Thanks to everyone who came to our Christmas book club meetup. The meetup was very well attended and the books nominated made for very interesting discussions. The Circle scored a very high 75% but not enough to beat this year's highest scoring book which was Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' suggested by Sue, which scored an amazing score of 86%. The final leader board for the year can be found on our discussions board.
The books voted in for January are:
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (nominated by DL)
Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one’s own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. In this book, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (nominated by Rachel)
"Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"
The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detective against dog, rationalism against the supernatural, good against evil. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.
Other nominations where:
A Street Cat Names Bob - James Bowan
Rembrandt's Whore - Sylvie Matton
The Screwtape Letter - C.S. Lewis
Morven Caller - Alan Warner
Thunder dog - Michael Hingson
All Fun & Games Until Someone Loses an Eye - Christopher Brookmyre
No Wonder I Take a Drink - Laura Marney
I hope everyone has Happy's holidays and looking forward to seeing you all in the new year.