'Ship Breakers' by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nailer's time is running out. He's getting too big for his work - stripping copper wire from old oil tankers - and once he's off the crew he's on his own, stuck in a shack on the beach with no food, no money and no way of earning his keep.

He has one last chance. The thing all crew members dream about, a lucky strike, has hit in the shape of a clipper ship beached during the last hurricane. If he can hold off the rest of the scavengers long enough to get the oil out, he might just have a future.

But oil's not the only thing on the ship. And what Nailer finds is going to change his life forever.


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  • Annie

    I'm not sure if anyone will be able to see this message anymore but here are some links about salvagepunk, the genre China Mieville's mad about and Ship Breakers possibly fits into... http://socialismandorbarbarism.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/salvagepunk-apocalyptic-notes-1.html http://avoidingthevoid.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/salvage-punk-post-apocalyptic-thought-and-idiosyncratic-objects-part-1/

    2 · March 20, 2014

    • Colin

      Thanks for the tip Annie, will give this a go

      March 21, 2014

  • Gary K.

    Great fun! A roomful of readers. One common book. The ingredients for alchemy.

    February 26, 2014

  • samuel

    Good first half but I finished to read it only to know the end

    February 25, 2014

  • Gary K.

    Eek! Client meeting has got me tied up until 8pm. So sorry! Have fun. I loved this book

    February 25, 2014

  • Jane M.

    Running a teeny weeny bit late! I will be there soon, if you can read this

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to say I won't be able to make it tonight. I've had a couple of busy days and the time I set aside this afternoon to finish reading the novel was mainly spent snoozing! I hope you have a good evening. See you next time.

    February 25, 2014

  • Nathan H.

    Trams are off up from Bury but that's not stopping me. Gotta be in for uni anyway.

    February 25, 2014

  • Emily B.

    I haven't had chance to read this one so will have to give the group a miss :-( I'll try to make a better effort next time!

    February 23, 2014

  • samuel

    First time for me too in a book club, especially an english one, and first Post Apocalyptic book too (a few games and films already but no books in this domain).

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Started reading this yesterday. Nearly a third of the way through now and really enjoying it. It will be my first time at the book club - actually my first time at any book club. I look forward to meeting everyone.

    2 · February 16, 2014

  • Gary K.

    Just downloading the book now. Bumped into Annie in the coffee shop and it has prompted me to step up! Looking forward to it.

    February 16, 2014

  • abelguerrero

    Would love to come along, not least because I absolutely adored the same author's novel 'The Windup Girl'. But it looks like I won't make it, as I have a school trip the following night and probably can't miss two consecutive nights of planning / marking ... :(

    February 9, 2014

  • Joseph S.

    I found the future books discussion page!!!

    January 15, 2014

  • Joseph S.

    Thought the last one of these, my first!, was awesome so will definitely go again! I'll try and finish the book more than half an hour in advance this time :)
    Also I'll try and post some "recommendations" for people to love/hate if this is the right place???

    January 15, 2014

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