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[Reading Group] May 2014 VOTING OPEN

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Philip Overby, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Philip Overby

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    Our books open for voting this month: (Please choose your top 2 since we don't have as many nominations this time). Post your votes to this thread. Voting will be closed at the end of the week (April 26th).

    Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
    The Warded Man (or The Painted Man) by Peter V. Brett
    A Shadow of Summer by Daniel Abraham
    Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Please vote for your top 2. Also use only one vote for your own nomination if you nominated any.
     
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  2. Philip Overby

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    My two votes are the following:

    Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

    Both of these are on my TBR lists. Deathless is my alternate in case there is some sort of tie, just because I think that one sounds really interesting as well.
     
  3. Ophiucha

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    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

    I picked TOatEotL (yikes) over Name of the Wind because I haven't read it yet and my grandma's been nagging me to do so. I've read NotW like four times (a favourite, for sure), but if it wins, I don't mind going for a fifth.
     
  4. Philip Overby

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    I wouldn't mind reading any of the nominations this go around. There's not a single one that I read about that I said, "Ugh, that sounds boring and/or not my thing." I'm also hoping for a meatier book in terms of content so the discussion doesn't get slowed down or anything. I started reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane (the sample) and so far I like the quick pace. However, it feels like it's a book that will take me some getting acclimated to.
     
  5. AnneL

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    I must be the only person in the world who didn't like Name of the Wind. I quit on page 70 when there still wasn't a woman.
     
  6. Philip Overby

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    I thought the MC's mother was in the first 70 pages, but I could be wrong. I liked what I read, but I got sidetracked with other stuff. I wanted to give it another try since people have told me how much they like it. But I'm honestly happy with whatever gets picked for this month.
     
  7. Ophiucha

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    Sadly, they are few and far between, but at least he's decent at giving them character development. Better than Tolkien, anyway. :p

    I'm also good with pretty much any of the picks. I've either read and liked or have been meaning to read all of them.
     
  8. Kaellpae

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    The name of the wind
    The Thief

    If there happens to be a tie, then The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
     
  9. Steerpike

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    I've read most of these. I'll go with:

    A Shadow of Summer by Daniel Abraham
    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

    In the event of a tie,
    Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
     
  10. ACSmyth

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    Ocean at the End of the Lane
    Name of the Wind.
     
  11. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    The Warded Man

    The Name of the Wind
     
  12. Mythopoet

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    I'd love to participate, though whether or not I am able to in the end will likely depend on what's chosen and how much it costs. I'll cast my vote for:

    The Warded Man

    The Curse of Chalion

    since those are already on my list of fantasy reading.
     
  13. T.Allen.Smith

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    The Warded Man

    Deathless

    Crescent Moon
     
  14. Philip Overby

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    The votes tallied so far:

    The Name of the Wind: 4
    The Warded Man: 3
    Deathless: 2
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane: 2
    The Thief: 2
    Throne of the Crescent Moon: 1
    The Curse of Chalion: 1
    A Shadow of Summer: 1

    Since we didn't have too many nominations this time, I'm counting the top 2 unless there is a tie. Unless we get some more votes before the weekend, The Name of the Wind will be our May choice.
     
  15. Philip Overby

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    Of note, The Name of the Wind is 700 something pages. If needed, if this is the final choice, we could always carry over the discussion into June. Although I'll set up another vote for June for those that are interested in doing something separate.

    Is it better to just do open themes from now on? I find that it's easier to make nominations without a theme, but I did like having a monthly theme before.

    Also I understand the discussions aren't always going to be on fire the whole time, so if there is a lull in the discussion, always feel free to bring up whatever you want to talk about concerning the book.
     
  16. Mythopoet

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    Well, I've already read The Name of the Wind and I don't really have the time to reread the whole thing. But I'll likely skim along to refresh my memory and participate in any discussion.
     
  17. Philip Overby

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    Anyone get any final votes in this weekend. It's looking like either The Name of the Wind or The Warded Man (The Painted Man) unless we get a surge of more votes.
     
  18. Steerpike

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    Heh. I've read both of those.

    Maybe one month the theme could be "Books Steerpike hasn't read." Or is that too ego-centric :D
     
  19. Philip Overby

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    I think that would be impossible. :)

    However, always feel free to nominate any books you want to read or have heard good things about. The ones I nominated have been on my TBR list forever it seems.
     
  20. Kaellpae

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    I'll be going to the bookstore sometime tomorrow, so I hope we've finalized by late afternoon.
     
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