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WANTED: January, February & March 2022 FICTION suggestions!

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:20 pm
by Chris OConnor
WANTED: January, February & March 2022 FICTION suggestions!

Please tell us what FICTION book or books you think we should read and discuss as a community in January, February & March 2022 (Q1, 2022). It will be helpful to provide a link to where we can learn more about your book suggestion. And if you really want to impress us add a few words about why you're suggesting the book. Feel free to comment on other people's suggestions. If you like a suggestion please say so, and if you find a suggestion to not be enticing it is OK to say so. Feedback makes this process work.

Re: WANTED: January, February & March 2022 FICTION suggestions!

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:31 pm
by Mr. P
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr.

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The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone.

Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.

Re: WANTED: January, February & March 2022 FICTION suggestions!

Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:22 pm
by LanDroid
Checking through past selections it does not appear we have discussed historical fiction before. Uncle Tom's Cabin is one possible exception.

Panther in the Sky: A Novel based on the life of Tecumseh by James Alexander Thom is one of the best books I've ever read. He goes into deep detail on the rituals and customs of the Shawnee indians and other tribes. He discusses the final attempt to unite hundreds of tribes to defend against the encroachment of European settlers. Tecumseh lead this effort with assistance from his half-crazy brother. Heartbreaking in that we know how that all turned out...

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara is another one I've read. It goes into detail about what happened at Gettysburg. It includes dialog from both sides, obviously not verbatim, but probably reasonably close to what must have been discussed under the chaotic circumstances. This brings history to life (hair curling and goosebumps) more than a textbook can. The film "Gettysburg" was based on this book. I didn't realize this is part 2 of a trilogy, probably something I'll read through completely some day.

To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War by Jeff Shaara. Haven't read this, but knowing very little about the first world war, I expect we'd all learn quite a bit. (Michael and Jeff Shaara are father and son.)