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    WF Book Club Nominations for February

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by thirdwind, Dec 27, 2010.

    Post all nominations for the monthly book club here. Remember that any book of any genre is fair game. This includes plays, poetry collections, and short story collections as well.

    Just as a reminder, we'll be reading Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw in January, so get a copy and begin reading ASAP (it's available on Project Gutenberg).
     
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    Since no one has suggested anything, I'll post some of the nominations from last time. Of course, if none of these appeal to you, you can nominate something else.

    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
    Rushing to Paradise, or Concrete Island, or Cocaine Nights by JG Ballard
    The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
    Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
     
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    Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
    The Brothers Karamazov (best book ever, but maybe too long for these purposes), by Dostoevsky.
    Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake
    Gardens of the Moon, by Steven Erikson

    Just some ideas. If I have to nominate one, I'd say Lolita.
     
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    We actually read and discussed Lolita last year.
     
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    Ah, ok. Good book :) I'll watch and see what others suggest.
     
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    Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
     
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    Slightly on the long side, isn't it? Best part of 900 pages?
     
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    Excellent book.
     
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    Sorry, but Perdido Street Station seems a bit too long.
     
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    Happy with any of these.
     
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    Since February is about romance, I’d like to suggest my book, The Whippoorwill’s Song by C. B. Carter. It’s available in PDF, paperback and kindle. I can provide the PDF version to the readers if need be. It's getting some nice reviews on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Whippoorwills-Song-ebook/product-reviews/B004FEFAUC/

    An excerpt of a review: Carter’s strength as an author is apparent as he delicately and precisely inserts vital details and vivid imagery that awaken the senses, causing the reader to be a part the journey, not merely a spectator. Like 3-D films, The Whippoorwill’s Song draws the reader right into the action.

    The book is comprised of three short stories: “The Whippoorwill’s Song,” “Happiness Is,” “The Path to Know Where,” and “A teaser of the upcoming Caritas.”

    On many levels, The Whippoorwill’s Song exhibits a poetic element that captivates the reader at every turn. From the beginning, the vivid imagery penetrates the human core of emotion with such passages as, “Life, I would say, is an orchestra absent its conductor; where gypsy notes and chords bellow out without concern of melody or form, but every once in a while, you will hear the song of the whippoorwill and in the moment of anticipated silence - as the last note trails off -, all becomes beautiful and fresh. The once impoverished bohemians become prosperous and reverberate, ‘O, we are the wealthy here’. After all, we’re all vibrato notes, the fugue of human symphonic poem; our chants intoxicate the night’s air and echoes to those who are silent enough to listen.”

    The main character of the story, Armand Vigée-Lebaidsi, is a poet taking a romantic journey from sixteenth-century Madrid, Spain to Charleston, South Carolina. The book is all about romance for Armand, who, at the age of twenty-eight, becomes a vampire as a result of events involving his father. The story is broken into five stanzas: “The Trade,” “Blood Line,” “Alteration,” “Time,” and “And then…Linger.” The imagery of the sun gives this tale a very surreal, dream-like quality. Reminiscent of the Romantic era of literature, it’s bold and genuine, painting the story against the backdrop of eternal love—a theme prevalent throughout the story.

    http://cbcarter.com
     
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    Ok, that's probably enough nominations, so please vote for the book(s) you'd like to read from the following list:

    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
    Rushing to Paradise, or Concrete Island, or Cocaine Nights by JG Ballard
    The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
    Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
    Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
    Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
    The Whippoorwill's Song by C.B. Carter
     
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    Where do we vote? Is there a poll somewhere?
     
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    Just post here with which one you want to read.

    I'm down with anything but Steppenwolf. That book and I went through some hard times together...
     
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    Titus Groan sounds fun, have only just finished Pygmalian lol (sp??)
     
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    I'd love to see The Kraken Wakes be picked :)
     
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    I'd ideally like a book to be chosen in the next few days so that people can have enough time to get a copy. So please, if you want to participate, vote for a book ASAP.
     
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    Since no one has voted since my last post, I'll narrow down the choices to Titus Groan and The Kraken Wakes since they have the most votes. So please vote for one of those two. If no one votes within the next few days, I'll just flip a coin to select the winner.
     
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    I vote Titus Groans.
     
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    OK, since no one else seems to have any preference, we'll be reading Titus Groan.
     
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    Aw, I feel so special being the deciding vote. ;)
     

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