Discussing: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Where: Erik’s new house, 1313 Short Ct, Louisville, CO 80027
New Picks: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
Food will be provided, bring beverages and RSVP here. If you can’t make it, no worries, Andrew will just throw bricks at your house.
We selected The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. After basically ramming this pick down your throats during voting, I thought it only appropriate to host the next club.
When: Friday, May 18.
Where: Erik’s new house, 1313 Short Ct, Louisville, CO 80027
Read the book, it’s good. But if you don’t read it, come anyway, it will be fun. Bring beer. I’ll provide the food.
Here are Robert’s book picks and his descriptions (with Presidential edits) for us to vote on THIS FRIDAY @ Dave’s house in Longmont (I think he’s making his famous native Buffalo Wings!). Bring Beer. RSVP so he knows how many to cook for.
The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin (416 pages)
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space…. (I’d prefer not to give more of a description of the book than this because I just finished reading it without knowing in advance what it is about, and I think it’s better that way.)
Island by Aldous Huxley (384 pages)
The final novel from Aldous Huxley, Island is a provocative counterpoint to his worldwide classic Brave New World, in which a flourishing, ideal society located on a remote Pacific island attracts the envy of the outside world.
Wages of Rebellion by Chris Hedges (304 pages) Non-Fiction
Revolutions come in waves and cycles…. Chris Hedges investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.
Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life.
From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.
War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story by Emmanuel Jal (272 pages)
In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. But as Sudan’s civil war moved closer―with the Islamic government seizing tribal lands for water, oil, and other resources―Jal’s family moved again and again, seeking peace. Jal was separated from his mother; his father Simon rose to become a powerful commander in the Christian Sudanese Liberation Army, fighting for the freedom of Sudan. Soon, Jal was conscripted into that army, one of 10,000 child soldiers, and fought through two separate civil wars over nearly a decade.
But, remarkably, Jal survived, and his life began to change when he was adopted by a British aid worker. He began the journey that would lead him to change his name and to music: recording and releasing his own album, which produced the number one hip-hop single in Kenya, and from there went on to perform with Moby, Bono, Peter Gabriel, and other international music stars. War Child is a memoir by a unique young man, who is determined to tell his story and in so doing bring peace to his homeland.
@ Dave’s house in Longmont
Last night we voted to read The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
The next book club will be on Friday, April 13th.
Dave will be the host and Robert will be making the picks.
Here are the picks we will vote on for this Friday’s book club.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
(384 Pages) – The underground masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian fiction, this classic novel was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death. When the devil arrives in 1930s Moscow, consorting with a retinue of odd associates–including a talking black cat, an assassin, and a beautiful naked witch–his antics wreak havoc among the literary elite of the world capital of atheism. Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a psychiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save him. As Bulgakov’s dazzlingly exuberant narrative weaves back and forth between Moscow and ancient Jerusalem, studded with scenes ranging from a giddy Satanic ball to the murder of Judas in Gethsemane, Margarita’s enduring love for the Master joins the strands of plot across space and time.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
(416 Pages) – A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami’s international following. Tracking one man’s descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.
The General in His Labyrinth by
Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era (3rd Edition) by David Herbert Donald
(228 Pages) – David Herbert Donald, Lincoln biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has revised and updated his classic and influential book on Lincoln and the era he dominated. When Lincoln Reconsidered was first published it ushered in the process of rethinking the Civil War that continues to this day. In the third edition, David provides two important new essays, on Lincoln’s patchy education—which we find was more extensive than even the great man realized—and on Lincoln’s complex and conflicted relationship to the rule of law. Together with a new preface and a thoroughly updated bibliographical essay, Lincoln Reconsidered will continue to be a touchstone of Lincoln scholarship for decades to come.