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Old 08-18-2013, 01:15 PM
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Like reading Gilgamesh, or The Illiad, or something.
Right, and the peer pressure of a group reading would help me work through something more challenging; I read plenty of genre stuff for fun on my own. Plus if it was something challenging that other forum members had some insight into, that would be a bonus.

You may be right that classic Chinese might be too classic, especially early on. I'd be up for an Illiad book club, though!
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I'm going to say that 5 days before the end of the month is when you can start talking about the entire book. After the 15th you can talk about the first half of the book.

I'm also thinking that we might alternate monthly between serious literature and genre, more light hearted stuff. So September would be light reading?

How do we feel about that?
I'm cool with this!
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:27 PM
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I'm going to say that 5 days before the end of the month is when you can start talking about the entire book. After the 15th you can talk about the first half of the book.

I'm also thinking that we might alternate monthly between serious literature and genre, more light hearted stuff. So September would be light reading?

How do we feel about that?
That sounds like a perfect plan to me.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:31 PM
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If we're nominating fun books I lobby for a George Pelecanos, he's written some awesome DC based mysteries that have a great vibrant texture to them. I'd recommend Nick's Trip or The Sweet Forever.
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I was going to nominate Dashiell Hammett's the Maltese Falcon

or maybe a Doc Savage pulp
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I'd also been into reading Neuromancer! It goes well with the Let's Play I'm doing right now
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I just read The Maltese Falcon last month. If you guys want to do that one I might join in the discussion, but I doubt I'll read it again so soon after the last time.
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Elmore Leonard just died. We should read something from Elmore Leonard, because he's awesome.
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Elmore Leonard just died. We should read something from Elmore Leonard, because he's awesome.
That's a really good idea!

But, I've never read a thing by or him or know a lick about him!
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:20 PM
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But, I've never read a thing by or him or know a lick about him!
His favorite book that he wrote was apparently Freaky Deaky, so that might be the one to pick. He wrote the books that Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Mr. Majestyk, and Justified were based on. Two-fisted manly thrillers and mysteries for all!
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Freaky Deaky it is!

Check your local libraries now!
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This sounds cool. I'm especially interested to see his treatment of Detroit which, as the core of the metro area I grew up in, I'm pretty protective of. Especially when it comes to media from the 1980s, which sometimes painted the city in overblown, hyperbolic colors of violence and crime.
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This sounds cool. I'm especially interested to see his treatment of Detroit which, as the core of the metro area I grew up in, I'm pretty protective of. Especially when it comes to media from the 1980s, which sometimes painted the city in overblown, hyperbolic colors of violence and crime.
You might want to wikipedia Elmore Leonard.

Anyone lookingfor further works by Leonard are urged yo check out Valdez is coming which is awesome and can be read in a sitting, one of the best westerns written.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:01 AM
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He sounds pretty promising!
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:46 AM
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Seeing how this is an evolving thing. I think that next month we will start Freaky Deaky but will leave Master and Margarita open for a month to discuss the book in detail then after September M&M will be closed.

I'm also thinking of doing a non-fiction book for October: All Yesterdays
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I have not heard of that one but I am always up for non-fiction.
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It does sound pretty cool. I got my copy of Freaky Deaky at a local used bookshop yesterday for absurdly cheap (I had a coupon) and am pretty stoked to read it.
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Reminding people that there's just over a week for our current book, Freaky Deaky, and to remind them to go out and find a copy of next month's book: All Yesterdays!

Also, taking solicitations for November's book!
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Also, taking solicitations for November's book!
Bleeding Edge!
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:43 PM
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Call for November book club recommendations!
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Also, I ordered my copy of All Yesterdays for the October book club!

Also, also the October book club book will come with a free special bonus for everyone who participates!
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I'll be grabbing it on my Kindle when I'm home. Sounds like a neat read. Won't be a bad one to have alongside others if its length is anything to go by.

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Bonus!? I like those.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:19 AM
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New book club starts today!
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I recommend Selected Stories of Alice Munro. She just won the Nobel Prize and is an amazing writer. Very few living writers write fiction this lived-in. It's also a good place to start reading her; if you especially like one of the stories you can follow it into the collection it's from. I haven't read them all yet but they're all great. Amazingly realistic grotesques. Goes from funny to scary to heart-breaking in a matter of pages. Interesting look into Canadian rural life too, which is certainly not OVER represented in any fictional medium.
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I'd like to nominate Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.
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I recommend Selected Stories of Alice Munro. She just won the Nobel Prize and is an amazing writer. Very few living writers write fiction this lived-in. It's also a good place to start reading her; if you especially like one of the stories you can follow it into the collection it's from. I haven't read them all yet but they're all great. Amazingly realistic grotesques. Goes from funny to scary to heart-breaking in a matter of pages. Interesting look into Canadian rural life too, which is certainly not OVER represented in any fictional medium.
I'd be super down for that.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:26 AM
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Bumping for more book club suggestions. Not only for November but December as well!

Only a few days left in Oct.
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I'd be down for anything by Alice Munro, but I'm reading Republic of Thieves right now, so I don't know how much actual time I'll have.
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I'd also be down for Alice Munro. Never read anything by her and been meaning to check her out.
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Cross-posting from the Whatcha readin' thread, I suggest something by Pynchon, maybe something more compact and month-sized like Inherent Vice. Maybe hold that one back for a later month since I'm suggesting this really late in the game.
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