Thanks all for coming round for a fab anniversary book club last week. It’s a long post this month but we had a lot to get through…..
First up, the book of choice. We’d all been left in the dark by Ubik and tried to work out between us exactly what had been going on. It was a mishmash of lots of ideas and characters which arrived but didn’t go anywhere, and seemed like the product of a lot of drugs. Some fun bits, including descriptions of the amazing outfits everyone would be wearing in 1992, and some of his predictions of technology, but overall it was confused and odd, and probably not Phil’s best. Anyone who thinks he is worth trying again could go with Sian’s recommendation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on which Bladerunner was based, or The Man in the High Castle, currently a TV series.
Next up, the raffle, which was won by Emma this year — congratulations and pleased to hear it’s been put to good use already on some poetry books.
Then on to the much anticipated quiz, and it was congratulations to Emma again, the reigning champion got an excellent 23/25 to make it 2 winning years in a row. Highly commended to Ruth in second, Candida in third, and Steve and Sian for some good guesses.
Review of the year turned contentious with everyone allowed a vote, even those who hadn’t read any of the books… despite that I think the right books still came out on top, with the final results:: 1. New Finnish Grammar, 2. Beware of Pity, 3. Fahrenheit 451. Rotten tomato of the year to Wings of the Dove, closely followed by Ubik.
Just time for a reveal of the next book:
Friday 10 March — My Animals and Other Family by Julia Blackburn
Thursday 13 April — I was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
Please note change of date in April as it’s Easter weekend!
We then moved on to Brian’s hummus and innuendos which will be turned into a song for the March meeting 😁
Finally finally — Rachel will be choosing next for May book club.