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Our pick for December 2020 and January 2021 are Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir.

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Here’s how the Vox Book Club works: Every month, we pick a book. Throughout the month, we publish discussion posts containing thoughts and questions from Vox book critic Constance Grady, but we also have comments turned on and moderated so you can share your thoughts, too. Talk among yourselves! Post your opinions and questions! Or use our discussion posts as a jumping-off point for (socially distanced) discussions with your friends and family. And at the end of the month, we gather on Zoom for a virtual live discussion.

Our picks for December 2020 and January 2021 are Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth, the first two volumes of the Locked Tomb trilogy. (The release date for the third volume, Alecto the Ninth, has yet to be announced.) Together, these two books form an epic tale of secret identities, star-crossed lovers, lesbian necromancers in space, and so much more. Vox book critic Constance Gracy writes:

“The Locked Tomb trilogy is one of those book series that I’m evangelical about. As soon as I read Gideon the Ninth last year, I informed every single person I knew that they had to read it, too, and then I watched with satisfaction as everyone who had the good sense to follow my instructions read it, fell in love, and then started telling everyone they knew to read it, too. It’s the kind of book you can love like that: so strongly that you want to force everyone else to love it in just the same way.

To close out January, Constance will host a live discussion of both books on Thursday, January 28, with the author herself, Tamsyn. Come join us! Sign up here to be notified about new book selections, discussions, and related live events.

Here’s the full Vox Book Club schedule for December 2020 and January 2021

Friday, December 18, 2020: Discussion post on Gideon the Ninth

Friday, January 15, 2021: Discussion post on Harrow the Ninth

Thursday, January 28, 2021: Live Zoom conversation with author Tamsyn Muir. RSVP now.

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