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Destructoid Book Club - Prologue


Welcome to the prototype of Destructoid's unofficial Book Club. Here we'll work out the kinks of this club. The Dtoid Book Club, which was partially inspired by DaddyZ and his #librarybookoftheday, is my way of sharing my love of books and reading with the Dtoid community. Even though we're here because of our love of games, we all have different interests and books are one of mine. Many of our favorite games would not even exist if it weren't for books. It's a medium that has been inspiring people for centuries.

Let's get the formalities out of the way. Here's the details you need to know if you would like to participate:

  • You have one month to get your hands on and read the book. If you can not finish the book in one month, let me know and we'll figure out where to go from there.

  • Physical, digital, and audio books are all viable ways to get your book read. Whichever you are most comfortable with or capable of getting is fine by me.

  • The e-mail I’ll be using to organize this will be: [email protected]

  • Send me a "sign up" message with the subject "Dtoid Book Club" and the title of the book. Make sure to include your Destructoid username so I know who you are, and so I can credit you in the blog. 

  • I’m including the survey toward the end of this blog. When you are done with the book, answer the questions in an e-mail and send it to the same e-mail address you sent your “sign up” to.

Parasite Eve - Cover

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk books. For the Initial Month we're doing Parasite Eve. Fun Fact: This is one of the interesting cases where the book came before the game. More so, the game isn't an adaptation, but a direct sequel. It is around 300 pages long, available physically and digitally, though I could not find out about an audiobook (sorry). Parasite Eveis a Japanese horror book heavily based in science. The author, Hideaki Sena, had a pharmacology background and studied mitochondria. Between this and a documentary about mitochondria he watched he began to believe that mitochondria might have a will of their own, independent of the organisms they were part of. This inspired this month’s book, Parasite Eve. The basis synopsis for the book [MINOR SPOILERS] involves a man trying to resurrect his dead wife. The mitochondria in her body start to develop a consciousness and begin mutating.

So if that sounds interesting to you, and if you think you can handle reading it in a month, then I would love it if you would.

If you decide to join us, here’s the survey you will need for when you finish the book:

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this book?

Was this book well written to you?

What were your favorite things about this book?

Least Favorite?

Would you recommend this book?

Other Notes:

What version of the book did you use (physical, digital, audio)?

Powerhouse of the Cell

This book club is in a kind of beta version right now. I have no idea how this will work out. The best I can hope for is that everyone involved will have some fun, or at least experience something different. So if you’re interested remember to “sign up” by e-mailing me at [email protected] 

For this first month I’m giving everyone a little extra time, so the deadline will be July 31st. I hope you’ll join in. 


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About dephoenixone of us since 10:41 AM on 03.01.2016

Former Head of Destructoid's Unofficial Book Club, Former Head of the Unofficial Book of the Month Club, and Self-Appointed Supreme High Priest of #TeamSandwich.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was the very first game (I remember) playing. Since then I have been a big fan of the medium.

I'm an avid gamer, aspiring writer, and a big fan of dark, offbeat humor. RPGs and platformers are my bread and butter, but I'm also a fair action/adventure guy too. Really there are no genres I outright dislike, just individual games. Every game genre offers something different, and I've come to love the variety. I feel the same way with comics, movies, manga, etc. Not really hung up on "genres", I just like what I like, and I don't care what genre it is.

Recently I've been trying to "break out of my shell" by getting out of my comfort zone and trying things I normally would not. Because of this I have discovered lots of new games, books, manga, shows, and movies that I now love. I do my part now to try to help others expand their horizons and get out of their own familiar space and try new things.

Destructoid has been a big help in getting me to broaden my horizons, and interact with more people outside my familiar circle of friends and acquaintances. I've come to love this site, and look forward to sharing more with you knuckleheads.