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The Book Club Review


Mar 29, 2017

Can a sci-fi novel make for a good book club book? We find out with The Left-Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. Did Laura's book club, mostly sci-fi newbies, like it or loathe it?

From fantasy dystopia to the real world, we also tackle Second-Hand Time, Svetlana Alexievich's history of life in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. It's an emotionally challenging read on a difficult subject. But did Kate's book club think it worth the effort? Listen in to find out.

We also interview 88-year old Anne Thompson about her favourite literary discoveries thanks to her book club.

Books mentioned on this episode:

  • The City and the City by China Mieville
  • Kil'n People by David Brin
  • The Complete Broken Empire Trilogy: Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • The Earthsea Quartet: Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atman, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin
  • Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich