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Take a look, it's in a Talking Time Book Club 2.0

My idea to lower the barrier to entry and get more people in on it would be a collection of short stories, and something that's at the intersection of genre and literary fiction. Like Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler or something.
 
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Rascally Badger

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I am interested in joining, though I think I failed to participate a lot of the time when we had this going before. Susanna Clarke's Piranesi was just published.
 

Falselogic

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2021 is the year! Let's do this TT! Please send me a list of twelve books you'd like to read this year. I will collate them and if we get doubles they'll go in. I'm going to try and include a broad swath of genres, fiction and non-fiction. #1 goal is to have fun the #2 would be to stretch our breadth as readers!
 
I look forward to submitting 12 books no one else votes for.

The Whatcha Reading thread fascinates me because I appear to have so little overlap with everyone else.
 

Falselogic

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I'm getting some good recommendations! If you have some and you haven't sent them along please do so!
 

Falselogic

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Well, thank you to everyone who sent me a list of books! There wasn't a lot of crossover. BUT, there was crossover!

So for now here are two books that will be on our reading list for 2021!

The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

I will be posting a a few lists of 8 other books in the near future that people can vote on and then we can start at the beginning of next month! At least one book from every person's list will be in each list. I hope you are excited as I am!
 

Falselogic

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You can vote here!

Here are your options - Every list has a mix of fiction and non-fiction as well as genre and some non-genre! Whichever list wins will have the two books mentioned above added to it! Apologies for not linking all of these books. It's a very busy time. But you should be able to get a good sense of the ones you don't recognize with a quick google search.

List 1
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Vacationland by John Hodgeman
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

List 2
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Breakfast at Tiffanys by Truman Capote
The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow
Still Life by Louise Penny
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Sunny Days by David Kamp
White Noise by Don Delillo
Neuromancer by William Gibson

List 3
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Other Madisons by Bettye Kearse
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson
A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Franchise by Marcia Chatelain

List 4
The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton
Beowulf trans. Maria Headley
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy
The Plains by Gerald Murnane
Artemis by Andy Weir
 
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FelixSH

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How long can we vote? I might need a bit of time, so I can take a look at the different books.

Also, thanks for organizing this. I imagine creating the lists took some time.
 
Well, thank you to everyone who sent me a list of books! There wasn't a lot of crossover. BUT, there was crossover!

So for now here are two books that will be on our reading list for 2021!

The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

I will be posting a a few lists of 8 other books in the near future that people can vote on and then we can start at the beginning of next month! At least one book from every person's list will be in each list. I hope you are excited as I am!
Wait, isn't that only 10 books? Are two others going to be added? I'm fine if we read 10 or if we read 12 but confused.

And man, those are great mixes for each list. Thank you for doing that, it's hard to choose which is a very good thing.
 

Falselogic

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I only did 10 books in 12 month because I know that with life and work things can get out of hand and I want this book club to be a relaxing enjoyable affair. Not something that causes additional stress.
 

Egarwaen

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I'm really glad someone else wants to read A Memory Called Empire! I've read it once and loved it, and definitely want to reread before the sequel comes out.
 

FelixSH

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Just checking, "Black Sky by Rebecca Roanhorse" from list 1, isn't the title "Black Sun"? That's what Google finds. Just want to make sure that it isn't another, more obscure book.
 
So it doesn't get glossed over if people just see "Beowulf" on the list and move on because they remember it being boring in school, I wanted to note that Maria Dahvana Headley's translation is absolutely fascinating, which is why I submitted it. She takes the language of the poem and reintreprets it in ways I've never seen. This is the fourth or fifth translation I've read and Beowulf is one of my favourite reads so that's saying something.

Her introduction and notes on translation and the history of translation is a great read itself. These passages for example shows how she thinks about the difficulty of interpretation but from such a different tone from any other translator I've read:

This translation, for example, was completed during the first months of my son's life. Parenting a baby is listening to someone use a language in which certain sounds mean a slew of things, and one must rely heavily on context to gain clarity; a language in which there is no way to translate accurately the ancient sound that means "hungry," because, to the preverbal speaker, the sound means and is used to signal a compendium of things, something more like "belly hurt-longing-breast-empty mouth-bottle-swallow-milk-help."

A "perfect" translation would require the translator to time travel fantastically rather than historically - more Narnia than Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Anyway, even if it doesn't make the list I highly recommend it. It's also <150 pages and poetry so a pretty quick read! The only knock I have against it is that the text doesn't include the original Olde English like a lot of translations do, but that's not going to matter to most people and it's not hard to find.
 
So for now here are two books that will be on our reading list for 2021!

The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

I checked the library and there are 15 holds on 3 copies for Ministry for the Future, and 10 on 2 for A Memory Called Empire, so I'm excited to see these are popular! I haven't bought a book for several months so time to support local business...

Edit: It looks like a paperback version of Ministry for the Future comes out June 22nd. Thoughts on making that one later in the year to make it a little cheaper?
 
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Falselogic

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The votes are in and the winner is List 3! 🎆🎇🎆 (for the curious results are here)

This year we'll be reading:

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Other Madisons by Bettye Kearse
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson
Franchise by Marcia Chatelain
A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

I'm partial to leaving the list as this with us beginning the reading in February w/ The Only Good Indians and ending in November w/ A Deadly Education. That way the club will be done by the time the high holidays begin.

If you can think of a reason to move things around please speak up now! Otherwise I'll see you in the Book Club next month when we start Stephen Graham Jones book!
 

Falselogic

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I'm making the thread for the book club and wanted to see what you all thought about a few things -

Do you want each book to have its own thread or to keep discussion in the Book Club Thread?

Do we want to create dates, say half way through the month, where it is okay to discuss spoilers?
 
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