After a few days with the poll, the book with the most votes was Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
. You can find places to purchase it from at the link.
- Book club #1 will run from February 14 to March 14.
- For the first two weeks, refrain from posting spoilers unless clearly tagged (there's a spoiler option in the formatting options for posts up in the bar that lets you bold etc.) and note right before the spoiler up to what chapter/page people need to have read to not be spoiled by them.
- When week three starts (March 1st), you may start posting untagged spoilers and discussing the book with the idea that everyone's finished reading it. If you have NOT finished reading it, you should probably stay out of the latter posts of the thread after March 1st until you do!
- While this thread is active, we'll be voting on next month's book. Feel free to discuss that, too. The books this time are the same as last time + 1 to replace the winner.
Starting questions for discussion (but feel free to discuss whatever comes to mind, or post quotes you like, or ask questions if you're lost).
- How does the world of Ancillary Justice differ from our own? I don't mean technologically, since it's sci-fi, but things on the social and personal level. If we had the same technology, how different are the lives of the residents of this book? Are there cases where the technological and the social differences are inseparable?
- Expanding on the first question, how does the language spoken in the book convey these differences?
- Breq is not exactly human. How important is this to the story? Would the book have worked with just a human protagonist? How does this impact Breq's development?
- How is hierarchy treated in Ancillary Justice? How do class/social status play out, and why do they play out that way?
- The book deals often with the idea of personal and group identity. What are some examples of this, and how does it define identity, through these?
- What are the basic themes of the book you're picking up on, and how do you feel about them?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids.
Deckard's assignment--find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was,
the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison/Sarah Monette
half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile,
distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses
it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed
in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only
surviving rightful heir.The Handmaid's Tale
Entirely unschooled in the art of court
politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that
whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on
his life at any moment.
Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry
favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his
new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him,
offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown
conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as
the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a
single friend... and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also
vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his
throne – or his life.
, Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in
the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his
wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures
instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must
lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her
pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other
Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can
remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her
husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she
had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that
is gone now...
The Left Hand of Darkness
, Ursula K. Le Guin
A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness
tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world
whose inhabitants can choose -and change - their gender. His goal is to
facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization.
But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of
the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Parable of the Sower
Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.
, Octavia E. Butler
In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better futureTo the Lighthouse
Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods
remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their
defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other
citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been
destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her
father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles
with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive
to the pain of others.
When fire destroys their compound,
Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is
fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make
her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea
that may mean salvation for all mankind.
, Virginia Woolf
The serene and maternal
Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and
assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly
trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs
a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and
allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women.A Wizard of Earthsea,
As time winds its way
through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the
greatest of human challenges and its greatest triumph--the human
capacity for change.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.
for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets
and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his
testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient
dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.