Sci-Fi .. You PICK!

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Pick from one of the following books, or read both!?

NOTE! - This will be a potluck style event at Brad's house, so please let everyone know what you are planning to bring (tapa / appetizer). Thank You

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Don't let the ease of reading fool you - Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters."

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority.Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy - and humor.

The Truth Machine, by James L. Halperin

"It is the year 2004. Violent Crime is the number one political issue in America. Now the Swift and Sure Anti-Crime bill guarantees a previously convicted violent criminal one fair trial, one quick plea, then immediate execution. To prevent abuse of the law, a machine must be built that detects lies with 100% accuracy.

Once perfected, the truth machine will change the face of the world. Yet the race to finish the Truth Machine forces one man to commit a shocking act of treachery, burdening him with a dark secret that collides with everything he believes in. Now he must conceal the the truth from his own creation...or face execution.

By turns optimistic and chilling, THE TRUTH MACHINE is nothing less than a history of the future, a spellbinding chronicle that resonates with insight, wisdom and astounding possibility.

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  • Andrea

    I didn't read the book. See you guys next time.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies for the late cancellation; just found out I have to work tonight. Hope to catch you at the next one!

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    transportation problems hope to make august meetup sorry

    July 12, 2013

  • Patty

    Sorry something unexpected came up..I'll catch the next one...

    July 11, 2013

  • Robin

    Working late, hope to attens the next I one. Already have a book in mind.

    July 6, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I'll bring shepards pie instead of vegetable dip.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    I chose slaugterhouse five. I am bringing acrockpot fll of chilli.

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I just ordered 'The Truth Machine' (and then some) from It's really quite a neat site.

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will bring green bean casserole buddy and read truth machine

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will bring green bean casserole buddy and read truth machine

    June 24, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    I'll bring macaroni salad. Also I bought Slaughterhouse Five, so that's a definite read. I will try to order 'The Truth Machine', since my local library did not have it and I could not find it at B&N

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Beth O.

    Artichoke dip and ... sourdough? chips? something!

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Buddy

    I will be bringing "BBQ Poo-tee-weet!" (aka jerk chicken skewers)

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    truth machine looks interesting

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      im going read truth machine my library has it but not slaughterhouse five

      June 12, 2013

    • Buddy

      I checked.. Jacksonville libraries have more than 30 copies of Slaughterhouse Five, by Vonnegut

      June 13, 2013

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