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.