January Book Club: All You Need is Kill

The Charlotte Geeks Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month. We read a mix of fantasy and sci-fi novels.

The Charlotte Geeks Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8  pm at Park Road Books in the Park Rd shopping center.  Our illustrious leader and supreme book-chooser, Nathan, alternates the book choices between the fantasy and sci-fi genres.  We have a friendly discussion of the novel’s plot points, characters, and themes (that mostly sometimes stays on topic), and then head next door for drinks, dinner and further discourse at Sir Edmond Halley’s.  I recommend ordering the fish and chips for a perfect evening meal. 🙂

January Selection: All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Keiji is a soldier in a Japanese army training to battle the horde of aliens that is attempting to take over the planet and wipe out the human race.  When he dies in his first battle, he wakes up about 30 hours prior and lives his day (and death) over again…and again…and again.

If the plot sounds familiar, it may be because you watched the film based on this Japanese light novel, The Edge of Tomorrow.  The move follows the basic storyline and is one of those movies I like DESPITE the fact that Tom Cruise is it, but don’t worry if you did happen to catch the film when it was released a few years ago because it is only a very loose adaptation.  The book is different enough that you will still be able to enjoy it, and even be surprised by the ending.

I liked this book, and I thought it was an easy and entertaining read.  It has many elements that I enjoy in a story: dark humor, aliens, time-travel, and a bad ass female character-The Full Metal Bitch. Plus, it is an interesting concept to ponder. What could you accomplish if you had endless time?

I imagine I would spend many cycles reading novels and binge watching Netflix. Yeah, not a lot of self-actualization going on over here. I’m just gonna spend the next few cycles watching episodes of Parks and Rec, thank you very much.

I thought I would toss in the trailer for the movie for your viewing pleasure:
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Park Road Books

Would you like to join us next month? You can RSVP here on the Meetup site.  The February book is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, a fantasy novel by N.K. Jemisin.

Don’t forget to grab your copy of February’s selection from Park Road Books for a 20% discount!