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Chocky
Chocky | John Wyndham
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In Chocky, pioneering science-fiction master John Wyndham confronts an enigma as strange as anything found in his classic works The Day of the Triffids or The Chrysalids—the mind of a child. It’s not terribly unusual for a boy to have an imaginary friend, but Matthew’s parents have to agree that his—nicknamed Chocky—is anything but ordinary. Why, Chocky demands to know, are there twenty-four hours in a day? Why are there two sexes? Why can’t Matthew solve his math homework using a logical system like binary code? When the questions Chocky asks become too advanced and, frankly, too odd for teachers to answer, Matthew’s parents start to wonder if Chocky might be something far stranger than a figment of their son’s imagination. Chocky, the last novel Wyndham published during his life, is a playful investigation of what being human is all about, delving into such matters as child-rearing, marriage, learning, artistic inspiration—and ending with a surprising and impassioned plea for better human stewardship of the earth.
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vivastory
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Since one of the choices for the inaugural month of the #NYRBBookClub is Chocky, I thought I'd post this Penguin postcard.
@BarbaraBB

LeahBergen Cool! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Nice! 1mo
BarbaraBB I must read this one anyhow! 1mo
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Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts I believe the choice is Cassandra... just about to get here on kindle only 2.39 euros in our part of the world !! Sorry , but I don‘t know what #NYRBBookclub stands for 😬🤷🏻‍♀️. Thankyou X (edited) 1mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts It stands for New York Review Book Book Club. Yes, May's choice is Cassandra & I can't wait to read it. 1mo
Cathythoughts I have it my possession 👍🏻♥️ looking forward to it too ! Thankyou (edited) 1mo
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BarbaraBB
Chocky | John Wyndham
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#NYRBBookClub

It has been difficult to narrow them down, but here are my three nominations for our brandnew #NYRBBookClub, to read in May! 🎉

I chose one classic from the #1001books list, one American that I had stacked already and one that has been on my shelves for way too long and that I really want to read, a Hungarian one.

I am looking forward to your votes!
All credits to the awesome Scott for organizing. Thanks so much 💕

MicheleinPhilly WOOHOO! My vote is for the following because I already own it: 1mo
mklong Excellent choices and I‘d be happy with any of them, but I‘ve been meaning to read this one for a while 1mo
merelybookish Any will do but my first pick is 1mo
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batsy Great picks! Magda Szabo is high on my list of authors to read but I'm going with Cassandra at the Wedding because I have the Kindle version 🙂 1mo
Theaelizabet Great choices! I would be happy to read any of them, but since I have The Door I‘ll vote for it. 1mo
Tamra The Door is good! 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve read The Door. Cassandra would be my first choice but happy with any. 1mo
youneverarrived I‘m going with The Door as it‘s one I‘ve been wanting to read but I‘ll be happy to read any of them. 1mo
vivastory Stellar choices! I haven't read any of them, but my vote is for the one that has also been on my shelves for a long time 1mo
sisilia I vote for Cassandra 1mo
sprainedbrain Great choices! I would be happy with any of these, and can get my hands on all of them, but my first choice would be 1mo
saresmoore Excellent picks! I vote for 1mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m up for any but my vote goes to Cassandra. 1mo
LeahBergen Gahhh! I didn‘t realize this would be so hard! 😆😆 I own Chocky and The Door but have been dying to read Cassandra. Okay, I‘ll go with the one that I‘ve owned for longer.... my vote is for 1mo
CarolynM I'm not voting because I'm not joining you on this journey but I can't resist telling you that I read Cassandra at the Wedding not that long ago and thought it was really good. (edited) 1mo
Leftcoastzen Oh ,they all look so good,voting for 1mo
vivastory It's almost a tie between The Door & Cassandra... so much anticipation 1mo
emilyhaldi Great choices!!! All 3 have caught my eye in the past, but I‘ve had this one stacked for way too long so it‘s getting my vote! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Your review made me nominate it 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory It still can be a tie with two more votes to go! Too bad Chocky won‘t make it but I want to read all three of them now 😂 1mo
vivastory Same here! I have the feeling that your #2 choice will be on someone else's list very soon & I'm really tempted to read Chocky soon. If I do, I will tag you. 1mo
Rachel_nyc I love the drama! I just checked and my library has both of the top picks so I should be all set either way although I have a feeling I will want these in my collection. 1mo
vivastory @Rachel_nyc They're affordable, durable, beautiful editions. It's so hard to resist them!! 1mo
GatheringBooks i vote for Cassandra at the wedding and The Door. :) 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Cassandra it is, with only @Liz_M left to vote! Do you take over from here? I‘m excited for the start of our book club! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory and I‘m going to buy Chocky too so let me know when you‘ll get to it! 1mo
vivastory Sounds good! I'm going to buy Cassandra & Chocky tomorrow. Great choices! 1mo
vivastory Yes, I thought that throughout the month the group could post their thoughts as they're reading & then towards the end of the month we'd have a more structured discussion. I can do the discussion, or you can. It's up to you. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory We can think of some questions per email and do the discussion together? I won‘t have the book before half May however (BookDepository is cheap but slow). 1mo
vivastory That sounds like a good plan. I've used book depository a handful of times, I had good experiences with them overall. 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m popping back in to see the voting results! 😆😆 @vivastory 1mo
Liz_M Sorry! I only check litsy once or twice a week and had no idea voting had started and (effectively) ended. Luckily y'all choose the one I want to read. 😁 😁 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I‘m glad your happy with the outcome! No apologies needed! 💕 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😘 1mo
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LauraJ
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Finally finished my first book of the #readathon. A father tells the story of his adopted ‘tween son who has some very odd ideas which may or may not come from an imaginary friend. I read it slowly to savor it. Written in 1968, it warns about our inefficient use of energy. Surprised there aren‘t more Litsy posts!

