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Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Philip Overby, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Philip Overby

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    I'll start a new thread and share your choices. If no one else comments, then I'm happy to read Dragondoom for December (although with holiday stuff I'll be understandably out of pocket).
     
  2. Philip Overby

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    I read some of Dragondoom today and I liked what I read so far. I don't see the comparisons to Tolkien yet, but maybe I haven't read enough Tolkien (only The Hobbit.)
     
  3. Steerpike

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    Dragondoom is only like Tolkien in the sense that the world McKiernan created has a lot of similarity to Middle Earth in its most basic aspect (things like races, and how they behave).
     
  4. Philip Overby

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    I sent you a message on Google+ about your idea. Feel free to respond here or there, it's up to you.
     
  5. Philip Overby

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    Not sure if the Reading Group has all but dissolved, but I've enjoyed reading December's pick. As long as I have one other person interested in continuing, I'm up to continue doing the group for the foreseeable future. In that case, any interest for January?
     
  6. Aspasia

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    Hey! I've been thinking about joining in, if this is still continuing. I haven't been reading as much as I'd like (and I really miss it), the extra obligation of a reading group would probably get me the push I need to make time!

    Currently I do have a lot of free time, being on break, but when classes start up that'll probably reduce. I'm used to carrying around a book and reading in those five minutes between classes and such, so I think I can keep up relatively well (though I may not finish). I'd get the books from my library, if possible, so it might take a while to acquire them.
     
  7. Philip Overby

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    Great! I think since you are thinking about joining, it would be an excellent chance for you to choose the book for January. Just give us a couple of options and then we can decide which one of your choices we want to read. As long as I have one other person doing the group, I'm happy to continue along.

    So maybe post some of your choices in this thread and we can decide together. Once a decision is made, I'll post a new thread for January.
     
  8. Aspasia

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    Cool! Okay I'll look among the books I've been meaning to read. Not very current, unfortunately; my bookshelf needs replenishing!

    So far what I see:

    A Song for Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay
    Devices and Desires, K J Parker
    Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (though this is Book 2, so probably not the best idea. I think the group has done Name of the Wind though?)
    Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson
    Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia McKillip
    Kraken, China Mieville

    I'll probably think of a few more. If you've got a more current novel that would be awesome too! I haven't read much of the newer stuff coming out.
     
  9. Philip Overby

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    Is Devices and Desires from the Engineer Trilogy? I may be interested in that one. I also own Kraken as well so that's another I might be willing to pick up. Never read McKillip so maybe she might be worth giving a shot as well.

    So I'll say of those you listed, my interest level would be:

    1. Parker
    2. McKillip
    3. Mieville (we did him before but not many people participated)
     
  10. Aspasia

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    Yup, that's the one. I've read Sharps by Parker before--excellent book. McKillip has more of a mythic style, and her books are usually much shorter. I've never read Mieville but I've heard very good things.

    I'm good with any of those!
     
  11. Philip Overby

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    Looks like it'll have to be Devices and Desires by Parker because I can't get the others on Kindle. Let me know if you're fine with that and I'll set up the January thread.
     
  12. Ghost

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    That one's not at my library. Maybe I'll join you guys for February.
     
  13. Aspasia

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    Yup, sounds great! I have it--looking forward to reading another Parker.

    My library tends to have only a few books by this author too, Ghost. In February, then? Or I don't mind going with another if it works for everyone.
     
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  14. Philip Overby

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    Ghost and Aspasia: Yes, if you're more interested in another book we all three can agree on, it's perfectly fine to change the book. I rather do something everyone is happy with. The participation in the group has dropped off, so any book that can get more participation I'm happy to do.
     
  15. Aspasia

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    I agree. Ghost, do you want to suggest a few books too?
     
  16. Ghost

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    It's okay. I haven't been reading much fiction lately. The fiction I'm reading isn't even fantasy, so I have no suggestions for the group.

    Hopefully, participation picks up again.
     
  17. Philip Overby

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    So is there a specific book you've been wanting to read, Ghost? If so, maybe we could do that book for January as long as it's something we can all agree on.
     
  18. Mythopoet

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    I'm still keeping an eye on the reading group. I don't have much free time at all right now and have too much RL stress to read something I'm not really into. But if you all happen to pick a book that's on my To Read list already then I'll jump in and read along with you. Other than that, I'll just be lurking until I have more free time.
     
  19. TWErvin2

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    If a work comes up that's in audiobook and is of interest, I'd be in.

    During the school year, I spend most of my time reading essays and such, along with required reading. My other two jobs...plus writing limits my time. However, I can and do my 'recreational' reading via audiobooks (while driving, doing mundane work, etc.)
     
  20. Ghost

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    The group already voted on a book. It seems more fair to do that one. I could pick for February if that's cool.
     
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