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MobileRead October 2016 Book Club Vote

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:39:04 GMT

http://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2011-12/MobileRead_Question_Mark_1.png*October 2016 MobileRead Book Club Vote* Help us choose a book as the October 2016 eBook for the MobileRead Book Club. The poll will be open for 5 days. *There will be no runoff vote* unless the voting results a tie, in which case there will be a 3 day run-off poll. This is a *visible* poll: others can see how you voted. It is Image: http://wtsharpe.com/Pictures/Multiple-Choice_C3.gif You may cast a vote for each book that appeals to you. We will start the *discussion thread* for this book on *October 20th*. Select from the following *Official Choices* with three nominations each: *• Bridge in the Fourth Dimension: Further Adventures of the Hideous Hog* by Victor Mollo Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24517056-bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) | Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Fourth-Dimension-Victor-Mollo-ebook/dp/B00RZT1XQO?tag=mr061-21) / Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Fourth-Dimension-Victor-Mollo-ebook/dp/B00RZT1XQO?tag=mr060-20) / Kobo UK (https://store.kobobooks.com/en-uk/ebook/bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) / Kobo US (https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) / Overdrive (https://www.overdrive.com/media/2079002/bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) Print Length: 160 pages I read it laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, totally devoured it and kept coming back for more for years until my original paperback was in tatters. Victor Mollo was one of the all time most successful contract bridge players in the UK where they play it as a blood sport. I came across Bridge in the Menagerie when I was still in college, and playing bridge to feed my family. I read it laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, totally devoured it and kept coming back for more for years until my original paperback was in tatters. That original book was long out of print but has now come back in print, but has never been converted to eBook format. However, this sequel can be read without having read the original and by those whose knowledge of bridge is no more than passing. I haven't played a hand myself in probably 15 years, but I'd love to play out the hands in this. — CRussel *• Mislaid* by Nell Zink Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23460737-mislaid) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Mislaid-Novel-Nell-Zink-ebook/dp/B00O11HCM8/) Print Length: 288 pages From Goodreads: Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The couple are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind. Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Peggy and Lee’s children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie must deal with his father’s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother’s lies—she knows neither her real age, nor that she is “white,” nor that she has any other family. Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare. *• Rivers of London* (US title: *Midnight Riot*) by Ben Aaronovitch Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10327417-rivers-of-london) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Riot-Peter-Grant-Book-ebook/dp/B004C43F70) / Overdrive UK (https://www.overdri[...]



Discussion: Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin #2)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:33:09 GMT

Discussion: *Post Captain* (Aubrey/Maturin #2) The second book in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series finds our two protagonists headed home from the Mediterranean to find peace has arrived in England following the Treaty of Amiens. Without a ship, he and Stephen begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining and enjoying more amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge: instead he finds himself a hunted fugitive as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France. Dr Stephen Maturin, spy and surgeon, leads Jack to the his Spanish castle. When they finally manage to escape, a jealous cuckold assigns Jack to an experimental and poorly-built ship on poorly-conceived mission. The escape through France to Stephen's ruined castle is one of the few bits of absolute slapstick in the books, but it IS funny. From the Amazon description: ---Quote--- *Amazon Review* The year is 1803, and that scalawag Napoleon Bonaparte has gone to war again. For Captain Jack Aubrey, who has fled to France to escape his creditors, this is doubly alarming news. In short order the captain is interned, makes his escape across the French countryside, and leads a ship into battle. And again, his adventures are cleverly counterpointed by those of his alter ego Stephen Maturin. Review “The best historical novels ever written.” (New York Times) “They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative.... There are legions of us who would gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey.” (The New Yorker) “The best thing afloat since Horatio Hornblower.” (Observer) “Aubrey and Maturin compose one of those complex and fascinating pairs of characters which have inspired thrilling stories of all kinds since the Iliad.” (Iris Murdoch and John Bayley) ---End Quote--- Please use this thread to discuss *Post Captain* as you read it. Rather than wait to open the discussion until everyone has had an opportunity to read the entire book, we'll open the thread early so you can comment as you go on. Please exercise appropriate discretion to avoid spoiling too much too quickly, of course, but honestly, we want to hear what you think. Whether it's about the actual book, or the specifics of a particular version of the book. (Some of us are listening to audio versions, of which there are at least four that I'm aware of.)



MobileRead September 2016 Discussion: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (spoilers)

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:56:54 GMT

The time has come to discuss the September 2016 MobileRead Book Club selection, *Heart of Darkness* by Joseph Conrad. What did you think?



MobileRead October 2016 Book Club Nominations

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:55:23 GMT

http://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2016-01/Humor_02_Chaplin.pngHelp us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for October, 2016. The nominations will run through midnight EST September 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 October is: *Humor*. 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. *Official choices with three nominations each:* *(1) Bridge in the Fourth Dimension: Further Adventures of the Hideous Hog* by Victor Mollo Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24517056-bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) | Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Fourth-Dimension-Victor-Mollo-ebook/dp/B00RZT1XQO?tag=mr061-21) / Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Fourth-Dimension-Victor-Mollo-ebook/dp/B00RZT1XQO?tag=mr060-20) / Kobo UK (https://store.kobobooks.com/en-uk/ebook/bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) / Kobo US (https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) / Overdrive (https://www.overdrive.com/media/2079002/bridge-in-the-fourth-dimension) Print Length: 160 pages I read it laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, totally devoured it and kept coming back for more for years until my original paperback was in tatters. Victor Mollo was one of the all time most successful contract bridge players in the UK where they play it as a blood sport. I came across Bridge in the Menagerie when I was still in college, and playing bridge to feed my family. I read it laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, totally devoured it and kept coming back for more for years until my original paperback was in tatters. That original book was long out of print but has now come back in print, but has never been converted to eBook format. However, this sequel can be read without having read the original and by those whose knowledge of bridge is no more than passing. I haven't played a hand myself in probably 15 years, but I'd love to play out the hands in this. — CRussel *(2) Mislaid* by Nell Zink Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23460737-mislaid) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/Mislaid-Novel-Nell-Zink-ebook/dp/B00O11HCM8/) Print Length: 288 pages From Goodreads: Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet [...]



My Favourite Book is an E Book!

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:06:20 GMT

I was idly wandering around Amazon this afternoon and decided to find out if my all-time number one favourite book is finally an e book. Imagine my delight when I discovered that it is. The book? A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle. This is a beautifully written novel set in a graveyard. There is a recluse who for some strange reason never leaves the place and is fed by a talking raven who brings him sandwiches etc. The raven is a bit of a smart Alec. There are also two ghosts, newly dead who gradually fall in love. An old Jewish woman often visits the grave of her husband. These weird and disparate characters are brought together in a touching and well-written book which will never leave your mind. I have the paperback, but I'm considering buying the kindle version. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fine-Private-Place-Peter-Beagle-ebook/dp/B016QPVDGC/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473875725&sr=1-2&keywords=a+fine+and+private+place There are some very interesting reviews which give an even better idea of the book's content.