#BCPWDRF no.1: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? July 3rd, 2015

I know you’re all waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the first meeting of the Book Club for People Who Don’t Read Fast (#BCPWDRF). In my original post I hinted that the first meeting would be the last Friday of June. That obviously didn’t happen. Life intervenes etc. Irrelevant.

The official date of the first meeting of the #BCPWDRF is now set:

When: July 3rd, 2015 at 4pm PST
Where: Hangouts On Air

Participation is voluntary and does not require any kind of membership or other nonsense. Hangouts can take up to 10 participants, so this will be a first-come-first-serve type situation.

The only two requirements for this hangout is that you a) have read the book (or part of it), and b) behave like a human being. As the moderator I reserve the right to kick out anyone who decides to use this opportunity to be an asshole. Harsh, but it has to be said.

So, mark your calendars, read up, and I’ll see you all on Friday!


Introducing The Book Club for People Who Don’t Read Fast

I love to read. I also love talking to people about what I read. Problem is I read at a   v e r y   s l o w   p a c e   thanks to a mild case of dyslexia. So, to motivate myself to read more and get the benefits of discussion with others about what I read I’ve decided to start an online book club.

Introducing “The Book Club for People Who Don’t Read Fast”

I have never been in a book club before (for obvious reasons) so I have no idea what I’m doing. Therefore I’ll just make up the rules as we go along. Here are my ideas so far:

  1. I pick a book (suggestions welcome – I’m open to ideas)
  2. The book is announced on this website
  3. We all start reading it
  4. On a predetermined day (probably every other Friday) we convene for a conversation about however far we’ve gotten in the book by then
  5. The meeting will be an open Hangouts On Air on the Google
  6. The meeting will be recorded so people with too much time on their hands can watch it later.
  7. Moderate fun will be had by some

The important question: How do you join the BCPWDRF?

Joining is easy: Pick up whatever books is currently being read, start reading, and hop on the Hangout when it happens. No obligations, no restrictions.

What will we be reading?

My basic reading interests surround four main topics: philosophy (actual philosophy, not new-age rubbish), science fiction, information theory, and Nordic Noir. There are often clear crossovers between one or two or three of these genres, and there is always plenty to talk about.

Some books that may end up on the list include:

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (this will be my 6th time reading the book)
  • Lila (the pretty much unknown sequel to the above)
  • The Alchemist (always wanted to read it, never got around to it)
  • Focault’s Pendulum (same as above)
  • Understanding Context (hard core web content book)
  • The entire Harry Hole series (it sounds better in Norwegian)
  • James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series

You get the idea.

What is the first book? And when are we meeting?

The first book is the classic Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It is available in pretty much any format you can think of (with the exception of Homeopape) and it’s fairly short meaning we should be able to make our way through it together in a reasonable amount of time. And yes, this is the book that brought about the movie Blade Runner. And no, that does not mean reading it after watching the movie is pointless. The story is totally different.

The first meeting of BCPWDRF will take place on Friday June 26th at … let’s say 5pm PST for now. Date and time will probably change.

A public URL for the event will be published on my Twitter stream @mor10 about 15 minutes before. First come, first serve.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, read slowly, and I’ll see you in two weeks!