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Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:02:12 GMT

 



Looking for new authors

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:51:57 GMT

Since late June through mid September is usually a dead period for major new books, this is the time when I normally re-read books, find back catalog books, and sample indie books. Looking at last year this time, I found H. Paul Honsinger, Taran Matharu, Shae Ford, Victory Kloss, J. A. Sutherland and Holly Black, plus I tried out several authors who just didn't click for me. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a handful of similar authors this year. I do wish that there was some sort of engine that would give good suggestions based on authors you like. Amazon's use to be pretty good, then they seemed to move more in the direction of Amazon published books that they want to sell, rather than books I'm actually interested in.



Literary The MR Literary Club 2017-2018 Categories Nominations

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:34:14 GMT

It is time to choose the categories that the MR Literary Club will use during our July 2017-June 2018 cycle! *Nominations will be open for six days. Each lit club member may nominate one category.* The category should be one of the following: -From among our previous categories (listed below) -A specific as-yet-unused region or time period (also listed below, and explained below) -A new or altered category, so long as it is approved and is simple and literary with just a title and no special rules to follow To nominate a category, simply post your nomination. *All approved nominations will become categories for our next cycle* with no need for a vote or support from others. * The upcoming year will be special because it’s the last year we will use Region and Time Period in their current forms. We are taking a break from Rotating months until the following year after the current rotating cycle is complete; since we have three more months of Rotating to go that leaves us with nine months of other categories this year. After these nominations are over, we will fill any remaining months with Region and Time Period. We have two as-yet-unused time periods left and seven unused regions. The last month of each of these two categories in the upcoming year will be a ‘Finale’ with no usual starter vote and will instead have eligible every remaining option available to nominate books from. We may get through both time periods but we will almost certainly have a mixed Region Finale. Even though any extra months will be filled with Region and Time Period, you may still choose to use your nomination to nominate Region or Time Period if you’d like to ensure one more month of either before they’re completed. As well, if you’d like to ensure a specific region or time period gets its own month (and isn’t included in a ‘mixed’ Finale month) you may choose to use your nomination to nominate a specific as-yet-unused region or time period listed below. If a specific region or time period is thus nominated, when that month comes along we won’t have a starter vote since the winning option will have already been chosen. * *You may nominate a category that’s already been nominated* if you’d like to see it more than once during the next year. This includes not only Region and Time Period but all regular categories. The only exception is that specific regions and time periods can’t be nominated more than once (for example, ‘Region’ can be nominated more than once but ‘Region- Japan’ can only be nominated once). *You may change your nomination at any time* before nominations are over, so there isn’t a need to wait and see what others nominate first. This means that even after you nominate a category, once you see how other nominations are shaping up you may decide to nominate a different category and that is fine. You can change your nomination as many times as you like, but please do it by posting a new post rather than editing an existing one. When nominations are over I will use the last eligible posted nomination of each member. Since these nominations are going straight to categories for next year, only those who have participated in the club at least semi-regularly recently-ish are eligible to nominate. If anyone is uncertain you can ask us here or PM me but if you’ve volunteered for a rotating month in the last year or so, or if you’ve discussed a few books with us in the last half year or so, or if you’re one of our longstanding members returning, then you’re fine to go. * For reference, eligible previous categories and unused regions and time periods are listed below. Rotating and Lottery, the only two other categories we’ve ever used, are ineligible to be nominated and aren’t listed. Journey around the World requires a list of every country we’ve read a book from and anyone wanting to nominate it will need to also provide a list of said countries wit[...]



Are there enough members here......

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:37:46 GMT

....[got you interested beyond the Subject Heading, didn't I :D]........to start a "*In Search of Lost Time*" group reading?



MobileRead July 2017 Book Club Nominations

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:23:13 GMT

http://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2016-06/Free-for-all_04.jpgHelp us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for July, 2017. The nominations will run through midnight EST April 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 July is: *Free-For-All*. 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. *Official choices with three nominations each:* *(1) The Wind Up Bird Chronicle* by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator) Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8872524-the-wind-up-bird-chronicle) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Wind-Up-Bird-Chronicle-Vintage-International-ebook/dp/B003XT605Y) / Overdrive (https://www.overdrive.com/search?q=the+wind+up+bird+chronicle) / WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/title/wind-up-bird-chronicle/oclc/36510552) Print Length: 607 pages From Goodreads: Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria. Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.



MobileRead June 2017 Discussion: Longitude by Dava Sobel (spoilers)

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:19:01 GMT

The time has come to discuss the June 2017 MobileRead Book Club selection, *Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time* by Dava Sobel. What did you think?