Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  • November 4, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Scott will be hosting this meeting, and the book sounds really cool. Plus sushi!

Here is the Amazon description: 

"Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining."



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  • Scott

    Great I liked it a lot.

    November 6, 2013

  • Jim C.

    I thought an interesting part of this book was the idea of how gene splicing can be a pandora's box, leading to disastrous results. Once gene splicing techniques become cheaper and easier to do (following a Moore's law corollary) more people have access to it and again following a law of unintended consequences, more bad things can happen either through design or chance. Usually smart people try to design superior intelligence into their creations, but here in a twist, the design was for placidity, peace and dullness likely due to flaws in Crakes's persona. The question is whether this was really the initial plan or just childlike spitefulness once Crake discovered Jimmy and Oryx liason. I enjoyed the book overall, as I love novels that make us question what we are doing and where we want to go, including interesting characters and good writing, but the spiteful killing of Oryx I thought was a weak element in the book. Anyway, I sure missed everyone's input on the book.

    November 5, 2013

  • Loran

    Even though I didn't like the book, I'm glad I read it and I loved the discussion! Nice to see everyone!

    2 · November 5, 2013

  • amoreena

    Soo much fun!! I had a great time, can't wait to discuss Sound and Fury....

    2 · November 5, 2013

  • Hilary

    Had a great time tonight. A lovely meeting. :-)

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Michael

    I love our group ! They are all very insightful and fun!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Rachel

    So sorry. Not feeling well tonight. I did read the book. I'm now reading Maddam

    November 4, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Wasn't there a waiting list?

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't get my paws on the book in time to have it read so I had to drop out. :( Also reading The Sound and the Fury, which takes far more time than most novels. :P

    November 4, 2013

  • James G.

    I am not feeling well. So I have to cancel

    November 4, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Had to cancel as I won't get in from the East Coast in time to make the meetup. I will sorely miss the discussion. See you all the next time.

    November 3, 2013

    • Hilary

      Sad face. I enjoy your commentary and wine recommendation! Have a good trip

      November 3, 2013

  • Michael

    Looking for a pigoon for thanksgiving dinner!

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Hi all. For those attending, make sure you can attend and have read the book. Otherwise, please change your RSVP to make room for others. Thanks!

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Hilary

    Hmmm. I'm processing this one. Hmmm. :-/ will be interested to hear everyone's thoughts.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Well, that was a pretty quick read. I return from VT this day, so I hope to make the meetup, though I might be late. ONLY 3 connections from the East Coast.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Hilary

      You need a new travel agent. I tell myself that every time I book myself on a crummy flight. :-)

      October 20, 2013

  • Rosemary T.

    Looks like I will be out of town that date, so I will not be able to attend.

    October 5, 2013

  • Rosemary T.

    I've blocked my gate with several cement blocks, so hopefully I will not get the call from my neighbor at this meeting, that my dog is loose and running around the neighborhood with glee.

    1 · October 3, 2013

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