In this episode, we look at a new-ish book genre called cli-fi, and revisit two of our favorite backlist titles, A Stranger in the Kingdom and A Handmaid’s Tale
I briefly talk about a newish sitcom that is set in the world of publishing, Younger. I have some mixed feelings about it, but it’s kind of fun in a non-realistic, mindless-tv kind of way.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, narrated by Edward Hermann, is Michael’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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What the heck is cli-fi? (13:35):
Michael ran across the term “cli-fi” not too long ago, and a quick web search showed that it’s shorthand for “climate fiction”: fiction set in a world affected by climate change, or where climate takes center stage. We thought we’d talk about it and take a look at some titles that might be considered to be cli-fi.
Titles we talk about:
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, who is known for The Wind-Up Girl and Shipbreaker, is set in a world where water is the resource that is valued above all else.
The Massive, a series of graphic novels by Brian Wood, Kristian Donaldson, and Garry Brown.
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan.
Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam series, starting with Oryx and Crake
On Such a Full Sea Change-Rae Lee
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich
Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
and one nonfiction book that could be a great companion read: Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction
Don’t you forget about me (25:45):
Michael’s backlist recommendation for this month is A Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher, which will see a sequel published this fall. It’s set in Northern Vermont in 1952, where a young girl has been murdered and the town comes to suspect the newcomer to the town, a black man who is the new town minister.
My recommendation is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, one of my top five books of all time. It’s considered speculative fiction, set in the Republic of Gilead (current day Massachusetts) in the future, which is a community where women are forced into specific roles that are deemed to be for the good of society.