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May. 1st, 2006 | 03:35 pm
posted by: aberrantvirtue in love_of_books

Every month a single book will be selected to be the book that the whole community will read (or try to read). This will be done through a process of suggestions (I'll make a post that you can nominate books to) and then a poll with the books nominated that month in it. (When you nominate a book, please include a short description of it...the blurb from Amazon or Powells will be fine!)

Other than that, I'd like this to be a place of freewheeling book discussion. Read a book and loved it? Write about it. Read a book and hated it? Warn us! Writing a paper about a book for school? Post it if you want. Need to find a book you have vague memories of? Ask the community and maybe someone will recognize it!

So, thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

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razrangel

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from: razrangel
date: May. 2nd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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Will the selections be exclusively fiction? Should we skip trying to suggest graphic novels? (they can be great but with a few exceptions troublesome if it's a long/ongoing series)

Should they be books originally in English? Should they be novels or are short stories ok?

more questions waiting but first I want a better idea of your concept.

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 2nd, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
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I'd like to stick to fiction for the selections for now, and no graphic novels. Complicated to do, and the thing you cite about the series is hard.

I don't think they need to ORIGINALLY be in English, but there does need to be an English translation. (For instance, I enjoy Isabel Allende, but I hesitate to ask people to learn Spanish to read the selection.)

As to short stories/novels/novellas...I think the only thing that I'm going to ask is that the books not be a single short story (or picture book). As much as I love picture books, there's not as much meat in them to discuss.

Bring on the questions!

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Dicedork

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from: dicedork
date: May. 2nd, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
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Can we make a rule about cannon material. Like only once every three months or something?

Oh, and I'd love a book club that doesn't read Plath twice a year.

I'd recommend Daniel Quinn as an opening move. It's far from Literature, but it makes you think.

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 2nd, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
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What do you mean by "cannon"? :)

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Dicedork

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from: dicedork
date: May. 2nd, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
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There's a lot of very good literature that isn't dead white men, but most of what is considered cannon, is.

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 2nd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah. Well, since it's going to be democratically decided, I have a feeling we won't be reading too many dead white men, although perhaps a couple, as some of them are sort of interesting!

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 2nd, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
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And I'm not *that* into Plath. ;)

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Foul projectile discharge alert!

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from: hardvice
date: May. 2nd, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
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I have nothing of substance to add, but I wanted to say I am super excited about this!

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 2nd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Yay! I am too!

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