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September 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – September

September 1, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M Miller Jr When I set this book for earlier in the year I hadn’t expected it to be quite so appropriate. I also had no idea I’d be running the club online via Zoom, but there you are. There’s so much in this book that it seemed a shame that we didn’t get to do it properly with a full house, so it’ll be our first ‘do-over’. I’d decided on and ordered the…

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October 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – October

October 6, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa This is a strangely compelling story set on a small island that is under the control of The Memory Police who decide for reasons of their own to remove things from the island. When they do this, not only are the physical objects taken away but the memory of them. Anything could be selected, a type of flower, a style of garment, a foodstuff and finally people. Those who question the Memory Police and…

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November 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – November

November 3, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone We have done a lot of Hugo Award winning books in the bookclub, and rightly so. This month, it’s a Hugo Award and Nebula Award-winning novella in the form of This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar.  It’s an epistolary time travel romance, and quite complex despite its short length. It is full of references and uses the time…

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December 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – December

December 1, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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We by Evgeny Zamyatin This is a 1926 dystopian novel that serves as the inspiration for both 1984 and Brave New World. George Orwell and Aldous Huxley both frequently name checking Zamyatin as a major influence on their work. It’s a short piece about a scientifically perfect (supposedly) future Russian society and one individual within it who is given reasons to question everything he believes he knows about the world and about the nature of his society. It’s quite intense,…

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February 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – February

February 2 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine For our first meet of 2021 I thought we'd carry on the tradition of reading Hugo Award winners by setting the 2020 best novel winner A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. It's a space opera with a touch of thriller, but there are some ideas with regard to technology and cultural attitudes that I think will be fun to talk about. There's also an interesting juxtaposition in the two societies we encounter…

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May 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – May

May 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine Since our first attempt at this one was somewhat stymied by the February lockdown, I thought we’d have another go. Here’s the stuff from February if you missed it: For our first meet of 2021 I thought we'd carry on the tradition of reading Hugo Award winners by setting the 2020 best novel winner A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. It's a space opera with a touch of thriller, but there are…

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June 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – June

June 1 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Last Human by Zack Jordan I picked up this one to read months ago, more because it looked like a rollicking space opera than anything else, but pretty soon I realised that underneath that there is a fascinating subtext. The way this universe is put together, its rules, structure, society, economy and the way that the various alien races interact I think will make for a fascinating discussion. This is going to be a very different sort of read…

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July 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – July

July 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez This 2020 science-fiction book has a lot of interesting elements to unpack, starting with economic implications of relativistic travel told from the perspective of producers and the transport crews. It’s also about found family and belonging and the things that bind people to places and one another. A mix of charming and dark elements and with themes about relationships, economic colonialism, and politics there are a lot of threads to pull on here. I’m…

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August 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – August

August 3 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Replay by Ken Grimwood This was actually suggested as a possible bookclub book a couple of years ago, but at the time editions were not particularly easy to get. However, Gollancz recently did a reprint so I thought now would be a good time to incorporate it into our reading list. It’s a fairly familiar premise, particularly for modern readers. Someone relives the same life time again and again. In defence of Ken Grimwood, this version came out in 1986,…

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September 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – September

September 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Player of Games by Ian M Banks Despite the fact that Ian Banks is one of my favourite science fiction writers, I have never suggested a Banks book for bookclub. I’m not sure why this is – maybe the moment wasn’t right. Anyway, for our next bookclub we will be reading The Player of Games. It’s not the first of his Culture novels, but as they don’t run in sequence it doesn’t really matter.  It is one of the…

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