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Canticle for Leibowitz
Canticle for Leibowitz | Walter M Jr. Miller
In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter. In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. But as the mystery at the core of this groundbreaking novel unfolds, it is the search itself for meaning, for truth, for love that offers hope for humanity's rebirth from the ashes."
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BookMaven9
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I know this is a classic and been wanting to read it for years. I think it‘s an important read for it‘s philosophical teachings and learnings, but it bored the tears out of me. I just wasn‘t the audience for it. I would never talk anyone out of reading it.

TheNeverendingTBR I finished this last week 10mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Bailedbailed

Could I BE anymore bored? 🥸

Read halfway through, I hate doing it but I have to bail! ❌️

vlwelser 💯 10mo
KathyWheeler I loved this book but I totally understand why you might be bored by it. 10mo
Leniverse I was anything but bored by this book. I flung it across the room in anger, twice. And when I finished it I walked around in a gloomy book hangover of despair for almost two weeks. 😅 10mo
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vivastory
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Walter Miller's book is really a collection of 3 novellas that tells the story of humanity's survival following a nuclear war. Spanning hundreds of years & focusing on the events at a monastery, we witness the preservation of human knowledge & subsequent rebuilding of civilization as Miller grapples with the darker, & destructive, fundamental aspects of human nature. Published 9 years after Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, another fix-up novel,

vivastory Miller's seems to be in conversation with Bradbury's work. Driven by inquiries into the human character & the shaping of religious culture, Miller's somber work is periodically interjected with moments of humor allowing for levity. 12mo
Centique I really enjoyed this too - I still think about it often - how one age picks up the detritus of a previous age and builds meaning out of it. I haven‘t read enough Bradbury (and it‘s been a long time) to pick up any parallels so you remind me I need to go back to Bradbury! 12mo
Liz_M I should have read a little about this one before going in -- I never forgave the book for the ending of the first section and the time jumps to the other sections. 12mo
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vivastory @Centique The Martian Chronicles was one of my favorites of last year & is one of my favorites by Bradbury. Did you by chance read the sequel to Canticles? I was curious if it was worthwhile... 12mo
vivastory @Liz_M It was jarring for sure. 12mo
Sapphire This was my father‘s favorite book of all time. 12mo
vivastory @Sapphire Really? I know it's beloved & I can see why. It has a lot to say about human nature & I'm glad that I finally read it. (edited) 12mo
Sapphire @vivastory well, I guess it also says something about my dad. Interesting character in his own right. 12mo
Centique @vivastory no I haven‘t. And I started The Martian Chronicles but put it down and always intended to go back, so I‘m pleased to hear it‘s good! 12mo
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Valiseb
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To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law—a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security.

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ljmcm
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Science fiction, for the most part, does not age well. Instead, with time it becomes a series of observations on what the author didn‘t foresee, or on predictions that did not come to pass. Canticle for Leibowitz, in contrast, is readable 50 years after it was written. It remains an entertaining (though somewhat overlong) story of science, religion and the political overlay that inevitably ignores them both, leading to war and destruction.

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cottagelantern
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4/5 ⭐️s // the only reason why I give this four stars instead of five is because I wasn‘t a fan of the writing style. however, the story itself is absolutely incredible. so much to unpack that my brain is still trying to sort out!

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Susan
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Listening to A Canticle for Leibowitz.

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RamsFan1963
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description or reason for wanting to read the book. Some are old and some will be new. Don't judge me - I have a lot of books.
Day 283

#tbrmountain #bookbuyingdiet

Bookwomble Read this book! I'm judging you 🧐 😄 2y
RamsFan1963 @Bookwomble I just found this at the used book store, I've been wanting to read it for a long time. 2y
Bookwomble @RamsFan1963 Nice find - I like the retro cover 🙂 2y
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AvidReader1985
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I don‘t have a pic b/c I read this as a library book a while ago. I thought due to my love of dystopian fiction and my interest in religion (especially Catholicism, though I‘m not Catholic), that I would love this book. Quite the opposite! It was painful slogging through this. There are only two books I couldn‘t finish, and this is one of them. Deeply disappointing!

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Zoes_Human
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#ManicMonday #LetterC @joscho

📖 A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller Jr.)

