The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Karen Lord's The Best of All Possible Worlds.

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In February, we read The Best of All Possible Worlds, a brand-new novel from Karen Lord. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading right now. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

Lord will stop by on Monday 3/11 to talk with us about the book. I'll post a call for questions for her on Friday.

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So, what did you think of The Best of All Possible Worlds?

Want to get a head start on our next book?
This month, we'll be reading Tobias Buckell's crowd-funded novel The Apocalypse Ocean. It's the fourth book in his Xenowealth series — but don't worry! It stands on its own. Caveat: you may love it so much that you have to go back and read the previous three when you're done. We'll meet on April 2 to discuss it — and we hope to have Buckell join us later that week for a discussion

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DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

There was a lot I liked. Some very big ideas. The travelogue aspect reminded me of early 1990's Silverberg novels like Kingdoms of the Wall, The Face of the Waters and Sailing to Byzantium where the protagonists go from place to place encountering and surviving weird civilizations.

There was more I didn't like. She does not develop those ideas very far except for eugenics maybe. Those aren't Silverberg's best books, even though I like them fine. And it miserably fails the Bechdel Test. ( http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest?from=Main.TheBechdelTest )

Now, it's about the survival of a species and finding mates for a very picky group of men but you would think they could have one single conversation that wasn't about some variety of sexual politics. The whole thing was kind of romcom-ish. It was obvious from the very beginning that Grace and Dellenakh are going to end up together. Painfully obvious. Yet that wacky girl can't see it! I kind of expect her to be played by Kate Hudson in the movie adaptation.

Overall, just not my cup of tea.