Till earlier in the year I had no idea just how rich and diverse the post-apocalyptic genre is but this book club has opened my eyes up and I've been introduced to a lot of cool books as a result. For such ominous subject matter, the people who come to the meetings all seem very nice and the discussions are always a lot of fun.
Post-Apocalyptic Book Club
Until Mon Dec 9 2013
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Mar 6 2013
A central London book group that focuses on post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature (and sometimes film).
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I have been coming to this group for about 9 months now and would recommend it to anyone with any interest whatsoever in dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic literature. On top of an broad,excellently curated selection of books (surprisingly so for what many would consider a 'niche' genre), the quality and variety of opinion in discussion is a real draw to me. The organisation is very well structured and friendly to newcomers or those who can't commit to making every single meeting; particularly in getting everyone involved in discussion. Everyone I have met through this group has been wonderful to talk to and get to know. I can't think of a better set of people to consider the end of everything with!
I joined this book club after moving back to London after 7 years. I was a little dubious about what it would be like, but this worry was gone once I had attended one meeting. The group is extremely well organised, with questions and order in a friendly environment. Every month there are new people, as well as the familiar faces. It is an extremely enjoyable experience where people from lots of different backgrounds and with lots of different intelligent opinions get to interact and I love it. I also met my boyfriend there- which was not something I was looking for when joining.
Really interesting and lively discussions with lots of humour and very friendly people. Organiser does a great job of running the meetups and keeping people informed about all the varied post-apocalyptic movies, exhibitions, talks etc going on. I'm very shy but have always felt welcomed and included. I've been coming to the group for nearly 2 years and find it good fun. Highly recommended!
Simply, for those who (bizarrely?) like books about death and destruction and where happy endings are few and far between, this is a group of like minded people, who can get together and talk about what exactly the apocalypse is in The Road (Fracking, was suggested...) or discuss whether Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey is too twee to be considered apocalyptic/dystopian. Run with enthusiasm by Leila, who has encylopedic knowledge of the genre, a fun (sometimes slightly loud) evening of discussion always ensues!
Hi Alicia, I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I have had a look at my attendance lists and I cannot find you - which meetup did you attend? There is also the opportunity to give detailed feedback through meetup which is always encouraged so please do make use of this. I work hard to make sure that everyone is made welcome and introduced to the rest of the group and that cliques do not happen, so please do make yourself known to me if you attend in the future so that I make sure you do not feel intimidated by the group. Due to the nature of the genre and the book club, comparisons to other books are inevitable but I want this to inspire your reading not discourage it.
I was really looking forward to this as I love SciFi in all its forms but I felt the group was very cliquey with people constantly talking about their previous books. I'm normally a little shy so I found this very very off putting. I might try it again but I'm sorry to say my first experience was not good. #Sadface.
Have been coming to this for a few months now and it's really good fun. The discussions generated from the books are really interesting even if the book is good or bad. Really friendly people from diverse backgrounds too. Always feel welcomed. Will definitely keep coming back.