💻 Anton Chekhov

🎬 Castle Rock (produced by JJ Abrams & Stephen King)

🎤 The Carpenters

🎼 Controversy (Prince)

JoScho Thanks for playing 💕😊 3y
Zoes_Human @JoScho My pleasure! I'm already thinking about next week because my TV Show for that one is easy! 😀 (edited) 3y
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Sha0102
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Fast-paced novel with a great plot. He saw the future, at least part of it.

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.(Goodreads)

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claudiuo
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Just finished it yesterday, right in time to start my #bookspin title. A captivating post-apocalyptic read, I loved the monks' work to try to save past writings and everything else.
Unfortunately, unlike other reviewers, instead of hope for the future, I mostly see the tragedy of the human race messing it up; I guess I am more pessimistic than most. Despite all this, overall it is a good read, for any fiction reader, science fiction fan or not.

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claudiuo
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Men must fumble awhile with error to separate it from truth, as long as they don‘t seize the error hungrily because it has a pleasanter taste.

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vivastory
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This sci-fi classic is still on my TBR, at the heart of it is an argument about the innate destructiveness of #humannature I'm not saying I completely agree with Miller, I'm not saying I don't either...
#MOvember @Cinfhen

rwmg A great book 3y
Cinfhen Oh, my interest has been peaked #stacked 3y
vivastory @Cinfhen I've only heard great things about it 3y
Cinfhen Maybe I can get my IRL bookclub to read this....those ladies help keep me accountable #TheresNoBailingAtBookClub 😊 3y
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Geeklet
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According to Goodreads, I‘ve read this before and I had given it a three. Past Erica is a jerk because I don‘t remember this book at all and it was excellent. Book two done for Tome Infinity and Beyond Round 3. Now to continue on the wonderful book The Death of Grass. This readathon has basically just been an excuse to do rereads.

Gezemice I loved this one. But I have also had re-reads when I rated it low first and I thought what was I thinking on the second read... 3y
MrBook Nice! 3y
DrexEdit I actually have a goodreads shelf called "have I read this?" just to mark the books I've supposedly read but don't remember at all! ? 3y
Geeklet @Gezemice @DrexEdit I think there‘s a good chance I just thought I had read it when I marked it on Goodreads. 🤣 Post-apocalyptic stuff is normally my jam and I feel like I would have remembered it. Who knows. Past Erica is a mystery. 3y
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Geeklet
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Book 2 for the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon! I‘m counting this book as my America book. This is also for my sci-fi book club so I have my sticky notes ready. I‘m prepared to tab this bad boy up!!

LauraJ Such a fun discussion when my book club read this. 3y
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Centique
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A 1959 book that was unknown to me, discovered for my year of SFF. It reminded me a little of Foundation and also Fahrenheit 451, with the concept of civilisation destroying itself, rebuilding, only to destroy itself again. The book is told in three linked novellas - each one the forgotten prehistory of the next. For such a serious theme there is also humour and fascinating characters 4.5 stars (pic: piece of a recent New Yorker review)

Ruthiella I loved this book. So pessimistic but I liked how he didn‘t pull his punches. 😀 3y
Centique @Ruthiella I agree. And yet I didn‘t find it too depressing to read - I think because there were always some good people, some humour. 👍 3y
Reggie This sounds great!! 3y
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Centique @Reggie it looks like I‘m going to have to change my stance on “I don‘t read apocalyptic novels” 😋 3y
Reggie @Centique you‘re only a couple of books away from loving zombies. Can‘t wait!!! 3y
Liz_M I read this recently and while I loved the first novella, I did not know the structure beforehand and I never forgave the author for switching time periods. 😁 3y
Crazeedi I forgot this book, read many years ago 3y
Centique @Liz_M I felt some loss about that too! It happens to me now and then when an author changes time and place just when I was really enjoying it. 🙃 3y
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SpaceCowboyBooks
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Loving it so far!

SpaceCowboyBooks One of the best books I've read in a while. 3y
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Geeklet
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My local library had its first sci-fi/fantasy book club meeting tonight and I think it was an awesome turnout. We had seven people and the tagged book is gonna be our first read. As an extra perk, I own a lot of the books we‘re considering and this is a great opportunity for me to read them. I‘m not awesome at making friends outside of the Internet so I‘m really pumped for this book club!

tournevis 👍👍👍 3y
Howard_L You‘ll do great. If you can make them online, you can make them offline. Hope you enjoy the book club. 3y
Megabooks Awesome!! 3y
DrexEdit That‘s super cool! It‘s always great to connect with your people!😊 3y
SpaceCowboyBooks Sounds awesome! This book is next in my pile. 3y
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AutumnRLS
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Loved The Westing Game so much, I thought I'd take another @Liberty classic recommendation. #allthebooks

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thebookishtype15
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Panpan

This book just isn't for me

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thebookishtype15
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"Miserable old pretzel!"

