Oct 062014

Liquorature Selection #065the stars my destination

Sticking with the sci-fi / speculative fiction type stuff, Scott’s choice follows hard on the heels of last month’s “Star Maker”.  That one had us reeling from the weightiness of both its subject matter and heavy-handed textbook-styled narrative.  This one – though I’m only 20 or so pages in – is a breeze of a read in comparison.  Ease though, is not necessarily what we’re looking for here.  Ultimately, it’s about the story and what we can get out of it.

This book hints at themes that will likely have us hearkening back to the club’s early days of William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” (for those few who were around at that time anyway), another book of book ideas and enormous cultural influence.

I wasn’t the biggest SF guy before we got this Liquorature gig going, but I’ve come around a bit, and must concede there are few genres that provide as much discussion fodder. 

Looking forward to meeting for this one.

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  3 Responses to ““The Stars My Destination” (Alfred Bester)”

  1. Man, this one whips up into a furious pace. Quite an exciting read and miles more enjoyable than the homework-like tedium that was the prescribed September read: “Star Maker”.

  2. This one was a fun read. Some interesting ideas, to be sure, but likely not as much discussion matter as our previous book. I gotta confess though…for pure enjoyment this one was a knockout. Great pace and a true page turner.

    Looking forward to Friday’s discussion.

  3. T-12 and counting. 7:30 this eve we’ll be heading over to Buddha’s place to hash this one out. Looking forward to seeing what sort of tasty libations Scott managed to hunt down for this eve. And, of course, to a discussion on what will likely be a universally well-received tale.

    In terms of actual subject matter these types of books are always a little trickier to analyze. On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to discuss. With a little distance, however, and taking the context of time into account, things change dramatically. You have to remember that this was written in 1956. Some of what is common place in contemporary society was either non-existent or mere conjecture at this point.

    I’m struggling to pull together talking points, but I do have a few. Look forward to seeing what the others come to the table with.

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