The Good Father by Marion Husband

This book, about a man trying to pick up his life after returning from the 2nd World War where he spent time as a prisoner of war in Japan,  generated a good discussion about the relationships between fathers and sons and on how war leaves its scars, both physical and mental, on its survivors which in turn affect families and friends. The plot is very tightly woven and some of us found this made the story slightly unbelievable in parts as events began to seem too coincidental. On the whole we thought this was quite a good read.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K Dick

I really enjoyed this book though it did take me a few pages to really get into it. The reader is immediately immersed into the morning routine of bounty hunter Rick Deckard, and it takes a few pages to understand life in this dystopian future Earth, where many people have already emigrated to Mars. Deckard’s job is to hunt down and ‘retire’ androids who have gone rogue. However, nothing is at it seems in a world where replicants have very human qualities, and humans who don’t make criteria in health or intelligence are dropped out of human history.

Other readers in the group didn’t enjoy the book as much – but whether we liked or disliked it – it lead to an interesting discussion about human nature, and the moral dilemma posed by the creation of artificial life.

It’s a classic Sci-Fi novel and a must-read for fans of the genre, but definitely worth a try if you think Sci-Fi is not for you.

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