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MobileRead February 2017 Discussion: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:24:17 GMT

The time has come to discuss the February 2017 MobileRead Book Club selection, * The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency * by Alexander McCall Smith. What did you think? [Not to worry. Tom's still the big cheese. :) ]

MobileRead March 2017 Book Club Nominations

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:10:03 GMT Help us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for March, 2017. The nominations will run through midnight EST February 26 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days. The book selection category for March is: *Patricia Clarke Memorial Library*. In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third). How Does This Work? The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome. How Does a Book Get Selected? Each book that is nominated will be listed in a poll at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection. How Many Nominations Can I Make? Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person. How Do I Nominate a Book? Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest. How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated? Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP. When is the Poll? The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the initial poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed. The floor is open to nominations. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area. [I'm helping out while Tom is unavailable. Let me know if anything's wrong. Please be gentle!] *Official choices with three nominations each:* *(1)Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom* by Cory Doctorow Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies…and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World. Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the longago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer "adhocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest hightech touches. Now, though, it seems the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself. Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war: war for the soul of the Magic Kingdom, a war of evershifting reputations, technical wizardry, and entirely unpredictable outcomes. Bursting with cutting-edge speculation and human insight, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom reads like Neal Stephenson meets Nick Hornby: a comingofage romantic comedy and a kickbutt cybernetic tour de force. *(2)Lardner on the Loose (collected short fiction)* by Ring Lardner Kindle ( epub ( Ring Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sports, marriage, and the theatre. He was a contemporary of Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all of whom professed strong admiration for his writing. I[...]

eBook Shakespeare Recommendations

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:14:48 GMT

Can anyone recommend a good eBook version (ePub or AZW3) for Shakespeare whether a compilation or individual plays, sonnets, etc.? I'm not opposed to paying for a well formatted version that includes a good table of contents. I saw this question asked a couple times on Mobileread in 2008 and 2015, so I thought I'd see if any new releases came out that folks would recommend.

Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To 'His Dark Materials'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:48:12 GMT

---Quote--- The hugely successful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials will be getting a "companion" trilogy, author Philip Pullman announced this evening. The first book of the new series, which will collectively be called The Book of Dust, is set for publication on October 19. ---End Quote--- Great! I still need to read the last short story he published.

Elmore Leonard and Me

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 02:44:17 GMT

Elmore Leonard and Me I'm not certain which Elmore Leonard I read first, nor when: probably 30 years ago, and probably 52 Pickup. Or possibly Switch (paperbacks from second-hand bookstores). A few years later I picked up Glitz and LaBrava. Glitz remains my favourite, mainly because the lead character, Vincent Mora, is memorable and engaging. Sometime around then came Killshot and Maximum Bob. After that there was a long gap, until recently I started a sort of Elmore Leonard mini-binge, re-reading Glitz and LaBrava, and then working through the following (not necessarily in this order) in the last 12 months. Tishomingo Blues The Big Bounce Mr Majestyk City Primeval Freaky Deaky Unknown Man No 89 Swag Stick Valdez is Coming Gold Coast Out of Sight Pronto Road Dogs and several others, including the very recent Raylan. One conclusion I came to is that bingeing on Leonard is not a good plan, at least for me. Because his books are mostly dialogue, they can blur together. It's best to space them out, with other books between. Let the book ferment in the mind for a while. The other is that Leonard never quite stopped writing westerns. Many of his crime novels are essentially westerns, in a modern urban setting. Mr Majestyk, if relocated to the 1890s, is a straightforward western plot. And of course City Primeval (subtitled High Noon in Detroit) makes no bones about its western inspiration. On the list above, Valdez is Coming is the only western proper, and Leonard rated it his favourite. It was foreshadowed in a short story "The Tonto Woman." I was a bit surprised to find Cundo Rey, shot dead in La Brava, surfacing alive in Road Dogs many years later. I haven't read all Leonard, probably never will. I've covered a fair bit of his output though, and will probably re-read one or two favourites again after a suitable pause. But somehow or another, entertaining as he is, he's not my favourite American crime writer. Quite possibly I may prefer more description and atmosphere in novels, and in his interview with Martin Amis, Elmore Leonard said that he wasn't very good at that; hence his spare, dialogue-heavy style. Playing to his strengths. One thing about Elmore Leonard: his books didn't go "off" with his aging. A late novel like Raylan is as lively as any of his early ones. An exception may be Up in Honey's Room which recycles an awful lot of The Hot Kid. It pays not to read Hot Kid and then Honey's Room consecutively. Or even close together.