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Falselogic
07-17-2013, 05:04 PM
Welcome to the Book Club! It's going to be like the Fun Club but with a really old medium!

We're starting next month! Put recoes, desires, dreams, wishes, backlog. etc books that you'd like to discuss with the intelligent people on Talking Time here.

One will be selected for each month and then we'll have threads to discuss said books/graphic novels.

2013
August 2013 - The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=14678)
September 2013 - Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard (http://talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=14792)
October 2013 - All Yesterdays by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and Dr. Darren Naish (http://talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=14911)
November 2013 - Dear Life by Alice Munro (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15006)
December 2013 - Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15088)

2014
January 2014 - Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15196)
February 2014 - This Gaming Life by Jim Rossignol (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15289)
March 2014 - Sweet Forever by George P. Pelecanos (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15369)
April 2014 - King Lear by William Shakespeare (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15527)
May 2014 - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15722)
June 2014 - Cooked By Michael Pollan (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15816)
July 2014 - Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15901)
August 2014 - The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15989)
September 2014 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16153)
October 2014 - The Terror by Dan Simmons (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16238)
November 2014 - Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16284)
December 2014 - To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16346)

2015
January 2015 - The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16461)
February 2015 - The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16575)
March 2015 - The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16683)
April 2015 - Truckers by Terry Pratchett (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16776)
May 2015 - The Mahabharata by Vyasa and translated by Ramesh Menon (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16851)
June 2015 - The Mahabharata by Vyasa and translated by Ramesh Menon (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=16851)
July 2015 - The Martian by Andy Weir (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17017)
August 2015 - The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17146)
September 2015 - Designers & Dragons: the 70s by Shannon Appelcline (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17243)
October 2015 - At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17316)
November 2015 - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17399)
December 2015 - The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17482)

2016
January 2016 - Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=17559)

Falselogic
07-17-2013, 05:06 PM
I'm going to recommend the Master and Margarita (http://www.amazon.com/Master-Margarita-Mikhail-Bulgakov/dp/0679760806/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374105946&sr=1-1&keywords=master+and+margarita) because everyone says I'm a bad person for not reading it and my knowledge of Russian lit is null outside of Dostoevsky

TK Flash
07-17-2013, 05:11 PM
I'm reading song of ice and fire for the first time. Anyone want to join?

shivam
07-17-2013, 05:14 PM
sure, i'll play, even though these things generally end up being too high falutin' for me.

I'd like to recommend Maximum City (http://www.amazon.com/Maximum-City-Bombay-Lost-Found/dp/0375703403/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374106227&sr=8-1&keywords=maximum+city), a completely fascinating set of essays about Bombay, and different facets of life there, from sectarian violence to bollywood to gangsters and on.

Alt- Tokyo Vice (http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Vice-American-Reporter-Vintage/dp/0307475298/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374106371&sr=1-11&keywords=yakuza), about the yakuza in Japan.

Final Alt- Heat (http://www.amazon.com/Heat-Adventures-Pasta-Maker-Apprentice-Dante-Quoting/dp/1400034477/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374106414&sr=1-3&keywords=heat), maybe my favorite book there is, about a journalist from the new yorker who apprentices himself into Mario Batali's kitchen, and what he learns about the inner workings of restaurants and food.

Teaspoon
07-17-2013, 05:23 PM
Hurrah hurrah hurrah.

I'd kinda like to put a Dickens on the list because I ought to read more Dickens and have a bad tendency to get stuck in the middle. Maybe "The Old Curiosity Shop"?

Büge
07-17-2013, 07:37 PM
I dunno if I'll think of something, but I'd like to tag along.

Lady
07-17-2013, 07:53 PM
remind me to look at this when we vote and read. I don't have any suggestions for now

Falselogic
07-17-2013, 07:54 PM
remind me to look at this when we vote and read. I don't have any suggestions for now

There won't be any voting! I look at the recoes in the thread and then make an executive decision!

Gerad
07-17-2013, 08:01 PM
I'll read along, whatever the decision is.

Karzac
07-17-2013, 08:02 PM
I've got a copy of Swann's Way that I've been meaning to read for ages. I'm also interested in getting Building Stories by Chris Ware or Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. But I'd also be interested in the Master and Margarita.

Matchstick
07-17-2013, 08:26 PM
I'm going to recommend the Master and Margarita (http://www.amazon.com/Master-Margarita-Mikhail-Bulgakov/dp/0679760806/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374105946&sr=1-1&keywords=master+and+margarita) because everyone says I'm a bad person for not reading it and my knowledge of Russian lit is null outside of Dostoevsky

Mrs. Match's book club read that a year or two back. She seemed to think it was decent.

Alt- Tokyo Vice (http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Vice-American-Reporter-Vintage/dp/0307475298/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374106371&sr=1-11&keywords=yakuza), about the yakuza in Japan.

Final Alt- Heat (http://www.amazon.com/Heat-Adventures-Pasta-Maker-Apprentice-Dante-Quoting/dp/1400034477/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374106414&sr=1-3&keywords=heat), maybe my favorite book there is, about a journalist from the new yorker who apprentices himself into Mario Batali's kitchen, and what he learns about the inner workings of restaurants and food.

These are both great, although I'd push for Buford's earlier book, Among the Thugs (http://www.amazon.com/Among-The-Thugs-ebook/dp/B00C4BA4KO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374117347&sr=8-1&keywords=among+the+thugs).

*looks over at teetering pile of unread books*

Post-apocalyptic - The Windup Girl (http://www.amazon.com/The-Windup-Girl-ebook/dp/B006TKP2B2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374117794&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wind-up+girl)

Timely - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying (http://www.amazon.com/Fair-Play-Moral-Dilemmas-Spying/dp/1597971537/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1374117853&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=fair+play+the+moral+dilemmas+of+spying)

And one I've been thinking about re-reading - American Tabloid (http://www.amazon.com/American-Tabloid-ebook/dp/B0054KLW4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374117946&sr=1-1&keywords=american+tabloid+james+ellroy)

gahitsu
07-18-2013, 08:46 AM
Anything I'd suggest would probably be too low-class. ; ;

But I'd love to join!

Falselogic
07-18-2013, 08:47 AM
Anything I'd suggest would probably be too low-class. ; ;

But I'd love to join!

Low or high brow, it don't matter!

Droewyn
07-18-2013, 09:09 AM
I'm in!

TK Flash
07-18-2013, 11:40 PM
Given the news about Detroit, I'd suggest Detroit: An American Autopsy. (http://www.amazon.com/Detroit-An-American-Autopsy-ebook/dp/B008EKOP1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374215992&sr=8-1&keywords=detroit+american+autopsy) I read it earlier this year but I can read it again.

Pajaro Pete
07-18-2013, 11:46 PM
i'm down 4 dis

Falselogic
07-22-2013, 12:51 PM
Master and Margarita (http://www.amazon.com/Master-Margarita-Mikhail-Bulgakov/dp/0679760806/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374105946&sr=1-1&keywords=master+and+margarita) it is!

I'll create the thread on August 1st. In the meantime head to your bookshelf, local library, local bookstore, or digital repositoreum and get yourself a copy so you can read along with Talking Time!

