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NOVEMBER 2013 BOOK CLUB SELECTION: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Folks seemed to like meeting on Friday nights but late October meant conflicts for a few.  So we decided to just find the next Friday night that worked.  Ta-da!  We're into November. 

Over a year ago our group decided to read a few short stories one month.  McIntosh's Bridesicle was suggested and everyone in the group really like it.  So, you might start your reading with this first.  Find it here.  It's a story about what might be in store for you if you're cryogenically frozen. We're talking about the intersection of suspended animation and forced marriage. This short story was a nominee for Nebula Best Short Story 2009.  

In Bridesicle we're reading Mira's story. The short version is that Mira was killed in a car accident and, some decades later, is being re-awakened by various men as "dates" to see if she might be a good match for them if they were to pay a lot of money to revive her all the way back to life. When the men are done with their dates, Mira is returned to death. 

"Bridesicle" is inherently creepy. The facility is, essentially, a meat-market for the men to find themselves a bride who really doesn't have any other options. If the alternative is to stay dead, the dead women have little incentive to not agree to any proposals that might come their way. There is an air of desperation here, for the men and the dead women. 

Now the story has been expanded.  Read the review here to see how McIntosh has expanded his concept for this full length book. It captures the book well and I hope it propels you to read and enjoy this book.  Don't let the book cover put you off.  This ain't no romance novel but there are tangled, interwoven relationship issues. I think that's what gives the book such a great kick.

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  • J. Henry T.

    Enjoyed the meeting. Not the greatest book I have ever read.

    November 5, 2013

  • Leroy S.

    I loved "Love Minus Eighty," it had engaging characters that I cared about, cogent reactions to the active plot, and an average 'feel-good' ending. Overall, I give it an A-. "OH MY GOD IT'S RAINING BRIDESICLES!!!"

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Rick G.

    As always it's interesting to hear everyone's take on the same book, Each person brings a unique perspective as to how they saw the story.. I enjoyed myself

    November 1, 2013

  • Lynda S.

    We plan on coming. .. just need to get the book =)

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds creepy! Getting it.

    October 1, 2013

  • Steph

    If anyone in the book club would like to connect on Goodreads, that's a great way to get and give book recommendations. I'm Steph Marie (with a pigeon illustration as my profile pic!) over there. (www.goodreads.com)

    September 28, 2013

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