Reviewsbylola This is an amazing cover! 7mo
BestDogDad Love the cover....and forward by Atwood?! Very cool. 7mo
LauraJ @BestDogDad and I like that the forward is at the end of the book. 7mo
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LauraJ
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Seems I may finish this bag of chips before I finish the book. #readathon

It‘s my first John Wyndham read and it‘s very enjoyable. In a similar vein as The Midwich Cuckoos (which I‘ve only seen the movie version of).

BookwormM I really enjoyed this one 7mo
LauraJ @BookwormM me too 😈 7mo
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LauraJ
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Is this some kind of trick? Why isn‘t she laying ON the book? Wonder if she‘s hiding a hairball UNDER the book. Do not trust the tabby.
#danger #catsoflitsy

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Scott_BookInvasion
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Come watch my ugly mug talk about imaginary friends and aliens in my review of the classic ‘Chocky‘.
https://youtu.be/oNvtzKFJSrw
#booktube

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BestDogDad
Chocky | John Wyndham
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This is the fourth Wyndham novel I've read and I've enjoyed them all. I just love the way he writes, and how he expertly delivers his odd little science fiction stories in short novels with no filler or wasted words. Chocky was his last novel, written a year before he died in 1969.

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BestDogDad
Chocky | John Wyndham
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The introduction to my 1968 first edition paperback. The only problem is that there is no Mark in the book. The main character is named Matthew. Oh, well.

mcipher Too funny! 10mo
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BestDogDad
Chocky | John Wyndham
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My current paper and audio reads. I‘m really enjoying Wyndham‘s Chocky so far. The Fifth Season is OK. A little too much fantasy for my tastes but I‘ll stick with it

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Scott_BookInvasion
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Very interesting classic. I‘m only about halfway through and loving it. If my son turns 11 and starts taking to himself I will be equal parts horrified and excited.

