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Our next book is the mind-bending "There Is No Antimemetics Division" (2020) by writer and software developer qntm ("quantum").
An antimeme is an idea with self-censoring properties; an idea which, by its intrinsic nature, discourages or prevents people from spreading it.
Antimemes are real. Think of any piece of information which you wouldn't share with anybody, like passwords, taboos and dirty secrets. Or any piece of information which would be difficult to share even if you tried: complex equations, very boring passages of text, large blocks of random numbers, and dreams...
But anomalous antimemes are another matter entirely. How do you contain something you can't record or remember? How do you fight a war against an enemy with effortless, perfect camouflage, when you can never even know that you're at war?
Welcome to the Antimemetics Division.
No, this is not your first day.
THE FOLLOWING BOOK
For the meetup after this, we will be reading "Fortune's Pawn" (2013) by Rachel Bach. Feel free to get started on that one early.
JOIN OUR HANGOUT
We use Google Hangouts to meet online. You can join the Hangout link from 18:20 onwards.
ALL ARE WELCOME
We're a friendly crowd that welcomes newcomers, and who sometimes manages to even stay on topic. Join for a good conversation even if you don't manage to finish the book ^_^
Please use the Jitsi link to join. I will post the link a couple of days before the event.
We'll start at 18.30, but you can join starting from 18.20. Grab some tea/coffee/whatever you prefer - and let's talk books :-)
Our next book is a historical fantasy set in 14th century China, "She Who Became the Sun" by Shelley Parker-Chan. The novel was Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy in 2021.
Here is what Goodreads has to say about the book:
Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in Shelley Parker-Chan's She Who Became the Sun, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy.
To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything.
“I refuse to be nothing…”
In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…
In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.
When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother's identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.
After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother's abandoned greatness.
We are a warm and welcoming group, so I hope both old-timers and newcomers can join! We usually have a lot of fun... and it sometimes happens that we stray from the topic ;-)
FOR THE EAGER: After that we'll be reading "Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief" by Maurice Leblanc. (Project Gutenberg has it! ;-)) You are welcome to read ahead if you want :-)))