September / October / November books

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All,
we have books now for our collective reading in September, October and November. They are:

September: Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, hosted by @NeilNjae
October: A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, hosted by @RichardAbbott
November: the Binti trilogy of novellas by Nnedi Okorafor, hosted by @clash_bowley

Our August read, with discussion almost upon us, is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, hosted by @BarnerCobblewood

I have added categories for each of those, so anyone who likes to get notifications can now add these to their preferences.

@NeilNjae if at some stage you could put an introductory post there with blurb or whatever that would be great.

Comments

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    I've just noticed that Vita Nostra is about 400 pages. That's long for a monthly read.

    Do we want to modify the schedule to accommodate this? (Cloud Atlas was 530 pages, for comparison.)

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    If everyone's keen on this then we could have Vita Nostra in September + October, then the Binti series in November for Clash's birthday, then I'll pick up December with A Stranger in Olondria, and Apocryphal with something in January.

    Thoughts anyone?
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    On the other hand, I'm finding it a real page turner and a quick read! So, sorry I brought this up...

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    @NeilNjae said:
    On the other hand, I'm finding it a real page turner and a quick read! So, sorry I brought this up...

    I agree - I just started it today and am finding it entirely compelling. Hard to stop... I'm currently a third of the way through...

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    Not to kill the joy, but I’m not feeling the same.
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    So let's make a decision together... should we

    a) keep to the original plan and have September: Vita Nostra, October: A Stranger in Olondria, November: Binti

    or

    b) change to September+October: Vita Nostra, November: Binti, December : A Stranger in Olondria

    ?

    Having now finished Vita Nostra my vote would be (a) as it is interesting and provocative, but maybe not a hugely long read?

    Anyone else?

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    I have no strong preference. I’ll be finished Vita by the end of the month, so I’ll be better able to discuss it by the original schedule. But Stangers will make a nice December book, so I don’t mind that option either.

    We could keep Vita in Sept, move Binti to Nov and Stangers to dec, then insert something short and spooky into Oct?
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    I vote to stick with the original schedule, and my apologies for causing confusion.
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    edited September 16

    BTW, I'm finding Vita more intriguing now. Initially I kept trying to compare it to Harry Potter because of how it's reviewed, but I've begun to realize it's more Kafka/Hesse. I'm 75% done. There's still a lot about it that doesn't add up, but maybe it will by the end?

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    @Apocryphal said:
    BTW, I'm finding Vita more intriguing now. Initially I kept trying to compare it to Harry Potter because of how it's reviewed, but I've begun to realize it's more Kafka/Hesse. I'm 75% done. There's still a lot about it that doesn't add up, but maybe it will by the end?

    It turns out that it's part one of a trilogy, which I didn't know when I recommended it. But the Harry Potter comparison is definitely one to talk about when we get to that.

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    On Good Reads it’s labelled as ‘Vita Nostra #1’ so I was tipped off. Hopefully it stands alone?
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    I hadn't realised until reading this thread that it wasn't stand alone! The ending feels like a self-contained story, though with the possibility of the characters having further development later on
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