Nov 24, 2018

Otherland Speculative Theory Book Club and this and that

Book Clubbers,

We have been seeing each other way too much lately, and I love it!
After last night's great horror session, get ready to catch up on TUESDAY the 27th, 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookstore for an Otherland Speculative Theory Book Club, to discuss The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher.

Here is an overview of our next discussions (note that some changes have been made):

November 27 - The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher
December 14 - Blindsight by Peter Watts
January 11 -     Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
February  8 -    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
March 8 -         Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance

Next Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club HORROR SPECIAL:

February 22 - Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Somewhere between our discussions we'll have a movie date to see "Operation:Overlord".
Date will yet be announced.

The Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club meetings are always on a Friday (except for the upcoming speculative theory session), and always at 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookstore.
There's always snacks and drinks that you don't have to pay for, but contributions are welcome.
You never need to sign up to join us, but please do read the book if you're coming.

See you Tuesday maybe and keep reading!

Nov 18, 2018

Let's Go to the Movies

We haven't been to the movies for a long time, so let's catch up!
Here's a doodle poll to determine the movie:

After we know which movie we want to see, we can discuss a date. Nominees are:


Operation: Overlord



First Man:

Please vote until Friday, Nov. 23.
Let the voting begin!

Nov 16, 2018

Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club Horror Special - Part 2

Next Friday, November 23rd! Mark the date horror fans for we’re having another horror special.
7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop
Read "A Head Full of Ghosts" by Paul Tremblay and come!

Goodbye Stan Lee.

We’re reading Paul Tremblay’s Bram-Stoker-winning novel A Head Full of Ghosts! I have to admit I’m pretty psyched about this one, I’m a great fan of Tremblay’s and can’t wait to discuss this book with fellow book clubbers.
The Barretts are a fairly normal American family until their lives are turned upside down when their pubescent daughter Marjorie shows signs of acute schizophrenia. While she keeps getting worse, the family’s last straw will be turning to the church… and a reality TV show called "The Possession". Nail biting, fast reading, deconstructing and heart breaking horror that will leave you perturbed, let me tell you that much.

Book Recommendations of October and November 2018 Part 4 - Role Playing

Here are our role playing recommendations and tips issued in our October and November newsletters, enjoy!

Nov 14, 2018

Nov 12, 2018

Nov 8, 2018

Book Recommendations of October and November 2018 Part 1 - Science Fiction

We have a new column, hooray! As you may well know, the Otherland publishes a monthly newsletter in which we announce and review novelties of that particular month. Henceforth I'll be publishing our recommended English books here on the Otherlander's blog and respectively the German books will appear on our website (

Reviewers are:
Fantasy and YA geek, Charleen Figul who firmly believes she is a character made up by Tolkien;
Caroline Kohler, prolific shapeshifter and mastermind behind the Otherland's beautiful showcase is an artistic expert for all genres;
The voice of reason and master of brainy reviews Sarah Binz writes for SF, fantasy and miscellaneous;
Marc, the man who has read them all, excels in SF predominantly;
Humble me, Otherland's scream queen Inci German, write for SF and horror;
Science Fiction fireball Wolf Tress;
The baroque opera singing, comic collecting Simon Weinert reviews everything fantasy, role playing and comic;
and finally
Jakob the omnipotent (Jakob Schmidt) is expert for absolutely everything.

Here are our science fiction recommendations and tips issued in our October and November newsletters, enjoy! 

Nov 3, 2018

Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club

Book clubbers, Friday is time we meet again!

Philip Pullman's 2017 fantasy novel La Belle Sauvage is the first volume of the planned trilogy The Book of Dust. The story is set about twelve years before the start of "His Dark Materials", in a universe that is governed by the Magisterium, or the Church, who suppresses all heresy. What's adorably characteristic to Pullman's universe are the so-called "soul" daemons, animals who represent the soul of their humans and who swarm around them.
So what would your soul deamon be? And have you finished reading it yet? It's quite the delightful story!!!

AS ALWAYS we'll meet at 19.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop and there's no registration needed. Please read the book, though!

There's drinks folks, see you there!

Next titles and dates are:

November 9th - The Book of Dust Vol. 1 - La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

November 23rd - A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (HORROR SPECIAL)

December 14th - Blindsight by Peter Watts

January 11th - Autonomous by Annalee Newitz