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A new name for a new book club: What will it be?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:35:58 GMT

Time to pick a new name for the new book club! The poll of all the suggested names will run for three days. At the end, there will be one of three possibilities: * One name gets at least 40% of the vote. That's it! The club has a new name. * Two or more names get at least 40% of the vote. There will be a one-day runoff poll among them. * No name gets at least 40% of the vote. The top three vote-getters will be in a one-day runoff poll. This is a multiple-choice poll. Vote for as many names as you'd like.

What were your favorite books of 2017?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:50:16 GMT

It's that time of year again, we are preparing for the holidays and working on our MR New Year's resolutions ( which means we should take a few minutes and reflect on this last year. Unlike with children it's ok to have favorites here, so ... What books did you enjoy the most in 2017? Did that new Lee Child book really knock your socks off? What books are you still reflecting on? What books will become annual favorites? What book kept you up long enough that it was time to get up? What books were published in 2017 that really stood out to you? Any contenders for your favorite literary award? What would you have in a hypothetical MR slate for the Hugos? Help the rest of us fill in our TBR list list for 2018. If your goal is to reduce your TBR list in 2018 go ahead and add them now so they don't count against you then. I mean, isn't setting that sort of a goal right now kinda like starting a diet right before Thanksgiving? ;) I know the year isn't quite over but this thread will still be open when it is if you find another favorite in the next few weeks. And for future reference, a couple years ago *issybird* mentioned a great way to track ( which books you might like to post next year. If you want to see what some of the past favorites are check these out: 2016 (, 2015 (, 2014 (, 2013 (, 2012 (

The Collector Trilogy - Dot Hutchison

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:17:40 GMT

The Butterfly Garden, the first book in this trilogy, was a Kindle First selection back in May 2016. I selected the book but it remained as to be read until about five or six weeks ago. The Genre indicated it was a thriller, which is not entirely inaccurate in the same sense as Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs or Red Dragon are thrillers. Like those books, the Butterfly Garden visits some deeply disturbing places in the human psyche, and provides plenty of food for thought. The themes are horrific and disturbing, as they are in many of the better books of this type. I'm not into trigger warnings, but one poster on Goodreads, Niki Huffine, answered the question as to whether the book was too graphic or disturbing by mentioning kidnapping, rape, pedophilia, serial murder, child molestation, torture, and vaguely incestuous relationships. You have been warned. I'm not going to make comment about the plot or give away other details, other than I thought the book exceptional and worth reading. Because of this, it took me probably 5 or 6 weeks to start reading the second book in the trilogy, The Roses of May. This is because it is so common for later books to disappoint. Well, I am now part way through this second book and so far it is probably even better than the first. The last book in the series, the Summer Children, has been released, and I look forward to reading it, though not without some apprehension given the title and the content of the first two books. All books are published by the Amazon imprint Thomas and Mercer and are available on Kindle Unlimited. The first and last ebooks are $5.99 to purchase, the second $7.99. Based on my reading so far I would recommend both the first and second books, with a good prospect that I will also find the 3rd worth reading. They should be read in order. Though the stories are different, at least the first two have some common characters and the second book refers to events in the first. They do of course share a certain common theme hinted at by the reference to "the Collector Series". If you like these sorts of books you will probably love them. If you are squeamish or disturbed or simply choose to avoid these types of themes, then the books are not for you.

The All-New Book Club

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:43:40 GMT

More announcements will be coming shortly, but we're starting with something easy. A new book club needs a new name. Suggestions taken until December 16 at noon, EST, to be followed by a three-day poll with all the possibilities.

A River In Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:01:34 GMT

As I write this I have just finished a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs, coffee, toast with marmalade, and frankly, too much bacon. I feel a bit contaminated by it after reading this book and it will be hard to not get too political given the subject of this book and the world situation. I will try, but please forgive me if I slip a bit. This was a Kindle First Selection For December 2017, and if you havent selected your KF book for the month you should consider this book. I have cross posted this post to the Kindle review page for the book. This is the autobiography of a half Korean Japanese man who was one of the Korean underclass in Japanese society, who were slave laborers during WW2 The North Koreans,conspired with the Japanese government to convince these people with Korean connections to return to N.K. where they were promised a wonderful new life full of promise and an education for their children. What they returned to was a society that called them "Japanese Bastards". There was no education for the children, no real jobs (unless these economically poor people brought some assets with them for bribes), and most of all, they were in a land where food was so scarce that their poverty in japan made them seem wealthy in comparison. The author was Masaji Ishikawa, he spent more than 30 years in North Korea as a peasant, And during those 30 years, there was NEVER a time when he and his family were NOT hungry, and at times near death due to starvation. Some of his family DID die from starvation. Finally When he was certain the end was near for them all, he decided that he HAD to return to Japan, find a job, and save his family. If you think you know North Korea from novels like "The Orphan Master's Son", this is a story an a whole different level of evil. That novel pretty much presented N.K. from the upper classes of that society, and was the imaginings of Western man. This is a true story of the peasants and the most humble of people in that same society. It presents the mudane every day evil system that those people try to survive. I think I understand Donald Trump's desire to prevent North Korea from having nuclear weapons. NOTHING good can come from that evil regime being able to exert influence on the world. I won't comment on his tactics, but his intentions are essential to the future political and economic health of the world.

