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#1 Feb 04 2004 at 5:34 PM Rating: Excellent
Ok. Let's have at it.

Start posting some ideas for books, things you haven't read but think you'd like to, things you've read long ago and would like to revisit, etc.

If you want to make this easy on me, you can all pick up a copy of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers.

I'll promise to read a book I'm not too thrilled about reading if you promise to do that as well. Not every book we choose is going to be well liked by all of the posters here.

Here's how it's going to work.

List what Genre you'd like to start in, then some authors from said genre, and perhaps books by said author you'd like to read, or to use as examples as to why you choose that author.

I'd like to get us started on a book by the end of the week.
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#2 Feb 04 2004 at 5:51 PM Rating: Default
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I will read pretty much anything. Give me a book!!!! I need a reason to get some new book shelves, mine are over flowing.
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#3 Feb 04 2004 at 5:57 PM Rating: Good
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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Book Club meeting for this important announcement:

Please pick a book that I have already read for the Club's first project. I am presently reading three different books at the same time and won't be able to take up a fourth.

Thank you very much. You will now be returned to your program.

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#4 Feb 04 2004 at 6:02 PM Rating: Good
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Hmmm. Ok.

I have a couple suggestions:

Salman Rushdie - Haroun and the Sea of Stories
http://www.rambles.net/rushdie_haroun.html

Vladamir Nabokov - Lolita
http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/classrev/lolita.htm

Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
http://btobsearch.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=3TQ64D5YJF&sourceid=00395996645644787198&btob=Y&isbn=0679777504&itm=6

At the risk of picking outside the "fantasy" realm...these are mine, but I am open-minded and will give anything a try.





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#5 Feb 04 2004 at 6:13 PM Rating: Good
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Lolita-- is that a book about a some chick hitting on an older dude? Cuz if it is, I could, maybe, drop a couple of my other reads and, you know, skim through it.

Especially if it has pictures...

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#6 Feb 04 2004 at 6:46 PM Rating: Good
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The only thing I'm really wanting to read right now is Dark Tower #5 (forgot the name). So whatever you guys pick will be great.
#7 Feb 04 2004 at 7:26 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm reading "The Red and the Black", by Stendhal. Sorry Totem, but it has a younger man hitting on a slightly older woman, at least near the beginning. It's credited as being the first "psychological" novel, in which the charater's thoughts are primary. I'm not really a historian of literature, but it is plausable. Book is old enough that project guttenberg, oz, has the entire thing in a gigantic text file:
http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300261.txt

It was probably really shocking in 1831, but is probably pretty mild by today's standards. Sadly, it was the only text left out when I packed for moving. **** good reason to visit the library again, so I cannot really recommend it.
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#8 Feb 04 2004 at 7:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Nadenu, the book you want is called Wolves of the Calla.I'm almost done with it and it's a good one. Two more are to be released this year also.6 will be called Song of Susannah <released during the summer> and 7 The Dark Tower during the winter months.
#9 Feb 04 2004 at 10:57 PM Rating: Good
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Ah, thanks Johnny. I'll most likely be picking that book up soon. When King announced his retirement a few years back, I thought "NO!!! You have to finish The Dark Tower!!" Glad he stuck it out.
#10 Feb 05 2004 at 2:13 AM Rating: Decent
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I was trying to think of a book that would be a good starter for anyone getting into the Fantasy / Sci Fi genre. Took me a while but try: A barbed Coil by JV Jones. it is a great book that has roots in basic fiction that takes a Fantasy turn about 25 pages in and runs with it. Took my dad totally unawares and he loved it.
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#11 Feb 05 2004 at 2:17 AM Rating: Good
Look at that, we haven't even started and people are breaking the rules.

tsk tsk.

I believe I said no spoilers...
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#12 Feb 05 2004 at 2:22 AM Rating: Good
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I knew I should have voted for your Queenship.

This is actually a really good idea.

I'd vote Fantasy. I can pretty much guarantee I won't be able to make it through a Sci-Fi as I get bored with the technical jargon. General fiction, even nonfiction, whatever, just nontechnical sci fi. Historical fiction is good, too, just no "Scotland's Rose in Heat" or whatever they call that crap that passes for "romantic fiction."

