Suggestions for 2018
- The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany (1924) nominated by Burt
- Alveric, son of the Lord of Erl, is sent to woe and wed Lirazel, daughter of the King of Elfland, but the quest of love and happiness never has an easy road to travel. A classic book, one of the most influential and praised of all fantasy novels. Last read by Sammath Naur in 1978.
- Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins (1971) nominated by Burt
- Come and spend time with John Paul Ziller and Amanda, lovable prophetess and promiscuous earth mother, who run “Captain Kendrick’s Memorial Hot Dog Wildlife Preserve. Last read by Sammath Naur in 1982.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991) nominated by Burt
- Read (or listen to) the first book (Outlander) of what was to become a mega-franchise. Go along with Claire Randall, a nurse, who time travels back to 18th Century Scotland, to fall in love with dashing highwayman, Jamie Frasier. The only trouble is she also loves her 20th Century husband, Frank Randall. There are 2 versions of the audiobook, one abridged and one unabridged ? be sure and listen to the unabridged one, read by Davina Porter.
- Life after Life by Kate Atkinson nominated by Pat
- about a woman who dies many times, and every time she dies she goes back to the day of her birth
- Origin by Dan Brown nominated by Steve
- Looks interesting and different.
- Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler nominated by Brandi
- A book of sci-fi/fantasy and general fiction stories. Has some very interesting stories with some unique ideas.
- A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe nominated by Vanessa
- .E. A. Smithe is a reclone of a mystery writer. Reclones have the memories of their writers uploaded into their brains and can be checked out of the library. One can ask questions concerning the author's writings and life, and get a peek into the real author's though processes. A patron checks E.A. out of the library to help her solve a murder mystery.
- Tangent Review
- We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor nominated by Vanessa
- Bob just sold his software company for a lot of money and wants to start a life of leisure when he is killed crossing the street, but not before he has signed a contract to have his head cryogenically frozen in the event of his death. A century later he awakes integrated into a computer. As computer software, he can be copied and duplicated and sent out to explore new worlds. I found this to be an intriguing, fun idea Warning - First of the ongoing Bobiverse series, but a fun book that can be enjoyed by itself.
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jeminsin nominated by Steve
- I’ve only just started it, but it has already sucked me in. Looks like it will be a very non-traditional f/sf book. The reviewers are ecstatic about it. I know, it’s the first in a series of 3, but don’t be put off by that.
- Goodreads review
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman nominated by Vanessa
- I haven't read it yet, but it's Gaiman so I think it will be a fun read
- Washington Post review
- Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan nominated by Ed
- A lot of recommendations in the paper, Time, etc
- NYT Review
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot nominated by Pat
- nonfiction that reads like fiction. I read it with 2 other book clubs and everyone loved it.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving nominated by Pat
- In case you want to read it again. I liked it because it's about growing up in the 1950's and the Vietnam War.
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