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May. 2nd, 2006 | 10:32 am
posted by: aberrantvirtue in love_of_books

The book selection guidelines are not rules per se, but in general if a book doesn't fit within these guidelines a better idea if you want to read it in a group should be to make a post asking if anyone is interested in reading it with you, but not as the group selection.

On to the guidelines.

1) Books should be fiction. This means not true. For the sake of definition, for this group fiction does not include roman a clef, thinly disguised autobiography, or anything for which there are citations in the text of primary/secondary sources. Fiction does include however: historical fiction (this event happened, but the motivations of the people involved are all imagined for the purpose of the story), science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, realistic fiction, military fiction, and anything not previously mentioned which is (as emphasized) not true.

2) Books should have a page length at least equal to a novella. (Roughly 200 printed pages.) They can be short story collections, novels, novellas, epic fictional poems (if you really, really want, I guess), experimentally structured, or other works not covered by the previous. The exception is for now: no graphic novels (they tend to be the series, which can be painful to start in the middle of or not to finish).

3) Books nominated may contain graphic scenes that are violent or adult in nature, vulgar language, or similar. As we are all adults, I believe these books can be handled in a mature fashion.

4) Books nominated should, for the most part, be new to the group. Any book nomination to which more than 25% of the group responds that they've already read it will be weighted less heavily in the poll. (Meaning if it ties with a book no one's read yet, we'll choose the book that no one's read yet.)

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cruz531

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from: cruz531
date: May. 5th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Do we want to make a rule about novels in series (i.e. - Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Myth, Xanth) with particular regard to picking books in the middle? My idea is that if a book in a series is nominated/picked we may want to poll the list to see where the common point in the series is and consider starting there.

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 5th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Ooo...that's a good one too. I like that idea, although I'm hoping we don't pick any series I've already read... :)

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cruz531

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from: cruz531
date: May. 5th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
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I don't know re-reading series can be fun and I tend to notice stuff I missed the first (or previous) time through, especially with very detailed books like LOTR (which I tend to pick up and re-read every few years). I mentioned this particularly with regard to longer, newer, on going series like Harry Potter and Honor Harrington.

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 5th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Well, keeping in mind that HP is actually on book 6 of 7, I don't know if that'll be much of an issue. ;) But yeah, I see the point.

Never actually read Honor Harrington.

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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense

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from: wordweaverlynn
date: May. 8th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Please please make Terry Pratchett an exception to this rule. I consider him one of the finest novelists living, but that doesn't mean I want to plow through The Colour of Magic again.

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from: aberrantvirtue
date: May. 8th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Heart the icon much.

And this has reminded me that I need to close the rules. Thinking on this particular one has me wanting to say no series in general...

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