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Dystopian BookFest- A literary genre highlight event

  • Jan 27, 2010 · 7:30 PM

Many members voted in our recent "2010 Discussion Timing" polls and decided to change our Thursday discussions to Wednesdays. Well, our first Wednesday discussion of 2010 will be a doozy! We are reading 8, count 'em e-i-g-h-t, books for a literary genre highlight event. We will be focusing in on Dystopian literature. You certainly do not have to read all of the books, even one or two is okay--just read what you can. Our selections are: • 1984 by George Orwell (Available for Audio Download) • A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Audio on CD at Library) • We by Yevgeny Zamiatin (Book at library) • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Book at library) • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Available for Audio download) • Neuromancer by William Gibson (Book at library) • The Iron Heel by Jack London (Can download print through Project Gutenberg, 354 pages) • The Time machine by HG Wells (Available for Audio Download) I, myself, have only read the first 5 listed (and up to 8 years ago, at that). I will try to read the other 3 in time, but remember--just read what you can (that's our mantra). And, yes, I am fully aware that this beast of a book discussion is being scheduled between Les Miserables and (likely) Anna Karenina. Am I a masochist or what?

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  • Emlyn C.

    I was not sure how we were going to make the discussion work with 8+ selections rather than just 1, but we knocked it out of the park!

    January 28, 2010

  • Rebecca

    maybe a bit too many books, but enjoyed discussion. Oh, and "Neuromancer" IS a good book!

    January 28, 2010

  • Rebecca

    while reading We and part of Brave New World, i found the caste systems, procreation controls, and other things reminded me of 3 (young adult) books by Lois Lowry: The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger. I highly recommend them.

    January 15, 2010

  • Emlyn C.

    I think I am going to read Ira Levin's "Stepford Wives" as a feminist dystopia--should be very amusing!

    January 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just in time for our Dystopian BookFest:

    Jan. 6, 2010; 7:00PM
    ?Shades of Grey?: Waters Place Borders.
    Best-selling writer Jasper Fforde reads from his new novel, a satiric dystopian tale set in a world where the ability to see certain colors is a privilege of higher classes. Signing.
    3140 Lohr Rd. Free. [masked]

    January 3, 2010

  • Emlyn C.

    Who is John Galt? An interested party tells me that we can find out the answer to this question and add another Dystopian book to our pot by reading Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"...

    December 29, 2009

  • Rebecca

    The used copies I just got of these 8 books are 2011 pages in total. I've only ready neuromancer and 1984 before -- but almost 20 yrs ago. I may come terribly unprepared.

    December 18, 2009

  • Emlyn C.

    Isn't this a great intro to our weeknight discussions though, Jonpaul? Aren't you thrilled we changed it from Thursdays to Wednesdays? ;-)

    November 30, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, Melissa you are a masochist. I found another for the list. Margaret Atwood has a new "dystopic masterpiece" The Year of the Flood. (It is available for free audio download).

    November 30, 2009

  • Emlyn C.

    Apparently, Farenheit 451 is not on our book list. It can still be discussed though, I guess. Please let me know if there are any other books that should be considered during this discussion. For those of you who attended our Kazuo Ishiguro author highlight event, you might want to think about "Never Let Me Go".

    November 30, 2009

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