The first novel in The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, also sometimes referred to as a prequel. This novel was the inspiration for the hit Netflix series, although it was written in 1993 and celebrated through adaptations in video games, board games, etc.
The Last Wish reads like a series of short stories, introducing us to numerous characters, monsters and wild adventures. Primarily a fantasy stereo, there are blends of horror, romance, adventure, and more. The primary hero, or anti-hero, Geralt of Rivia has becoming a memorable character comparable to Tolkien's Aragorn or Stoker's Van Helsing.
eBooks can be found from a number of sources, including the following (please note some versions are free, but many are for purchase):
-Regina Public Library (eBook options currently available): https://www.reginalibrary.ca/
-Kindle (audiobook also available): https://www.amazon.ca/The-Last-Wish/dp/B071JC66VZ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+last+wish&qid=1589491415&sr=8-1
The following conversation points will be used as basic prompts for discussion, food for thought, etc.
While The Witcher series has long been a fan favourite for fantasy readers and gamers, the release of the Netflix series propelled the series into the wider public consciousness.
Author Andrzej Sapkowski's works are just beginning to be discussed in academia in the English language, but there's still some interesting information out there:
From the primary publisher: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/contributor/andrzej-sapkowski/
An interesting perspective on reading the series for fans of the show: https://www.orbitbooks.net/read-the-witcher-books-by-andrzej-sapkowski/
A gamer's perspective on the books: https://www.pcgamer.com/the-witcher-books/
Zoom information will be provided closer to the planned meeting: 2:00pm-3:00pm, August 12, 2020