Teaspoon
07-22-2013, 01:06 PM
yessssss

This is going to rock.

edit: does anyone know what translation is good? The library has about half a dozen.

Behemoth
07-22-2013, 01:14 PM
yessssss

This is going to rock.

edit: does anyone know what translation is good? The library has about half a dozen.

I prefer the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of pretty much any Russian work.

Lady
07-22-2013, 08:02 PM
Time to get a library card!

Karzac
07-22-2013, 08:35 PM
Sweet!

Violentvixen
07-23-2013, 08:56 AM
Holy crap, a book club where the book is actually available at my library?! Madness!

Pajaro Pete
07-23-2013, 10:59 AM
Got it

shivam
07-23-2013, 12:17 PM
darn, the free version in the kindle store is gone =/

Droewyn
07-23-2013, 12:28 PM
The Nook edition is $3.

EDIT - Reviews are saying the Nook edition is in Russian, not English.

RoyalApe
07-23-2013, 01:04 PM
Master and Margarita (http://www.amazon.com/Master-Margarita-Mikhail-Bulgakov/dp/0679760806/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374105946&sr=1-1&keywords=master+and+margarita) it is!

I'll create the thread on August 1st. In the meantime head to your bookshelf, local library, local bookstore, or digital repositoreum and get yourself a copy so you can read along with Talking Time!

In the meantime, could you update the first post to reflect the book choice? Pretty please? :p

Falselogic
07-23-2013, 01:10 PM
In the meantime, could you update the first post to reflect the book choice? Pretty please? :p

Done! It'll point to the thread when I make it

Lady
07-23-2013, 07:46 PM
Put an alarm on my phone to go to the library to get a card. I CAN'T WAIT.

Falselogic
07-26-2013, 10:26 AM
Got my copy this morning!

Are you guys excited?!

Behemoth
07-26-2013, 11:41 AM
I'm excited! I bought the P&V translation last year but hadn't cracked it open yet. This gives me an excuse.

valhalladeath
07-28-2013, 02:48 PM
Okay, let's do this

Karzac
07-28-2013, 02:55 PM
Put it on hold at the library, but no word yet.

EDIT: Got it today!

Lady
07-31-2013, 08:36 PM
got my library card today

got my copy of M&M

apparently it's the Michael Glenny translation. let's compare quotes!

Falselogic
07-31-2013, 09:39 PM
This starts tomorrow when I wake up and make the thread!

Seven
07-31-2013, 10:05 PM
I love The Master and Margarita, it pretty much opened me up to the world of Russian literature.

I have the Burgin and O'Connor translation so I'll try to keep up with everyone as best as I can, but I'm also reading three other books so I may get left behind in the dust after a while.

Karzac
07-31-2013, 10:26 PM
I've got the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.

valhalladeath
07-31-2013, 11:59 PM
I've got the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.

Falselogic
08-01-2013, 08:48 AM
The thread is live! OP updated with link!

callmejeed
08-13-2013, 08:18 PM
I only discovered this tonight, and I'm pretty caught up in John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, so I'm going to pass on M&M, but probably jump on the September book.

A couple suggestions to add to the list:
Watchmen, by Alan Moore (want to reread it anyway)

A Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (read it over a decade ago in high school and hated it, but I'm a grown ass man now who will, you know, actually understand it)

The Postman, by David Brin (the movie that inspired the Kevin Costner film which, really, isn't that bad)

Teaspoon
08-13-2013, 09:05 PM
I was going to say that maybe Watchmen shouldn't be on the list on grounds of not being a book but one of them there graphic novel things, but then I had terrifying images of threads and posters arguing what should or shouldn't count proliferating unto a veritable phantasmagoria of bewilderment (just trying to define broad genre distinctions between SF and fantasy could keep us busy for pages).

I could also be overthinking this.

Karzac
08-13-2013, 11:21 PM
Watchmen is a book. Any group of bound pages with stuff printed on it is a book. Watchmen is not a novel, but rather a graphic novel or comic or what have you.

Anyway.

Brave New World is an interesting suggestion, although it's not so much a good novel as it is a good thought experiment. It's still an important read, though. It works especially well if you read Amusing Ourselves to Death right after.

callmejeed
08-14-2013, 06:09 AM
One will be selected for each month and then we'll have threads to discuss said books/graphic novels.[/URL]

I was mostly just going by this.

Hell, Karzac's definition actually prevents us from reading e-books, if we apply the letter but not the spirit, because they aren't printed and bound. Basically, yeah, we could spend an entire thread going around in circles and not getting anything actually read if we don't just say poo, here are things that aren't video games or TV shows or movies or plays or performance pieces or music that we should enjoy by reading the words they use to express themselves.

As to Brave New World, I just bought a copy for super cheap and always kind of felt guilty about not understanding it in the 10th grade. In my defense that teacher was a fucking joke and didn't do shit to engage the class and made me hate Macbeth because I got stuck with the group with the guy who couldn't read the word "cock" without losing his shit.

Personally I find most dystopias to be kind of a let-down so I wouldn't be surprised if Huxley does so too.

Karzac
08-14-2013, 06:34 AM
Good point about ebooks.

Lady
08-14-2013, 07:05 AM
The thing that would keep me from suggesting graphic novels is that they're a lot harder to find in libraries than regular novels.

Loki
08-14-2013, 07:15 AM
If we're going to do an Alan Moore comic let us do From Hell instead. Watchmen's been analyzed to death and co-opted by awful nerds.

callmejeed
08-14-2013, 09:13 AM
The thing that would keep me from suggesting graphic novels is that they're a lot harder to find in libraries than regular novels.

Your libraries suck (or have shit budgets, more like).

I agree about Watchmen v. From Hell, I just want to reread the former because I didn't read all the weird newspapers and stuff in there the first time because I'm some kind of fool I guess?

I haven't read From Hell, so I'd be down for that, or whatever Lord Book Club decides on, of course.

Behemoth
08-14-2013, 10:20 AM
or whatever Lord Book Club decides on, of course.

Okay. Tristram Shandy it is, then.

Droewyn
08-14-2013, 12:15 PM
We could read Lost Girls and discuss how the book is NOT porn, no matter what Moore says in the introduction, because it utterly fails as wank material.

Grignr
08-14-2013, 03:10 PM
Zodar's quote here (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1606531&postcount=8352) makes me want to read Water Margin
Also it looks like I gotta check out Sidney Shapiro's translation of Water Margin (or Outlaws of the Marsh)

and I also want to read Wolf Hall but we don't need to Club a book everyone (else) just read.

I also have an unread Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of Crime and Punishment but then this would turn into the P&V Russian Book Club.

Büge
08-14-2013, 07:29 PM
We could read Lost Girls and discuss how the book is NOT porn, no matter what Moore says in the introduction, because it utterly fails as wank material.

No, see, it's the kind of porn you discuss, not the kind you fap to.

Evil Dead Junkie
08-16-2013, 01:38 PM
No its the kind of porn that turns its author into a raging hypocrite.

I would really like to read a John Irving book, because I've never read a John Irving book in full before.

Hangs head in shame.

Behemoth
08-16-2013, 01:59 PM
No its the kind of porn that turns its author into a raging hypocrite.

