MetaFilter Book Club this weekend November 11, 2009 7:52 AM   Subscribe

Just a reminder that the MetaFilter Book Club (previously) is discussing Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake starting Friday November 13, on this LibraryThing thread (possible spoilers).

If you're interested in joining future discussions, check out the LibraryThing MetaFilter group. Nominations for our next discussion can be added to this thread.
posted by russilwvong to MetaFilter-Related at 7:52 AM (18 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Excellent, thanks for this post! I didn't know about this, but coincidentally just finished a re-read of Oryx and Crake a couple of weeks ago.
posted by something something at 8:21 AM on November 11, 2009

I was all excited when i saw Riddley Walker proposed, but it's got no votes so I shan't be casting my pearls before you swine! I can sense the global wave of loss even as I type {vegeburger}
posted by Abiezer at 9:19 AM on November 11, 2009

Oh excellent! Probably won't have a lot to say about it, but Oryx and Crake has been on my list for a few years and I'm between books right now so might as well give it a go.
posted by carsonb at 11:06 AM on November 11, 2009

I wanted to be a part of this, and then I realized that I'm ankle deep in the flood of books in my house. I'm bailing by bailing.
posted by klangklangston at 12:07 PM on November 11, 2009

Friday November 15

That's Sunday.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:42 PM on November 11, 2009

Whoa! Let me try that again: Friday November 13 to Sunday November 15.
posted by russilwvong at 1:51 PM on November 11, 2009

Just a note that the sequel to Oryx and Crake is a pretty damn good read.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:58 PM on November 11, 2009

Fixed the date.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:22 PM on November 11, 2009

I'm in!
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:02 PM on November 11, 2009

OK, this is kind of cool.
posted by caddis at 6:24 PM on November 11, 2009

Oryx and Crake has been on my list for a few years and I'm between books right now so might as well give it a go.

Give it a miss, I say. It's Atwood's usual bizarre attitudes towards sex (everyone's a pedophile, doncha know), weird Madonna/whore complex, and impossibly turgid writing. As a book, Oryx & Crake makes an excellent firestarter. Not only do I bitterly regret the 10 or so hours of my life I will never get back from that godawful book, I am still angry at myself that I lived across the street from that awful woman for an entire summer and never egged her house.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:48 PM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]

Duly noted.
posted by carsonb at 3:35 PM on November 12, 2009

Poor Margaret Atwood. Not only does dirtynumbangelboy hate her, but they're making her tweet. From her site:
ยป Learning how to Twitter, or is it Tweet? I am supposed to do this on the tour. I am also supposed to Blog.
posted by taz at 10:46 PM on November 13, 2009 [1 favorite]

I don't hate her, just her execrable writing and the fact that because she can operate a typewriter, lives in Canada, and uses Canadian settings she is therefore a Great Canadian Writer.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 9:41 AM on November 14, 2009

And to think that you, a Canadian, almost got to use Canadian eggs to vandalize her Canadian house. Canadian.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:09 PM on November 14, 2009

I still don't know why I never got around to it.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:36 PM on November 14, 2009

Please do post the next book.
posted by theora55 at 5:53 PM on November 17, 2009

The next book will be Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell. Date: January 15-17, 2010.

Didn't get much happening on the nominations thread, so I just went ahead and picked a book. I thought the Oryx and Crake thread went pretty well; let's see how things go next time!
posted by russilwvong at 7:15 AM on November 26, 2009

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