Next meeting Saturday 26th July

The next meeting is on Saturday 26th July at 14:00 in Chester Library. As far as I know we are back in the meeting room – if some other group has taken possession try the young adult area on the ground floor.

We’ll be discussing the short story collection Burning Chrome by William Gibson. This set the scenery for Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy and is widely regarded as an important stage in the development of Cyberpunk. There are lots of literary analyses of the anthology around, some more far fetched than others. There’s a nice article here.

We need to select the next three books for the September, October and November meetings (there is no meeting in December). Can you have a think and bring ideas for books to the meeting on 26th July. If we can choose a shortlist of a dozen or so books I’ll print summaries and we can make the final choice in August.

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8 thoughts on “Next meeting Saturday 26th July

  1. Some suggestions for books. These are just some titles that came to mind when I had a quick think.

    Embassytown by China Mieville – China Mieville’s plots are generally a bit mind stretching so this would be one of those books you have to work at.

    Wool by Hugh Howey – everyone knows about this

    MaddAddam – final book in the Oryx and Crane trilogy

    The Prestige by Christopher Priest – slightly odd, kind of fantasy, kind of not fantasy

    The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce – really, really dark fairy tale!

    A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin – urban fantasy set in Chester (just kidding, it’s set in London of course)

    Or the books that were suggested but dodn’t get chosen last time are:

    • Book Selection:

      As of now, my mind’s still a blank on this… But looking at the list, there are some good prospective titles/choices there.

      MaddAddam:

      Sorry J, can’t see the point of reading the final book in a trilogy… Regardless of the author/Quality of the story (??).

      It can’t be considered a contender. (?)

      ?

      • >can’t see the point of reading the final book in a trilogy

        Ah, yes, good point. I was forgetting that not everyone will have read the first two books.

  2. Although a ‘No Show…’ and was unable to engage in discussion on the day…

    Sadly, my enjoyment of BC was a little muted. Although I like “Noir” as a genre, and recognised the scope of Gibson’s imagination Re: Technological advancements/Near Future Worlds, etc…

    For me a lot of the stories were ‘Downbeat’ and I’m not a fan of ‘1st Person Singular’ narratives…

    My favourite being: Red Star, Winter Orbit. Due to it’s upbeat ending. Closely followed by Hinterlands and The Gernsback Continuum.

    The rest were OK, enjoyable enough as such…

    My leastliked, being The Belonging Kind and Fragments Of A Hologram Rose.

    Having tried and failed with Neuromancer, a few years back, Virtual Light, and now BC…

    He’s highly rated… but not for me…

      • Ironically, as I recall Red Star, Winter Orbit wasn’t widely liked. Certainly my feeling was that the story boiled down to “Big government bad, plucky individualistic pioneers good”, which seemed rather banal.

        Everyone agreed that you wouldn’t read Gibson if you wanted stories with a happy ending, though Burning Chrome ended reasonably happily (apart from for Chrome of course :-). Johnny Mnemonic ends happily as well, though if you read Neuromancer you’ll discover that Johnny got killed by the next Yakuza assassin to come along.

  3. Well, I’m halfway through The Heretic Land and …

    … it’s rubbish. I’m quite enjoying it, because it’s entertaining rubbish, but nonetheless rubbish it most definitely is. I quite enjoyed Tim Lebbon’s previous book Echo City and I don’t temember it as being as bad as The Heretic Land. Maybe Lebbon was having a bad day when he wrote The Heretic Land.

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