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The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's discuss "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"

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This month, the io9 book club read N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. And today the meeting is in session, so it's time to start discussing!

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Here's how the io9 book club works. You read the book. We create a post like the one you're reading right now when the meeting is in session, and then everybody talks about the book in comments on this post for a few days. So go ahead, talk amongst yourselves!

Jemisin will join us Friday, from 12-1 PM EST, so you can ask her all about the book. I'll post on Thursday to solicit your questions for her.

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Want to get started on next month's book? It's William Gibson's Zero History, which hits stores Sept. 7. So we'll push back our meeting to give you a little extra time: We'll be meeting to discuss the book Oct. 5. We're hoping to have some copies of the book to give away next week, too!

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DISCUSSION

I found the whole plot rather standard fantasy arc but it was engaging and well written. There was one particular cliche that I was happy to see avoided. Usually in these stories the young hero plucked from the country is an incredibly stupid hick and I find myself wincing through their early misadventures. Yeine, while out of her depth, was at least smart and experienced in diplomacy. When she was outmaneuvered at every turn it was because the situation was impossible, not because she was a bumbling dope who suddenly matures for the last act.