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