I would really like to read a John Irving book, because I've never read a John Irving book in full before.

Hangs head in shame.

John Irving's okay, but I don't know that that's anything to feel ashamed about.

The more I think about it, the more I'm serious about my Tristram Shandy recommendation upstream.

Grignr
08-17-2013, 04:03 PM
My problem with a reading club is the reading schedule, so I had an idea the other day that something like a Victorian serial novel that was published in chunks might be a fun way to read things in parallel with other people. I googled to see if you could get the original Dickens serials this way, and not only were they available, Kindle was doing them for free for the Kindle Singles program. However, that seems to have stopped and you now just get the whole book free in one lump with a page here and there to indicate where each serialized issue would have ended. Also the Dickens stories were monthly installments and Kindle only did Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist and no one really wants to read those slowly and we all know how Oliver Twist turns out anyway.

tl;dr - I subscribed to the Moby Dick Big Read podcast in iTunes.

Falselogic
08-17-2013, 04:14 PM
My problem with a reading club is the reading schedule, so I had an idea the other day that something like a Victorian serial novel that was published in chunks might be a fun way to read things in parallel with other people. I googled to see if you could get the original Dickens serials this way, and not only were they available, Kindle was doing them for free for the Kindle Singles program. However, that seems to have stopped and you now just get the whole book free in one lump with a page here and there to indicate where each serialized issue would have ended. Also the Dickens stories were monthly installments and Kindle only did Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist and no one really wants to read those slowly and we all know how Oliver Twist turns out anyway.

tl;dr - I subscribed to the Moby Dick Big Read podcast in iTunes.


A book a month doesn't seem onerous to me. What do other people think?

Evil Dead Junkie
08-17-2013, 04:27 PM
I consider a book a month to be pretty durn reasonable.

Grignr
08-17-2013, 05:09 PM
Sorry, I was just lamenting that we aren't all reading in sync so we can't await news of Little Nell's fate together or anything. I wasn't asking for more time; I was asking for more good stopping places.

For example, I was pacing myself on The Master and Margarita at a few chapters an evening until I got to Book 2, where I really got into it and then read the whole thing in a couple of sittings. But I don't want to arbitrarily stop at milestone chapters, either, so I tried to think of books that would be naturally episodic and thought of serial publication.

The Moby Dick (http://www.mobydickbigread.com/) thing was a chapter-a-day audio podcast that already finished, but I could still listen to it a chapter a day. Also Benedict Cumberbatch reads chapter 58.

And of course it turns out TM&M has exactly 31 chapters if I'd really wanted to read it that way...

callmejeed
08-18-2013, 07:05 AM
I think the episodic idea is neat, but we could just pick "arbitrary" milestones or, we could set a date in each month at which point we start writing about the completed book, so we're sort of staggering reading and commenting.

I've never actually been in a book club before, just graduate history seminars where it's like, read all* of the book and then we'll talk about it next week. So a book in a month is way easy for me, unless it's just boring as hell and I don't read it.


*Nobody ever reads the whole book, unless its mercifully short or they really, really need it for their own work.

Violentvixen
08-18-2013, 08:05 AM
I've been having the exact same thoughts.

Didn't we do the checkpoints thing once? Each week the OP made a new post with where we were that week? I liked that.

Falselogic
08-18-2013, 11:10 AM
I'm going to say that 5 days before the end of the month is when you can start talking about the entire book. After the 15th you can talk about the first half of the book.

I'm also thinking that we might alternate monthly between serious literature and genre, more light hearted stuff. So September would be light reading?

How do we feel about that?

Pombar
08-18-2013, 12:55 PM
Zodar's quote here (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1606531&postcount=8352) makes me want to read Water MarginWater Margin is cool (but then, I'm a Chinese grad...), but like any "Classic" novel that actually means Classical text, it's kind of dull going compared to any modern work. Like reading Gilgamesh, or The Illiad, or something. It's a different frame of mind, more effort, and a higher amount of patience required versus even actual Classics like Dickens.

Grignr
08-18-2013, 01:15 PM
Like reading Gilgamesh, or The Illiad, or something.

Right, and the peer pressure of a group reading would help me work through something more challenging; I read plenty of genre stuff for fun on my own. Plus if it was something challenging that other forum members had some insight into, that would be a bonus.

You may be right that classic Chinese might be too classic, especially early on. I'd be up for an Illiad book club, though!

Droewyn
08-18-2013, 01:36 PM
I'm going to say that 5 days before the end of the month is when you can start talking about the entire book. After the 15th you can talk about the first half of the book.

I'm also thinking that we might alternate monthly between serious literature and genre, more light hearted stuff. So September would be light reading?

How do we feel about that?

I'm cool with this!

valhalladeath
08-18-2013, 02:27 PM
I'm going to say that 5 days before the end of the month is when you can start talking about the entire book. After the 15th you can talk about the first half of the book.

I'm also thinking that we might alternate monthly between serious literature and genre, more light hearted stuff. So September would be light reading?

How do we feel about that?

That sounds like a perfect plan to me.

Evil Dead Junkie
08-18-2013, 02:31 PM
If we're nominating fun books I lobby for a George Pelecanos, he's written some awesome DC based mysteries that have a great vibrant texture to them. I'd recommend Nick's Trip or The Sweet Forever.

Falselogic
08-18-2013, 03:44 PM
I was going to nominate Dashiell Hammett's the Maltese Falcon

or maybe a Doc Savage pulp

Falselogic
08-18-2013, 05:37 PM
I'd also been into reading Neuromancer! It goes well with the Let's Play (http://talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=14044) I'm doing right now

Droewyn
08-18-2013, 05:40 PM
I just read The Maltese Falcon last month. If you guys want to do that one I might join in the discussion, but I doubt I'll read it again so soon after the last time.

Matchstick
08-21-2013, 02:41 PM
Elmore Leonard just died. We should read something from Elmore Leonard, because he's awesome.

Falselogic
08-21-2013, 02:43 PM
Elmore Leonard just died. We should read something from Elmore Leonard, because he's awesome.

That's a really good idea!

But, I've never read a thing by or him or know a lick about him!

Matchstick
08-21-2013, 03:20 PM
But, I've never read a thing by or him or know a lick about him!

His favorite book that he wrote was apparently Freaky Deaky, so that might be the one to pick. He wrote the books that Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Mr. Majestyk, and Justified were based on. Two-fisted manly thrillers and mysteries for all!

Falselogic
08-21-2013, 03:25 PM
Freaky Deaky it is!

Check your local libraries now!

callmejeed
08-21-2013, 05:41 PM
This sounds cool. I'm especially interested to see his treatment of Detroit which, as the core of the metro area I grew up in, I'm pretty protective of. Especially when it comes to media from the 1980s, which sometimes painted the city in overblown, hyperbolic colors of violence and crime.

Evil Dead Junkie
08-21-2013, 07:24 PM
This sounds cool. I'm especially interested to see his treatment of Detroit which, as the core of the metro area I grew up in, I'm pretty protective of. Especially when it comes to media from the 1980s, which sometimes painted the city in overblown, hyperbolic colors of violence and crime.

You might want to wikipedia Elmore Leonard.