Literary On the Makaloa Mat by Jack London

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:12:44 GMT

Also known as Island Tales or On the Makaloa Mat and Other Island Tales 'Published posthumously, this collection of seven short stories and sketches creates a fascinating portrait of life on the picturesque Hawaiian Islands. Brimming with vivid descriptions of the sea and forest, these tales examine the lives of an array of characters and the effect upon them of their contact with Western civilization.' Goodreads ( This is the MR Literary Club selection for December 2017. Whether you've already read it or would like to, feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time, and guests are always welcome! So, what are your thoughts on it? Image:

Jane Austen Pastiches [?]

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:04:23 GMT

Can anyone recommend two or three titles written *in the style* of Jane Austen? I've been reading through this blog here but I would like some personal, subjective opinions from some readers of Mobileread. -- Thanks.

Thank you Tom

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:52:41 GMT

I thought this deserved it's own thread. Thank you Tom (WT Sharp) for all the work and great job you did running the Book Club. :thumbsup: I hope you enjoy your retirement. If you don't mind my asking, what sort of pension did you get from MR? ;)

After Spenser, what?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:27:24 GMT

I've read Parker's Spenser series. Which of his other books or series would you recommend next?

Funny/humourous Christmas books for adult male

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:44:16 GMT

Hi all Can anyone recommend me a funny festive book to read over the Christmas period? Many thanks Kyle

The 2018 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:09:20 GMT

*_:bookworm:2018 Reading Challenge List Thread:bookworm:_* *Welcome to our 9th Annual Reading Challenge!* The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an "exclusive club", *anyone can join!* This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading. This thread is for you to keep a running tally for your chosen challenge. Please state your goals at the top of your post (in the title line if you can), and then start your list in the body of your post. As you read books, *edit your post to update your list of books read, or other challenge status*. *Please Remember:* No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the other thread ( for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the other thread. Discussions & Ideas can be found here: *2018 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread* ( *Post #2* of this thread is dedicated to a Table of Contents for all participants in this thread. Names will be added, to this TOC, in alphabetical order with a link to that individual’s post number from this thread. Previous threads were for 2017 (, 2016 (, 2015 (, 2014 (, 2013 (, 2012 (, 2011 ( and 2010 (

The 2018 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:06:15 GMT

*_:book2:2018 Reading Challenge Discussion Thread:book2:_* *Welcome to our 9th Annual Reading Challenge!* Maybe you would like to read a certain number of pages this year, finish a certain number of books, concentrate on a specific genre or deplete your ever-growing TBR list. Maybe you're looking for ideas or you just want to see how far you can go… This is the thread where we can share our personal goals and strategies or ask for suggestions and support. New ideas are encouraged and always welcomed. :) The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an "exclusive club", *anyone can join!* This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading. You are welcome to keep track of the books you have read (or another goal) in the "List Thread", here: *2018 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread* ( Plus, if you would like to discuss a particular book, please participate in the *Hey!! Let's get some action going! What are we reading?* (http://[URL] thread and share your thoughts about the book with others.

Need a Book series recommendation

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:38:26 GMT

I am looking for a book series to read from a well known author but nothing super big like Alex Cross. I hear its 26 books deep and there is no way Ill ever get caught up. Maybe a series that is no more than 3 -4 books in. It can be horror, sci-fi, Mystery, thrillers, suspence but I am big in horror and science fiction. Thank you. Do not include Arthur C Clarke for I already have almost every one of his books and short stories

Looking for Epic Fantasy with Lots of Action

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:10:00 GMT

The title pretty much says it all. I'm looking for epic fantasy novels that contain lots of action, preferably those that aren't too over-descriptive with unnecessary details. Please do not recommend The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, seeing that I've already read those. Also, I'm not really interested in Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts.

Fantasy works to expand literary horizons?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:56:26 GMT

One of my nephews wants "Unique and original well written novels of fiction, preferably but not necessarily fantasy, to expand my literary horizons. Books of longer length a plus." I'm thinking Titus Goan (be careful what you ask for ;)) but other recommendations would appreciated