Back to We Recommend

Tuesday, July 15: Banned Book Club

Doyle's Public House

It could be said "Catching Fire" suffers from middle-book syndrome: The story is wayward and rangy, on its way to being something, maybe, but not adding up to much by itself.

Email Article Print Article Share on Facebook Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon

The World Cup is over, which most likely eliminates crazy dudes wearing soccer ball hats screaming weirdness at Doyle's Public House, the home of Tacoma's Banned Book Club. The book club will be able to chat about books shunned by uptight people without having beer spilled on them. This month, Suzanne Collins' book, Catching Fire, has the spotlight. Yup, Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen in this second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta go on a victory tour, offering canned speeches and condolences to the families of fallen tributes. But the districts' subservience was eroding as the people regarded the couple's willingness to take their own lives as an act of rebellion, and everyone else now wanted to rebel, too. Snow's Peacekeepers quickly snuffed the noncompliant, which soon turned into an all-out war. To the young, frightened winners, this is an unexpected development. The announcement of the Quarter Quell, another games in which all the surviving tributes must participate, is even more soul-crushing and anger-inducing. We imagine the kids killing kids could be the reason why this book has been banned by some folks.

BANNED BOOK CLUB, 7 p.m., Doyle's Public House, 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, no cover, 253.272.8801

comments powered by Disqus