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July's Sci-Fi - Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton

Please join us as we discuss Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, named one of the best books of 2012 by Publishers Weekly. The book is a lengthy read, at about 976 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Our morning session can be found here.

From Amazon:

New York Times bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton’s riveting new thriller combines the nail-biting suspense of a serial-killer investigation with clear-eyed scientific and social extrapolation to create a future that seems not merely plausible but inevitable.

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family—composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone “brothers” have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies.

Or maybe not so friendly. At least that’s what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who’d like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he’ll make enough enemies to ruin his career.

Yet Sid’s case is about to take an unexpected turn: because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime.

Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster.

Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world’s political and economic elite . . . all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Robert

    I'm probably not going to be able to make it. :-(

    July 25, 2014

  • Debbie H

    Hi, had a change of plans and need to move to the morning session instead of 12:30. Anybody want to swap places?

    July 25, 2014

    • Vijay

      @Debbie: I think you meant to post this in the AM session, but no worries, we can squeeze you in there anyways.

      July 25, 2014

    • Debbie H

      Yup, brain wasn't working well this morning. Thanks for making the change. You are a group leader extraordinaire.

      July 25, 2014

  • Wendy

    Too sick to be making it out of the house this weekend. Hopefully I will make the next one.

    July 24, 2014

    • Vijay

      Hope you feel better soon!

      July 24, 2014

  • Elizabeth B.

    Sorry guys, turns out that day will be the last I'll get to see one of my close friends before they head back to the west coast, so I'll be doing a ridiculous amount of driving instead of joining you all for discussion. Have fun!

    July 23, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, just a reminder to please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    July 21, 2014

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