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Lit and MR Book Clubs - the way forward

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:24:40 GMT

I'm going to talk about the elephant in the corner. I think both book clubs are in serious danger of becoming obsolete and I personally would find that a terrible shame. Realistically, I don't think that right now we have enough members to sustain two book clubs, but I think there's a chance that the two clubs combined could form a sufficient nucleus to stay viable. And you know, when I took a look at the books read by both clubs this year, I found books on both lists that I thought would have appealed to the other. I don't think it's a far a reach as it might seem. So I'd like all interested members to consider that and I'd also like to ask, more broadly, what would it take for you to participate in a book club here at MobileRead? What would entice you in, what are the deal breakers? Everything's on the table. Please join in the discussion. I'd love to find a way forward to a vibrant book club.



December 2017 Book Club Nominations

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:33:17 GMT

*MobileRead Book Club December 2017 Nominations* Help us select the next book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for December, 2017. The nominations will run through midnight EST November 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 November is *Fantasy*. 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 20th 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) Sylvie and Bruno* by Lewis Carroll Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11950411-sylvie-and-bruno) | Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub Print Length: 309 pages From jellby: This is a hard work to classify. It has fantasy, it has humor, it has philosophy, some parts are nice for children, some parts contain more "grown-up" thoughts. Nevertheless, the style and imagination of Carroll is evident throughout the book. It is also surprising how he manages to touch so many subjects of interest today, quotes and situations can be found to illustrate relativity, evolution, topology, emergent intelligence, self-referencing... It's, in my opinion, a very pleasant work to read and a nice discovery. The book is fully illustrated with the 92 original illustrations by Harry Furniss, which account for the large size of the file (I preferred to keep the images rather high-quality).



Let's talk about series we love

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:12:05 GMT

I thought about writing this in the other thread about series (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291312), but realised it would not only be off-topic but anti-topic, so here's a new thread for talking about series we love. (On topic for this thread are all kinds of series, from duologies and up, and also stand-alones where there's reason to think the author will write sequels.Talking about series where we love some books but not all are also on topic.) I just finished the fifth and last book book in Marie Brennan's The Memoirs of Lady Trent (https://www.swantower.com/series/the-memoirs-of-lady-trent/). ---Quote--- All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity. ---End Quote--- I really, really liked this series. I started reading when the first book came out, almost five years ago. I'm not good at remembering lots of details from books I read, and for some series that's a problem, but this series is very forgiving to forgetful readers :) Lady Trent travels all over the world with a few companions, so the number of recurring important characters is manageable. Later books build on earlier, but the important events are remarkable enough that it's easy to remember them even after several years and oodles of other books read in between. We learn to know her and see her grow from a curious child to a world famous naturalist (this is not a spoiler, it's mentioned in the preface to the first book). The books also made me care enough about dragons that plot twists about discoveries about dragon biology matter. ---Quote (Originally by Isabella, Lady Trent)--- Be warned, then: the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, foetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad desicions, misadventures in orienteering, diseases of an unromantic sort, and a plenitude of mud. ---End Quote---



Gregory McDonald

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:19:22 GMT

There are a lot of writers called Macdonald/McDonald, (Hi there, John D; Hi there Ross), and one of them is Gregory McDonald, 1937-2008. He didn't have a large output, but there are one or two zingers in the bunch. He is best known for "Fletch", the first novel in the "Fletch" series, in which we meet slick-talking Irwin Maurice Fletcher, newspaperman, who while undercover as a beach bum investigating drug dealing, gets involved in a complicated extortion and murder plot and talks his way through and around it. Written mostly in dialogue. And it was filmed, with Chevy Chase; not my ideal choice for the role. The next "Fletch" was and is, in my view, the best of the series: "Confess, Fletch" In this story Fletch, now calling himself Peter Fletcher, (“Wouldn’t you, Inspector, if your first names were Irwin Maurice?") arrives in Boston, staying in an exchange apartment; goes to dinner; comes back and finds a dead naked girl in the living room. He calls the cops through the police switchboard. “Sergeant, this is Mister Fletcher, 152 Beacon Street, apartment 6B.” “Yes, sir.” “There’s a murdered girl in my living room.” “A what girl?” “Murdered.” ... “This is the Police Business phone.” “Isn’t murder police business?” “You’re supposed to call Emergency with a murder.” “I think the emergency is over.” The cop in charge of the investigation is Inspector Flynn, a very large Irishman. And off we go; Flynn is as colourful and talkative and slick as Fletch, and the two bouncing off each other is great fun. In my opinion this is by far the best of the "Fletch" series, with a wonderfully complicated plot, lots of people telling each other lies, Fletch adopting several different personalities, a more or less dead Italian count, his rampant widow, and a palazzo stripped of its valuable art treasures. McDonald gradually filled in the Fletch saga with out-of sequence books such as "Fletch Won", with is the prequel to "Fletch"; and "Carioca Fletch", which fits between "Fletch" and "Confess Fletch". A little later comes "Fletch's Moxie," having a similar plot to "Confess Fletch", and involving an impossible crime; a man stabbed to death during a live broadcast from a movie location in Florida. Of the Fletch novels, I have read: Fletch (1974) Confess Fletch (1976) Fletch's Fortune (1978) Fletch and the Widow Bradley (1981) Fletch's Moxie (1982) Carioca Fletch (1984) Fletch Won (1985) (The movie "Fletch Lives" with Chevy Chase was a flop; it was not based on any of Gregory McDonald's books.) McDonald also wrote a series of novels of Flynn by himself, plus a handful of stand-alones. Of the Flynns, I have only read "Flynn", and I have never read any of the stand alones. But if you haven't read "Confess Fletch", do so. Now. And you don't need to read "Fletch" first.



