Hey everyone, I remember some years ago there was a a forum book club that had a number of members involved in deep discussions on the quality of these more famous authors and their stories. I would like to reopen this book club, and expand the purpose to involve a deeper craft analysis for the readers to understand what makes the writing effective, or where it leaves more to be desired. I've been doing a lot of craft analysis essays on different short works, poems, and novels for some time now, and I've found it's been able to help me identify what exactly makes these works so effective and popular, thereby allowing me to attempt style changes without falling into the repetition of my usual work. I think my own analysis and digging into works of literature, genre or general, could be aided and expanded by having multiple voices critically looking at the works and debating them with each other and me. It doesn't have to be stuffy either, as I do want to have fun with it and not make it a chore. Simple dialogue about the work would always be welcome as well. But I challenge members here to dig deeper in their reading, and find what's most effective in the story telling in order to improve their own writing skill. What I'm looking for is a core group of members that could do maybe a novel, or collection of short works by a single author, a month. Three weeks to read it at most, and a week of discussion at least. There are a number of ways to choose which books as well. I would like input on this here. We could do suggestions throughout the week, and conduct a poll. Or we could take turns in selection. Personally, I like the poll method because new members can join in the discussion easier that way, or others can take months off without feeling obligated. All in all, I just want a friendly discussion involving literature as a group, and to improve our writing through engaging critical analysis. Please let me know here, or PM me if you are interested. And for a couple of initial suggestions for a starting novel: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, or The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel.