Sunday, September 24, 2006

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

Picked by: Phyllis

Steph: First half was good but then I think the author smoked something and made the main character's life his fantasy. Sparked good discussion, but only because of its eccentricity.
General read: 1 | For Discussion: 4

Phyllis: The bible of the love generation, it had themes of "individual liberty, self-responsibility, sexual freedom and the influence of organized religion on human culture and government." The book started out extremely well, the religious part was quite enjoyable-making fun of the crazy religions that were popping up at the time, but the sexual freedom was carried a little far and dragged the book down. It became less sci fi and more 'summer reading'.
General read: 3 | For Discussion: 4

Discussed at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop

Sunday, August 6, 2006

The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick

Picked by: Steph

Steph: An abstract alternate history which is subject to interpretation. General Read: 4 | For Discussion: 4

Phyllis: Alternate history where the Nazis and the Japanese won the war. The I Ching is featured in the book and also was used to make decisions as the plot developed.
General Read: 3 | For Discussion: 3

Discussed at Seeker's Coffee House.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Lucifers Hammer

Picked by: Phyllis

Phyllis: A comet hits the earth all around the world. People will have no food and begin to hoard and look after themselves. Cannibalism ensues. Who is good and who is bad? How do you decide who lives and who dies? Your friends or those that can contribute? What is the worth of a politician? Good read but too long in places.
General Read: 3 | For Discussion: 4

Steph: Middle of the road disaster story.
General Read: 3 | For Discussion: 3

Discussed at Seeker's Coffee House.

Sunday, May 7, 2006

1st Meeting

When: Sunday, May 7; 2pm
Where: Seeker's Coffeehouse on Coldwater Rd.
Book: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Seekers was the perfect venue for book discussion. In attendance was Aunt Phyllis & Uncle Bill, Judy, and myself. We were all so excited about discussing the book that the discussion started before we even picked our couches. We talked for two hours about characters, plot, and our general impressions of the book. Sandoz seemed to be the character that dominated the discussion, since he was the only one to survive [and had the HAND THING]. We talked about which characters we identified with and why. We all expressed interest in reading the sequel, called Children of God (and available at ACPL!).

We all agreed that it was awesome to hear other people's views on the same book, and we definitely all had unique perspective to present. We had a good time, and had some good food - thanks Aunt Phyllis! We picked out the date & title for the next discussion. I highly recommend that you attend next time!!! There is plenty of room for different points of view! And if the four of us thought it was awesome to hear three other points of view, think of how awesome it would be to hear how five or six other people interpreted the book!

After our discussion, I decided it wasn't geeky to like sci-fi (it's cool), so I've changed the title of the discussion group simply to:


The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell

Picked by: Steph

Phyllis: The Jesuits continue their missionary experience but it is now to planets. They become stranded on the island. A crew sent to find them think one Jesuit is a traitor. Easy to read but it drove me nuts that he did not tell them sooner what had happened to him-but, you don't want the ending in the middle! I kept wanting to turn to the end to find out what happened.
General Read: 4 | For Discussion: 4

Steph: I'm glad we picked this as our first read. Excellently written with the right amount of suspense and science fiction. Russell does an excellent job of storytelling.
General Read: 5 | For Discussion: 5

Discussed at Seeker's Coffee House.