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May's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck (Short Stories)

Please join us as we discuss Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck. This short story collection, the first English work from the Swedish author of weird fiction, was nominated for the 2012 James Tiptree Jr. Award and the 2013 World Fantasy Award. The book is a short read, at about 114 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. This is our morning discussion session. Our afternoon session can be found here.

From Amazon:

Enter the strange and wonderful world of Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck with this feast of darkly fantastical short stories. Whether through the falsified historical record of the uniquely weird Swedish creature known as the “Pyret” or the title story, “Jagannath,” about a biological ark in the far future, Tidbeck’s unique imagination will enthrall, amuse, and unsettle you. How else to describe a collection that includes “Cloudberry Jam,” a story that opens with the line “I made you in a tin can”? Marvels, quirky character studies, and outright surreal monstrosities await you in the book widely praised by Michael Swanwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Mieville, and Karen Joy Fowler. Publishers Weekly calls it “brave…and brilliant.” Locus Magazine says this is the most significant debut since the award-winning Margo Lanagan.

I have never read anything like Jagannath. Karin Tidbeck’s imagination is recognizably Nordic, but otherwise unclassifiable–quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender. These are wonderful stories.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

Restrained and vivid, poised and strange, Tidbeck, with her impossible harmonies, is a vital voice.” — China Miéville

In Karin Tidbeck’s collection Jagannath, the mundane becomes strange and the strange familiar with near-Hitchcockian subtlety. I loved Tidbeck’s clean, classic prose. It creates beautifully eerie music for a twilight domain.” — Karen Lord


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    This is EXACTLY what I love about this book club - being able to express interpretations in a "Hey, I hadn't thought of it in exactly THAT way!" environment. I liked this book - but liked it even MORE after hearing all the lucid and literate comments on the various stories. And, even the passionate disagreements were collegial and informative. Also, I just like short-stories, too! Great experience with a VERY open and inviting atmosphere for sharing!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Bill K.

    This week was fun discussing the Swedish version of the Twilight Zone stores. Though few pages, it generated a tremendous amount of discussion. Initial reactions to the first story compared the human’s reaction to “mail order brides” or having the machines like “blow up dolls coming alive” and the reaction from one after reading about the baby as “WHA-A-T?” Each causing the group to laugh. Naming the switch board in one of the stories to “the call center in Hell!” was another funny comment that all agreed to. Then the funniest (to me) included a comment that remaining servant of Mother eating “the wriggling little things were tangy on her tongue” could be creating another Mother, and ending with ‘that’s just food for thought!’ The whole group broke out in loud laughter to close the session. There were serious discussions too, but I like to remind all about the funny ones.

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    May 17, 2014

    • Suyong

      Thank you all and thank you Bill for the link. I'm not sure why it doesn't appear on my amazon page, but I got it now!

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • Karla K.

    I'm reading it on kindle too

    May 17, 2014

  • Suyong

    Oh for the love of God - THIS is the one that's not on Kindle, and it's not in the Arl Library either! Sorry to change last minute, but I through my own procrastination, do not have the book yet….

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you! Vijay, what do J and I need to do?

    May 6, 2014

    • Vijay

      Just add yourselves to the respective waitlists and I'll make the switch today or tomorrow.

      May 6, 2014

  • J

    I'd be willing to swap!

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in the afternoon group - does anyone in the morning group want to swap?

    May 5, 2014

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