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Vintage PABC - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

August's vintage PABC is the apocalyptic/dystopian classic Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.  Published in 2003, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize that same year.

"Snowman may be the last man on earth, the only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse. Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he lives in bitter isolation and loneliness, his only pleasure the watching of old films on DVD. His mind moves backwards and forwards through time, from an agonising trawl through memory to relive the events that led up to sudden catastrophe (most significantly the disappearance of his mother and the arrival of his mysterious childhood companions Oryx and Crake, symbols of the fractured society in which Snowman now finds himself, to the horrifying present of genetic engineering run amok. His only witnesses, eager to lap up his testimony, are "Crakers", laboratory creatures of varying strengths and abilities, who can offer little comfort. Gradually the reasons behind the disaster begin to unfold as Snowman undertakes a perilous journey to the remains of the bubble-dome complex where the sinister Paradice Project collapsed and near-global devastation began."

If you want to buy the book from amazon, click here for the paperback - Oryx And Crake

or, click here for the kindle version - Oryx and Crake

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  • Burhan A.

    Based on discussions we had at the end of this, I listened to The Handmaid's Tale and it was amazing. It's like the author deliberately picked topics that rile me (religious puritanism, misogyny, control via suppression of knowledge and culture). If I were rating it I'd definitely give it a 9 or a 9.5.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • Chris K.

    Interesting.

    August 19, 2013

  • Ruiha S.

    Good discussions and friendly people all round

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed the book and my first PABC meet up.

    2 · August 13, 2013

  • Leila

    Here's the Adam Roberts post on Margaret Atwood that I was talking about last night. There's some really interesting stuff:
    http://sibilantfricative.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2013-04-28T09:04:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=21&by-date=false

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Leila

    Had a great time and was really nice to see some new faces. The book scored 7.5 out of 10.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Burhan A.

    Wuzzles: Two times the fun, wrapped up and rolled into one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm1qbbki6z4 Ah, 80s cartoons.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    grrr... i have just come back from 2 weeks leave to find that I have been put on rota for tonight! i really liked this book and was looking forward to the discussion. hopefully see you all at the next one... :(

    August 12, 2013

  • Hannah J.

    My first ever PABC meet up tomorrow! And what a cracker of a book to start with, looking forward to it all.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Sam G.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23576143 Seems like we are well on our way to ChickieNobs.

    2 · August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A little more expensive at the moment though

      3 · August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first PABC meet up, looking forward to it!

    2 · August 4, 2013

  • Andrew Xerxes M.

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2007/apr/20/listentomargaretatwoodtalk I've had this on my ipod for years now (being a bit of an obsessive Atwood fan). Worth a listen!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to find this group! I guess I better start reading.

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Brendan D.

    So sorry to have missed this. I got tied up on call at the practice and didnt leave till 8pm. :-(

    July 31, 2013

  • Christy A.

    Going to be out of town- bummed I'm missing this one!

    July 20, 2013

  • Leila

    Wow, the girls are really going to outnumber the boys at this one!

    July 16, 2013

  • Sam

    what did it score 1st time round ? or will you only reveal that on the night ? :-)

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Chris K.

      Would it influence the vote? ;0p

      July 2, 2013

    • Leila

      Unfortunately I don't have the original score. Celia was running the group. Will check and see if she still has it. Unlikely though.

      July 2, 2013

  • Richard L.

    Holiday week

    June 12, 2013

  • Christy A.

    This has been on my to-read list for a long time- looking forward to it!

    June 2, 2013

  • David B.

    Unfortunately I'm on holiday with the sproglettes. Shame - this is the book that got me into this genre!

    May 5, 2013

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