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"Shades of Grey," by Jasper Fforde
As our pick-rotation continues, one of our members has chosen a very popular selection--by an author with a legion of fans--that has garnered many rave reviews. This book will be a real treat for our reading journey! A reviewer said: "I listened to this as an audiobook just recently, and I was absolutely blown away by it. That said, I don’t know how I’d describe the entirety of it to someone. If I were to summarize it, it would sound... well... kinda dumb. Let me say this instead: It’s funny without being goofy. It’s clever without being pretentious. It’s original without being desperate. Its mysterious without being willfully obtuse. Best of all, this story has an element of what I think of as divine ridiculousness: a delightful, subtle, strangeness that is funny while still touching on some underlying truth." From Goodreads: From the bestselling author of Thursday Next — a brilliant new novel about a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colors you can see Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means. Eddie's world wasn't always like this. There's evidence of a never-discussed disaster and now, many years later, technology is poor, news sporadic, the notion of change abhorrent, and nighttime is terrifying: no one can see in the dark. Everyone abides by a bizarre regime of rules and regulations, a system of merits and demerits, where punishment can result in permanent expulsion. Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey, which is low-caste in this color-centric world. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good. Together, they engage in dangerous revolutionary talk. Stunningly imaginative, very funny, tightly plotted, and with sly satirical digs at our own society, this novel is for those who loved Thursday Next but want to be transported somewhere equally wild, only darker; a world where the black and white of moral standpoints have been reduced to shades of grey.

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Yes, book clubs still exist! Yes, you are not the only lit lover left. Yes, you don't have to live near a major metro area to praise the prose to all who will listen. Bibliophiles, book worms, and casual perusers unite! The Pocono Book Club is the first, the original, the authentic, the best literary get-together in the Greater Pocono Mountain region. We meet once a month in a relaxing setting to discuss everyone's thoughts on the book-of-the-month. Young or old, man or woman, tall or short, come enter the fold--our one criteria is that you enjoy reading and talking about what you read. Fiction is our mainstay, but non-fiction can work as well; medium-lengthed is our distance, but we can handle the long and short; after all, variety makes life more interesting. We mix things up from time to time with additional features, including: theater screenings, grab bags, and author participation. Your thoughts matter, join a group that will appreciate them in proper bookish fashion.

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