Book Club

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - November 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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We invite you for the Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club discussion of Julie E. Czerneda's BEHOLDER'S EYE.

They are the last survivors of their race, beings who live on and communicate through energy, who are capable of assuming the shape of any other species. When their youngest member is assigned to a world considered safe to explore, she is captured by the natives. To escape, she must violate the most important rule of her kind, and reveal the existence of her species to a fellow prisoner--a human being. Now her race is in danger of extinction, for even if the human does not betray her, the Enemy who has long searched for her people may finally discover their location....

The Science Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month and welcomes all interested readers. We welcome you to join us!

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - October 2012

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Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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We invite you for the Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club discussion of David Brin's BRIGHTNESS REEF.

Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award-winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula-winners Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written.  Now, David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.

The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies.  But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races.  Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony.  Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo.  Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes?

The Science Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month and welcomes all interested readers. We welcome you to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - October 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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The Octavia Book Club invites you to a discussion of SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell.

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
One of Granta's Best Young American Novelists
Selected for the New Yorker's 20 Under 40
Nominated for the Orange Prize 

 

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except Decemeber) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - September 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Book Club for a discussion of Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
 
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except Decemeber) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - September 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club for a discussion of Ursula K. Le Guin's award-winning, groundbreaking science fiction classic, The Left Hand of Darkness.

The Science Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month and welcomes all interested readers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - August 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Book Club for a discussion of The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje.

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"--as far from the Captain's Table as can be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to the magical worlds of jazz, women, and literature by their eccentric fellow travelers, and together they spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. By turns poignant and electrifying, "The Cat's Table" is a spellbinding story about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood, and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - August 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club for a discussion of City Come A-Walkin' by John Shirley.

Stu Cole is struggling to keep his nightclub, Club Anesthesia, afloat in the face of mob harassment when he's visited by a manifestation of the city of San Francisco, crystallized into a single enigmatic being. This amoral superhero leads him on a terrifying journey through the rock and roll demimonde as they struggle to save the city.

The Science Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month and welcomes all interested readers. Please feel welcome to join us!

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