Introduction (General Book Club Discussion)

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

  1. Truman

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  3. RegimentML

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    I read Fahrenheit 451 last year, so I'd be out if that's the decision
     
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  5. Truman

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    Oh man - fuck that.
     
  6. The Blackfish

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    Reading the other responses, it says that you can enjoy the book without reading the previous ones, but most highly recommend waiting.
     
  7. LKRFN88jp

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    Older book I'll throw in the mix - A Confederacy of Dunces
     
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  8. RegimentML

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    Also read that last year. Fun read though
     
  9. The Blackfish

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    Just downloaded Anna Karenina and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court if anyone is interested in that for next month. Thinking I could get more interest in the latter than the former.
     
  10. RegimentML

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    I'm down to read either but I agree, you're more likely to get participation with a Mark Twain novel than a Tolstoy novel that's three times longer.
     
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  11. The Blackfish

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    Well Stephen King has a new book coming out at the end of May so I guess I know what our June book club book will be

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    An eleven-year-old boy is found in a town park, hideously assaulted and murdered. The fingerprints (and later DNA) are unmistakably those of the town’s most popular baseball coach, Terry Maitland, a man of impeccable reputation, with a wife and two daughters. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland coached, orders an immediate and public arrest. Maitland is taken to jail, his claim to innocence scorned. Maitland has a foolproof alibi, with footage to prove that he was in another city when the crime was committed. But that doesn't save him either.

    King constructs a propulsive plot, and a race against time to uncover the identity of a terrifying and diabolical killer who has left victims—and “perpetrators”—across the country, and who is on his way to his next horrific act.

    King’s psychological suspense is at its most riveting in this extraordinarily dramatic and eerie story. He is devastatingly vivid on the experience of being falsely blamed—the effect on the accused, the spouse, the children; the suspicion of friends, even the most loyal; the impossibility of ever being innocent again (if you are lucky enough to live). He is also masterful at showing us that supernatural monsters are startlingly like human beings who do monstrous things.
     
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  12. The Blackfish

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    So May starts tomorrow and we haven't settled on a book. We can go with A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court by Mark Twain, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole,


    oooor to make things more complicated, I am catching up on the Golden State Killer thread and now would like to nominate I'll Be Gone in the Dark.
     
  13. Truman

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    Ohhhhhh Golden State Killer gets my vote.
     
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    I'd probably prefer the Twain. Have read COD multiple times and the wait list for McNamara's book is long at my local library (tend to be a frugal reader).
     
  15. Truman

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    So.......
     
  16. RegimentML

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    Golden State killer book is my preference. I'd read Twain as well. I've already read Dunces
     
  17. The Blackfish

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    Ok lets go I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Tangman I'm sure some of us could probably scrounge up an ebook version to send to you
     
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    Think I can find a copy but I'll post here if I can't.
     
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  19. Tangman

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    Also, just FYI:

     
  20. Truman

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    Wonder who will write it. Oswalt?

    HBO has already picked this up as a docuseries.
     
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    Detailed in the link. Apparently it was only 75% done when McNamara died so the 2 researchers who completed it will write that addition, too.
     
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  22. LKRFN88jp

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    It's a great book, you guys will like it. You will notice the prose changes in chapters that either (a) she straight up didn't write or (b) they wrote from her notes. Her writing is great though.
     
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  23. The Blackfish

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    So I never heard any opposition to this and laxjoe has already started a thread so I say we do it unless anyone has an objection
     
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    Awesome! I'll be done this weekend, but I'm looking what I've read so far. I guess I'll go ahead and update the thread title
     
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    For those that read Anna Karenina, is it tedious for the 3rd and 4th parts or is it just me? I loved the first two parts, but I am currently losing interest in the novel.
     
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    I didn’t remember finding many parts all that tedious, but it does start picking up. Really depends on what your favorite storylines are I guess. I loved both the Anna and the Levin storylines.
     
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    That may be it. The Levin storyline bores me with the monotonous political talk discussing the workforce. But I am enjoying the Anna and Kitty storylines. I'm also just anxious to find out what happens, and I feel like the novel started out strong with development, but has now hit the brakes to dredge it out.
     
  28. The Blackfish

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    The ending is pretty famous, if you don’t know how it ends don’t do any searching. I enjoyed parts of Levin’s political discourse and I found some parts taxing
     
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  29. Truman

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    Thoughts for July? I heard about this on a podcast and it sounds good. Got a glowing review from Stephen King

    Pros: Sounds great
    Cons: We just read a horror novel, and it doesnt come out until June 26, which might make it a bit harder to obtain for July.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36300727-the-cabin-at-the-end-of-the-world

    The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King’s Misery, Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum’s cult hit The Girl Next Door.

    Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

    One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what’s going to happen is your fault". Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world."

    Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.
     
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  30. The Blackfish

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    Sounds good to me :idk:
     
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  31. Truman

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    So we're set on Cabin at the End of the World?

    I have an e-copy if anyone needs it.
     
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    I’m cool with it. Sounds interesting. I’ll probably start it within the next week
     
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  34. Truman

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    Oh man... Should we call a quick audible?
     
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  35. The Blackfish

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    A: punny
    B: I'm still good to read it if yall are, seems pretty short as its only 9 hours on Audible, but I will probably download an ebook instead of spending a credit on it. Still has a 3.86/5 on Goodreads
     
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    I cant believe Stephen King would lie to us like that. His glowing endorsement was what turned me onto it.
     
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  37. The Blackfish

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    I say we read it and find out for ourselves
     
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  38. RegimentML

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    I already downloaded it so :kermit:
     
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  39. Truman

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    While the story has mixed reviews, it sounds like a lot of the criticism is for the narrator. So maybe it's not so bad.
     
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    Thoughts for August?
     
  41. RegimentML

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    War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

    A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero's journey.

    In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Just throwing out a completely random suggestion.
     
  42. Arkie Proud

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    Just dropping by. This is the best book I've read this year : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32075854-magpie-murders

    If you guys haven't heard of OverDrive, the app that lets you borrow ebooks from your local library, you should get it. Put it on your ereader, sign up for a library card and get books all day, er'ry day. I use it constantly. I have a few books mentioned in here on hold. (That's the downside, sometimes you have to wait for a book.) Anyway, glad to see this is still alive. I'm in my sophomore year of getting my English degree with an emphasis on creative writing, so maybe you'll read one of mine someday. After I'm dead, prolly.
     
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    All the best don't become popular until they're dead. Godspeed
     
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  44. The Blackfish

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    I"m good with this as the book club book for August
     
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    Fine with me
     
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    Ordered this as well
     
  48. The Blackfish

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    After taking September off, I would like to nominate An American Marriage by Tayari Jones as the September book.

    Up for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590210-an-american-marriage

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    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
     
  49. Truman

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    Sounds good. This is very different than what I usually read, so Im all for it.
     
  50. The Blackfish

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    Same, although thats usually what I try to go for (other than all of the Stephen King, I just like reading his stuff with you guys) in my nominations. The stuff I usually read, I will read anyway.