Well played, Mindbridge Book Group. Well played.
The Mindbridge Book Group sets me up to read things that I would not normally pick for myself. I cannot pretend to be fond of all the selections that my science fiction peers choose for me, but they have opened my brain to reading some things that I would not read. For instance,
Cath: I don’t read high fantasy. I am so done with medieval fantasy. I can’t imagine a single fantasy I would ever want to read again.
Book Group: Well, how’s about this book called The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Cath: I’ll look at it. I’ll read it. I’ll hate it…Hey, this is pretty good, really. Scott Lynch, huh?
Or this one
Cath: Why would I ever consider reading this book about time travelers changing the history of the Civil War? Come on!
Book Group: But this is a seminal writer of SF/F.
Cath: *grumble* Okay. I’ll read this dumb old Civil War book…Hey, this Turtledove guy can write, can’t he?
So. We do have to get outside of our comfort zone every once in a while. Sure, there have been some book club books I’ve not been wild about, and I won’t talk about those here, but suffice it to say that usually the book club gives me at least a few new books and authors to appreciate every year. Shout out to you, fellow hunters of dog-eared paper backs. You should see my copy of Bright Eyes. It’s vintage.