Anyone lookingfor further works by Leonard are urged yo check out Valdez is coming which is awesome and can be read in a sitting, one of the best westerns written.

callmejeed
08-24-2013, 07:01 AM
He sounds pretty promising!

Falselogic
08-27-2013, 10:46 AM
Seeing how this is an evolving thing. I think that next month we will start Freaky Deaky but will leave Master and Margarita open for a month to discuss the book in detail then after September M&M will be closed.

I'm also thinking of doing a non-fiction book for October: All Yesterdays (http://www.amazon.com/All-Yesterdays-Speculative-Dinosaurs-Prehistoric/dp/1291177124/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2X79FT5K0TEJ1&coliid=I51ZWYMSOUIMB)

Violentvixen
08-27-2013, 10:55 AM
I have not heard of that one but I am always up for non-fiction.

callmejeed
08-27-2013, 11:45 AM
It does sound pretty cool. I got my copy of Freaky Deaky at a local used bookshop yesterday for absurdly cheap (I had a coupon) and am pretty stoked to read it.

Falselogic
09-23-2013, 11:43 AM
Reminding people that there's just over a week for our current book, Freaky Deaky, and to remind them to go out and find a copy of next month's book: All Yesterdays (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1291177124/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2X79FT5K0TEJ1&coliid=I51ZWYMSOUIMB)!

Also, taking solicitations for November's book!

Grignr
09-23-2013, 12:39 PM
Also, taking solicitations for November's book!

Bleeding Edge!

Falselogic
09-30-2013, 12:43 PM
Call for November book club recommendations!

Falselogic
09-30-2013, 12:43 PM
Also, I ordered my copy of All Yesterdays for the October book club!

Also, also the October book club book will come with a free special bonus for everyone who participates!

pointzeroeight
09-30-2013, 03:00 PM
I'll be grabbing it on my Kindle when I'm home. Sounds like a neat read. Won't be a bad one to have alongside others if its length is anything to go by.

Also, also the October book club book will come with a free special bonus for everyone who participates!

Bonus!? I like those.

Falselogic
10-01-2013, 10:19 AM
New book club starts today! (http://talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=14911)

MikeDinosaur
10-21-2013, 10:44 PM
I recommend Selected Stories of Alice Munro. She just won the Nobel Prize and is an amazing writer. Very few living writers write fiction this lived-in. It's also a good place to start reading her; if you especially like one of the stories you can follow it into the collection it's from. I haven't read them all yet but they're all great. Amazingly realistic grotesques. Goes from funny to scary to heart-breaking in a matter of pages. Interesting look into Canadian rural life too, which is certainly not OVER represented in any fictional medium.

Droewyn
10-22-2013, 01:43 PM
I'd like to nominate Let's Pretend This Never Happened (http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Pretend-This-Never-Happened/dp/0425261018) by Jenny Lawson.

Karzac
10-22-2013, 01:57 PM
I recommend Selected Stories of Alice Munro. She just won the Nobel Prize and is an amazing writer. Very few living writers write fiction this lived-in. It's also a good place to start reading her; if you especially like one of the stories you can follow it into the collection it's from. I haven't read them all yet but they're all great. Amazingly realistic grotesques. Goes from funny to scary to heart-breaking in a matter of pages. Interesting look into Canadian rural life too, which is certainly not OVER represented in any fictional medium.

I'd be super down for that.

Falselogic
10-28-2013, 10:26 AM
Bumping for more book club suggestions. Not only for November but December as well!

Only a few days left in Oct.

Karzac
10-28-2013, 10:58 AM
I'd be down for anything by Alice Munro, but I'm reading Republic of Thieves right now, so I don't know how much actual time I'll have.

Little Sampson
10-28-2013, 11:10 AM
I'd also be down for Alice Munro. Never read anything by her and been meaning to check her out.

taosterman
10-30-2013, 09:13 AM
Cross-posting from the Whatcha readin' thread, I suggest something by Pynchon, maybe something more compact and month-sized like Inherent Vice. Maybe hold that one back for a later month since I'm suggesting this really late in the game.

Evil Dead Junkie
10-30-2013, 11:37 AM
Cross-posting from the Whatcha readin' thread, I suggest something by Pynchon, maybe something more compact and month-sized like Inherent Vice. Maybe hold that one back for a later month since I'm suggesting this really late in the game.

That is a book that I am ALWAYS down to reread.

That being said, I'm sick of being the only Tyrant who has read Bleeding Edge.

Karzac
11-01-2013, 07:08 AM
Finished Republic of Thieves, so I can probably do the book club.

Falselogic
11-01-2013, 09:10 AM
Alice Munro's Dear Life This month

December will be a Pynchon novel?

Matchstick
11-01-2013, 06:49 PM
December will be a Pynchon novel?

If it's Mason & Dixon, then I already have a copy in hand. Convenience!

Falselogic
11-01-2013, 10:09 PM
If it's Mason & Dixon, then I already have a copy in hand. Convenience!

The two recoes so far are Inherent Vice and Bleeding Edge...

No one want's to read Gravity's Rainbow?

MikeDinosaur
11-02-2013, 09:29 AM
I do but if I start reading it right after Mason & Dixon my brain is going to start leaking out through my ears.

Inherent Vice I guess would be my pick. Sounds fun from everything I've read of it.

taosterman
11-02-2013, 01:18 PM
Gravity's Rainbow and Mason & Dixon are a little intense for a monthlong club, but if everyone is steeled for the challenge then sure. Otherwise I'm happy with one of the newer, shorter ones.

Falselogic
11-07-2013, 03:05 PM
I've never read Pynchon so I'm going to be lead by you peeps here.

What would work best for a book of the month style club?

Evil Dead Junkie
11-08-2013, 07:25 PM
I'd say Bleeding Edge or Inherent Vice is where you want to be. They're both relatively accessible but definitely give an accurate feel of who he is as a writer.

Teaspoon
11-08-2013, 08:36 PM
I just got a copy of Gravity's Rainbow and I'd love to join in on one of these.
(weird, inexplicable things kept happening whenever I tried to participate. Losing a book at a bookstore. That sort of thing.)

Falselogic
11-21-2013, 09:38 AM
I just got a copy of Gravity's Rainbow and I'd love to join in on one of these.
(weird, inexplicable things kept happening whenever I tried to participate. Losing a book at a bookstore. That sort of thing.)

Gravity's Rainbow is too big for a single month. Might be too big for two months! maybe once we're a little more settled

Inherent Vice for December!

Evil Dead Junkie
11-24-2013, 02:22 PM
Given that I just reread this a couple of months ago, I think I'll do a parallel read of V.

Falselogic
12-22-2013, 08:38 PM
Anyone have some recoes for January? Or do I need to pull a book out of my giant, magic, bag of books to read?

Evil Dead Junkie
12-22-2013, 09:04 PM
Once again I want to introduce you to all the love of George Pelecanos.

Nick's Trip or The Sweet Forever.

Falselogic
12-25-2013, 03:56 PM
I'm guessing people are busy with Solstice/Festivus/Xmas/Saturnalia and then will be busy with New Year's...

