Introduction (General Book Club Discussion)

Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by Arkie Proud, May 2, 2012.

  1. The Blackfish

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    I think any of those would facilitate good conversation. I've read the Jungle so I would prefer one of the others but I'm okay with rereading The Jungle too
     
  2. TC

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    Has anyone read the book "Sapiens" or "Homo Deus" by Yuval Noah Harari? Both sound really good. Trying to decide if I should read both or just the newer one
     
  3. Truman

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    Sounds like In Cold Blood has the most traction. Shall we lock it in?
     
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  4. The Blackfish

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    Sounds good to me, but I still need to read The Handmaiden's Tale :/
     
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  5. RegimentML

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    I already read it my junior year of high school, but I'll be interested in reading everyone's thoughts. I really enjoyed it.
     
  6. Truman

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    wrong thread.
     
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  7. Gin Buckets

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    So... We're all in agreement about Stephen Florida for August? Great.
     
  9. RegimentML

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    So are we reading the Stephen Florida book? Anyone have any other recommendations for August?
     
  10. Gin Buckets

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    I'm ready to start Stephen Florida.
     
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  12. Truman

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    Go for it. Im not an admin though. The Blackfish will have to pin it.
     
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  13. rv12

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    I'll jump back in with y'all. Heading for a beach day tomorrow so downloading Stephen Florida now.
     
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  15. Truman

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    I still need to read Stephen Florida, but do we have a Sept Book?

    The Fourth Monkey by JD Barker

    Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

    For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

    As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

    With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller. (less)

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31125554-the-fourth-monkey?from_search=true
     
  17. RegimentML

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    That sounds pretty interesting. Murder-mysteries always have the potential to generate good discussion.

    Here's my suggestion. I don't know if it would make a good discussion book, but I do want to read it eventually.

    Redshirts by John Scalzi

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

    Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
    (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
    (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
    (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
     
  18. RegimentML

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    Any thoughts here? Bueller?
     
  19. Truman

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    I just recently read my first Scalzi book and loved it, so Id be down to jump in again.

    I also just finished Fourth Monkey because I didnt want to wait. It was outstanding and think it would drum up good discussion/theories on how the book will play out/end
     
  20. RegimentML

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  21. LKRFN88jp

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    Only non-HP book I've been thinking about lately is The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow.
     
  22. Truman

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  23. RegimentML

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    Unless voted otherwise by EOD, I'll make a thread for the Scalzi book.
     
  24. RegimentML

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    It's already October -- anyone have any thoughts? We taking a break?
     
  25. The Blackfish

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    I’m probably taking a break while I power through my Sanderson reread culminating in Oathbringer, so I’ll be back late November or December
     
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  26. Truman

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    We usually peter out on BC this time of year w football and Shit

    Starting Redshirts tomorrow
     
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  27. Lucky24Seven

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    Are there any good horror novels you gentlemen can suggest? I’m getting ready to finish up King’s Dark Tower series and was thinking about picking up Salem’s Lot, but really want to branch out a bit after reading a lot of King already. Author recommendations? Series? Much thanks.
     
  28. The Blackfish

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    Have you read The Passage by Justin Cronin?
     
  29. RegimentML

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    I don't really read much horror so take this with a grain of salt, but I have a friend who reads a lot of horror who keeps telling me to read A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. I haven't read it so I can't vouch for it, but that's the best suggestion I've got.
     
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  30. Lucky24Seven

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    Nope. Checked it out on Wikipedia, but couldn’t find a description. What is the series about?
     
  31. The Blackfish

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    Viral Apocalypse that turns people into vampire like creatures (not vampires, it is not a vampire series)

    It is really good. It was a Book Club pick a few years ago and everyone loved it. There is a thread on here somewhere.
     
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  32. Jeffrey Lebowski

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    New to TMB book club.

    How does it work? Wait until a new thread goes up then read the book mentioned?
     
  33. RegimentML

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    We haven't reviewed a book for about 6 months, but typically a book is nominated in this thread and then is voted on by whoever is interested. There are usually a few nominations and those get culled down to that month's choice. Then a thread goes up.

    We took a break around the beginning of football season and haven't gotten back in the swing of things yet. Participation has been down for a while
     
  34. Gin Buckets

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    I vote Lonesome Dove, since I'm sure it's on everyone's list who hasn't read it yet. Unless, everyone has already read it, I think it'd be a great book club book. Also, to be candid, I'm in the (very beginning) process of reading it, regardless of what we choose.
     
  35. The Blackfish

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    I second this
     
  36. RegimentML

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    Just out of curiosity, would Lonesome Dove be the longest book club book ever? It's about 365k words

    Also, I'm fine with reading it. I already own it.
     
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  37. The Blackfish

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    How long was Under the Dome?
     
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  38. RegimentML

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    Quick Google search says 335k
     
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  39. The Blackfish

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    So then yes
     
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  40. RegimentML

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    Was IT a book club book?
     
  41. Gin Buckets

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    Even though it's probably 2x as many words, I have a feeling it will be an easier book to read than some of the others. (Cloud Atlas and Seveneves come to mind immediately)
     
  42. The Blackfish

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    No
     
  43. Gin Buckets

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    The Stephen King's we've done are (correct me if I'm wrong):

    Under the Dome
    11-22-63
    The Stand
    Mr. Mercedes
    The Revival
    Dr. Sleep

    Of those, my top 2 are 11-22-63 and The Revival, but I'd have a hard time picking a favorite between the 2.

    Then, in order its The Stand, Under the Dome, and Mr. Mercedes. I couldn't do Dr. Sleep as I hadn't read it's predecessor.
     
  44. The Blackfish

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    I forgot that we did The Stand, it is easily the longest at 472,376

    Want to finish up what we’re currently reading and start Lonesome Dove in April?
     
  45. RegimentML

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    Sounds good to me
     
  46. Jeffrey Lebowski

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    In
     
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  47. CoastalOrange

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    I'll give this a try in April. I need something to get me back into reading more in my free time.
     
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  48. Gin Buckets

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    I've already started... I'm listening, and still have over 23 hours to go.
     
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  49. The Blackfish

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    I updated the OP to include the last few books we've read. Everything should be up to date unless I forgot a book.