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Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 27 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Grantaire, Moderator

So, now that I'm a moderator, I'm starting up a Book Club discussion here on the Literature Discussion board. This will likely be book discussions around once a month, with either more or less time depending on what book is chosen (considerations on avalibility, how widely read it already is, etc). This here is the nominations sticky. You all have until Tuesday of next week to nominate books that you would like to discuss. The most highly nominated book will be chosen, and when I let you all know what that book is, I'll give you a date for the discussion. Any questions, just ask me.

If you like to agree with someone else's nomination, simply say that you agree with their nomination.

Oh, and just a note, I'd prefer that we choose a book that isn't brand new or anything, so people are more likely to be able to find it at a library, or else be able to buy it in paperback. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Just to get things going smooth, I'll recommend in a set order of preference, the two books I prefer we discuss first. Both have been available for some time, even if only certain Americans among us have one in paperback <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Steven Erikson, Gardens of the Moon

Those should work nicely. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Grantaire, Moderator

GoTM is in US paperback? I thought it was still just in hardcover. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

No, but a good many of us have the UK/Canada paperback. By the way, you do realize that the majority of the posters here are English, Scottish, or Canadian, yes? <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

The US paperback release for GotM is set for January 10th, 2005. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by legatus, Auditor

I wanted to suggest something by Gene Wolfe, since I've heard nothing but good things about him lately from a few different message boards, but not having read anything by him yet, I'm not in a position to know which of his novels might be best to suggest. Maybe someone more familiar with his work can throw a Gene Wolfe nomination into the fray at some point down the road, however.

For the moment though, I'll second A Game Of Thrones. It would make for an excellent way to kick off the book club, I think. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by FuraxVZ, Candidate

Who hasn't read A Game of Thrones?

My idea of a book club is more to uncover hard-to-find or undiscovered gems. A Game of Thrones is something I would think everyone has read, but it's certainly an excellent book that could spawn a lot of discussion (see their message board!).

Is the book club limited to Sci-Fi/Fantasy then? view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Well, the thing with Wolfe is that there are two books-in-one for the Book of the New Sun series: Shadow and Claw (first two) and Sword and Citadel (second two). At least that's how it's published now in the US. But I certainly wouldn't mind discussing Wolfe - I've even written a detailed walkthrough for the first book, Shadow of the Torturer.

While I certainly am not against covering lesser-known books, the reason why I nominated the books that I did was so we could test the format (whatever it ends up being) by using a "popular" book. I don't know what Grantaire has in mind, so I guess we'll just have to wait and hear from him first as to the parameters of the discussions and the nominations.

As for future books, anything by John Crowley or Umberto Eco would be cool <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Alric, Auditor

I'd agree with Larry. For the first working of the Book Club discussion, it would be a good idea to discuss a book that has been out and can be readily discussed. I'd lean toward Gardens of the Moon personally, but the Martin pick would work as well.

Another suggestion would be Gene Wolfe's more recent release... The Knight. It is somewhat more accessible than his New Sun series. Plus, the second, and final, book in that series is set to be released toward the end of the year. That way we could be set to do a book club on a newly released book shortly after it comes out... The Wizard.

Still, Grantaire, feel free to blaze new pathways if you want to. This is your show, buddy. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I second GotM.

I hope to participate, but may be too swamped by school. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I'd like to nominate Jeff Ford's The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque. Ive had that sitting on the shelf for a little bit and been meaning to get round to it. Other than that I'll also support Erikson's Garden of the Moon as Ive been meaning to reread that again. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Grantaire, Moderator

My idea of a book club is more to uncover hard-to-find or undiscovered gems. A Game of Thrones is something I would think everyone has read, but it's certainly an excellent book that could spawn a lot of discussion (see their message board!).

Is the book club limited to Sci-Fi/Fantasy then?


I think that we will certainly focus on speculative fiction, but after perhaps the first one or two, perhaps we will branch out into some other areas of literature. Depends on the interests of everyone. And I agree that uncovering undiscovered gems would be good (perhaps not hard-to-find ones, because we want everyone to be able to get whatever we choose), but as Aldarion said, this first discussion should probably be on a more popular book, to test out the style of the discussion, etc.

Cheers. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 August 2004 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Quinthane, Candidate

I'd like to nominate "The Thousand-fold Thought".

I mean I'd really, REALLY like to. But I doubt that would work. So I'll second GoT. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 24 February 2005 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Annabel, Peralogue

I'll second, third, fourth or whateverth TGOTM. Especially since I'm in the middle of reading it. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 15 July 2006 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by benwick19, Commoner

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I'll second, third, fourth or whateverth TGOTM. Especially since I'm in the middle of reading it.[/quote:t3yocxqb]
same here aside from i just finished.... poor lorn <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 October 2007 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Bluehot, Commoner

For a book similar to The Prince of Nothing, you should read Glen Cook's A Cruel Wind, the Dread Empire Chronicle. The same type of non traditional Fantasy creation with real people in a world so real you want to spit the grit out of your teeth. He is better known for the Balck Company novels. The first 3 of those are excellant and highly reccommended, but the Dread Empire is something special. I also like a couple of series by nominal Sci Fi authors, CJ Cherryh and Lois McMaster Bujold. view post


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