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Which book do you want to read & discuss for January?

Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling
0 (0%)
The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper
2 (66.7%)
The Postman - David Brin
1 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 3

Voting closed: November 26, 2011, 06:46:12 am

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It's that time again....time to sample some books and come back to place your vote for the January book club! Our fearless leader, Geoffrey, is leading the discussion in January and he has chosen apocalypse/distopia books. Take a look and be sure to come back to vote! Voting ends in 2 weeks.



From Publishers Weekly
What is the foundation of our civilization? asks Stirling (Conquistador) in this rousing tale of the aftermath of an uncanny event, "the Change," that renders electronics and explosives (including firearms) inoperative. As American society disintegrates, without either a government able to maintain order or an economy capable of sustaining a large population, most of the world dies off from a combination of famine, plague, brigandage and just plain bad luck. The survivors are those who adapt most quickly, either by making it to the country and growing their own cropsor by taking those crops from others by force. Chief among the latter is a former professor of medieval history with visions of empire, who sends bicycling hordes of street thugs into the countryside. Those opposing him include an ex-Marine bush pilot, who teams up with a Texas horse wrangler and a teenage Tolkien fanatic to create something very much like the Riders of Rohan. Ultimately, Stirling shows that while our technology influences the means by which we live, it is the myths we believe in that determine how we live. The novel's dual themesmyth and technologyshould appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans.
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Classic fantasy from the amazing Sheri S. Tepper. Women rule in Women's Country. Women live apart from men, sheltering the remains of civilization They have cut themselves off with walls and by ordinance from marauding males. Waging war is all men are good for. Men are allowed to fight their barbaric battles! amongst themselves, garrison against garrison. For the sake of his pride, each boy child ritualistically rejects his mother when he comes of age to be a warrior. But all the secrets of civilization are strictly the possession of women. Naturally, there are men who want to know what the women know! And when Stavia meets Chernon, the battle of the sexes begins all over again. Foolishly, she provides books for Chernon to read. Before long, Chernon is hatching a plan of revenge against women!




Amazon.com Review
Gordon Krantz survived the Doomwar only to spend years crossing a post-apocalypse United States looking for something or someone he could believe in again. Ironically, when he's inadvertently forced to assume the made-up role of a "Restored United States" postal inspector, he becomes the very thing he's been seeking: a symbol of hope and rebirth for a desperate nation. Gordon goes through the motions of establishing a new postal route in the Pacific Northwest, uniting secluded towns and enclaves that are starved for communication with the rest of the world. And even though inside he feels like a fraud, eventually he will have to stand up for the new society he's helping to build or see it destroyed by fanatic survivalists. This classic reprint is not one of David Brin's best books, but the moving story he presents overcomes mediocre writing and contrived plots.
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    Re: January Book of the Month - Apocalypses/Dystopias - VOTE NOW!
    « Reply #1 on: November 18, 2011, 05:35:52 pm »
    So if it's a tie I get to pick whatever I want, right?



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    Re: January Book of the Month - Apocalypses/Dystopias - VOTE NOW!
    « Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 06:13:39 am »
    Sure  ;D

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    Re: January Book of the Month - Apocalypses/Dystopias - VOTE NOW!
    « Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 11:52:47 am »
    Hmmmmm ... If its a tie, Then I'm going to pick a Star Trek book. :-)



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    Re: January Book of the Month - Apocalypses/Dystopias - WINNER CHOSEN!
    « Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 12:38:21 pm »
    Hmmmmm ... If its a tie, Then I'm going to pick a Star Trek book. :-)

    Sorry, Geoffrey, no Star Trek books for January!  ;D  The winner for January is The Gate to Women's Country. Stay tuned for Geoffrey's discussion on this book beginning at the start of the new year. Read it over the holidays and come back to join in...

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