I need to start using this.

Bookwormjillk Love it! 4y
rretzler I loved that book! 4y
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BookDude
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Leibowitz is primarily a cautionary tale about nuclear war and history repeating itself. However, the main theme to me is the unreliability of history and religion. I finished reading and thought about how much out world has been shaped by misconceptions, misconstrued beliefs, ignorance, lies, and misplaced power. Some of the science fiction seems outdated, but the themes are just as important now as they‘ve ever been.

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Kryckett
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Tried this in print years ago, and could not get into it. Giving it a second go on audiobook.

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AshHisson
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I was worried when I heard this was chosen for my book club but I really enjoyed it. Preferred the first two stories, but the third was good too. Looking forward to reading the sequel at some point. 4/5 #specfic #septemberreads #shortstories

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Canticle For Leibovitz
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Colony (Just finished Season 3 and am sad it was cancelled)
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This is the first one I‘ve done. Not sure if I should go back and do A & B

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Totally up to you 😊 thanks for playing. 5y
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Giabow
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Mehso-so

Well, I judged this one too soon. I was really excited about it at first. Brother Francis did the things and it was fun and I really liked Brother Francis.
And then other things happened and I got bored and I wanted Brother Francis back. It didn‘t go where I thought it was going to go.

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Giabow
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Why has it taken me so long to read this??

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Liberty
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It is a cold, disgusting, gray day here in Maine, so I‘m staying in bed with an old friend. *wink wink* *nudge nudge* Know what I mean? (Yep, I mean I‘m reading one of my favorite books.)🖤

kgriffith I walked into the living room and saw out the windows and turned right around and went back to bed. 5y
kpawluk89 I really believe I have PTSD from having read this book in high school. 😂 The only part I could understand was the third canticle. That being said...I do want to give it another try, but I‘m still very much intimidated lol 5y
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annamatopoetry
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Holiday reading, I am taking xmas week off. I may actually read them all, because my computer is fucked :(

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maximoffs
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I‘m part of two Postal Book Clubs and this is the first in my Smooch Island Book Club! So excited to get started.

ArcaneStars So underrated! 5y
azulaco So good. I read it earlier this year, and now I get why it is an enduring classic. 5y
drokka This was the first English language book that I ever read cover to cover within the allotted period in high school. I was so engrossed by the concept, the writing was accessible (if only 'read' Dickens and Wuthering Heights by then - thank you Coles notes) and it was the 80s and the fear of nuclear annihilation was palpable, so the story resonated. I need to get a copy. 5y
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azulaco
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This book was so good! Good enough that I want to go out and buy a copy for my permanent library, plus read the sequel. A meditation on the aftermath of manmade destruction, and whether humans are doomed to repeat mistakes. The eternal conflict between spiritual and secular values runs all through the book. It's thought-provoking and well-written. No wonder it won the Hugo Award.

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azulaco
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Still reading. Still loving it.

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Dclines26
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Great start, but trailed off at the end. 3.5/5 stars.

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Oblomov26
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It has been a while since I read this book, but I remember it well as a classic sci-fi/ dystopian fiction and at this price on Audible it is well worth the purchase.

iread2much That is a cheap price! I love that book, I hope the audible version is good 6y
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It might be that I listened to this on audiobook and hated the narrator or that I've been having a very stressful week and not focusing, but I retained so little of this book it's not even funny. I did like the overall concept, but it was a bit dense and heavy-handed for my taste.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I tried to think of clever plays on #lent for #marchmadness but I decided to play it straight. This darkly comical classic examines the complex relationship between faith and science into the far distant future.

Crystalblu Got if for my birthday, enjoyed it quite a lot. I do think it begs many rereads ;) 6y
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abbiereadsbooks
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Reading this one for a book club I'm in! I'm running out of time to finish reading it myself, so I'm switching to audio. I hope the narrator is good!

