October Book Club Selection

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club

It is a science fiction month for my book club, and I honestly always dread these ones. I definitely lean fantasy, but I love getting together with this group because we wind up talking about so much more than the chosen book. We always welcome anyone, even if they haven’t read the book, but I’ve done that more times than I’d care to admit for these months. Hopefully, this October will be different.

The Options

Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart

517vjez-6cl-_sx331_bo1204203200_A ship that cannot leave. A Mage that will not stay. A meeting of desperations. In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Mages, Damien Montgomery graduates into their numbers—only to discover that without connections, he can’t find a ship and is stuck in the Sherwood system. Pirates attacked David White’s jump freighter, leaving him with a dead Mage and a damaged ship—stuck in Sherwood, where a grieving father has blacklisted him from hiring a replacement Jump Mage. When their desperate needs meet, Damien Montgomery is drawn into a conflict with the most powerful criminal organization in the galaxy—and to the attention of the Mage-King of Mars himself!

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

5112b136xvdl-_sx323_bo1204203200_The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age—a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

For We are Many (Bobiverse book 2) by Dennis Taylor

51ttmtd8y2bl-_sx332_bo1204203200_Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe. Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that’s the only part of the plan that’s still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9% of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; And the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food. Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he’s become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.

My Selection

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Right away I discounted For We are Many. In a Meetup group setting, I am not a fan of doing sequels, because it really keeps away new members who might consider joining, and I actually enjoy meeting new readers. I also did not care for the first book in the Bobiverse series. In fact, I wrote a review. Something about Starship’s Mage just screamed too sci-fi for my tastes, where Children of Time had a very dystopian feel from the synopsis. It also won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016, so it had that going for it.

The Voting

Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart (10%)
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (70%)
For We are Many (Bobiverse book 2) by Dennis Taylor (20%)

WINNER: Children of Time

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Details

  • Pages: 600 (Paperback)
  • Cost: $14.95 (Paperback), $8.99 (Kindle)
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5 (1,315 ratings)
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.29 (2,385 reviews, 22,737 ratings)
  • Categories: Science fiction, Space, Aliens

I am kind of regretting my vote based on these stats. That’s a big book. It’s an expensive book. I also checked, and it is not at my library. This isn’t not looking good for me. Those reviews and ratings are working hard to sway me, though. This could be the book that pulls me into science fiction. I’ll never know until I read it!

Have you read any of the books from our selection this month? Which book would you have voted for? Want to read along with me?

3 comments

  1. I haven’t read any of these books, but after reading the descriptions, I was also leaning towards Children of Time. I didn’t like most science fiction for a long time until I read When the Sky Fell on Splendor, which reintroduced me to the genre and which I really enjoyed! I read it as an ARC as a favor for the owner of my local bookstore and wasn’t expecting to like it much, but it turned out to be an amazing combination of emotion and science and was really thought provoking. It doesn’t come out until March but once it does I recommend it for getting into science fiction!

    • I’ve added it to my TBR. I like that it said it has a Stranger Things vibe. I really enjoyed season one of the show. I would love to get more into the genre, I think I just need to find the right book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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