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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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Here are a few questions to start the discussion of our Jan/Feb selection, The Ferryman by Justin Cronin. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please discussion anything you want, these questions are just to get us started. #LitsySciFiBookClub #LSFBC @LitsyEvents

My thoughts: I thought the one theme was misconception of reality and contained elements that reminded me of The Matrix and Total Recall. I also think the author was ts us to question..

TheSpineView The concept of might makes right. Though firmly in the Sci-Fi genre it is also a mystery/thriller too. I thought a couple of the twists were really good and yes there was some great world building. There was a section in the begging then again in the middle that the plot dragged. I liked that was not a huge data dump at the beginning. The ending worked, but for my personal preference, I would have liked all the characters to have left the dream. 10h
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TheSpineView @AmandaBlaze @psalva @Karisimo @BethM Please let me know if you want to be added or removed from the tag list. 10h
julesG I DNF'd somewhere around the first third. It reminded me too much of Neal Stephenson's books and how much I dislike them. In other words, too "epic" and/or slow for me. 10h
CatLass007 There was a TV show in the UK called Life on Mars. The ending was that the lead character was in a coma and was dreaming all the strange events that occurred. When they recreated the TV show in the US, they changed the ending. In that, the characters were on a sleeper ship on the way to Mars. There was some sort of storm and the AI gave them interesting dreams to get them through that experience. So I had a thought that something like (cont)⬇️ 10h
CatLass007 that was happening here. And I wasn‘t too far off base. 10h
Ruthiella I think the message was not dissimilar from other modern SF books regarding climate change repercussions and it also dealt with that age-old juxtaposition of the haves and the have nots.

Personally I think we spent too much time in Prospra and not as much quality time in the second half after the twist. But otherwise the world building was fine.

I liked the ending. It worked for me. I could see where others might be disappointed, however.
BethM I agree with much of what @Ruthiella said. The book could have easily been at least 100 pages shorter- it bogged down in the middle. In the balance I really liked it and was excited to read it every night. now
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The winner for our March selection is The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. I found a copy at my library and it is also available as an ebook. Since my library is small, I am hoping you guys don't have any problem getting your hands on a copy. The page count is only 209 so it should be a quick read. Enjoy!

@Larkken @Deblovestoread @bnp @Johanna414 @BookmarkTavern @julesG @sebrittainclark @BookBelle84 @Readergrrl @CSeydel

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kwmg40 Fortunately, my library has an available copy! 11h
TheSpineView @kwmg40 Awesome!💜📖🛸 11h
BookwormAHN Audible has it and I believe it's one of their free titles. 9h
TheSpineView @BookwormAHN Good to know. Thanks for that tidbit! 9h
PageShifter I couldn't find it from the library but I'll check bookstores 9h
Ruthiella My library has it on ebook and audio! Which is in part why it got my vote! 😆 6h
Bookwomble Yay! I'm excited to re-read this one. I have two copies: one I've read that has a fairly boring generic cover, and one I haven't read that has a film tie-in cover, which is the one I'll be using 😊 3h
TheSpineView @Bookwomble 😎😎😎 3h
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From @TheSpineView
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“ It is time to choose our next book to read for #LitsySciFiBookClub #LSFBC
Voting will be open through the weekend. Please choose one book from among the 8 suggestions. If anyone wants to be added or removed from this group, please let me know.”

TheSpineView Thanks! 4d
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It is time to choose our next book to read for #LitsySciFiBookClub #LSFBC
Voting will be open through the weekend. Please choose one book from among the 8 suggestions. If anyone wants to be added or removed from this group, please let me know.
@Larkken @Deblovestoread @bnp @Johanna414 @BookmarkTavern @julesG @sebrittainclark @BookBelle84 @Readergrrl @CSeydel @Roary47 @Books_et_al

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Nominates are now open for the March #LitsySciFiBookClub #LSFBC

Please remember it is one choice per person and keep your nomination to the Sci-Fi/Space Opera genre. Looking forward to what March will bring.

@Larkken @Deblovestoread @bnp @Johanna414 @BookmarkTavern @julesG @sebrittainclark @BookBelle84 @Readergrrl @CSeydel @Roary47

julesG From my #AuldLangSpine list - a collection of short stories: Tower is a series of interconnected stories set in Beanstalk, a 674-story skyscraper and sovereign nation. Each story deals with how citizens living in the hypermodern high-rise deal with various influences of power in their lives: a group of researchers have to tell their boss that a major powerbroker is a dog, a woman uses the power of the internet to rescue a downed fighter pilot... 1w
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Ruthiella I don‘t have any nominations. I will vote from everyone else‘s suggestions! 😃 1w
Bookwomble I'll nominate Walter Tevis's The Man Who Fell to Earth 👽 1w
CatLass007 Please keep me on the tag list. I‘ve had The Three-Body Problem in my library for a couple of years and I‘d like to nominate it. 1w
RamsFan1963 @TheSpineView I skipped reading The Ferryman because I was already reading Dhalgren for #ClassicLSFBC, and I didn't think I could handle 2 chunksters. I do want to stay on the list, and I nominate 1w
Lizpixie I nominate this one. It‘s more Speculative Fiction than pure SF but I‘ve just bought a copy and am dying for an excuse to pick it up! If it‘s too out of genre, let me know and I‘ll choose another. 1w
TheSpineView @RamsFan1963 I get too many chunkters. Feel free to jump in and out as I want this group to remain casual. 1w
CatLass007 @Lizpixie What is the difference between Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction? 1w
Larkken Off topic - but was ferryman for Jan and feb? If not I can‘t recall the feb read 🤦🏻‍♀️ on topic, let me look if there‘s anything recent I‘m dying to read … 1w
Larkken I have a similar nom as @Lizpixie -let me know if not future-looking enough! 1w
TheSpineView @Larkken Yes, The Ferryman covered two months due to size. 1w
Lizpixie @CatLass007 Speculative Fiction means it‘s set in the future with speculative technology but not necessarily in space. Usually with a fantasy type element. (edited) 1w
CatLass007 @Lizpixie Science Fiction doesn‘t always take place in space. The book Logan‘s Run takes place on a possible future Earth. And the same is true of most YA Dystopian novels. And wouldn‘t a book that mixes technology and magic just be science fantasy? Or are science fiction and science fantasy just sub-genres of speculative fiction? God, I‘m old! I remember when… 1w
BookwormAHN I would like to stay on the list. I like @Bookwomble book choice. Also except for Star Wars books, I don't read much sci-fi so I typically rely on y'all book picks. 1w
Karisimo Please keep me on! I‘d like to nominate 7d
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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Medium pick for me. I really loved the beginning, and the last 75-100 pages. I think the book could‘ve been shortened by 100-200 pages as at times it felt like there was needless fluff or meandering. It certainly kept me intrigued though! #LitsySciFiBookClub

