September Book Club

  • September 11, 2014 · 7:30 PM

Good News Everyone! 

This month, the poll was a tie! So we are going to read both books, one this month and one next month. The book this month will be The City & The City by China Mieville. See the links below to learn more about the book.

We will be meeting at Comicazi on Highland Ave in Davis Square. There is metered parking all along Highland as well as a public lot on Day Street near Redbones and across the street from Orleans restaurant. There is also T access and bus connections.

See you there!

-Josh

The City & The City by China Mieville on AmazonB&N, or through the Minuteman Library system. Learn about it on Goodreads.

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  • Cheryl

    Recently read Wave Without a Shore, by C. J. Cherryh--in which the human residents of the planet Freedom practiced "unseeing" in much the same way as those in The City & the City (tho there was no Breach, those that openly saw the unseeable must become unseeable themselves. Cherryh isn't one of the authors Mieville acknowledged as an inspiration, but I wonder if he had read Wave at some point?

    2 · October 3

  • Clare F.

    I'm loving this book so far, but the chances of me finishing it by tomorrow are looking quite slim. :(

    September 10

    • Jon W.

      I did find that towards the end, it picked up a lot. So maybe you can get it finished.

      September 10

    • Clare F.

      Well, it's three days later and I'm still only halfway through it... the problem for me isn't the book going slowly (I actually think it's paced wonderfully for a police procedural), I just haven't had any time to read!

      September 13

  • Josh

    Bit too large of a group. People had trouble expressing their opinions.

    1 · September 11

    • Megan R.

      Agreed. We had some laughs, though!

      2 · September 12

    • Jasmine N.

      It was a large group, but that's ok cuz I just stared at Cheryl all night.

      3 · September 12

  • Cheryl

    Danged red line delays! I was on my way to being on time :P

    1 · September 11

    • Sydney S.

      Me too! This is nuts. I'm still on the train with no sign of it moving

      September 11

    • Jon W.

      The past four months, there was some sort of delay on the red line. Ill have to remember for the next time to leave earlier.

      September 12

  • Jon W.

    Very good. Lots of interesting discussion.

    September 12

  • Kevin

    I'm still new to Boston and was not aware there were no parking spots within 10 miles of Somerville. Sorry I couldn't make it...

    September 11

    • Damien

      Yeah, if a location is near a T stop, it's probably best (fastest) to take the T or plan to use a parking garage. And I don't think Davis Square has any -- Alewife, Harvard, and Central do.

      September 11

    • Josh

      There is parking in Davis,I tis just well hidden! Next to Rite Aid there is a small lot, across the street from Orleans there is a decent sized lot, and down the street from Red Bones is another decent-sized lot. And it is all fairly cheap too, $3 for three hours. When I'm on a computer I will post the google maps locations.

      September 12

  • Joseph A.

    A great time as always, just sorry I had to run right after -_-;;;

    Oh, and if anyone is curious about Sat, the details can be found here.

    http://www.meetup.com/BostonJapaneseFilmsAnimeCulturalGroup/events/196482362/

    September 11

  • Liz

    I was stuck on the train, too. Alas.
    I have to recommend "The Scar" -- I thought it was fascinating and ultimately much more satisfying than "The City and the City."

    2 · September 11

  • Josh

    Hi Everyone!

    Wow, 40 people signed up! That's great! Comicazi can't hold 40 people in its backroom, so please check your schedules. If there is actually going to be 35+ people coming we will have to split the group, but it is definitely a solvable situation! What a great problem to have, too many people that want to talk about sci-fi :-)

    2 · September 9

    • Josh

      As long as you don't mind spoilers, you can come. It's not unusual for some in the group to not be able to finish the book but still come to the meeting.

      September 10

    • Karissa

      Unfortunately it looks like I can't make it. Maybe next time. Have fun!

      September 10

  • Jon W.

    I'll be having dinner tomorrow night at Mike's if anyone is interested in joining me. Probably around 6pm.

    September 10

  • Andrew S.

    Finally, a book club book I have actually read. If anyone wants to cheat, I wrote a review of The City and The City a few years ago:

    http://sandfly.net.nz/blog/2010/10/book-review-the-city-and-the-city/

    As an aside, I really like most of Miéville's books, but they are all very different from each other in genre and style. I can recommend Perdido Street Station (and its sort-of sequel, The Scar) as excellent fantasy novels.

    September 4

  • Jon W.

    I'm just over 100 pages into "The City & The City" and it's a slug-fest at times to keep reading.

    August 29

    • Chandler R

      Everything I've read by this author is like that, but somehow still worth reading. Also, this book is the least fantastical or science-fictiony thing he's written, but still has some interesting ideas...

      1 · August 30

    • Jon W.

      To be honest, I am caring more about the murder mystery then I am about the two cities.

      August 30

  • Liz

    While hunting for this book I found "The Scar" first. I find it utterly absorbing and fascinating.

    2 · August 29

  • Josh

    Finally, a book club event that isn't the same night as RiffTrax.

    2 · August 11

    • Jon W.

      Anyway to get RiffTrax to move to Friday night?

      August 11

  • Chandler R

    I started reading this book years ago and forgot about it but this will be a good excuse to start it again.

    August 11

  • Jon W.

    I'm all set to start reading as I have the September book now on my Sony Reader.

    August 11

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