Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group

Last night was the annual book selection meeting for the Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group to which I belong. Once a year we meet to decide what the books will be for the coming year; basically everyone brings a few recommendations, makes pitches, and then we vote. It's kind of like a cage match; no one can leave until we've selected the books for the year.

It's become a tradition to use one selection for a graphic novel; three years ago we did The Dark Knight Returns; two years ago we did Seaguy & We3; and this past year we read Charles Burns's Black Hole.

The graphic novel selection for next year is Jeff Smith's Bone (yes, the whole 1300 page one-volume edition!) Bone won out over my recommendation, the new Finder: Sin-Eater hardcover. Still, Bone should make for a good read and a good discussion.

One of my prose suggestions was picked for the coming year: Towing Jehova by James Morrow. Other picks for our reading enjoyment are:

Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
Russell Hoban, Linger Awhile
Robert J. Sawyer, Rollback
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Joshua Mowll, Operation Red Jericho
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds

Should be another interesting slate for the coming year.

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