Words & Geeks Book Club: May Introduction


May’s book is…


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Posting this a little later than usual as I’ve been away visiting Bath (post impending, watch this space).  Anyway, here’s the introduction page for this month’s book club read, which I did actually start reading to pass the time on my train journey!  So far, so good!


(Taken from Amazon)

Patricia is a witch who can communicate with animals. Laurence is a mad scientist and inventor of the two-second time machine. As teenagers they gravitate towards one another, sharing in the horrors of growing up weird, but their lives take different paths… When they meet again as adults, Laurence is an engineering genius trying to save the world and live up to his reputation in near-future San Francisco. Meanwhile, Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the magically gifted, working hard to prove herself to her fellow magicians and secretly repair the earth’s ever growing ailments. As they attempt to save our future, Laurence and Patricia’s shared past pulls them back together. And though they come from different worlds, when they collide, the witch and the scientist will discover that maybe they understand each other better than anyone.

Author Bio:

(Taken from her website)

Charlie Jane Anders is the editor in chief of io9.com and the organizer of the Writers With Drinks reading series. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. Her novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo award.

I recommend checking out her longer bio on her website – she sounds awesome!

First Lines:

All the Birds in the Sky first lines

When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird.

First Impressions:

Just look at that blurb!  It sounds insane, but my concern is that the author will be trying to juggle too many things at once (time machines and witches?).  That’s exactly why I have chosen this though – it should certainly be an interesting read.  It also has a beautiful cover and some very intriguing first lines.  If the blurb hadn’t already given it away, I would be guessing that from that first line Patricia’s power will be linked to animals or healing.

You can follow my reading updates for the book on Twitter this month rather than Goodreads – as I don’t use Goodreads much, it makes more sense to trial Twitter for book clubin’ instead.  Don’t forget to tweet your updates with #WordsandGeeks.

If you want to join in the read-along, leave a comment below – tell me what your first impressions of the book are.  What do you think of science and magic being combined in this way?

Happy reading!


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  • Reply Books In Bloom

    Yayy! I really have no idea what to expect with this book…but i like witches and science, so i hope i love it!

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    May 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm
    • Reply Emma @ Wandering Words

      I hope you’re enjoying it so far! 🙂

      May 9, 2016 at 9:24 am
      • Reply Books In Bloom

        I’m starting to tomorrow. 🙂 How are you like it so far?

        May 12, 2016 at 7:34 am
        • Reply Emma @ Wandering Words

          Mixed feelings so far! My fear that the author was trying to cram in too much might actually be right… I’ll be interested to see if you feel the same way 🙂

          May 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

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