mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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"After the Apocalypse" by Maureen Dowd.



Last night was the Eleven-Books Club meeting for the book Amber picked, After the Apocalypse, but sadly she couldn't make it. The rest of us still burned this mother down, though! Earlier in the day Jenny & I had looked after Olivia & I'd hit the gym like a ton of bricks, so we were only barely ready in time for guests-- heck, Jenny hadn't even finished the last story!-- but it still came off a lovely evening. The two of us & ranai were here first, obviously; Danielle made her massaged kale salad, & then fordmadoxfraud pulled in with a grocery bag of fruits & cheeses. Carmen & Terra soon afterward, & then Sherene came in with a big open-- cute mouse wine & a fun temporary tattoo; more on that in a bit. Beatrice came in, somewhat unexpectedly, after negotiating a cab, & then last but not least was littlewashu! So we got it cooking. Over all, it seems like everyone disliked it more than me, despite my lukewarm reception of it. I maintain that "Special Economics" was the best story & I think the consensus was with me, even though David wisely used the term "race tourism" in criticism of it; I also said that the eponymous "After the Apocalypse" was the worst & I don't think that was a controversial opinion either. I think "Special Economics" & "Useless Things" were the best received, & there was contention on whether or not the first story, "The Naturalist," was good or not. Still, another big of a fizzle, rather than a bang; looks like Kraken is still the winner of the unofficial "best book club book" award. Next up is The Yiddish Policeman's Union, picked by Kerry, & then after that is Beatrice's selection, Lost Memory of Skin. Eventually some people drifted away-- Terra had to catch a train & Carmen had other plan-- & things turned away from the book & into idle chit-chat. Talking about how David gave kromelizard a Doctor Manhattan hydrogen atom tattoo drifted into plans for next book club & prison-style inking. We'll see if cooler heads prevail or if next meeting will be the most exciting one yet!
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