17 October 2016 Book Club

 

the-humansWe had two books to choose from for our October book club

The Humans by Matt Haig

After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?

We thought this was very clever, with great remarks, but most people weren’t enamoured with it enough to try another Matt Haig.  And it made some of us want to eat peanut butter…   Overall we gave it 7.5/10.

Two Brothers by Ben Eltontwo-brothers

Berlin 1920.  Two babies are born.  Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood.

As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice….Which one of them will survive?  Ben Elton’s most personal novel to date, Two Brothers transports the reader to the time of history’s darkest hour.

Most people hadn’t read much Ben Elton, but found themselves wanting to keep picking the book up.  There was some confusion with the swapping  of the main characters and, although it was a bit disjointed and we felt it moved too fast at the end, it made most people want to try another Ben Elton.  We gave it 8.25/10.

 

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