I was thinking of Notes from the Underground (http://www.amazon.com/Notes-Underground-Fyodor-Dostoyevsky-ebook/dp/B0082Z4YIY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388015723&sr=8-1&keywords=notes+from+the+underground) and/or The Brother Karamazov (http://www.amazon.com/Brothers-Karamazov-Novel-Parts-Epilogue-ebook/dp/B004ZM10OE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388015567&sr=8-1&keywords=Brothers+Karamazov) for January.

This Gaming Life (http://www.amazon.com/This-Gaming-Life-Travels-Cities-ebook/dp/B003IKN1XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388015750&sr=8-1&keywords=This+Gaming+Life) for February?

Falselogic
01-01-2014, 08:45 AM
So the crazy holidays are over.

Anyone want to talk about a book for this month?

Evil Dead Junkie
01-01-2014, 09:23 AM
I do have a copy of Notes that I've been meaning to read so that would work.

Falselogic
01-01-2014, 09:52 AM
I do have a copy of Notes that I've been meaning to read so that would work.

Looks like its you and me deciding this one!

I'll give it a day to see if anyone else chimes in.

if not tomorrow I'll make a thread for Notes

Ample Vigour
01-07-2014, 12:09 PM
Once again I want to introduce you to all the love of George Pelecanos.

Nick's Trip or The Sweet Forever.

The Way Home does a lot of good work on the matter of appearances, and I recommend it

MikeDinosaur
01-09-2014, 02:29 PM
I am planning on rushing through Notes soon. I've also been on a Wire kick and would be interested to check out Pelecanos's novel work.

Falselogic
02-03-2014, 02:15 PM
Nominations are open for March, April and May books!

Falselogic
02-19-2014, 04:26 PM
We still need recommendations for the Spring months!

Evil Dead Junkie
02-19-2014, 08:49 PM
I'll renominate The Way Home and The Sweet Forever.

Also Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

Dizzy
02-20-2014, 03:19 AM
Power, Inc. by David Rothkopf

Violentvixen
02-20-2014, 07:38 AM
Cooked by Michael Pollan

Falselogic
02-24-2014, 09:10 AM
What to people think of this?

Sweet Forever by Pelecanos for March
King Lear by Shakespeare for April
Cooked by Pollan for May
The Terror by Simmons for June
The Cat in the Hat by Seuss for July

Evil Dead Junkie
02-24-2014, 02:03 PM
That looks like a might fine line up to me.

Falselogic
02-24-2014, 02:15 PM
I really wish more people had read this month's book. Any ideas for increasing participation in the book club?

should it just be comics and video game guides? (this is a joke)

Loki
02-24-2014, 02:37 PM
Let's just do Harry Potter for the next seven months.

Falselogic
02-24-2014, 02:40 PM
Let's just do Harry Potter for the next seven months.

Good idea!

new schedule coming up folks

Patrick
02-24-2014, 02:52 PM
I haven't been checking in on this regularly, but I may do a few of the books that are coming up.

Violentvixen
02-24-2014, 05:56 PM
I really wish more people had read this month's book. Any ideas for increasing participation in the book club?

should it just be comics and video game guides? (this is a joke)

Personally, that book was a bit too niche. I couldn't find it at my library and didn't know anyone else who had it (or had even heard of it) and when I started reading about it didn't seem like something that would introduce me to many new thoughts or concepts.

So more well-known books, maybe? And something that isn't as specific in subject matter?

Grignr
02-25-2014, 04:37 PM
Since the book club would fall into my "reading for pleasure" time, I'm not likely to read a non-fiction club book unless it happens to be something I'd find fun to read about, as opposed to fiction that I may read just due to reputation/literary merit/wanting to read outside my normal genres.

The announced list sounds good and I'm certainly up for reading about food. You could probably find interest in reading respected world mythology/religion books or (auto)biographies.

Falselogic
02-25-2014, 05:21 PM
Personally, that book was a bit too niche. I couldn't find it at my library and didn't know anyone else who had it (or had even heard of it) and when I started reading about it didn't seem like something that would introduce me to many new thoughts or concepts.

So more well-known books, maybe? And something that isn't as specific in subject matter?

I figured a book about video games was pretty on the nose for a video game forum...

Grignr
02-28-2014, 05:24 AM
I figured a book about video games was pretty on the nose for a video game forum...

I remembered that I could at least read the free Kindle sample, and when I went to download it, I remembered my reasons for balking at this book: it's $19 for a 175 page book about an MMO-gamer's travel experiences. The combination of MMO-fan narrator, especially an EVE Online gamer, doesn't give me warm feelings in my heart in the first place, and the price just adds to the annoyance. I'd happily read Sid Meier's rail travels in Europe or Warren Spector visits a necropolis, but my personal bias turned me off, at least for a book that wasn't $3.99 or free.

The dinosaur book looked like one I'd rather read in print, but the print was fairly expensive, so I hesitated on that as well. Just to say that for me at least, non-fiction has to have some perceived value that I'd want either a cheap e-book that wasn't compromised by the digital version or a nice hardback that I'd want to own, like Morris' Roosevelt biographies or that paperback Devil in the White City that I read last year.

tl;dr: Since I'm buying these book-club books, I'm more picky about my non-fiction because I'm more likely to either want the costly physical edition or no edition at all.

Falselogic
03-10-2014, 09:31 AM
Apparently True Detectives is some sort of tv show that people like? It also has links of some sort to an old W. Chambers story, the King in Yellow?

Is there any interest in reading this?

Evil Dead Junkie
03-10-2014, 09:38 AM
I'd be down.

This should be of interest as well for anyone looking to get a bit deeper into the story (http://wwwbillblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/kind-of-face-you-slash-day-2-have-you.html).

Grignr
03-10-2014, 07:48 PM
I've thought of downloading it to my Kindle but just haven't gotten to it yet.
I've found it at gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8492), but I looked it up from the PC and that doesn't get it on my Kindle.

Let's read it! It's supposed to be proto-Lovecraft as well as mystery, which reminds me of this Gene Wolfe novel. Anyone read An Evil Guest (http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Guest-Gene-Wolfe/dp/B005M4EWCQ) and pick up any King in Yellow references?

Karzac
04-10-2014, 06:12 AM
Do we have a selection for May yet? Can I suggest Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco?

Falselogic
04-10-2014, 08:40 AM
Do we have a selection for May yet? Can I suggest Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco?

May is Cooked By Pollan

The Terror by Simmons for June
The Cat in the Hat by Seuss for July

We can do Foucault's Pendulum in August?

Karzac
04-10-2014, 05:36 PM
Eh, I won't be around in August, so it can wait.

Falselogic
04-29-2014, 01:03 PM
I know I said next month's book would be Pollan's Cooked but seeing as Gabriel García Márquez died this month I'd like to change it.

In memory of this author next month's book will be Love in the Time of Cholera.

That means

June - Cooked by Michael Pollan
July - Foucoult's Pendulum by Eco
August - The King In Yellow by Chambers
September - The Terror by Simmons
Oct - ?

If people want to pitch book ideas for fall now is the time!

McClain
04-29-2014, 01:07 PM
John Hodgman was on Alton Brown's podcast and they were discussing a book called The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break (http://www.amazon.com/The-Minotaur-Takes-Cigarette-Break/dp/0312308922) that I now plan on reading on my first free weekend. It sounds like something this crowd would like. I'll report back if I read it before you guys have an open slot (which seems likely given the current schedule!).

