Shelf Control #8: Genesis

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:


This is what my copy looks like, except shiny and silvery.

Title: Genesis
Author: Bernard Beckett
Published: 2005
Length: 150 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

A stunning debut novel that’s as rich in ideas as it is in suspense, destined to become a modern classic of post-apocalyptic literature.

Genesis 2

Another version. More apocalypse, less sci-fi?

Anax thinks she knows history. Her grueling all-day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, she’ll be admitted into the Academy—the elite governing institution of her utopian society. But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she’s been taught isn’t the whole story. And the Academy isn’t what she believes it to be. In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anax’s examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions raised by science and philosophy. Centuries old, these questions have gained new urgency in the face of rapidly developing technology. What is consciousness? What makes us human? If artificial intelligence were developed to a high enough capability, what special status could humanity still claim? Outstanding and original, Beckett’s dramatic narrative comes to a shocking conclusion.

How I got it:

I bought it!

When I got it:

Oh, it’s been years. I couldn’t even begin to guess when I brought this one home.

Why I want to read it:

I think it popped up on a book site as a “because you read THAT, you might also like THIS” listing. And when I checked it out on Goodreads and saw all the 5-star reviews, I just knew I needed a copy!


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!


For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #8: Genesis

  1. This is such a great feature 🙂 and you’ve picked an interesting sounding one this week, I haven’t heard of it before but that synopsis sure has me curious!

    • Short is key! I really should have taken a picture of my actual book — the cover is all silvery and reflective, looks much better than in the image above!

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