Waterstone's Liverpool One Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

Waterstones Liverpool One Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

"This is space. It's sometimes called the final frontier. (Except that of course you can't have a *final* frontier, because there'd be nothing for it to be a frontier *to*, but as frontiers go, it's pretty penultimate...)"
- Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

About Us

This is the official blog for the book club held in the book lounge of Waterstones Liverpool One.

The group meet at 6pm on the first Monday of the month to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the books selected. The books range from classic fantasy to brand new science fiction short story collections.

It's a fun and friendly atmosphere and all are welcome: from those who have never read any science fiction or fantasy before, to those who don't read anything else.

The group, and this blog, are administered by Glyn Morgan, the Bookseller responsible for the Science Fiction section of the store and an avid reader of SF who is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Liverpool.

If you would like to comment on any of the books we've read, this month or in the distant past, please feel free to contribute to the comments section of the relevant posts.

Visit this club's little sister: Coffee and Comics

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin


The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres. But Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres's sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more liberty and tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.

What Did We Think?

[notes to follow]

Votes were as follows: 7, 8, 8, 9, 9

Monday, 6 June 2011

New Books Selected Until December

Evening all,

At today's session we used the highly scientific method of "bits of paper in a hat" five books to occupy our time, money, and minds until December 2011. As such the reading list for the next six month looks like this:

July: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
August: Solaris by Stanislaw Lem.
September: Love Songs of the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman.
October: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin.
November: The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones.
December: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov.

In the interests of recording everything for posterity, the books which were suggested but didn't make it out of the hat were: Thief with No Shadow by Emily Gee, Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, "Something by Gene Wolfe", Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko, Plan for Chaos by John Wyndham, Zoo City by Lauren Beaukes.

We will next select new books in November, so keep your eye out for interesting material. As it is the new list comprises a solid blend of science fiction, fantasy, novel, short story, classic, and modern. Not bad for random selection.