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Tell us what books you are reading right now, find books that every e-book worm could enjoy



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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?



The Day After Never - Blood Honor

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 16:20:18 GMT

I read this through the Kindle Unlimited program. The Author is Russell Blake. I will cross post this to the book's Amazon page. This is a very good post apocalyptic novel with a twist. The apocalypse doesn't happen because of nuclear war or alien invasion. Instead it's a series of events that by themselves don't mean very much and would be quite survivable as a single event. Instead the apocalypse is triggered by two things occurring at the same time, first a pandemic hits, which was survivable. But it happens at the same time as a severe global economic recession, limiting the world's ability to respond. This, in turn, triggers other minor failures in our global civilization. The world as we know it doesn't end because of a catastrophe, it ends because it runs out of physical and spiritual energy. The story takes place in Texas and eastern New Mexico. The cities are run by vicious gangs who tolerate no opposition; while smaller communities and the rural people try to carry on as best they can by paying tribute to the gangs and fighting off bandits who make inter-community commerce all but impossible. Our Hero,Lucas Shaw, is a former Texas Ranger living with his grandfather on a ranch outside a small rural village. He earns his living by capturing wild horses and scavenging what he can out in the wild and selling what he finds to either a heavily armed trading post or the people of the village. The story opens when the Lucas, comes across the remains of a travelling party clearly set upon by bandits. Apparently, the party was trained well enough, and armed well enough that they killed or chased off the bandits, but at the cost their own lives. As Lucas sets about scavenging the weapons, ammunition, water and food, he encounters a lone survivor who is severely wounded. A young woman in her early twenties who is very close to death. This sets off a chain of events, for the first half of the book at least, that sort of mirrors the apocalypse itself. Individually, the events are not noteworthy, but they lead to an interesting revelation about mid way through the book. Since it is part apocalyptic novel, part western, and part a 'warning' to the rest of us about the nature of civilization, I was a bit reluctant to download the book. I was afraid that the author wouldn't be able to adequately keep the focus of the book. But in a frenzy of needing something to read, I did download it, and I'm glad I did. The author very skillfully weaves the three genres together into a very satisfying whole. It ain't great art, but it IS a very satisfying read. I most definitely will read the rest of the volumes in the series.



Amy Hempel - The Collected Stories

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:08:59 GMT

I'm rereading "The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel" and loving it all over again. Highly recommended. What a line: "The sound that I make is not food." from the opening story, "In a Tub." At NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5428036