This month is the 6th month of the Verge Book Club, and we couldn't be happier to be reading Catch-22 with you right now. For March's poll the winner is H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness: And other Tales of Terror, so as we are going to try to go a bit more modern for April. The choices for April vary pretty wildly, so I've included a short blurb about each one which I hope doesn't give away too much about any of them. As always, if you want to read something that isn't in the poll below, let me know in the comments and we'll try to include it in a future month. The poll will close on March 16th. Happy Reading, and don't forget that you can also join our Goodreads group.
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (2007)
Part detective story, part alternate history, this novel imagines a different outcome for World War II, and a different world for the Jewish people. Chabon, who also won the Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards for the Best Novel for The Yiddish Policemen's Union.
Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy (2012)
The debut novel of Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove is a story of murder in a fictional suburb of Pittsburgh, and the unlikely high school kids who set out to solve the crime. The novel is also serving as the basis for a Netflix original television series debuting in April, so our timing couldn't be much better.
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (2012)
What if there were other, parallel, Earths? A nearly infinite number of planets almost (but not quite) identical to our planet? And what if resources -- gold, food, and land -- were unlimited? These are the questions Pratchett and Baxter explore in The Long Earth.
Return from the Stars (Powrót z gwiazd) by Stanislaw Lem (1961)
Return from the Stars is the story of astronaut Hal Bregg's return to Earth after a very long absence. The story explores Bregg's culture shock at a much-changed planet, and the alienation one can feel when home is no longer home.
The Golden Compass (a.k.a. Northern Lights), by Philip Pullman (1995)
In a parallel universe, a young girl searches for her missing friend and her uncle. The Golden Compass is the first book in a trilogy of novels for young adults.