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Welcome to the next installment of our nerdy book club.  This month's reading is a classic that I had never heard of before Sid told me about it.  But it is still a classic right?  I mean it shouldn't matter that I hadn't heard of it, right?  Anyway, we will be reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Front Cover

Here is the Amazon write up with some personal edits:

"In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge (Nuclear Holocaust) has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter.  In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. But as the mystery at the core of this groundbreaking novel unfolds, it is the search itself—for meaning, for truth, for love—that offers hope for humanity's rebirth from the ashes."

http://www.amazon.com/Canticle-Leibowitz-Walter-Miller-Jr/dp/0553273817

This is a post apocalyptic interpretation of the world written at a time when they thought that a real apocalypse was just around the corner.  Many people really believe the world was about to explode.  Discussion topics will like involve such ideas as: 1) what about the zombies?  2) What places and structures will be left over from our time and what will future civilizations think we were up to? 3) Who has played Fallout and what does that game teach us about the world we live in (I hear it's being made into a movie...  so excited.) And 4) Will Nerds really inherit the earth?

The location is subject to change depending on how many people sign up.  I want to pick something in/near north county since I've been making everyone come downtown so far.  Then maybe something east and south for future book clubs.  If anyone knows a cool place that can fit 20 or so people, let me know.

Happy reading!

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  • James M.

    Moving to the beach. Kathryn, this post is for you. :)

    March 24, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Jim!! I'm sorry for flaking out! I slept in today...felt like I might be coming down with a cold. Next time I'll communicate better about my status. How was the beach?

      March 24, 2013

    • James M.

      No worries. We just wanted to make sure you didn't look for us at Pizza Port. Beach was beautiful and it had a perfect place for us to finish the club conversation. Pizza Port was way too load. Not going back there again. I think I might do a picnic for the next one. It was so nice being outside.

      2 · March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This worked out perfectly, so glad we decided to take it to the beach!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Siddhartha

    I have a suggestion for a future book reading. This is a fantastic book I just started. It's called Bogle on Mutual Funds. ;)

    March 24, 2013

  • Jeff

    Was looking forward to this. I don't think I will be able to make it today :(

    March 24, 2013

  • Adnan

    I'm going to have to miss today's book club :( Got an emergency at work that I have to take care of.

    March 24, 2013

  • Alim

    So one of my co-workers told me Pizza Port is likely to be packed on a Sunday afternoon. So hopefully we have told them they are about to be descended upon by a bunch of nerds. We don't want another Maple Whatsitcalled like last weekend.

    March 22, 2013

  • James M.

    Book club discussion topics posted. :)

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're the best book club host ever!

      2 · March 22, 2013

  • Rostislav B.

    I will probably not have time to read this book, but the discussion topics seem fairly general so I think I'll attend.

    March 18, 2013

  • Azra

    The book looks great. I am buying it now. :)

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can’t make this meetup.:( Next time I will!

    March 18, 2013

  • Pat

    This book is amazing.

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, way to go, Sid!

      March 17, 2013

    • Siddhartha

      Glad people are finding it interesting. To those who are not, hopefully we'll at least have a stimulating conversation.

      March 18, 2013

  • DJ / D.

    For the next installment of the book club after this one can we do something from Neal Stephenson, Stephen Baxter, or maybe Carl Sagan?

    March 16, 2013

    • James M.

      We are planned out about three, maybe 4 months on book recommendations. But we always talk good books for the future at the meetup. Let me know specifically what you had in mind then.

      March 17, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      I will start with Stephen Baxter recommendations: "The Time Ships", "Voyage", or any of the three books from the Manifold trilogy (Time, Space, Origin).

      March 17, 2013

  • Pat

    No no. Don't change. Pizza Port is awesome.

    March 2, 2013

  • Siddhartha

    I guess for a book that is deemed a classic, a forewarning is in order: This book is divided into three parts, and I felt that each succeeding part was worse than the previous. The first part was riveting, but the third part was preachy and slow. So I'd say, feel free to skim over it, not much is lost by way of the story.

    March 1, 2013

    • Jeremy S

      Interesting....I may actually start reading earlier than the night before.

      March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ... Lolol!

      March 1, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Wait....Fallout is being made into a movie?! Soooooo interested, and yet soooooo skeptical!

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like your 4th discussion question Jim!

    1 · March 1, 2013

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