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.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


A fight to the death - on live TV. The game show where you kill or die, and where the winner's prize is survival. In District 12, where Katniss Everdeen lives, life is harsh and brutal, ruled from afar by the all-powerful leaders of the Capitol. The climax of each year is the savage Hunger Games - where twelve boys and twelve girls from each District face each other in a murderous showdown. When sixteen-year-old Katniss is chosen to represent her district in the Games, everyone thinks it's a death sentence. Only one person can survive the horrors of the arena. But plucky Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature...

What Did We Think?

Votes were as follows: 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9.


  1. this one of the rare young adult books which steps nicely into older readers territory. and at this point a great divergance from the loved up vampires previlant within the genre, it still follows the love triangle format. the scenario is excellently set as are the characters. but what a story from beginning to end it was difficult to put down, assimilating all the information would, and did require a second reading. the building up of the terror of the games itself is relentlas and thankfully does not disappoint. not to glorify in the violence but to show the fact that if we were put in that position, then just what we do. which story line the reader follows depends on how they read the story, which way will it go? the story is a complete 9.5. as an aside there is a book, The Girl Who Was on Fire, Leah Wilson, Jennifer Barnes, Mary Borse et al.

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  3. Off-topic: Any direction to a section of this site or starting a thread (?) would be appreciated.

    I am completely new here. May I post a description of two books I'm looking for, without the benefit of remembering their titles? Oddly, I remember the books themselves better than their titles and authors.