Chrissyreadit How is Wes doing? 3w
BethM @Chrissyreadit first night back in his own bedroom 🤞by Sunday he was back to close to 100% :) 3w
Chrissyreadit keep me posted?😘 3w
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BethM @Chrissyreadit for sure! 3w
Captivatedbybooks @BethM awww is my nephew sicky? 3w
BethM @Captivatedbybooks he had his tonsils and adenoids out about a week ago and he was not the easiest recovery patient in the world 😆 3w
TheSpineView Just started and about 40 pages in. OK so far. 3w
CatLass007 Is that camo yarn on your afghan? Did you crochet it yourself? (edited) 2w
CatLass007 @TheSpineView Do you have any thoughts about when we‘ll choose next month‘s book? 2w
BethM @CatLass007 it is! My aunt made it. 2w
CatLass007 That‘s great! I have three nephews and all of them have more than one crocheted afghans from me. Now my oldest nephew has a wife and three kids. I‘ve started an afghan for each of them and they are in various stages of completion. My Dad‘s sister, my Aunt Julia, used the one I made for her all the time and when she died they put the afghan in the casket with her. They put in pictures of her son and his wife and their two grown (cont)⬇️ (edited) 2w
CatLass007 children also. It sort of started a family tradition. We put the afghan I made for my Dad in the casket with him, along with a couple of those scratch and win games that he loved. My brother and his wife gave my Mom a pseudo-fleece blanket with a picture of the Virgin Mary on it. When Mom and I discussed what she wanted done when she died, she was emphatic that she didn‘t want to be buried in her pajamas. That was a conversation we had (cont)⬇️ 2w
CatLass007 more than once because she had Alzheimer‘s. We already had picked out her pretty red pantsuit so I reassured her about that. I asked if she wanted to be buried with the afghan I made for her or with the throw that my brother gave her that she used all the time. She chose the throw and we also had a rosary placed in her hand. I donated the afghan I made to a homeless shelter. Sorry if this sounds gloomy, I just took a little trip to the past. (edited) 2w
BethM @CatLass007 that‘s lovely! 2w
CatLass007 I‘m glad you think so. It‘s not an unpleasant memory. Kind of bittersweet. 2w
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I‘m so excited for February‘s #BingoBoard !

#BookSpin The Last Unicorn, #DoubleSpin The Hob‘s Bargain (also #Roll100 )

#Roll100 The Hob‘s Bargain, Gwenhwyfar, Bad Feminist

#AuldLangSpine Pandora‘s Jar, We Ride Upon Sticks

#ClassicLSFBC Dhalgren

#LitsySciFiBookClub The Ferryman

#OokBOokClub A Life with Footnotes

#SeasonalCozies Wed, Read, and Dead

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!!! 3w
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I didn't meet all of my challenges (#authoramonth, #bookedintime and #doublespin) due to assigned reading for a reader's advisory graduate class and library holds that didn't come in, but it was still a good reading month!

20 books total
8 Audiobooks
7 Middle Grade (2 graphic novels)
3 Nonfiction
2 #AuldLangSpine pics


Julsmarshall Such a pretty board! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!! 4w
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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I could and probably should be napping but definitely need some me time. No one warned me a recovering 3yo is the most loving, snuggliest, demon around 😂 #LitsySciFiBookClub

Avanders 😂🤭 Good luck w that me time 😉 1mo
BethM @Avanders it lasted about 10 mins😂 1mo
Avanders @BethM lol yeah… it‘s rough in some ways, but hard to really mind all those cuddles 😉 1mo
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BethM @Avanders exactly. And tomorrow dad gets all the cuddles while I go back to work 🙄 1mo
Avanders Booo 😒😉 1mo
Chrissyreadit Enjoy those cuddles! how long did they tell you for recovery? 1mo
Chrissyreadit How is he doing? 1mo
BethM @Chrissyreadit they said a couple days, but when things fell apart (we were close to an er trip for dehydration Saturday) they tell me today this is typical of 3 yo🙄 we had two extended play periods today and much better drinking so I‘m hopeful one more day at home will suffice. 1mo
Chrissyreadit ok- fingers crossed! i know the scabs can be uncomfortable too . sending ❤️ 1mo
BethM @Chrissyreadit thanks! Yeah they warned us we will likely have a pain spike when that happens- probably Sometime Thursday to Sunday this week. 1mo
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin

A low pick for me. Something about this book was just too heavy-handed, maybe? Dunno, but I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else thought of it for #LitsySciFiBookClub

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