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Book Club

Sorry for the blog silence.  The week has been quite hectic both at work and at home.

One of the highlights of my week, though, was book club.  I absolutely love going to book club!!  This was our third meeting and, I have to say, that it just keeps getting better.  My particular book club (note to self: we really need a catchy name) is focused on reading exclusively works of science fiction.  We alternate between classic and contemporary works on an quasi-monthly basis.

The book for this past meeting was William Gibson’s Neuromancer.  This was my first cyberpunk novel and I have to say that my feelings about it are a little confusing.  I liked the concept behind the book and enjoyed discussing the topics with which it grapples – artificial intelligence, what it means to be human, etc..  Despite this, however, I have to say that I did not care for the style of the writing.  The insanely copious new vocabulary that Gibson creates for his world is hard to cope with and only becomes bareably easier as the novel progresses.  The shifts in time without visual breaks in the text coupled with the non-shifts in time with visual breaks in the text drive me batty.  The lack of visual detail when it comes to most locales in the book, including cyberspace, is also frustrating.  Even with all that being said, I’m not disappointed that I read it.

Anyway, let’s get on to the best part of book club (besides the company, of course) – the food!!  This month, we held book club at Naked Chocolate Cafe, one of my favorite places in Philadelphia.  Here is what I indulged in:

First, we have the Hawaiian hot chocolate with lava salt and caramel, American style:

Last, we have the Oreo Tart:

Both confections were phenomenonally tasty.  The Oreo Tart, however, was so dense that I sadly could not finish it…  Regardless, if you’re ever in Philadelphia, I can heartily recommend that you stop in for a sweet treat at the Naked Chocolate Cafe.

P.S.  Just so you know, the Aztec Drinking Chocolate is also to die for…