Hey y'all, welcome to book club again! I've been busy with other stuff/books so I put this on hold for a bit, but we're back. This book club will run from October 1st to November 30th, though I'm giving people a head start since I know some people take a while to get around to finding and reading these but still want to.
Never Let Me Go
was the winner of the last poll. It's a novel by Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, and here's the full synopsis off Goodreads if you're curious (as always, the Goodreads link has places to buy it):
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans,
comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once
heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be
Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school,
far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and
supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of
people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught
nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.
the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman,
but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe
grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize
the full truth of what Hailsham is.
Never Let Me Go
breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping
mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human
arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and
different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the
impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to
create his most moving and powerful book to date.
Unfortunately, this book is apparently pretty spoilable so I won't be
posting any specific discussion questions! I might post some in a spoiler tag later in the thread. Feel free to discuss things
such as the major themes of the book and what impact it leaves on you,
but tag anything remotely spoiler-worthy with the forum spoiler tag,
For future book options, I'm cutting down the list of books by a lot and using new books as was suggested. The choices are:
This is the way the world ends. Again.
terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an
ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has
brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile,
mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been
civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its
citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all,
across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great
red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash
enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must
pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without
sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of
supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of
nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources
necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the
world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to
save her daughter.
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (book #1 of the City Watch subseries from Discworld).
Here there be dragons .
. . and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would
return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis
("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in
Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a
nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short
order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all . . .).
Meanwhile, back at Unseen University, an ancient and long-forgotten volume--The Summoning of Dragons--is
missing from the Library's shelves. To the rescue come Captain Vimes,
Constable Carrot, and the rest of the Night Watch who, along with other
brave citizens, risk everything, including a good roasting, to dethrone
the flying monarch and restore order to Ankh-Morpork (before it's burned
to a crisp). A rare tale, well done as only Terry Pratchett can.
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (pretty sure he needs no intro)
Told with deadpan
humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction
preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still,
surviving it ...
Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding
'fathers' of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For
he's the inventor of 'ice-nine', a lethal chemical capable of freezing
the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's
three ecentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to
madness. Felix Hoenikker's Death Wish comes true when his last, fatal
gift to humankind brings about the end, that for all of us, is nigh...