Hello, and welcome to book club! I’m a bit late on this but time means nothing during quarantine so let’s just say that I’m right on time, okay? And I have a fairly good excuse because a few days ago Victor broke his foot saving orphans from wild bears. That’s they way he’d like me to phrase it. In truth, I told him to kiss me and he said, “NO!” like an angry toddler and started speed walking away from me and I laughed and started speed walking after him and then he did this dumb walk to make me laugh and slipped and fell, so basically he broke his shit while I was chasing him, yelling, “LET ME LOVE YOU.” Then we were too afraid to go to the ER because of covid and twitter was like “Just find a podiatrist, you sweet idiot” and we did and turns out he has a torn tendon and is now in a boot. And now I’m basically his maid and when I was helping him get out of bed I misjudged where he was an punched him right in the face. Long story short, WE’RE GREAT HOW ARE YOU?
Aaaanyway, we’re just about to send out December’s Fantastic Strangeling Book Club Pick to you so I figured I should start up a thread discussing last month’s book. (As always, most of the discussion happens on the Fantastic Strangelings Facebook page but I always do a blog post as well in case you’re not a Facebook fan. And, as always, no rush if you haven’t finished the book. There are no deadlines in book club! The threads remain open for whenever you’re ready for it.)
Also, in case you missed it, this month’s book is The Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar and it is divine. And as a special thank you to our members we’re slipping a small Fantastic Strangelings bookmark into your copy so that you can have Dorothy Barker gaze at you over your books as well:
And we do have memberships available right now so if you become a Fantastic Strangelings member this week you’ll still be able to get this book and the bookmark too.
But for now we’re discussing last month’s book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, by Megan Rosenbloom. WASN’T IT FASCINATING?
I’ll put my thoughts on her book in the comments but just a reminder that Megan is going to be doing a live zoom book club talk with us to discuss the book with me next week (yay!) so if you’re a member go look for an email that went out a few days ago that’ll let you RSVP for free. (We’ll put it on our youtube channel later if you can’t make it or are an honorary member.)