Violentvixen
04-29-2014, 01:48 PM
I know I said next month's book would be Pollan's Cooked but seeing as Gabriel García Márquez died this month I'd like to change it.

In memory of this author next month's book will be Love in the Time of Cholera.

Sounds good to me!

Falselogic
05-01-2014, 12:45 PM
This month's book club thread is up! (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?p=1763304)

Falselogic
06-02-2014, 09:25 AM
This month's thread is up (http://talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=15816)

We're reading Michael Pollan's Cooked. Next month we'll be doing Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. And after that?

August - The King In Yellow by Chambers
September - The Terror by Simmons
October -
November -
December -

Once again taking nominations to finish out the year! If I have to pick them you're probably going to be disappointed =P

SpoonyBardOL
06-05-2014, 09:19 AM
Well with Maya Angelou's passing, how about 'I know why the caged bird sings'?

Falselogic
06-05-2014, 09:22 AM
Well with Maya Angelou's passing, how about 'I know why the caged bird sings'?

Sounds good, I'll plug that into October!

Falselogic
08-02-2014, 08:14 AM
The August thread is up! It's the King in Yellow.

Here's the Schedule for the rest of the year:

September - I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Angelou
October - The Terror by Simmons
November - ?
December - ?

Taking submissions for the last two months of the year!

Evil Dead Junkie
08-02-2014, 08:55 AM
This might seem silly, but any chance you'd want to flip those two? That way the horror novel is in October and we're not reading two horror novels in a row?

Falselogic
08-02-2014, 09:02 AM
This might seem silly, but any chance you'd want to flip those two? That way the horror novel is in October and we're not reading two horror novels in a row?

I don't have a problem with that!

Falselogic
10-17-2014, 11:27 AM
Taking requests for November, December and beyond!

Come on guys there have got to be books out there you want to read and talk about!

Karzac
10-17-2014, 12:51 PM
Hmmm, I'm going to be pretty busy with school in November. I want to read The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell's new book. Also interested in Through the Woods, Emily Carroll's new graphic novel, although that's another horror one.

Falselogic
10-17-2014, 12:55 PM
What about Ryan North's To Be or Not to Be? or we could do our own Smoke and Flame?

I've got Annihilation on my shelf too, that is horror I think though... and most people are already reading the ending of the series.

Karzac
10-17-2014, 01:55 PM
I'd do To Be or Not to Be.

Paul le Fou
10-18-2014, 02:28 AM
I want to read The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell's new book.

This was my suggestion too!

Grignr
10-18-2014, 06:48 AM
Just finished Bone Clocks a week ago, so I'm ready to discuss it.

Falselogic
10-18-2014, 10:23 AM
Just finished Bone Clocks a week ago, so I'm ready to discuss it.

You'd have to wait until November... But it seems to be a pretty popular choice.

masterthes
10-20-2014, 07:11 AM
I'll echo the suggestion of doing Bone Clocks

Violentvixen
10-20-2014, 01:55 PM
What about Ryan North's To Be or Not to Be?

I've already read it and it's so fun! More people should read it!

Falselogic
10-20-2014, 01:58 PM
I've already read it and it's so fun! More people should read it!

Is that a yes or no recommendation?

Violentvixen
10-20-2014, 02:10 PM
Is that a yes or no recommendation?

A very strong yes!

Falselogic
10-20-2014, 03:47 PM
Sounds good to me

November 2014 -Bone Clock by David Mitchell
December 2014 - To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

Think of something to ring in the new year folks!

Falselogic
10-20-2014, 04:30 PM
Also, I just noticed while updating the OP that the TT Book Club hit our One year anniversary back in August!

Congratulations to everyone who's recommended a book, read one of the books, or contributed to any of the threads!

Thank you!

Evil Dead Junkie
10-20-2014, 06:49 PM
How To Build A Girl by Catherine Moran has been described as the female Portnoy's Complaint.

Needless to say I am intrigued.

masterthes
10-21-2014, 08:42 AM
I'd be interested how we would discuss TBONTB since it's Choose Your Own Adventure.

Falselogic
10-21-2014, 08:46 AM
I'd be interested how we would discuss TBONTB since it's Choose Your Own Adventure.

Do a bunch of them and then talk about which one we enjoyed the most?

masterthes
10-21-2014, 09:11 AM
Okie dokie. I have it, so I've already explored a lot of the scenarios. It's really enjoyable

Falselogic
10-21-2014, 09:16 AM
Okie dokie. I have it, so I've already explored a lot of the scenarios. It's really enjoyable

I've got it too! Just haven't had time to sit down with it any.

Much to my chagrin

masterthes
10-21-2014, 10:10 AM
The size of it is pretty overwhelming. When I checked it on Amazon, I was like WTF, OVER 700 pages?!! Crazy!

Falselogic
10-21-2014, 10:45 AM
The size of it is pretty overwhelming. When I checked it on Amazon, I was like WTF, OVER 700 pages?!! Crazy!

It is available in ebook form! Which if you have an ebook reader I'd suggest this version over the meatspace one as hyperlinks are much easier to follow than flipping back and forth through a 700 page book.

Falselogic
12-21-2014, 09:07 AM
A reminder that I'm taking recommendations for next month and all of next year's readings!

If I don't hear back it's all just going to be my backlog! How many of you REALLY want to read Husserl or Schreber?

That's what I thought

Evil Dead Junkie
12-22-2014, 08:01 AM
I'm renominating How To Build A Girl.

It has feminism, sex, and memories of a miserable working class English upbringing. Those are like all of Talking Time's favorite things.

Falselogic
12-22-2014, 08:30 AM
I kind of want to nominate the Silmarillion because maybe this way I'll finish it...

Dizzy
12-23-2014, 06:44 AM
I'm renominating How To Build A Girl.

It has feminism, sex, and memories of a miserable working class English upbringing. Those are like all of Talking Time's favorite things.

Talking Time's favorite things are video games.

Grignr
12-23-2014, 03:37 PM
Things I haven't read (if anyone wants to second a title):
There are actually lots of books I haven't read
The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
Station Eleven ( Amazon keeps recommending this to me)
The Brothers Karamazov (waiting on shelf)
Handmaiden's Tale (or anything else by Atwood though I have this on Kindle)
Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief
Atlas Shrugged (or anything else by Rand)
Gulliver's Travels
In Cold Blood
Angela Carter (anything)
Lolita
Kazuo Ishiguro (anything)
Haruki Murakami (not Norwegian/Wind-up/Hard-boiled/Rat Trilogy or 1Q84)
Gravity's Rainbow ( we have to do this some time)
Mary Renault (maybe Alexander books, got a bunch in Kindle sale)

I'll try to think of some books that I HAVE read and would recommend but I feel like everyone would have already read, say Once and Future King or Good Omens or would have already tried and given up on Anathem or Strange and Norrell. My favorite thing about the book club is discovering books I've never heard of and I feel many of the things I've read are too obvious.