I'm up for this.
#13 Feb 05 2004 at 4:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just tell me what to read, and I'll read it.
#14 Feb 05 2004 at 12:44 PM Rating: Good
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/bump

So? It's almost the end of the week. What's it gonna be? Not many people have made suggestions...so get in here and make some, jack-asses!



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#15 Feb 05 2004 at 1:19 PM Rating: Good
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I submit that we read Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. It just so happens to be the book I am in the process of devouring, but if no one else is going to nominate a book for discussion, I will.

It is a very good read, btw, especially if you enjoyed the Hobbit series.


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#16 Feb 05 2004 at 1:28 PM Rating: Good
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In case we need more info:

http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/eragon/eragon.htm

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#17 Feb 05 2004 at 1:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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I second Eragon. I have been wanting to read it for a couple of months now. This will give me the excuse to buy it now.

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#18 Feb 05 2004 at 1:40 PM Rating: Good
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I'd be willing to try that, I think, but it better be good, Totem. Smiley: glare

Fantasy? Teen fantasy?

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#19 Feb 05 2004 at 1:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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Im currently reading "The Cleric Quintet" anthology by R.A. Salvatore.

Already finished the first book, good stuff so far.
#20 Feb 05 2004 at 2:06 PM Rating: Good
The only non-fantasy book I have any interest in reading write now (hmmm...maybe we need to branch out into smaller groups - Fantasy Book Club, Sci-Fi Book Club, Non-Fiction, etc..)

Anyhoo, this is a book I bought for my step-dad but it turns out he already picked it up for himself, so I kept it.

The Hornet's Nest by Jimmy Carter (seriously!)

Although I agree about no spoilers, it helps to motivate people to read something if you can provide a little description...here's a description of The Hornet's Nest...

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The first work of fiction by a President of the United States -- a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence

In his ambitious and deeply rewarding novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South; it is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region and that it was a struggle of both great and small battles and of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the Indians' support sought by both sides, and no quarter asked or given. The Hornet's Nest follows a cast of characters and their loved ones on both sides of this violent conflict -- including some who are based on the author's ancestors.

At the heart of the story is Ethan Pratt, who in 1766 moves with his wife, Epsey, from Philadelphia to North Carolina and then to Georgia in 1771, in the company of Quakers. On their homesteads in Georgia, Ethan and his wife form a friendship with neighbors Kindred Morris and his wife, Mavis. Through Kindred and his young Indian friend Newota, Ethan learns about the frontier and the Native American tribes who are being continually pressed farther inland by settlers. As the eight-year war develops, Ethan and Kindred find themselves in life-and-death combat with oppos- ing forces.

With its moving love story, vivid action, and the suspense of a war fought with increasing ferocity and stealth, The Hornet's Nest is historical fiction at its best, in the tradition of such major classics as The Last of the Mohicans.


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Im currently reading "The Cleric Quintet" anthology by R.A. Salvatore.

Already finished the first book, good stuff so far.


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#21 Feb 05 2004 at 3:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Eragon sounds good to me.
#22 Feb 05 2004 at 3:34 PM Rating: Good
Ok, looks like Eragon will be the first book, unless we have a revolt between now and... around 8 pm est time.
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#23 Feb 05 2004 at 3:37 PM Rating: Good
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/preparing to revolt


Okay...well, I am leaving "work" in 1.5 hrs so if a change hasn't been stated clearly here, I will pick up Eragon this weekend. How much are we allowed to read?

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#24 Feb 05 2004 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
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Eragon looks good to me, also. When do we start?

wonder if Wal-Mart sells it, since there are no real book stores in this tiny town...
#25 Feb 05 2004 at 3:44 PM Rating: Good
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That's a good question. If people have to order it, I'm sure it wouldn't take longer than a week to get in. When are we having our first discussion thread? Dammit, I'll probably read the whole **** thing in the tub on Friday night. Prune!

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#26 Feb 05 2004 at 3:46 PM Rating: Good
Start when ever you'd like, just have at least the first chapter done by Monday. We'll start out slow and see how it goes. Later, we'll add chapters, or change the frequency of discussions as needed.
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