Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #74

Cloud atlas book

For November’s Book Club we will be reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future.

“Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”—Boston Sunday Globe

At October’s Book Club we discussed Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. Lagoon is often described as a first contact story but in reality it is so much more. It is both socio-politically and environmentally aware, with shades of superhero tales, African folklore, horror and even animal fables. And there is a chaotic narrative that some of us enjoyed and thought added to the story but others thought it was too distracting to the main story. The text can be tricky as Okorafor switches between the lower class Pidgin and English, but that only adds authenticity to the story. An unusual, thought-provoking novel. More detailed notes available at Positron Chicago.

When: Monday, November 9th, 2015, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Filter Cafe 1373-75 N. Milwaukee Ave

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