Babylon #1

Our next pick has switched to Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank. This is one of the earliest post-apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age (we read Cat's Cradle last year, and Farenheit 451; The Road probably falls at the far end of this, although "utopian/dystopian" fiction has become entirely a genre unto itself over time). The novel is set post-nuclear war in a small community based on Mt. Dora, FL (where I have actually been several times / I know someone who lives there).

I think Lori picked this, but I'm switching to this because Debbie's pick, Blood Will Out, is currently difficult to acquire from libraries, etc. Tentative date, please let me know what you think / if these need to move. Also, how about moving up a half hour to 6:30 in consideration of the warmer/brighter evenings?

If you have alternate place recs (I put in Fleetwood), message me, by, say, 5/5.

As usual, first meetup, spoiler free introduction, try to read about the first half of the book. We'll also pick the Junebook (as opposed to the Junebug).

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  • Mira C. K.

    Thank you everyone for the fabulous turnout. Three part partially sincere apology:

    1) I'm sorry to everyone I shoosh or cut off. Please know I get requests to be directive, so those who want to talk about the book can. Please be considerate of other members of the group with respect to being a good sport when asked to get back on topic. 2) Similarly, please know that I get lots of complaints and criticism with respect to locations for the Meetups that happen at restaurants, but hardly any suggestions. If you would like to meet someplace, send me an e-mail with the suggestion. Please do not expect to have your mind read.

    3) Finally, and much in the same vein... for four and a half years, we've chosen books by consensus. We've chosen at the first monthly meetup for more than a year. It's in the meetup description. Bring book recs. Please do not come to the Meetup to complain that you don't like other people's recs or to ask other people to find books based on your interests.

    May 15

  • Cathy D.

    We need Lanny to hook us up with more Foriegn Films and Exotic foods too. S

    2 · May 12

    • Mira C. K.

      The caterer (one of them, anyways) is my neighbor, too!

      May 14

  • lori g.

    Maybe Fleetwood Diner has some exotic pickle potions worthy of us...just saying

    1 · May 13

  • Lanny

    I LOVED the dill pickle soup! ... (catered by "The Polish Girl" ... or something like that)

    2 · May 12

  • lori g.

    What's this about dill pickle soup? I am the biggest picklepuss out there!!!

    2 · May 12

  • Cathy D.

    Dill Pickle Soup - Who knew!!!!

    1 · May 12

  • Lanny

    Looks like our Wednesday meetings seem to fall on the 2nd Wed of the month ... and I serve on a board that usually meets the 2nd Wed of the month! .... so I guess I'm relegated to the Sat meetings mostly! ... I've read the book and really enjoyed it ... look forward to seeing you all at the Sat meetup!

    May 9

    • Mira C. K.

      This is good information - I can try and make a note to avoid the 2nd Wednesday.

      May 12

    • Lanny

      Thanks, Mohan ... I'd appreciate it! .... good seeing you the other day ... how was the concert, by the way?

      May 12

  • Margery G.

    I am going on vacation until mid-May, but I am dying to read Blood Will Out. Hope the group can read this book in May or June and I can begin attending.
    Margery Guest

    April 20

    • Mira C. K.

      Have a nice vacation! (And if you like it, read it! We just don't generally do new-release books, so most likely, we would come back to it quite a while from now, like next year.)

      April 22

    • Margery G.

      Oh, for some reason I thought it was next on your list. Must have dreamed it.

      April 22

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