The Dublin Book Club Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

Here are the 2 book choices for August. And remember, you don't have to read both books!
Enjoy, and see you on the 20th of August!

Note: If these books are difficult to find in bookshops, try online (e.g.:,
Also, you can check out the current book list online via the 'Files' section from 'More' on the menubar.

1. The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks

2. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens










1. The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
(Seamus, Mar'13)

Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.
In The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks presents a distant future that could almost be called the end of history. Humanity has filled the galaxy, and thanks to ultra-high technology everyone has everything they want, no one gets sick, and no one dies. It's a playground society of sports, stellar cruises, parties, and festivals. Jernau Gurgeh, a famed master game player, is looking for something more and finds it when he's invited to a game tournament at a small alien empire. Abruptly Banks veers into different territory. The Empire of Azad is exotic, sensual and vibrant. It has space battle cruisers, a glowing court-- all the stuff of good old science fiction--which appears old-fashioned in contrast to Gurgeh's home. At first it's a relief, but further exploration reveals the empire to be depraved and terrifically unjust. Its defects are gross exaggerations of our own, yet they indict us all the same. Clearly Banks is interested in the idea of a future where everyone can be mature and happy. Yet it's interesting to note that in order to give us this compelling adventure story, he has to return to a more traditional setting. Thoughtful science fiction readers will appreciate the cultural comparisons, and fans of big ideas and action will also be rewarded.

2. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Alex, Jan'13)

Described by Dickens as 'the best story I have written', A Tale of Two Cities interweaves thrilling historical drama with heartbreaking personal tragedy. It vividly depicts a revolutionary Paris running red with blood, and a London where the poor starve. In the midst of the chaos two men - an exiled French aristocrat and a dissolute English lawyer - are both redeemed and condemned by their love for the same woman, as the shadow of La Guillotine draws closer...

(The first book for September has also been chosen: Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meeting with the book club. Great to meet all who attended! Some chat and craic as well

    August 21, 2013

  • Netanya

    Guys I'm very sorry but I have yoga class and I won't finish on time.

    August 19, 2013

    • Seamus

      Netanya, you should pop in after yoga. We don't have a formal discussion, and people come and go throughout the evening. It doesn't matter if you're not there from the start!

      August 20, 2013

    • Netanya

      Hi Seamus. Ok I'll see if I can go. Thanks...If not this time,I'll try for the next :)

      August 20, 2013

  • laura t.

    Cant make it now :(...had read the books and all! hope to see ye all next meeting...!! apologies!

    August 20, 2013

  • laura

    Hi sorry I'm new in this group...I understand one is supposed to have read these books? is there a discussion on them? I thought it was an evening of books selling and an introduction of the two chosen ones..

    August 20, 2013

    • Seamus

      Hi Laura, we have 2 books so people have a choice: the idea is that people read one (or both if they want) and we discuss the two books at the meetup, and chat about other books etc. Its all quite laid back: we met in a pub after all.

      August 20, 2013

  • Karen D

    Sorry, i won't make this one - i'm only half way through Tale of Two Cities, and so don't want to overhear how it ends. I will read faster next time!! Player of Games was fab, i'd read that before, and been an Iain M Banks fan since. Enjoy your eve

    August 20, 2013

  • Ashlee

    really sorry that i can't make it, working late.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly something's come up - hope to see you all next month!

    August 19, 2013

  • veronica

    Great see u all skin

    August 14, 2013

  • Maura M.

    I love reading. I love writing. I'm looking forward to learning to love discussing.

    August 9, 2013

  • James Joseph M.

    Given that life is difficult can there ever be a real utopia?

    August 5, 2013

  • Seanan K.

    Great choice of books for this month, nice hat tip to the marvelous and deeply, deeply missed Mr. Banks. There's also a mildly sic-fi aspect to "A tale of two cities" in that apparently a lot of the plot of "The Dark Knight Rises" was based on it.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • laura t.

    First time meeting this group..looking forward to it :D

    July 17, 2013

  • Seamus

    The August meetup is open for RSVPs.......

    June 21, 2013

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