We had our first half-termly meeting of the Psychotronic Book Club from this academic year on Tuesday, discussing James Gapinski’s weird and wonderful novella Edge of the Known Bus Line, the tale of an unnamed narrator who, in the morning, catches the wrong bus to work and finds herself stuck in a shanty town which is impossible to either leave or escape from. Things soon turn from bad to work in this bleak but very humorous story which the group had a very nice debate about and almost everybody really enjoyed it. Eight pupils participated in this meeting; Freya, Lucy, Esme, Emily and Maddie (year 9) and Pablo, Jeanne and Alice (year 10).
The Psychotronic Book Club is open to pupils in years 9-13 and we read one book every half-term. This is usually something very strange - a cult novel, classic or another weird selection - chosen by Mr Jones who runs the group. As with this latest selection Edge of the Known Bus Line, the books up for discussion do not have to be famous, but they have to be good for debate and argument. The club has run for many years and we have read a vast number of fantasy, science fiction, horror, contemporary and classic novels.
Our next selection will be David Brin’s The Postman, which is one of the very best post-apocalyptic novels of the 1980s, which we will be discussing just before the Christmas holidays. Please see Mr Jones in the library for a copy of the novel or if you would like any further information.
Mr Jones (Senior Librarian)