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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:24:17 GMTThe time has come to discuss the February 2017 MobileRead Book Club selection, * The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency * by Alexander McCall Smith. What did you think? [Not to worry. Tom's still the big cheese. :) ]
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:10:03 GMThttp://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2009-07/MR.pngHelp us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for March, 2017. The nominations will run through midnight EST February 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 March is: *Patricia Clarke Memorial Library*. 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. [I'm helping out while Tom is unavailable. Let me know if anything's wrong. Please be gentle!] *Official choices with three nominations each:* *(1)Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom* by Cory Doctorow Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies…and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World. Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the longago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer "adhocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest hightech touches. Now, though, it seems the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself. Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war: war for the soul of the Magic Kingdom, a war of evershifting reputations, technical wizardry, and entirely unpredictable outcomes. Bursting with cutting-edge speculation and human insight, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom reads like Neal Stephenson meets Nick Hornby: a comingofage romantic comedy and a kickbutt cybernetic tour de force. *(2)Lardner on the Loose (collected short fiction)* by Ring Lardner Kindle (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283831) epub (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283831) Ring Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sports, marriage, and the theatre. He was a contemporary of Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all of whom professed strong admiration for his writing. In [...]
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:14:48 GMTCan anyone recommend a good eBook version (ePub or AZW3) for Shakespeare whether a compilation or individual plays, sonnets, etc.? I'm not opposed to paying for a well formatted version that includes a good table of contents. I saw this question asked a couple times on Mobileread in 2008 and 2015, so I thought I'd see if any new releases came out that folks would recommend.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:48:12 GMT---Quote--- The hugely successful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials will be getting a "companion" trilogy, author Philip Pullman announced this evening. The first book of the new series, which will collectively be called The Book of Dust, is set for publication on October 19. ---End Quote--- http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/14/515193632/author-philip-pullman-announces-a-follow-up-trilogy-to-his-dark-materials Great! I still need to read the last short story he published.