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ReadFrac Frac: The Great Riviera Bank Robberyby Albert Spaggiari. It's about a Frenchman, former OAS, who stole ~40 million Francs, mostly because he was bored.
You've probably heard a lot of this idea, but I'd really like to see Starship Troopers go down in the list of book club books. I'm always amazed to run into self-professed science-fiction fans who don't even know that the Paul Verhoeven movie is based (at least in name) on a book. In my opinion it makes a fascinating essay, even if doesn't hold up very well as a story. It's also pretty short, maybe a few days for the casual reader. What do people think of this?
Idoru- William Gibson.
He died with a Falafel in his hand
1) This sounds awesome.2) There's a graphic novel of it!!
Can we get some non-fiction up ins?
Yahtzee Croshaw wrote a novel where the main character is a resurrected corpse in an MMORPG. I have no idea if it's any good or not, but Yahtzee is a pretty funny man, and his geek cred might get non-reading listeners into it.
Can we get some non-fiction up ins?Non-fiction sux.
Can we get some non-fiction up ins?Non-fictionsux.I have no problem with reality, but non-fiction tends to bore to tears.
Can we get some non-fiction up ins?Non-fictionsux.
Then you're reading shitty non-fiction.
He died with a Falafel in his hand By John Birmingham is a pretty good book, and amusing. Also, not the usual fare for the book club, so it should be interesting.
I am looking forward to hearing you guys talk about Hunger Games in your next book club episode.
I can agree with The Left Hand of Darkness.
Has anyone here read "The Quantum Thief"?
Maybe Ready Player One? It's the author's first published novel and reads like Young Adult fiction, but it hits geek tropes and 80's references hard.
The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part Time Indian - Sherman Alexie. Part comic, part young adult novel about life on the Rez, this book is a deceptively quick read.
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot DÃaz. A young Dominican nerd dreams of love and writing fantasy novels.
Idoru - William Gibson. An cyberpunk adventure in future Tokyo, dealing with virtual idols and a runaway teenager. Neuromancer is also a decent choice.
2) There's a graphic novel of it!!
I want y'all to read The Selfish Gene. It will serve the dual purpose of teaching you a little bit bout genetics and evolutionary biology, and showing you why anyone ever thought Richard Dawkins was a guy worth listening to, back before he became a full-time atheist. It's also actually really readable.
Oh! And another one: you should really read The Double Helix, James Watson's autobiographical account of the race to figure out the structure of DNA. It's... not what you'd expect. I was in equal measures entertained, outraged, and admiring. That guy was a complete and utter douchebag, and he's pretty straightforward about it in the book. It's something else.
Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World is basically THE skeptical book. You already did a Sagan recently, I guess.
One last one: Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. It is an honest-to-goodness book, but it is also math, and it makes math not scary. It's short, too! And since it's about how motherfuckers don't know math and how that's bad for them, you all get to feel smug for reading it and no longer being afraid of math.
I figure y'all probably have enough fiction suggestions to last a lifetime. Consider some science, though, huh?
Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer is totally awesome. It's about parasites, how they work (they're ingenious motherfucking organisms), and co-evolution. Awesome.
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is a totally awesome book about co-evolution in four different plants in order to use humans (by way of agriculture) to ensure they proliferate. Apples, Potatoes, Tulips, Marijuana. Damn good book.
I'll have others later. I need to attack my shelves.
Also for more sci-fi I suggest Left Hand of Darkness by Le Guin. It's enjoyable and has some of that deepness Scrym seems to prefer.
This is the danger with knowing books exist. I always want to read them before the movies/television shows. So little time.