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Suggestions needed for May/June fiction discussion.

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Post Re: Suggestions needed for May/June fiction discussion
The Kindle version of this book was on sale the other day for a few bucks, so I picked it up. It's very long, but I figured I'd throw it out there in case there's enough interest.

Neal Stephenson, Anathem
http://www.amazon.com/Anathem-Neal-Step ... 682&sr=8-2

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In this follow-up to his historical Baroque Cycle trilogy, which fictionalized the early-18th century scientific revolution, Stephenson (Cryptonomicon) conjures a far-future Earth-like planet, Arbre, where scientists, philosophers and mathematicians—a religious order unto themselves—have been cloistered behind concent (convent) walls. Their role is to nurture all knowledge while safeguarding it from the vagaries of the irrational saecular outside world. Among the monastic scholars is 19-year-old Raz, collected into the concent at age eight and now a decenarian, or tenner (someone allowed contact with the world beyond the stronghold walls only once a decade). But millennia-old rules are cataclysmically shattered when extraterrestrial catastrophe looms, and Raz and his teenage companions—engaging in intense intellectual debate one moment, wrestling like rambunctious adolescents the next—are summoned to save the world. Stephenson's expansive storytelling echoes Walter Miller's classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, the space operas of Larry Niven and the cultural meditations Douglas Hofstadter—a heady mix of antecedents that makes for long stretches of dazzling entertainment occasionally interrupted by pages of numbing colloquy.



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I have the three Baroque cycle novels but have not read them yet. I don't know if this follow up would ruin the first three for me. I do like the suggestion and would like to see a novel from this genre selected. "Cryptonomicon" is supposed to be good too. If we select a particularly long novel we can extend the discussion to include July.



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I have the three Baroque cycle novels but have not read them yet. I don't know if this follow up would ruin the first three for me. I do like the suggestion and would like to see a novel from this genre selected. "Cryptonomicon" is supposed to be good too. If we select a particularly long novel we can extend the discussion to include July.


As far as I can tell, it is unrelated to the Baroque novels. I've never read any of his works before, but am planning to one of these days.



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I did a bit of digging and from what I read "Anathem" is considered a stand alone book. It has received good reviews and from Stephenson fans it is right up there with " Snow Crash" and "Cryptonomicon" as a favorite.

I do like this suggestion and would be interested in reading it. It is lengthy, 900 + pages lengthy. A third month would have to be added.



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Post Re: Suggestions needed for May/June fiction discussion
All of Stephenson's later novels are quite lengthy, but worthwhile. I loved Cryptonomicon, and have Anathem checked out from the library right now! I know I'm not allowed to post suggestions myself yet, but I heartily approve this recommendation would love to participate in the discussion if it's selected.


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Post Re: Suggestions needed for May/June fiction discussion
We have one suggestion for our next fiction discussion. Would anyone else like to make a suggestion? Also, does anyone have any comments about "Anathem"?

I have noticed a great interest in science fiction/fantasy/utopian gengres of fiction for some time with members of BookTalk. "Anathem" would be considered sci fi and it may make for a very stimulating discussion. It would be helpful to know who would be interested in reading a book of this type.

So for those who do intend to participate in our next group fiction discussion starting in May, please take a look at the suggested novel "Anathem" make comments if you care to and please feel free to make suggestions of your own.



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Some ideas in the SF/Fantasy genre -- there are lots of these kinds of lists, of course, I just came across these. Anyone else want to make some suggestions? I don't want to monopolize it, and I don't even read a lot of fiction, but I could throw out a few ideas that I got from these lists.

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843 ... mmentBlock
http://thisrecording.com/today/2010/1/1 ... -or-f.html

"Anathem" made it onto the NPR reader/listener poll from last year.



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Post Re: Suggestions needed for May/June fiction discussion
Due to the lack of interest the next group fiction discussion will be postponed until June. We will start the suggestion process for the June/July discussion very early in May to allow time for all members to participate. This suggestion phase will not have any post requirements therefore all members of BookTalk.org are eligible to nominate favorite novels. The goal of our group discussions is to provide members with quality conversations about the chosen novel and this cannot be accomplished without an interest in the suggestion phase. It is my hope that the next novel nomination process will generate participation and produce a successful group fiction discussion for June and July. :)



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