OK, these are some I've read:
Ancillary Justice
Bridge of Birds
I Capture the Castle
Little, Big
Lord of Light
Anubis Gates
The Book of Knights - Yves Meynard
The Longest Cave

I'd re-read the Silmarillion, but the major chunks start dense and get easier to read as it goes on (with Children of Hurin being a different version of one of my favorite parts at the end). I worry people will get stuck on the first section (as I did several times) if we don't explicitly schedule each section and encourage people to try the next part if they get stuck.

Falselogic
12-31-2014, 04:40 PM
January is going to be The Last Unicorn

masterthes
01-01-2015, 07:19 AM
Sweet!

Loki
01-01-2015, 12:57 PM
Wonderful! An excellent choice.

Falselogic
02-03-2015, 10:33 AM
Nominations for March through December 2015 are open!

February is going to be the Silmarillion. (Yes, I am using the book club to shame myself into reading books I should have read a long time ago.)

masterthes
02-03-2015, 10:46 AM
Good luck. It's short, but man is it dense

Mara
02-04-2015, 11:34 AM
It's my favorite Tolkien book. As long as people approach it as a collection of stories rather than an overarching narrative, you'll be all right.

Actually, some of my favorite things are the epic narrative poems Tolkien wrote about two of the stories in the Silmarillion. I've read them so often that my book has fallen apart.

Violentvixen
02-19-2015, 12:43 PM
With the very sad news about Oliver Sacks (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/opinion/oliver-sacks-on-learning-he-has-terminal-cancer.html?_r=0) I'd like to read (or reread) something of his. Anthropologist on Mars is my favorite, but I've never read a lot of his other ones. Any others people would be interested in?

masterthes
02-20-2015, 08:40 AM
I've never read anything of his, so I'm up for a new adventure

Falselogic
03-07-2015, 10:57 AM
With the very sad news about Oliver Sacks (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/opinion/oliver-sacks-on-learning-he-has-terminal-cancer.html?_r=0) I'd like to read (or reread) something of his. Anthropologist on Mars is my favorite, but I've never read a lot of his other ones. Any others people would be interested in?

I like this idea! And, I've been too busy with work to think of anything else =P

Falselogic
03-07-2015, 10:58 AM
Also, throw out some books for April, May, and June

Evil Dead Junkie
03-07-2015, 11:29 AM
George Saunders Tenth of December.

George Saunders is love.

Falselogic
03-07-2015, 11:32 AM
I was thinking of something, but Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

masterthes
03-09-2015, 10:07 AM
Dune. I'm finally thinking about giving this a go

Falselogic
03-12-2015, 12:13 PM
Tempted to turn the rest of the year into a Tribute to Terry Prachett.

masterthes
03-12-2015, 02:03 PM
I am all for that

Matchstick
03-15-2015, 04:41 PM
I am all for that

Rascally Badger
03-15-2015, 04:48 PM
I've got a few Pratchett books on my kindle that I wouldn't mind reading.

For other suggestions, I wouldn't mind reading some Jasper Fforde, maybe The Eyre Affair or Shades of Grey. Or maybe Chabon's Wonder Boys and Summerland which I got for Christmas.

Matchstick
03-15-2015, 06:28 PM
For other suggestions, I wouldn't mind reading some Jasper Fforde, maybe The Eyre Affair or Shades of Grey.

Those are both good as is The Big Over-Easy.

masterthes
03-16-2015, 08:41 AM
So far I've read all of the Thursday Next novels. Haven't read anything else by him. And I've read Summerland (it was alright), want to read Wonder Boys

Patrick
03-16-2015, 09:18 AM
I preferred Shades of Grey to The Eyre Affair.

Falselogic
03-19-2015, 07:16 PM
http://electric-lit-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Discworld.jpg

masterthes
03-20-2015, 05:20 AM
Personally, I wouldn't mind participating in a reread from Color of Magic through Maskerade, because it's been a while since I've read those

Droewyn
03-20-2015, 06:10 AM
How about the Bromeliad trilogy, which is lesser known, but fantastic.

Violentvixen
03-20-2015, 06:20 AM
I've never read any of his stuff so if there is anything you guys recommend for a first-time reader I vote for that!

masterthes
03-20-2015, 07:04 AM
My first experience with Pratchett was also my first experience with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, which I'm also planning to reread in the not too distant future

Loki
03-20-2015, 08:21 AM
How about the Bromeliad trilogy, which is lesser known, but fantastic.

I've never read but always wanted an excuse. Put me down for this.

Falselogic
04-04-2015, 11:31 AM
I guess with two votes it's the Bromeliad trilogy? But not really! Seeing as that is THREE books! So, it's just the first in the series, Truckers.

Grignr
04-23-2015, 03:18 AM
The iOS game app version of Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be is on sale for $2 today.

TK Flash
04-23-2015, 07:34 AM
Is anyone a bad enough dude to give the novelized Mahabharata (http://www.amazon.com/MAHABHARATA-Modern-Rendering-Vol-ebook/dp/B007G47QWI/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429799574&sr=1-2) a read? Do yourself a solid.

Dizzy
04-24-2015, 03:29 AM
I throw in my support.

Loki
04-24-2015, 03:36 AM
Yeah TK's been harping me to read this for months. Let's do it.

masterthes
04-24-2015, 05:29 AM
Does it come with a glossary, because I was looking at the preview and there was far too many words I did not know

TK Flash
04-24-2015, 07:16 AM
Yeah, it has a glossary at the back, plus we have people (me) who have read the book before and can probably help out.

For what it's worth, I learned all the words with context and only looked at the glossary once or twice and it's still my favorite book.

I think the preview shows off a particularly dense section of the book, as well. Things are a lot more manageable once the ball is rolling.

masterthes
04-24-2015, 09:39 AM
Yeah, I think I might purchase it, plus 6 bucks (for both parts) for an 1100 page book is a pretty sweet deal

Violentvixen
06-10-2015, 07:39 AM
Anyone interested in reading The Martian? People keep telling me to read it and with the movie coming up it seems like a good time to read it.

Falselogic
06-10-2015, 08:49 AM
I can put it for next month. Since the Mahabharata was a two volume deal I figured I'd let the book club go for two months.

Karzac
06-10-2015, 08:52 AM
Anyone interested in reading The Martian? People keep telling me to read it and with the movie coming up it seems like a good time to read it.

I would be into that.

Violentvixen
06-10-2015, 12:25 PM
I can put it for next month. Since the Mahabharata was a two volume deal I figured I'd let the book club go for two months.

Sweet! Apparently there is a ridiculously long hold list at my library so it looks like I won't get it for a while anyway.

Falselogic
06-30-2015, 09:11 PM
Is the Martian still on?

I was thinking of picking a book from the game storybundle (https://storybundle.com/games) that is currently going right now.

I thought it might be neat to read a videogame book on a videogame forum...

Violentvixen
07-01-2015, 09:04 PM
I'd still like to read it.

Karzac
07-02-2015, 09:16 PM
If you want to do a game storybundle book in the future, I'd be interested in doing one of the Designers & Dragons books.

Falselogic
07-02-2015, 09:34 PM
I'd still like to read it.

The thread for it is set up!

If you want to do a game storybundle book in the future, I'd be interested in doing one of the Designers & Dragons books.

I'm very interested in reading those too! Let's set that for next month?

