We've only just begun Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, but we're already looking to the future, and to July's Book Club book. This month's options are many and varied, possibly moreso than usual. We're very excited to present the possible selections for July below, with a few words about each. The poll will close on June 20th, so get your vote in by then, and be sure to join us. You can join the Book Club forum here, and our Goodreads group here.
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. LeGuin (1966)
Ursula K. LeGuin's first novel (of many), Rocannon's World, was published in 1966, beginning a long and illustrious literary career. As such, it's also the first novel in LeGuin's epic Hainish Cycle of stories. Readers should note that Rocannon's World is not currently available as an e-book.
The Waves by Virginia Woolf (1931)
The Waves deviates a bit from The Verge Book Club's norm of mostly reading science fiction and fantasy. It is considered to be Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel, following six characters from childhood to adulthood.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
Atwood's Man Booker Prize-winning novel tells the story of two sisters, Iris and Laura. Part literary fiction, part pulpy sci-fi tale within-a-tale, The Blind Assassin is a pretty unforgettable read.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (1993)
It's the future, the government barely functions, and Lauren Olamina possesses a special... power. Butler's envisioned future of the United States is dystopic in the extreme but offers a vision unlike many of those we've seen or heard of before.
Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan (1987)
Cadigan's first novel is a cyberpunk tale of madness and the inner workings of the mind in a world where what you think matters almost as much as what you do. Mindplayers was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.