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    The Man on Platform Five by Robert Llewellyn
    October


    We're switching genres from a wacky, British rom-com condensed down into a book, to a science-fiction novel which weaponises the use of words in a way that'll be compelling to those who take a glance at the current state of politics.

    The Blurb

    Quote Originally Posted by Goodreads
    Babel-17 is all about the power of language. Humanity, which has spread throughout the universe, is involved in a war with the Invaders, who have been covertly assassinating officials and sabotaging spaceships. The only clues humanity has to go on are strange alien messages that have been intercepted in space. Poet and linguist Rydra Wong is determined to understand the language and stop the alien threat.

    Where to find a copy

    - Try your local library first of all. Nothing beats free reading!
    - If they don't have a physical copy, check to see if they have a digital library and see if they have a eBook or eAudiobook.
    - If that fails, check used book shops or used book websites online. You can often get a good deal. You could also use eReaders and apps to check their prices, like Kindle or Kobo.

    Discussion

    Unlike regular book groups, I'll keep this thread open for discussion throughout the month for people to post first impressions and ongoing thoughts about the story.

    Obviously, put such talk in spoiler tags. At the end of the month (I'm going to set a date for the 29th October), discussion no longer needs to be put in tags. Think of that date as the time we would meet up normally if this was a physical book club.

    Anyway, I hope you all manage to find a copy!

    If someone's really struggling, post about it and I'll see what I can do.

    Book Order

    Book Order

    Jinx - August - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    Bubba - September - The Man on Platform Five by Robert Llewellyn
    Mr. Carnelian - October - Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
    Shauna - November -
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    Also, apologies for the late opening of this thread! I knew I forgot something to do over the week.


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    So far, I'm a only a couple pages in, but I think I'm hooked. The first few pages were a bit tough to read, but on reflection, I think that it's more of a mental shift than anything, as I went directly from Monster Hunters International to Babel-17, and the former book is not an intellectual read at all, where this one is shaping up to be. The book seems to start in the middle of whatever is going on on, so hopefully it will clear things up as the story progresses. Thanks for the suggestion, and hopefully will have more to say about it soon.

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    Oh man, I haven't started this yet. Could we maybe have a month gap in November before the next recommendation? Just to accommodate us slow readers

    I don't want to have to rush it!

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