Handmaid's Tale on 2/22 and next books?
February 8, 2017 10:06 AM - Subscribe

The date for the Handmaid's Tale post is set - but what should we read next?

Hi everyone! I've got the club set up now, as you can see, and I've give us all 2 weeks to read or re-read The Handmaid's Tale. I'll put up the discussion post on the 22nd of February. I myself haven't read it, so this will be fun!!!

Next steps: what book should we read next? You can peruse the list linked in the club description (and add any books you like!), but to make it simple, let's choose between these:

- 1984, George Orwell (about 270 pages, political dystopia)
- It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis (about 400 pages, political dystopia, this one set in America)
- The Dispossessed, Ursula LeGuin (about 390 pages, science fiction w/ themes of xenophobia)

posted by chainsofreedom to In These Trying Times - Fiction post-Trump (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I really want to read Parable of the Sower. People have been saying it was prescient. Anyone else interested?
posted by latkes at 12:01 PM on February 8, 2017

Besides that I don't have a preference between the above three
posted by latkes at 12:03 PM on February 8, 2017

I'm interested! That can be next if everyone else is cool with it.

Book in question is:

Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler (about 350 pages, political dystopia with themes of environmentalism)
posted by chainsofreedom at 3:29 PM on February 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'd be interested in reading Parable of the Sower next. Would we be aiming to read/discuss that one sometime in March?
posted by mixedmetaphors at 5:17 PM on February 8, 2017

Yes, I thought we'd do one every month. We're alternating every two weeks with the nonfiction post-Trump Fanfare club, so that those who want to participate in both won't be bogged down with reading. So, Handmaid's Tale on the 22nd, nonfiction book around March 8th, and then Parable of the Sower around March 22nd.
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:22 PM on February 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm going to suggest an odd fiction one, but it's about artists resisting a military invasion (disclaimer: I wrote this review of it): "The City, Not Long After."

I also love Parable of the Sower, so fourthing that.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:14 PM on February 11, 2017

Parable of the sower for sure!
posted by supercrayon at 7:20 PM on February 18, 2017

The Dispossessed, Ursula LeGuin

posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:21 PM on February 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

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