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The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Warren Ellis' Gun Machine

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In January, we read Gun Machine, the second novel from comic book writer Warren Ellis. 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.

Ellis will stop by on Monday 2/11 talk with us about the book. I'll post a call for questions for him on Friday.


So, what did you think of Gun Machine?

Want to get a head start on our next book?
This month, we'll be reading Karen Lord's brand-new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds, which you'll be able to get when it comes out on Feb. 12 (I'll post a reminder on that date). Yes, that means you have a little less time to read the book, but it's a fast ride so we know you can do it. We'll meet on March 5 to discuss it — and we hope to have Lord join us later that week for a discussion

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Annalee Newitz

I'm very curious to know what people thought about the ending. It felt odd to me that the entire plot hinged on Native American lore, but nobody in the book was actually Native American. In some cases, Tallow would note this — he feels sorry for the wife of the security company CEO, who is trying to protect herself with Native magic that will never work. But then when the hunter reveals that he's not a Native American, Tallow still seems to believe the hunter has an authentic connection with Native American culture. Tallow even goes so far as to offer a kind of tabacco prayer for the hunter at the end. In a city like NYC where there are a ton of Native Americans, it seemed a really odd choice to have so many people running around obsessing over Native history and culture — and even acting out Native revenge on Europeans with the ghost dance — without ever bringing a single Native American into the story.

I'm NOT saying that I think there is something evil or nefarious going on here. I just think it's a really strange narrative choice.