One of the secondary joys of reading as far as I’m concerned is being able to talk about the book with someone. I’m lucky that I get to do that at a store level, but a few minutes on the shop floor doesn’t really allow you to get into much. I did notice that I had a lot of people coming into the store that I could happily have chatted to for much longer, so it seemed the logical next step to start a book club and invite them. That decided, I then had to figure out what exactly I was going to do.

I asked a lot of people what they thought of the idea and what they would want from a genre fiction book club. The result was an event that happens in a private room in a pub, once a month on a weeknight with no commitment and the freedom to attend based on availability or interest.

On the subject of the books, most people didn’t want the hassle of making that decision. Instead the consensus was ‘just tell me what it is and if I’m interested I’ll come’. So it’s up to me what the book is, though I do get lots of great input and suggestions from the group. We’ve tried to balance old and new books, as well as a variety of perspectives while trying to make sure that the books are easily available in multiple formats and inexpensive.

Our first meeting was March 2013, and it was a bit of a rough and ready affair, more chaotic than productive. People had a good time however and kept coming back. Over time we got somewhat of a handle on what we wanted to do as a group and how to go about it. I think what we mostly have now are evenings of interesting conversation and a few laughs in a welcoming environment.

We’ve had a lot of really interesting discussions and there are so many fascinating books we’d like to do that I’m pretty sure we won’t be stopping soon. Since we started, nearly fifty people in various combinations have come together to discus books. It’s been great fun and I’ve gotten to talk, and listen to wonderful clever people. I’m grateful to everyone who has attended the book club. You’ve made a vague idea into something worthwhile and rewarding. Every month I learn or think something new, and I have you folks to thank for it.

Here’s the books we’ve read in the order we read them. 

Thanks for playing.
Stefen

 


Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep?
by Philip K Dick

I am Legend
by Richard Matheson


Roadside Picnic
by Arkady and Boris
Strugatsky

leguin
The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula Le Guin 


Fahrenheit 451 by
Ray Bradbury
banks
The Wasp Factory by
Iain Banks

 

shelley
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley 
verne
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
by Jules Verne  
o'malley
The Rook
by Daniel O’Malley

 

leckie
Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie
A dissection of murder
A Dissection of Murder
by Felicity Young
deathless
Deathless
by Catherynne Valente

 

Annihilation
Annihilation
by Jeff VanderMeer
Womack
Random Acts of Senseless Violence
by Jack Womack
laline
The Bees
by Laline Paull 

 

lowry
The Giver
by Lois Lowry
vurt
Vurt
by Jeff Noon
wells
The Time Machine
by H G Wells

 

gibson
Neuromancer
by William Gibson
lagoon
Lagoon
by Nnedi Okorafor
leckie
Ancillary Sword
by Ann Leckie

 

butler
Kindred
by Octavia E Butler
clement
Mission of Gravity
by Hal Clement

weir
The Martian
by Andy Weir

 

wyndham
Day of the Tiffids
by John Wyndham
leguin21
The Word for World is Forest
by Urusla LeGuin
mandell
Station Eleven
by Emily St John Mandel

 

tiptree
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
by James Tiptree Jr
roberts
Bete
by Adam Roberts
strugatsky
Hard to be a God
by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

 

north
The Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North
leckie
Ancillary Mercy
by Ann Leckie
delany
Nova
by Samuel R Delany
mcintyre
Dreamsnake
by Vonda McIntyre
liu
The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu 
novik
Uprooted
by Naomi Novik 

 

anders
All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders 
trevis 1
The Man Who Fell to Earth
by Walter Tevis 
smith
Norstrilia
by Cordwainer Smith 

 

piercy
Woman of The Edge of Time
by Marge Piercy 
valente
Radiance
by Catherynne Valente 
constantine
Swastika Night
by Murray Constantine (Katherine Burdekin )

 

wilson
The Affinities
by Robert Charles Wilson 
north
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
by Claire North 
jemisin
The Fifth Season
by N K Jemisin 

 

hurley
The Stars are Legion
by Kameron Hurley

Sleeping Giants
by Sylvain Neuvel

Wolf Road
by Beth Lewis

 


Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson

Blindsight
by Peter Watts

Herland
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

 


Who Fears Death
by Nnedi Okorafor

Solaris
by Stanislaw Lem

Quarantine
by Greg Egan

 


Too Like the Lightning
by Ada Palmer

Autonomous
by Annalee Newitz

Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
by  Michael Marshall Smith

 


Semiosis
by Sue Burke

The Prey of Gods
Nicky Drayden

The Drowned World
by J G Ballard

 


Dreams Before the Start of Time
by Anne Charnock

The Thousand Year Beach
by Tobi Hirotaka

Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach
by Kelly Robson

 


Occupy Me
by Tricia Sullivan

The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman

The Subjugate
by Amanda Bridgeman

 


The City in the Middle of the Night
by Charlie Jane Anders

Fools
by Pat Cadigan

Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut

 


Terra Nullius
by Claire G Coleman

Light
by M John Harrison

Native Tongue
by Suzette Haden Elgin

 


The Outside
by Ada Hoffman

The Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E Butler

Parable of the Talents
by Octavia E Butler

 


The Power
by Naomi Alderman

Zoo City
by Lauren Beukes

A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M Miller Jr

 


Children of Time
by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Red Moon
by Kim Stanley Robinson

A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M Miller Jr

 


The Memory Police
by Yoko Ogawa

This is How You Lose the Time War
by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

We
by Yevgeny Zamyatin