The Dream Archipelago Slow Read 2021 - The Next Ports of Call
We've finished the first book, and this is our chance to pause and reflect on whether we want to continue - or whether YOU want to continue. Did you like it enough to want to keep exploring the setting?
The current proposal is to next read THE DREAM ARCHIPELAGO, which is a collection of short stories. Some of the islands and even some of the characters will make a reappearance in this book. Unlike The Islanders, there's no arching narrative across the book that I can recall. The stories are similar in style and tone to the 'fiction' chapters we saw in The Islanders. I don't think 'meta-fictional' structure or theme will be a feature, but who knows what we'll find.
Then we move on to THE GRADUAL, which is a novel that features a Glaundian musician who travels through the islands. I picked this as 'the novel' of the sequence because the reviews suggested it seemed thematically in keeping with what we've read. I've not read the book myself. I could have picked THE AFFIRMATION or THE ADJACENT instead, or even THE EVIDENCE.
If anyone wants to change the direction of this boat or even to disembark so they can catch a ferry to someplace else, then now's the time to do so.
Let me know if you have any thoughts.