First of all, I want to say what a great idea this whole book club is - reading a piece of a book to pique one's interest in reading the whole thing - and getting that piece in your inbox every day. Brilliant. (I have been a voracious reader but have become so busy of late I find I don't read much fiction at all, a development I keep trying to thwart before it becomes a trend, leading to a habit and ending up a lifestyle. That would be a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions.)
I am a fairly new member, I came in in the middle of the last Science Fiction book a couple of weeks ago and liked it a lot. I will probably buy that book. (The only thing that stops me is the knowledge of how many she wrote in the same series. If I read one, I’d simply have to read them all. Ah, well.)
Okay, as for Old Twentieth - I was initially quite put off by the graphic violence and gore of the introduction, I tend to feel the things I read and my legs, fingers and face ached with the sensation of having been blown off. I suppose I do understand the need for the detail; the book seems another look at the old theme of the boredom of immortality which has been covered often in science fiction and extreme sensation is necessary to stave off boredom.
Finally, today, we get to the actual beginning of the book - the history of these immortals - a rich and pampered class who wiped out everyone not them, then had to learn to look after themselves - again, nothing new in science fiction.
So far, I’m not as impressed with this book as I was with the last one. I will read Thursday’s and Friday’s installments, but suspect this one won’t go on my “must read” list.
In any case, though, I really came to say I love this club. I may even join a couple of the other lists. Then agin, though, if I do I may never get any work done from all the reading I’m doing.