LeahBergen I just bought this one because of that freaky premise! 12mo
Scott_BookInvasion This has been on my TBR for such a long time and I finally stumbled across a hardcover at a thrift store! I was so excited. 12mo
KCorter I just bought this one as well! It looks so good. 12mo
wtimblin This book also gave me the creeps. My son is 9 and I said the same thing to the misus! 11mo
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LeahBergen
Chocky | John Wyndham
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When their son‘s imaginary friend starts asking questions that are too scientifically and mathematically advanced for a boy his age, they start to wonder if “Chocky” is really a figment of their son‘s imagination ... or something more sinister. 😬

I had to buy some gifts this weekend at a bookshop and it would just be unseemly if I didn‘t buy something for myself, right??

CindyE09 I love NYRBs!!! 12mo
batsy Right! Especially a cool-looking NYRB like this one 👍🏽 12mo
LauraJ Treat yo‘ self 😈 12mo
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Cinfhen That‘s a stunning cover!! Don‘t care what‘s inside!!! 12mo
TrishB Lovely book 👍🏻 12mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead Ooo, I‘m intrigued by this! Another one for the TBR! 12mo
AlaMich NYRB rocks!! 12mo
Redwritinghood Of course! This book looks interesting. 12mo
saresmoore This is such a neat cover! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 12mo
emilyhaldi Into it!!!! Let me add to my Amazon cart with all 30 of the other NYRB books 😬😬😬 12mo
Reviewsbylola Haha, my 5 year old asked me yesterday if men are born with all their sperm already in their bodies (like women with eggs) and today she asked me where our souls go when we die and she told me that she wants to keep some of my skin cells in a jar when I die to remember me by. 😱😂 I often wonder how tf she comes up with this stuff. Maybe now I know. 😂 12mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Oh my God!!! 😂😂😂 I hope it isn‘t Chocky! The “skin cells in a jar” is bloody amazing. 🤣 12mo
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MariettaSG
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Chocky, the alien visitor has some pertinent points about the environment.

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'For intelligent life is the only thing that gives meaning to the universe. It is a holy thing, to be fostered and treasured."

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quirkyreader
Chocky | John Wyndham
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Today's #bookmail brightened my day.

LeahBergen I want to read Chocky, too! 2y
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BooksForYears
Chocky | John Wyndham
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#MayBookFlowers Day 6 - Supernatural Mysteries

I really enjoyed this tale of a young boy who starts talking to himself one day, then begins performing all this complicated maths work. Is he having mental health issues, or could there be a supernatural force at work?

Weave That's a great edition ~ glad you enjoyed it x 2y
BestOfFates I love that cover!! 2y
BooksForYears @BestOfFates Isn't it delightfully creepy! 2y
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BookHermit My youngest has an imaginary fiend named Jack Frost who likes to ask science questions. Whenever my son has new information for him he says "send video" so Jack can receive the data ? 2y
MicheleinPhilly @BookHermit I think that's awesome! 2y
RealLifeReading Love John Wyndham! 2y
LeahBergen This sounds good. I need it! 2y
BooksForYears @BookHermit Uh oh....😉 2y
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Catrad
Chocky | John Wyndham
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My first audiobook of the year, Chocky by John Wyndham. Brilliantly narrated, and a really excellent story.

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BooksForYears
Chocky | John Wyndham
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#Booktober Day 29 - Supernatural Beings

One day, 12yr old Matthew begins talking to an imaginary friend named Chocky. His parents aren't too worried, until Matthew begins doing very sophisticated math and science work. Is Chocky truly imaginary, or is there something else afoot?

#SupernaturalBeings #Chocky #JohnWyndham #nyrb

LindsayReads Love that cover! 3y
RealLifeReading Love John Wyndham! 3y
SuperPunkNinja Ooh... sounds good! 3y
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BooksForYears @McShelfington It's so creepy and wonderful! 3y
Bookish.Heart Sounds great! The cover is creeping me out though! 😳😄 3y
CherylRainfield This is one of my favorite books! 3y
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sumaiyya.books

#currentlyreading and loving this modern classic! Has anyone read Wyndham?

Shemac77 I loved The Chrysalids. 3y
SophieWaters I loved Day of the Triffids! Very much looking forward to reading more. 3y
Dragon I enjoyed Chocky and the Chrysalids but Day of The Triffids was too scary for my teenage self. May try it again 3y
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