Buddy Read: Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Annihilation (Southern Reach #1), by Jeff VanderMeer.

This book is a classic I have been wanting to read for a long time now. I was lucky enough to find it on Netgalley and that my request was accepted, so I cannot wait to dig in!

The buddy read begins today, October 9th.
I hope you will join us!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer

Synopsis:

If J.J. Abrams and Margaret Atwood collaborated on a novel, it might look something like ‘Annihilation’, the first in an extraordinary trilogy.

For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences.

‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.

But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist.

Buddy Read – Bird Box

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Bird Box, by Josh Malerman.

This book has had a positive feedback for the most part, but some people did have the polar opposite reaction.
I for one am eager to get started and form my own opinion, while reading along and chatting about each section with fellow bookworms!

So far there are three of us and we plan to start on August 23rd.
I hope you will join us!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Bird Box
by Josh Malerman

Synopsis:

Josh Malerman’s debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying psychological thriller that will haunt you long after reading. Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

Buddy Read – Sleep Donation

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Sleep Donation, by Karen Russell.

It is a quick 110 page read available on Amazon for $3.99.
The readers intend to start on August 5th. As usual, everyone is welcome to join!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Sleep Donation
by Karen Russell

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where “Night Worlds” offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

Buddy Read – The Luminaries

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

The readers intend to start this historical fiction mystery this Saturday, July 4th, and, as usual, everyone is welcome to join!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

Synopsis:

It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.

Buddy Read – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

The readers intend to start around July 1st and, as usual, everyone is welcome to join!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Synopsis:

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Buddy Read – It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini. Most folks have not started reading the book yet so you are well on time to join them!

So please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Everyone is free to join, the more the merrier!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

Synopsis: Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

Buddy Read – The Troop

The fine folks at Book Lair are doing a buddy read of the book The Troop, by Nick Cutter.

I won’t be participating as I don’t own a copy just yet (shame on me, I know!) and have plenty of stuff to read and review, but feel free to join them, just click the link above.

Happy reading, hope you have a great monday!

 

The Troop
by Nick Cutter

Synopsis: Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.

Buddy Read – The Bone Wall

The Bone Wall
D. Wallace Peach

Blue light ripples and crackles as the shield walls fracture. The remnants of a doomed civilization stand vigil outside, intent on plunder and slaves, desirous of untainted blood to strengthen their broken lives. With the poisons, came deformities and powers, enhanced senses and the ability to manipulate waves of energy—lightbenders and fire-wielders.

For those who thrived for generations within the walls, the broken world looms, strange and deadly, slowly dying. While the righteous pray for salvation, Rimma prepares for battle, fueled by rage and blinded by vengeance. Her twin, Angel, bound to her by unbreakable magic, seeks light in the darkness, hope in the future, and love in a broken world.

Book Lair will be doing a buddy read of this book tomorrow!
If you would like to participate, just post in the topic.
Please make sure you hide any spoilers between the correspondent tags and that you mention which chapter you are commenting on.

You can find the author’s blog here.

Happy reading!

Buddy Read of Bald New World is ongoing!

Hello, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your sunday.

I just wanted to remind you that the buddy read for Bald New World is now ongoing. We started a bit late but it was definitely worth the wait! I am about a quarter into the book and enjoying it a whole lot more than any book I have read recently. If you would like to join us, click the image under the Description.
You will also find a link to Netgalley, in case you don’t have the book yet.

Description: Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014 and listed on Buzzfeed’s 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2014, Bald New World asks the question:

What if everyone in the world lost their hair?

Nick Guan and his friend Larry Chao are a pair of eccentric filmmakers who choose to explore the existential angst of their balding world through cinema. Larry is heir to one of the most lucrative wig companies in the world. Nick is a man who’s trying to make sense of the tatters of his American dream. Taking place throughout China and America, the pair set off on a series of misadventures involving North Korean spies, veterans of an African War, and digital cricket fighters. Their journey leads them to discover some of the darkest secrets behind wig-making and hair in a hairless world.

