST, and the Book of the Month for August is ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern.

Club Fantasci is a book club taking the stigma out of speculative fiction. We want to expose you to the full gamut of the speculative fiction genre, including science fiction, hard SF, militaristic SF, high/epic fantasy, dark fantasy, dystopian, cyberpunk, steampunk, space opera, paranormal, urban fantasy, SFF romance and erotica, and everything in between.

We want to educate readers on good writing in specultaive fiction, entertain with witty banter, and above all have a fantastic time. Fiction need not be literary to be well-written, and good writing need not be boring or mundane! We promise you we’ll do our best to bring you a good book every month, and if not, we’ll tell you why it’s not! For a bit of light fun, we’ll also be featuring a wine of the month and picking a song that best fits the book. So bring your book, keep that wineglass topped up, and don’t forget your i-pod!

Your hosts are David Lowry, Dionne Lister (author of Shadows of the Realm), entertainment personality and model Shannon Million, and myself – your resident fantasy writer/lawyer extraordinaire combo!

Club Fantasci is also featuring a “Wine of the Month” – August’s pick is a 2011 “Suited Muscat” from Sort This Out Cellars Winery in Las Vegas, NV. Club members are entitled to a 15% discount – see the Facebook Page for more information.

You can learn more about us by:

Joining our group on Goodreads

Liking our Page on Facebook

Checking out our Website

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7 comments on “Guest Rant: “Let’s Rock this Book Club!” by Ciara Ballintyne

  1. “…also featuring a “Wine of the Month” –

    I don’t actually listen to music when I write. Can’t do it. I do, however, sometimes take a drink when I’m writing. :)

    • ciaraballintyne says:

      I don’t listen to music when I write, either. This is more in the nature of choosing a song that might feature on the soundtrack if the book were made into a movie – at least, that’s the way I’ve thought about it. And while I don’t write to music, I do, sometimes, hear a song in the car, and THEN I’ll see a scene to go with it, and I’ll write it later. theer are still songs that trigger visions of scenes from my books!

      You should check out our FB page – there’s a discount for club members on the Wine of the Month.

  2. Rebecca Bradley says:

    This sounds like a great idea. I know many writers who work well to music. I have even read a couple of books where the author, Alison Bruce, lists the music she wrote that specific book to. Unfortunately I’m one of those writers who have to work in complete silence.

  3. David Lowry says:

    Thank you for allowing “Club Fantasci” to be apart of your blog!

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