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Old 06-25-2017, 07:46 PM
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Let's start a book club. We will read one book per week and then discuss it here. Reading every book won't be required for future discussion and the goal will be to keep the books below 300 pages so they can be read in a week.

Suggestions? I have some ideas on what we should start with but I'm open (and we should vote).
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:49 PM
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I'll have to check how long Monster Blood tattoo is without the Explicarium factored in...
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:58 PM
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I think, before anything else, you people need to be exposed to Borges. A couple of his stories should do for a start.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:06 AM
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I'm guessing you're looking at fiction. Any genre in particular?
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:25 AM
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I'm guessing you're looking at fiction. Any genre in particular?
Personally, I don't care what the genre or whether it is non-fiction or not. It's more about reading some books. And at this point in time it's about building a list of what we can pick from to read.
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:08 AM
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Given the relative cost of books these days, I recommend pulling from older lists (where it's more likely to be in a library/online for free) and/or discount piles. Case in point, I use Amazon Prime's audible credits and youtube for my audio book needs.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:25 PM
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Read The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss if you haven't yet. One of the best fantasy books in the last years.
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Sure why not.

Do we have a movie club thread?
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Read The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss if you haven't yet. One of the best fantasy books in the last years.
It's good, but Kvoth is Gary Sue incarnate. There's also too much time spent on his university tenure. Still, I'd agree, it's definitely a book every fantasy nerd should make an attempt at.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:54 PM
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I finished my reread of Follett's Century Trilogy last week. Not exactly below 300 pages, but you are welcome to catch up.

Rereading certain Dvornik's works now (The Making of Central and Eastern Europe at the moment), but that's not fiction.
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Sure why not.

Do we have a movie club thread?
A movie club would be easier, actually.

So far we don't have many books suggested under 300 pages.

We could start with some thing easy like The Old Man and the Sea.
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Wait.... 300 pages takes a week?

Huh..Thats... slow.
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Wait.... 300 pages takes a week?

Huh..Thats... slow.
It's more a question of how much time people have to do it. I can burn through a full 1000 page in a week easy, but I also don't have as many personal obligations as others. Someone working full time and keeping to their normal activities won't be able to put 300 pages in unless it's an easy read.
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:20 PM
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I feel like I have too many other things to do to actually read anymore. Last book I tried reading was the first book of the Powder Mage trilogy and I only got like half way through it before I got distracted by other things. It wasn't bad, though. As I've said before, flintlock fantasy is way underused.
I recommend Starship Troopers, though. Ever since the movie came out (which I love but is basically a parody of the book), people have kind of ignored its status as a classic.
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It's more a question of how much time people have to do it. I can burn through a full 1000 page in a week easy, but I also don't have as many personal obligations as others. Someone working full time and keeping to their normal activities won't be able to put 300 pages in unless it's an easy read.
I guess. My record is like, 1500 in a day for fun books, and it wasnt an all day thing. Like, I hsd time to read more if I wanted.

300 in a week just seems odd, but I guess that works.

Dhampir is out of the running since its over 300...

How about the first Dresden book?

Its short, fun and engaging
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Most clubs do chapter limits for larger books. Chapters 1-10, then 11-20, etc.
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Most clubs do chapter limits for larger books. Chapters 1-10, then 11-20, etc.
I tried to keep it somewhat reasonable. We could also do that, which I didn't think of.
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Like with the film club, I'm kind of limited on time right now. Anansi's right about Borges being a good start, however.
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BaronGrackle should do a Bible club!
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You start one, and send me the details.
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You start one, and send me the details.
But you have to lead it.
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But you have to lead it.
Have some G.K. Chesterton. Here's a link to Heretics.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/470/4...0-h.htm#chap01

Try the first chapter, then tell me what you think about LAMP POSTS!

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Have some G.K. Chesterton. Here's a link to Heretics.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/470/4...0-h.htm#chap01

Try the first chapter, then tell me what you think about LAMP POSTS!
I read The Man Who Was Thursday in senior year of high school, inspired to do so by that novel's inclusion in Deus Ex. I should re-read it; I think I was a little too young to really appreciate the book.
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I read The Man Who Was Thursday in senior year of high school, inspired to do so by that novel's inclusion in Deus Ex. I should re-read it; I think I was a little too young to really appreciate the book.
It actually weirds me out a little... and it weirds me out that it's praised so highly among my ilk. I say such because I'd probably enjoy it more as a nihilist or atheist, considering the ending.

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