“After my heart gives out and I’m on the operating table for emergency surgery, I will have told my physicians and surgeons to replace my heart with Peter Tieryas Liu’s Bald New World, or any of his books really, because that’s what I think of when I think of Liu’s writing–heart. Similar to the work of Philip K. Dick, this parodic dystopia is steeped in futuristic technology that further bridges the gap between man and machine. Still, whether watching the latest episode of the immensely popular reality show Jesus the General or sparring against an opponent in the blood-sport known as cricket fighting, the humanity of our narrator shines through. Although we humans are capable of doing and creating sad, funny, glorious, devious things, we also persevere and adapt, survive. I wonder what Huxley would think of this, but he’s dead. You’re not, so read this book, feel alive.”
-Jason Jordan, author of Pestilence, editor of decomP

“The boldly imaginative Bald New World follows Nicholas Guan, a military type tasked to digitally touch up scenes of carnage, in his misadventures from Korea to a futuristic California and in his frenzied dash from Gamble Town to China . The novel tells of beautifully flawed characters, the blurring distinction between reality and virtual environments, the comical yet chilling wave of religious fanaticism, and a world battling a strange malady called the Great Baldification, an ingenious symbol of human vanity. Peter Tieryas Liu’s Bald New World is vivid, exhilarating, and wildly entertaining.” –Kristine Ong Muslim, author of We Bury the Landscape and Grim Series

“Bald New World is a hypnotic, surreal, and insightful novel, blending Blade Runner and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to create a dark, funny, and captivating story. One of the best books I’ve read this year.”—Richard Thomas, Staring Into the Abyss

Click to access Book Lair’s buddy read of this book!

Get the book from Negalley by clicking here.

Happy reading!

Buddy Read – Bald New World

Bald New World
by Peter Tieryas

Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014 and listed on Buzzfeed’s 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2014, Bald New World asks the question:

What if everyone in the world lost their hair?

Nick Guan and his friend Larry Chao are a pair of eccentric filmmakers who choose to explore the existential angst of their balding world through cinema. Larry is heir to one of the most lucrative wig companies in the world. Nick is a man who’s trying to make sense of the tatters of his American dream. Taking place throughout China and America, the pair set off on a series of misadventures involving North Korean spies, veterans of an African War, and digital cricket fighters. Their journey leads them to discover some of the darkest secrets behind wig-making and hair in a hairless world.

“After my heart gives out and I’m on the operating table for emergency surgery, I will have told my physicians and surgeons to replace my heart with Peter Tieryas Liu’s Bald New World, or any of his books really, because that’s what I think of when I think of Liu’s writing–heart. Similar to the work of Philip K. Dick, this parodic dystopia is steeped in futuristic technology that further bridges the gap between man and machine. Still, whether watching the latest episode of the immensely popular reality show Jesus the General or sparring against an opponent in the blood-sport known as cricket fighting, the humanity of our narrator shines through. Although we humans are capable of doing and creating sad, funny, glorious, devious things, we also persevere and adapt, survive. I wonder what Huxley would think of this, but he’s dead. You’re not, so read this book, feel alive.”
-Jason Jordan, author of Pestilence, editor of decomP

“The boldly imaginative Bald New World follows Nicholas Guan, a military type tasked to digitally touch up scenes of carnage, in his misadventures from Korea to a futuristic California and in his frenzied dash from Gamble Town to China . The novel tells of beautifully flawed characters, the blurring distinction between reality and virtual environments, the comical yet chilling wave of religious fanaticism, and a world battling a strange malady called the Great Baldification, an ingenious symbol of human vanity. Peter Tieryas Liu’s Bald New World is vivid, exhilarating, and wildly entertaining.” –Kristine Ong Muslim, author of We Bury the Landscape and Grim Series

“Bald New World is a hypnotic, surreal, and insightful novel, blending Blade Runner and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to create a dark, funny, and captivating story. One of the best books I’ve read this year.”—Richard Thomas, Staring Into the Abyss

Book Lair will be doing a buddy read of this book soon.

We plan to start around March 1st, though the date may be changed to whenever is most convenient to the participants.

We got the book via Negalley and it is still be available, with no set archive date.
If you think this is something you might want to enjoy participating in, just click the buddy read link above mentioned!