Chelsibno I read the short story that the book expands upon in my ideal societies in fiction class during my undergrad. I enjoyed the short story, but I've never gotten around to reading the novel. 6y
abbiereadsbooks @Chelsibno I didn't know it was based on a short story! I'll have to check that out when I'm done with the novel! 6y
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bookwormmichelle
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Wow. Very thought - provoking. I keep thinking about it even though I finished it the other day.

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abbiereadsbooks
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Starting this puppy for a book club! I have literally no idea what to expect. I haven't even read the back cover.

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Leniverse
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I #ThrewItAcrossTheRoom. Twice. In righteous frustration. But when I finished it I was incapable of feeling anything other than bleak despair for days. #NoHopeForHumanity (Is that a hashtag? It should be.) Excellent, excellent book. But such a depressing vision. (And indeed the author later committed suicide.) #photoadaynov16

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Gezemice
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September was a good month. Managed to finish Moby Dick - yay! - and really liked most of my reads. I did not finish The Interestings - it was boring, ironically. I also did not like The Call of Cthulhu, confirming that horror is not for me. The others were all good. I am happy with the page count, too, and the progress I made on my reading challenges as well - nine books toward two challenges!
#stats #somethingforsept #bestreadsofseptember

Texreader ❤️ Rebecca!! 6y
RanaElizabeth Kindred, so good. 6y
Gezemice @RanaElizabeth Yes! It was so hard to pick favorites this month. 6y
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Gezemice @Texreader 👍❤️ 6y
Eyelit Good month, indeed! 👍 6y
Gezemice @Eyelit 😀☺️🤓 6y
GlitteryOtters Oh, thank goodness I am not the only one who didn't like The Interestings...! I finished it, but it was SUCH a slog through, I found it so boring and kept wondering when it would live up to its title. 😂 6y
Gezemice @GlitteryOtters It was my book club choice and I pretty much knew from the blurb that it was not my kind of book... but gave it a try nevertheless, only to find my feeling was right. 6y
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Non cogitamus, ergo nihil sumus.

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Gezemice
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This is the gentlest, loveliest book that will ever make you ponder nuclear holocaust. Alternately humorous, cerebral, endearing and philosophical, we follow our honest, God-fearing monks in their faithful mission of keeping the "Memorabilia" - fragments of scientific knowledge that survived the "Flame Deluge". Can we learn from history, or will we inevitably destroy ourselves? And, who will be Pope after the Earth is destroyed? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

britt_brooke Wow, great review! 6y
Gezemice @britt_brooke Thanks! Great book - very difficult to review in 450 characters. I have a longer review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1431072719 6y
britt_brooke @Gezemice Thanks for the link! I added you on goodreads while I was at it. 😊 6y
Gezemice @britt_brooke Great! I could not see you added so I sent a friend request. 6y
britt_brooke @Gezemice Got it, thanks! I don't know what I did. 🙃 6y
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Gezemice
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My next read. I have been looking forward to this sci-fi classic for a while.

marixa Ohhhh...I read this as a teen and remember loving it! 6y
BookHermit Read this on the recommendation of my husband and loved it. I still think about it often and often compare it to books that use a similar conceit. 6y
MamaJody Oh this has been on my radar for ages - I'm going to try and fit it in this year! 6y
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Gezemice @marixa @BookHermit Great to hear! I am just on page 12 but I think I will love it, too. 6y
Gezemice @MamaJody This was the 16th book on my TBR. 😀 It woukd be awesome if you read it, too. But. I thought you just don't deviate from the plan🤔? 6y
Mcoun This is one of my favorite sci-fi books. I need to re-read it, though. I haven't read it since college. 6y
MamaJody Ha! Yes, that is true for AtY, but I play fast and loose with Popsugar and Book Riot. And then there's my Reject Challenge. I'm sure I actually have it down somewhere ... 6y
Liberty BEST BEST BEST. 6y
Gezemice @Liberty Loving it so far! 6y
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Zoonoo
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Anyone who believes that science fiction can't be literary or cerebral needs to be sat down with this book. This story follows a Christian abbey and its monks across centuries of the future of post-apocalyptic humanity, turning over many questions about human nature and ethics along the way. A classic of thoughtful science fiction, alongside the likes of Hyperion and the Years of Rice and Salt.

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Crystalblu
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I will revisit and glen more.

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Crystalblu
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Making the best of a slow day at the Tasting Room.

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Ljhind
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This is a great post-apocalyptic book that examines the possible reaction by the Roman Catholic Church. His use of language and imagery draws the reader into this world