“Reread a previous BSFG read” – Summary

Thank you for attending! Here are some comments & ideas of people who read a previous read/ sequel or other cool book they wanted to talk about. Maybe pick one up?

  • “Book of the Unnamed Midwife” (Elison): impressive, thought-through, scary feminist post-apocalypse
  • “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” (Chambers)”: reread, no hard sci-fi, “made me read more sci-fi”, really good, wholesome
  • “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Dick)”: book better than the movie, very interesting sci-fi, movies different than books but good in their own way
  • “The Wee Free Men” (Pratchett): best novel to start with the Discworld novels, no prior knowledge needed, hilarious, witches, little angry Scotsmen, deconstructs fairy tales and tropes, hilarious; Discworld reading order choices here (chronologically, standalones, thematically, for younger readers –> “Wee Free Men”): https://www.discworldemporium.com/content/6-discworld-reading-order –> Marthe recommends reading all the Tiffany books and then starting off either chronologically or thematically
  • Sequel to “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” called “A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour” (Green): thoroughly enjoyable; good sequel; book has answers to all our questions / criticism, April less annoying and superhero-ish, appears more natural, Carl background cool, various POV, great pacing, FUN, read it
  • Sequel to “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street” called “The Lost Future of Pepperharrow” (Pulley): thoroughly enjoyable, emotional rollercoaster, great worldbuilding, Japan, Katsu ❤
  • New book by Meg Elison “Find Layla”: YA, poverty, parental neglect, harassment in school and via social media, very impressive but trigger warnings apply

Books unrelated to BSFG:

  • “The Caves of Steel” (Asimov): Robots, mystery, murder, old school sci-fi, feels modern, interesting
  • “The Hollow Ones” (Guillermo del Toro: Sherlock Holmes-like character, modern supernatural thriller, lacks substance, entertaining
  • “The Immortal Rules” (Blood of Eden #1) (Kagawa): vampires, humanity wiped out, main character turned Spoiler), Asian lead, thrilling; reminds us of Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” (+ sequels) which is also a recommendation
  • “The Priory of the Orange Tree” (Shannon) also called THE BRICK: thoroughly enjoyable, diverse characters, feminist, great world building, takes it slow, very immersive, full of hidden little references (Old English names inspired names etc.)
  • “A Memory Called Empire” (Martine): Marthe recommended it a lot; really great; fun; but what’s the deal with poetry in this great sci-fi?
  • “Oryx and Crake” (Atwood): very good dystopia
  • War and Peace (Tolstoy): The way Tolstoy describes battle, characters, and the world in a way that reminds one of the “Game of Thrones” series (Martin) — interesting!

I am looking forward to talking to you about “Dune”, our November read! 🙂


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