Saturday, February 6, 2016

10-12 Book Club Report

Twelve of our 20 were in attendance to discuss Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Turns out, though, that there wasn't much discussion, because people seemed to love it unreservedly. They were fans of the clever puns, the mad characters, and the twists of plot, and the final rating was a high 8.5.

We did discover something amusing--I had checked the hardcover book out of the library, and noticed that at the bottom of the cover, it says "CIES OF AGNES NUTTER, WITCH." Was it a mistake? What happened to the rest? No, turns out the publisher printed two covers for this book--one with the angel on the cover and one with the devil--and split the subtitle, "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" in two (the first half says 'THE NICE AND ACCURATE PROPH"), so that half was on the one and half was on the other. We puzzled over whether they thought this would cause people to buy the book twice, one with each cover, in order to reunite the subtitle, and concluded that only collectors would do so.

After handing out the book for next month (The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller), we took a little more time than usual to discuss the books from which we would select our April reading, and the final vote was close, the result being Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz, winner of both the Stonewall Book Award and the Pura Belpre.

Other books we considered included (in descending order according to number of votes):

The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Lock In, by John Scalzi
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
Room, by Emma Donoghue
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
Proxy, by Alex London
Where the Stars Still Shine, by Trish Doller

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 1. Those who missed this meeting can pick up their book at Central or Buena Vista Circulation desks.

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