Hear that folks? If you want to participate in next month's Book Club and save a grip on a slew of video game books pick up the current storybundle (https://storybundle.com/games). You still have 13 days~

Karzac
07-21-2015, 04:08 PM
Okay, so I forgot to buy that Storybundle. Sorry Flawgic!

Falselogic
07-27-2015, 01:41 PM
Did anyone get that storybundle?

Five days to pitch next month's book club book!

Büge
07-27-2015, 07:58 PM
Let's do the Silmarillion again.

Karzac
07-27-2015, 08:10 PM
Did anyone get that storybundle?

Five days to pitch next month's book club book!

I'm sorry, I'm the biggest jerk.

Falselogic
07-27-2015, 08:13 PM
I'm sorry, I'm the biggest jerk.

I dont mean that at all! Just wondering if there is any point to going with my original plan or to pick something else!

Falselogic
07-27-2015, 08:13 PM
How about Oswald Spangler's The Decline of the West (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decline_of_the_West)?

Rascally Badger
07-29-2015, 12:29 PM
I'm going to suggest Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair again.

masterthes
07-29-2015, 04:42 PM
Discworld Pratchett?

Falselogic
08-11-2015, 12:30 PM
I'm late to this, my apologies, and the Eyre Affair sounds weird enough to compel me to make it this month's book!

September will be either Designers and Dragons Vol. 1 or The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers

Falselogic
08-11-2015, 12:45 PM
Also congratulations to the Book Club for being active for an entire year!

I can't believe this kept my attention for so long!

Falselogic
09-01-2015, 12:22 PM
I'm late to this, my apologies, and the Eyre Affair sounds weird enough to compel me to make it this month's book!

September will be either Designers and Dragons Vol. 1 or The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers

No comments?

Rascally Badger
09-01-2015, 01:42 PM
I've read it, but I'm waiting for other people to comment. I could just go post things I like about Thursday Next.

Falselogic
09-01-2015, 01:43 PM
I've read it, but I'm waiting for other people to comment. I could just go post things I like about Thursday Next.

I was referencing September's selection =P

Falselogic
09-07-2015, 10:25 AM
Taking recommendations for October!

Grignr
09-15-2015, 07:27 PM
Gravity's Rainbow
City of Saints and Madmen

Violentvixen
09-15-2015, 10:26 PM
I'd be interested in Gravity's Rainbow. It's been on my To Read list for a very long time!

Adrenaline
09-19-2015, 09:20 AM
You will probably want more than one month to read it.

masterthes
09-25-2015, 11:01 AM
Do something Halloween/gothic themed. Maybe this time do something more classic like Rebecca maybe?

Falselogic
09-25-2015, 11:07 AM
Do something Halloween/gothic themed. Maybe this time do something more classic like Rebecca maybe?

That's a good idea!

House of Leaves! Everyone loves that book, right?

Karzac
09-25-2015, 11:24 AM
I've always meant to read some Flannery O'connor, so I'd be down to do that if we're going for something gothic.

Paul le Fou
09-25-2015, 04:37 PM
I'm currently reading Gravity's Rainbow and I'd be glad to join in, but it's nooooot gonna fit inside one month. Shit I've been reading it for at least one, maybe two, but I've been making little progress. Maybe a long-form reading club in addition to the short ones? Just this once?

masterthes
09-28-2015, 02:55 PM
I really enjoyed House of Leaves, but boy did that book give me a head ache. Besides, I said something in the older vein, because I remember we did Dan Simmons last year

Falselogic
10-04-2015, 08:56 PM
For October we'll be doing H.P. Lovecraft's only novella, At the Mountains of Madness.

Join an Antarctic Expedition as they explore the last terra incognito and discover much more than they bargained for!

Falselogic
10-05-2015, 11:37 AM
I'm thinking Gravity's Rainbow, a book on my list as well, would work well as a New year's resolution. So for January 2016?

What are people thinking about for November and December? These are busy months for everyone so easy reads would probably be appreciated?

I was thinking of The Maltese Falcon for one of them but let me know what you guys want!

Solitayre
10-05-2015, 12:18 PM
How about The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho? It's only about 200 pages or so.

Grignr
10-13-2015, 05:28 AM
I recently ordered the Vintage edition of Gravity's Rainbow but any version not the "Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition" (a printing with missing text, according to Amazon reviews) would work, like this 1995 blueprint cover version (http://www.amazon.com/Gravitys-Rainbow-Classic-20th-Century-Penguin/dp/0140188592/ref=tmm_pap_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1444739190&sr=8-1).

I also ordered a pre-1997-revision copy of The Martian Chronicles, if that interests anyone else.

Falselogic
11-01-2015, 11:12 PM
I got this Poirot thing going so November is going to be Murder on the Orient Express.

December is The Alchemist and we'll start the new year with Gravity's Rainbow!

Falselogic
01-05-2016, 09:35 PM
Just want to thank everyone who has nominated or participated in the TT Book Club! We're going into our 3rd year of reading here!?

Falselogic
03-03-2016, 07:11 PM
Ya'll we need books for March, April, and May!

I was thinking The Princess Bride this month (Ive never read it)

and Three Body Problem (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IQO403K/) for April?

What do you say?

Rascally Badger
03-03-2016, 07:25 PM
The Princess Bride sounds good; I never really need a reason to reread it.

Karzac
03-03-2016, 09:16 PM
I might be interested in Three Body Problem.

masterthes
03-04-2016, 09:43 AM
I would love to do a reread of Princess Bride. Been twenty years since I last read it

Grignr
03-04-2016, 10:34 AM
I might be interested in Three Body Problem.


Seconded, has been in my backlog for a year now.

Matchstick
03-08-2016, 10:16 PM
Three Body Problem (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IQO403K/) for April?

I read The Three Body Problem last year and totally dug it. The juxtaposition of science with the cultural revolution and the evolution of both in society was really interesting to me.

Falselogic
04-07-2016, 10:28 AM
Taking nominations for May, June, and July.

masterthes
04-07-2016, 10:40 AM
Have we done The Name of the Rose yet? With Eco's passing, I wanted to give that a try and maybe having it for our book club would motivate me

Falselogic
04-07-2016, 10:41 AM
Have we done The Name of the Rose yet? With Eco's passing, I wanted to give that a try and maybe having it for our book club would motivate me

We did Foucault's Pendulum back in 2014

Edit: Also check the OP to see what we've read.

Falselogic
04-25-2016, 09:40 AM
Taking nominations for May, June, and July.

Pinging

Grignr
04-25-2016, 06:45 PM
Redwall
The Buried Giant
The Martian Chronicles
The Brothers Karamazov

Violentvixen
04-25-2016, 08:00 PM
Oh wow rereading Redwall would be neat. Although I'm a little afraid to find that it isn't as good as I remember.

Brothers Karamazov is one I started but never finished.

Rufferto
04-26-2016, 12:03 AM
I'd be interested in Buried Giant - I have't thought about it since it came out, but there was some stuff (particularly with the ending) that I think would make for interesting discussion.

I'm also on the same page as VV re: Brothers Karamazov, but I think it may be a bit much for one month.

Double Dracula
04-27-2016, 08:05 PM
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien