spunkylizard (spunkylizard) wrote in flying_lemmings,

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Book for May, and a couple of changes.

As the title says, I will give you a book for May and also give a couple of changes to the group. I can see that no one is reading anything that I suggest, so this has in many ways become something I do for myself. As such, along with the monthly books, I will be posting reviews for other books that I read. Two will be coming shortly. Most monthly books will be books that I have read before hand, but sometimes I will include some that I have not if they come as recommendations from other people, such as the book for June, which will also be included below.

The book for May will be The Trigger by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Kube-McDowell. This book is about guns and what people would do if they were faced with losing their guns. Clarke is a science fiction writer, and this book focuses on the development of technology that destroys all nitrate based explosives, including those found in firing caps for bullets. While the science is mostly glossed over (and its a good thing), the ideological and political ramifications are what the book is focused on. Pay attention to those. Focus on a couple of questions: Do you feel safer knowing that other people, including police officers and criminals, have guns? How would removing all guns change your life?

The book for June will be The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This has been recommended by Dot as well as my mother. It discusses what happens to a family that goes to the Congo as missionaries between the two world wars. It discusses their struggles and what changes their lives. Kingsolver points to a few books which influenced her, including Things Fall Apart by Achebe and The Bible by a bunch of people. Things Fall Apart is a very interesting book about how things changed in Africa when the missionaries came in to convert the natives. It was a very good read, but it has been a few years since I read it. I am looking forward to this one.
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