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January 27: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club

How do you pick these books? I guess the books you’d love to talk to someone about. These are all thoughtful books, with interesting subjects and fascinating characters.

ancillary justice

1. Ancillary Justice; Ann Leckie. An empire uses the bodies of the conquered as puppets for ship AIs–and a culture that has no gender.

the bees

2. The Bees; Laline Paull. One extraordinary bee navigating the culture and religion and needs of her hive–with surprisingly human and fascinating characters.

bone clocks

3. The Bone Clocks; David Mitchell. Holly Sykes, fifteen, runs away, and stumbles on a very old war between two groups of people who have achieved immortality–in two very different ways.

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4. The City & The City; China Mieville. Two cities, overlapping geographically, but culturally pretending to be as distant as if separated by an ocean. A murder is committed in one city, and the body left in another–so how can he investigate?

Dead Isle

5. The Dead Isle; Sam Starbuck. A book full of contrasts, and the struggle between Creationists who magically create temporary items, and Engineers who hand-make technology. And the Dead Isle, where magic doesn’t work at all.

diamond age

6. The Diamond Age; Neal Stephenson. A dense story, but an interesting one–about, among other things, a young girl named Nell, who finds a primer that helps change her social status.

girl with gifts

7. The Girl with all the Gifts; M.R. Carey. It’s hard to describe this book without giving anything away, but the main character, Melanie, is quite fascinating to read about and the world has some fun tweaks on an old story.

indexing

8. Indexing; Seanan McGuire. Written in chapter episodes, but still nicely coherent. Fairy tale people trying to break free of their stories, and prevent the suffering most of those tales contain.

persepolis

9. (The Complete) Persepolis; Marjane Satrapi. Life growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. Politics and adolescence and a love of a country that doesn’t always love you back.

S

10. S.; J.J. Abrams. A story within a story within a story, complex and an little bewildering, but fun to put together, like a puzzle. Two people pass back and forth a book of criticism about a controversial piece of literature, and their lives change along with the exploration.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

10 responses »

  1. S.!!!! That is one of my absolute favorite books. That’d definitely be fun to read as a group. I’ve got The Girl with All the Gifts on my TTT this week too. 🙂
    My TTT!

  2. lipsyy says:

    S would be a great book club read!

  3. moosha23 says:

    Hmm…The Bees will certainly get the discussion going – it covers a lot of topics. The Girl With All the Gifts also seems like an epic choice!

  4. lynnsbooks says:

    The Bees – I think I have that to read – did you enjoy it?
    Lynn 😀

  5. These are some great choices. I’ve heard of many on your list. So many great books, so little time! This is why my TBR is forever growing larger…

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