Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Club Updates | The fantastical month ahead

Our first bottle of wine broke. Not on my carpet thankfully. In the din of traffic on a one-way street with a valet man gesturing frantically to pull out right next to a car that was simultaneously pulling in, is how I imagine Reshma getting her crocodile skin shoes stuck in the handle of her eco-friendly bag, thus setting the poor bottle on the course of it's demise.

But a quick pit stop at Nature’s Basket later, we sat down on my couch to talk books, literature, the best in reading and the most beautifully flawed authors. After we got discussing Frank Herbert's Dune, of course.

There were a lot of mixed feelings. I personally hadn't got past the first 50 pages (sorry) but I know I'll read it, when I'm in "the zone" for a sci-fi novel that isn't The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As for the frills and finalisations, here's the general lowdown.

Book Talk/ Swap: Wherein we bought a selection of books to recommend and then as an option, allowed fellow Caterpillars to borrow for the month.
We went to town with this one. The table held titles like After Dark by Haruki Murakami, A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Matrin’s 5th installment of The Game of Thrones series, Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa and Manga Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
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It went very well, and all the books except the Martin got swiped, but that’s only because the owner was still reading it. Manga’s went to a member who claimed he doesn’t read much, Murakami went to a virgin in the genre of Magic Realism and I quickly pocketed Mornings in Jenin because I haven’t read any literature from Palistine. Needless to say, I think this one ought to be part of The Club’s regular culture.

October’s Read
Theme: Fantasy
I’m quite pleased to announce that I successfully marketed The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgewick for October’s read. It’s about a boy named Boy who must help his cruel master, a sorcerer called Valerian, save his soul from a Faustian pact he made years ago. This must be done before the Dead Days, the days between Christmas and New Year’s, are over. The book is dark, mysterious and filled with adventure that makes your reading speed accelerate in anticipation of the end. The climax… it doesn’t disappoint, but leaves a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions about Boy’s origins and identity. Good thing there’s a sequel then, isn’t it? But reading that is entirely optional. The Club recommends you read The Book of Dead Days in time for the first Sunday in October, for which we have some pretty fantastical plans.
In conclusion:
I still have Bourdain to breeze through, but I really can’t wait to get cracking on the loot and of course, the recommendations from my fellow Caterpillar’s. But most of all, I’m looking forward to reading The Book of Dead Days, which I’ve ordered and shall review next month along with its sequel, The Dark Flight down.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like we really missed a fun filled evening! When are we having the next one? Any inclination to do it on a Saturday evening? Becos thats when we have maids who can look after the kiddos.



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