Artemis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:07:52 GMT

Just finished Andy Weir's new book, Artemis. That's how you follow up on a surprise best seller! I was worried that he was going to have the sophomore blues, but he really hit it out of the park. Highly recommended. Now, start speculating about who is going to be cast for Jazz, because this is totally going to be a movie.



Scale of "Darkness" in Fantasy

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:06:07 GMT

Sometimes I'm in the mood for darker fantasy themes, other times not. I hate spoilers and therefore don't want to start reading reviews. I was hoping someone could help me by ordering some fantasy series on my TBR list based on level of "darkness" which I will define as extended descriptions of captivity, torture, abuse, rape, or murder. Big bad guys are fine, but the tone of the writing and time (quantity of words?) spent describing the evil parts often affects my perception of how dark a book is. I have placed some of the series I've read and enjoyed on a darkness scale. Can you suggest where the other series would fall? Or place some of your own favourites? *Light* - His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Mists of Avalon, The Seven Kennings (reading this now and loving it) *Dim* - Mistborn, Lord of the Rings *Dark* - Stormlight Archive, Farseer Trilogy, Kingkiller Chronicle *Black* - Game of Thrones To be sorted: Gentlemen Bastard, Belgariad, Wizard of Earthsea, Malazan, The First Law, Curse of Chalion, Demon Cycle, Broken Empire, Deed of Paksenarrion, anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, Anthony Ryan



Philosophy Books

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:38:53 GMT

Is anyone interested in philosophy? It's one of the subjects I most enjoy reading about, particularly ancient and mediaeval philosophy, so I thought it might be of interest to have a thread for recommendations of, and discussions about, philosophy books. If I had to pick one book to recommend, it would be Bertrand Russell's magnificent, idiosyncratic, flawed, but wonderfully witty and well-written "A History of Western Philosophy", the book which was largely responsible for his award of the Nobel Prize for Literature a few years after its publication. You can love it or hate it (and opinion in the academic world is split 50:50), but you can't ignore it. If you only ever read one philosophy book, this should be the one! Somewhat more "balanced" surveys of the subject are Anthony Kenny's four-volume "A New History of Western Philosophy" (the title a homage to Russell), whose four volumes deal with ancient, mediaeval, pre-modern, and modern philosophy respectively, and Anthony Gottlieb's "The Dream of Reason" (the Greeks to the Renaissance) and "The Dream of Enlightenment" (the rise of modern philosophy). All great reads. As far as reading the actual writings of philosophers go, I'm very much stuck in the ancient world, and my two favourites are THE two ancient masters: Plato and Aristotle. Fortunately both were liked by early Christian theologians, so, unlike most ancient writers, we have a great deal of their work. We have probably everything that Plato wrote, and much (but not all) of Aristotle. Plato wrote flowing dialogues, but what we have of Aristotle is probably the lecture notes he used for teaching in his philosophical school in Athens, so it's rather terse and challenging. Anyone else interested in this topic, or am I alone in finding the subject fascinating?



Literary Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:10:21 GMT

'"The nickname of the train was the Yellow Dog. Its real name was the Yazoo-Delta. It was a mixed train. The day was the 10th of September, 1923-afternoon. Laura McRaven, who was nine years old, was on her first journey alone." So begins Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty's portrait of a large and clamorous Southern family living on their plantation in the Mississippi Delta, and into whose midst Laura McRaven, whose mother has just died, is thrust. When Laura arrives, the Fairchilds are preparing for the marriage of Dabney, not the oldest but the prettiest of the Fairchild girls. Drama leads to drama, revelation to revelation. The result is a sometimes riotous portrait of a Southern family and the motherless child who learns to become one of them. Eudora Welty's first novel remains an American classic.' 'Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She worked as a photographer during the Depression and published her first book, a collection of short stories, in 1941. In addition to short fiction, Welty wrote novels, novellas, essays, and reviews, and was the winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. By the time of her death in 2001, Welty had established herself as one of the most important and beloved American writers of the twentieth century.' Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12595.Delta_Wedding?ac=1&from_search=true) This is the MR Literary Club selection for November 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? Attachment 159941 (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=159941)Attachment 159942 (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=159942)Attachment 159943 (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=159943)Attachment 159944 (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=159944)Attachment 159945 (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=159945)