Book Discussion- Dervish House

Ian MacDonald's "Dervish House" looks at Turkey in the year 2027.  Sitting at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey is a vital member of the EU and controls the flow of gas from Russia.  A series of terrorist attacks threatens to shatter the peace between the country's many divisions.  This look into the near-future was all the "must read" list when it came out in 2011.

http://www.amazon.com/Dervish-House-Ian-McDonald/dp/1616145455/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359399924&sr=1-1&keywords=dervish+house

As always, copies will be availible at the Ivy for a 10% discount for Other Worlds members.

 

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  • Ben

    Now that was an interesting discussion... I might have to read Windup Girl and compare.

    I have two questions / requests I'd like to submit:

    1) For those people who raised their hand that they think they will finish the book eventually, I'd like to hear if/when you do. I'd wager that anyone who's at least around the 250 page mark will probably finish.

    2) And a more general question I forgot to ask: would this book be better or worse if instead of being set ~15 years in the future, it was set in the present? Obviously there'd be less nanotech, but would that be a bad thing?

    As an aside, since we were talking about events, I'd be remiss not to mention that the Games Club of Maryland is running Game Days next weekend. I didn't make it to last year's, but GCOM has a good bunch of folks and board games are awesome, so several days of board games are awesome-r? http://gamesday.gamesclubofmd.org/

    1 · April 26, 2013

    • Meg W.

      Sounds good to me!

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Now I feel like I MUST finish it, so I'll have to let you know when I do.

      1 · April 27, 2013

  • Meg W.

    Very cool discussion, although it might have been better if I'd finished the book. Then again, with THIS book, maybe not ;)

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Brianne S.

    So I just realized that this Thursday I have to be in DC forbwork until 7. :-(

    April 22, 2013

    • Brian D.

      I believe that means next months you have to buy everyone a round! ;)

      April 24, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    I figured out why this book is harder to understand than a normal sci-fy book. Here lots of the references are real so the author does not take the time to explain. ie Istanbul miniature or Persian miniature (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_miniature) . There is a whole industry on painting tiny pictures in real life.

    Also I wasn't sure if Ayse was actually looking to buy real miniature Korans or if the "thumb-sized silver cases" just looked like miniature Korans. Actually they really are miniature books in silver cases. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-12/29/content_770817_3.htm

    I am still trying to understand what a ceptep is.

    I'm having to look things up to get the authors point of view. It's fascinating but slow going.

    also we are trying to keep track of 6 different POV Characters (POV=Point of View)

    1 · April 18, 2013

    • Nate

      just a heads up ceptep is just think google glasses squared with software eye blink interface @ least fourth generation from what is being worked on now.

      April 24, 2013

    • Brian D.

      I think Meg is right. It's the combination of many POV characters that makes me feel like I am not getting anywhere in the plot. THe writing is good, it just strikes me as very slow.

      April 24, 2013

  • Brianne S.

    :-(

    April 22, 2013

  • Whitney

    I don't think I'll be able to make this one--getting sick and need my nights for sleep. :(

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    I know. I need to just read but here is the picture Ayse loves. http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/william-blake/the-good-and-evil-angels
    (page 33)

    1 · April 18, 2013

    • Brian D.

      I am not loving that picture!

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to join in, but if all of your events are Thursday evenings, I probably won't be able to make them. I have jazz rehearsal 7-10

    April 9, 2013

    • Meg W.

      Don't you want to split the party, Brian? ;) I was also thinking of different books on different nights, as opposed to the same book on diff nights.

      April 13, 2013

    • Brian D.

      Hmmm You guys are trying to kill me! If we did that it might be more of a every 6 weeks or bi monthly supplemental meeting. I currently am in or leading 3 book discussion groups. I have started a discussion on the board and there is a link to survey monkey.

      April 13, 2013

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