January 2012 SF Discussion Nominations

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Erfael, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Hi all,

    Time for some nominations for a January discussion book. Here's the "rules":

    1. Everyone can nominate one book and second a reasonably small number of other books.
    2. Books must be available new in US and UK (I just check the two Amazons for this). They should also be in a format other than hardcover, so as to keep costs down.
    3. Books must be standalone or book 1 in a series (usually not a problem in SF).
    4. They can't have been book club books before. The nearly complete list of previous discussions can be found here.

    And just a reminder, the book selected for December is Andreas Eschbach's The Carpet Makers.
     
  2. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    How about The Recollection by Gareth L. Powell? It is a 2011 debut from Solaris so should be readily available.
     
  3. jelder

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    Book Recommendation

    How about Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi? It's supposed to be funny.
     
  4. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    I'd be up for trying the Powell. Sounds interesting enough.

    I guess I wouldn't mind doing the Scalzi, but I tend to find his books a little pop-corny. They're fine while I'm reading them, but I don't find them to be terribly substantive in the long run.
     
  5. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Alternately, in case this kicks up more interest, I've been wanting to read more Michael Flynn for a while now, as I've really enjoyed both of his books that I've read. This one seems apt: The January Dancer
     
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    January Read

    Regarding my earlier Agent to the Stars suggestion, I started reading it and it's dumb!! I'm open for suggestions, but I just picked up a copy of Darwin's Paradox by Nina Munteanu when I was at SF Contario. It sounds good.
     
  7. krisbslick

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    I second the January Dancer.
     
  8. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    I read January Dancer when it first published a couple of years ago, didn't like it very much, but will participate in the discussion if it is chosen.
     
  9. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Since January Dancer and The Recollection both seem to have about the same level of (dis)interest, let's take them for the next two months - The January Dancer by Michael Flynn for January and Gareth Powell's The Recollection for February.
     
  10. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Sounds good, Erfael. As I said in the Reading in December thread, I'm 2/3 into The Recollection and think it's a fun read. I hope others feel the same way.
     
  11. SuzieOz

    SuzieOz Registered User

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    Hmm, my library doesn't have either of these books.