Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we talk about The Odyssey as translated by Emily Wilson. It's fantastic. Unlike some of the other books we've discussed, this may well be one of the most studied and analyzed stories in human history. Thus, we'll dispense with attempts at lit crit and simply discuss the story and translation directly.
Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we discuss Frank Herbert's classic Dune. Love it or hate it, it is a formative part of the wider world of speculative fiction, and its influences are vast. In finally reading it, we have a greater understanding of its place in modern literature.
In the inaugural GeekNights Politics Club episode, with guests Andrew and the other Scott, we discuss Richard J. Evans' The Coming of the Third Reich.
" There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich , Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations."
This is part one, as we segue into contemporary politics in a part two that is forthcoming.
Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we review and discuss (with spoilers, obviously), Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. We enjoyed it thoroughly, and had a lot to say. Gene-fueled science fiction dystopia, too-real commercialization of life itself, and a short read to boot, we had no choice but to make this - the first of the MaddAddam Trilogy) our GeekNights Book Club choice.
Tonight on the eighth anniversary of the first episode of GeekNights, we discuss politics (just as we did back in 2005)! Specifically, real politics that matter directly to us and our lives and over which we can have a meaningful effect. We then move on to address Stasiland in the GeekNights Book Club!
This month (July 2011) on the GeekNights Book Club, we discuss Isaac Asimov's Foundation. It's a science fiction classic that every person should read, and it might not be quite what you expect.
The next book, for August 2011, is The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm by Nancy Farmer.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review, under the auspices of the GeekNights Book Club, Michio Kaku's Hyperspace. Scott is happy about a surprisingly effective law against strangulation, and Rym is amazed at the fear young punk kids instill in the old and white of Ohio.