Last Sunday, Brunch Book Club (this month consisting of myself, Jenn, Christa, Wendy, Rhiannon & baby Sybil, and first time BBC-er Leora!) While finding this month’s location for brunch, Jenn and I said how much we love the bigger groups now (and it’s not just the two of us) but it certainly makes for more difficulty trying to find a place that can 1) accommodate a larger group, and 2) take brunch reservations! Luckily I stumbled upon The Kennedy Public House in Bloor West which not only took reservations but had a delicious menu and great space for lots of brunch-goers! As usual, since this is a book discussion post, SPOILER WARNING for Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow!
We had an interesting mix of brunchers regarding the book. Jenn & I had read the whole thing, Leora & Christa were just about finished and Wendy & Rhiannon had not read it but enjoy brunch. (Hey, we’re REALLY not strict with our Brunch Book Club rules! 😉 As long as you don’t care about spoilers, all are welcome! 😛 )
All of us definitely thought this was a very relevant and timely book. The topics discussed in the book were all strong possibilities, and while reminiscing how quickly technology changes from our childhood to now, the projection beamers that Jenn really loved doesn’t seem that far-fetched of a contraption – and in fact wouldn’t even really be surprised if that already existed. I personally found the book a bit too preachy, and some of the others had read Doctorow’s other books which tend to sometimes sway that way as well. It read more like a “down with the government” protest document because of how often the ideas were thrown at the reader over and over again. We get it.
Jenn and I were both in agreement that the ending felt a bit abrupt. It’s all kind of done, wrapped up and then the outcome of Trent’s relationship with 26 just dissolves. AND the fact that we still never find out what 26’s real name was! The question was posed whether we would read his other books based on this one, and while most of the others said they would, I probably wouldn’t. Christa thought that she would be able to read through the book in a couple days but it’s a dense read. A lot of jargon and just a very dense read so given that, and while I do see his point and can agree in some respects to what he’s proposing in this book, it was – like I said – too preachy for me. I have way too many other books to read to spend as much time as I did getting through this one.
As a side plug: Christa has started up a separate Instagram documenting the deliciousness of the brunches, which inspired me to link my Eggs Benedict Tour one to an instagram account. So feel free to check out earlymorningsugaraddict and eggsbenedicttour 🙂
Will you be joining us for our March read of Sarah Crossan’s Breathe?