Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #9


For our eighth bookclub meeting we are reading the Aldous Huxley classic Brave New World. Join us for discussion of our current book as well as voice your opinion for our next selection.

This is what you missed at our last bookclub meeting:

In March the Clubbers read “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith.  The book takes a look at the life of the 16th President of the United States through darkly tinted glasses.  The author’s premise is that he was given the secret journal of Abraham Lincoln by a centuries-old vampire that had known Abe personal.  The journal contained Lincoln’s life in his own words and described the decades-long secret war he fought against the creatures of the night.
The book has received a lot of press, as the second book by the author of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”  The Smithsonian even hosted a panel led by Seth Grahame-Smith several weeks after the book was released.  Historians are praising the book for providing snippets of history within the framework of the fantasy/horror genre.
Our discerning readers, however, were not overly impressed with the book.  Many felt it was too easy a read failed to provide any definitive statement.  One comment was, “Have you noticed that all the really sloppy fiction coming out right now has vampires?”  Mostly it seemed that the readers couldn’t get into the story, that Grahame-Smith didn’t create enough plausibility in his book for them to willfully suspend disbelief.
One reader felt the book had merit in the author’s unique ability to create a society in which vampires could survive.  As the slave owners of the 19th century South, they fed upon the millions of slaves that would not be missed or avenged.
Overall, the Book Clubbers didn’t feel the book warranted the hype and most would recommend a pass.  A reader who did enjoy it suggested that people who enjoyed “Tarzan Alive” by Philip Jose Farmer may enjoy “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” because they share a similar tone.
Next up we will be reading the Aldous Huxley classic “Brave New World.”

When: Monday, May 10, 2010 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Second floor of the Noble Tree Cafe 2444 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL

Cost: Free


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