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After Dinner Conversation - Season Two by Kolby Granville (Editor)
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it was amazing
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The Second Anthology of After Dinner Conversation brings to the dinner table a compilation of stories written across genres, whose philosophical ideas test the boundaries of worldly human understanding. The theme of this group of stories catapults characters’ earthly paradigms to embrace new world orders, unmistakably experienced yet elusively traced.
The addictively dangerous Us versus Them ideology which fuels the ethical inception of each story embarks the reader on a journey of astonishing discoveries: hybrid humans endowed with the power of amputating unpleasant parts of themselves, genetically modified humanoids, the colonization of a new planet in the year 3289 by our great parents: Adam and Eve, the possibility of memory surgery wiping every unpleasantry out of the brain, the harvesting of organs for tomorrow’s children, the reality of a zombie virus taking over a seemingly orderly world controlled by vaccine mandates, the verity of prison and torture at the hands of men-of-law for meat-eating under a new world regulation or an individual’s execution for using the wrong word, like “dictionary,” “Easter,” and “plethora,” also under a new and strange world regulation, the price of an individual’s yesterday coming back costing a whole year of life and the plight of the one who only has 200 tomorrows to give, a groundbreaking medical discovery of the soul living in the appendix and the despair of those with a history of appendectomy, a world in which cockroaches scrutinize human speech and gestures and ponder on the human’s gift of a third eye, the existence of a galactic library dedicated to the human studies of a world in which definite species of beings become incapable of a certain deadly sin by their very design.
At the end, when all individual plights have been consumed in flames and the community sirens have sounded their condemning horns, the characters return to a shared past with an unconscious desire to dig into the vast sea of collective memories for the reshaping of new worldly perspectives. The characters, much like the readers of this group of stories, ultimately remain accepting of all these strange, sometimes unfitting, circumstances.
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Reading Progress

July 1, 2020 – Started Reading
July 31, 2020 – Finished Reading
August 11, 2020 – Shelved
August 11, 2020 – Shelved as: advanced-reader-copy

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