Let's vote for 'Alif the Unseen' for January Book Club!
Just a reminder that the vote is up for January book club!
The past couple selections seem to have been novels that the majority have already read. I'm really hoping that going forward we can choose the less-read options in book club, and this is a great chance for it.
"Alif the Unseen" is currently in second place and a small push would put us past "Dune". Now don't get me wrong, Dune is a great novel.. but I'd wager that the majority of the readers on this site have already read it.
I propose we form a voting block to try and ensure that less read/popular books get chosen for the club, because ultimately we want to include as many people as possible right? I'd think that the fewer people who have read a novel the more participation we'll get, currently I haven't been able to participate at all because I've already read all the books that have been chosen, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this. While I may occasionally re-read a book, I feel that there are just *too* many good books out there to read the same thing over and over.
"Alif the Unseen" was chosen as a New York Times book of 2012 and sounds fantastic. You can read their review here .
And a synopsis;
In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients-dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups-from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif-the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover's new fiancé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut-a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.
So go vote and let's get this book chosen!