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Old 04-24-01, 04:02 PM
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I don't remember what they all were so please post your books again that you had nominated! There had been quite a calling for Wonder Boys and one other book, I believe.

Now we can't do polls, so how do you all propose that we vote for the book? Email votes to me? The book that has the most nominations?

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For the future (if/when we do "genre" fiction inc SF/spec-fic and crime-fic) I've suggested Jeff Noon's Vurt: Philip K Dick meets Russell Hoban meets Anthony Burgess.

In the meantime I was quite happy with the several times suggested A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers because my brother bought it for me last Christmas and it was waiting to be read.
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Well, I'd say after the nomination thread, narrow it down to a few(I'd say use your discretion), have a voting thread, and the book with the most votes wins.(my first suggestion)

Or we could have a roaming recommendation, and every month, have a different person choose the book. (second, more problematic suggestion).

Anyway, my nomination is for the House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton. I'd like to read it before I see the movie with Gillian Anderson.

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Here are the books nominated so far:

A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by David Eggers.
"The Glass Bead Game/Magister Ludi" by Herman Hesse.
Hard Candy or Born Bad by Andrew Vachss
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Casey Nelson
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
WONDER BOYS by MICHAEL CHABON
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
"Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson
"Catch-22".
Starship Troopers
The Hobbit.
Old 04-24-01, 04:58 PM
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i nominate "the gunslinger" by stephen king
Old 04-24-01, 06:20 PM
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I just ordered A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS, so I nominate that as well. It seemed to be a pretty popular choice in the old thread. It was mentioned about 4 or 5 times.

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How about All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. And if it's chosen, no fair watching the movie instead. Besides, I hear the movie's not that great.
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BTW, Born Bad by Andrew Vachss is a book of short stories. A very FAST read and a VERY good read. I think most of his books reissued in softcover are like 10 bucks or so.
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My Recommendations.

Sci Fi/Fantasy: Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Mystery: The Remorseful Day by Collin Dexter

Thriller: The Prometheus Deception by Robert Ludlum

General Fiction: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.
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Originally posted by Alyoshka
how do you all propose that we vote for the book? Email votes to me?
How many people are we talking about? If it's just 20 or 30 we could just post in a thread. If it's in the hundreds, what e-mail client do you use? We could e-mail you with DVD Talk in the subject line and the title of one of the nominations in the body, and you could set up filters to move them into seperate folders. Basically, whatever's easiest for you.
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I've been wanting to read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson for a while now. I'd be fine with A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius too though. It wouldn't hurt me to read The Hobbit again either. One of those or maybe Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.







[Edited by Scarecrow on 04-24-01 at 09:48 PM]
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Originally posted by Alyoshka
Now we can't do polls, so how do you all propose that we vote for the book? Email votes to me? The book that has the most nominations?
We could always set up a Bravenet poll or something. When we have all the nominations I could set up a page on my server and we could link to it for voting if you want.


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Since I am way too busy to take part in such a book reading, I will also recommend A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, because I have already read and enjoyed it.
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I'd also reccomend Heartbreaking Work, and urge anyone who really loved the hardcover to pick up the paperback as the bonus 'Mistakes We Knew We Were Making" is pretty remarakble.

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem I'd also nominate, and to get you DVD buffs interested, Ed Norton is working on the adaptation.

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I also nominate Motherless Brooklyn.
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Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Eggers.

I think this book would solicit the most diverse opinions from our family!

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Originally posted by Scarecrow
It wouldn't hurt me to read The Hobbit again either. One of those or maybe Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
[Edited by Scarecrow on 04-24-01 at 09:48 PM]
I too have a renewed interest in The Hobbit (because of the movie coming out), and Ender's Game (I recently read the Ender's Shadow parallel book, and will start on The Shadow of the Hegemon; plus there's talk in the Ender's Game thread about a possible movie).

Does anyone thinkn we should have multiple book club readings, for various genres?
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Originally posted by p1forest
Does anyone thinkn we should have multiple book club readings, for various genres?
We could, but I think I'd rather have one or maybe two groups that are diverse in their subject matter.


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So far we've got

Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
The Remorseful Day by Collin Dexter
The Prometheus Deception by Robert Ludlum
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Born Bad by Andrew Vachss
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
"the gunslinger" by stephen king
The Glass Bead Game/Magister Ludi by Herman Hesse.
Hard Candy or Born Bad by Andrew Vachss
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Casey Nelson
WONDER BOYS by MICHAEL CHABON
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Catch-22 by Joseph L. Heller
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlien
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Vurt by Jeff Noon


That's quite a few. We should probably start some kind of poll soon if we're going to start this in May.


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Hey everyone,

If you weren't here last week I nominated myself to be the "leader" of the group, so that's why I'm coming forward to get this thing moving. If anyone else wants to be a leader don't hesitate because two can work also, and I really wouldn't mind.

Tomorrow morning I will put up a post with all the books nominated. From that I think everyone should pick their 2 favorites. It doesn't have to be in order of preference. Now, the reason I say two is for the off chance that everyone just ends up voting for their own nomination it would be a dead tie. This it will have a higher percent chance of being right. It really won't make it more difficult to calculate the winner or to pick your favorites. I know I've seen a couple I really like.

Now I'll let the poll continue until Friday at 11:59pm. Then I will post the winner. That way everyone has a chance to purchase the book by early May. I think we should, and I know I will, purchase the book online. This will help out DVDTalk a great deal.

Just a quick recap:
Tomorrow morning through Friday 11:59 pick two favorite nominations from a thread I will post.

Saturday check to see the winner and place your order. I'll try to find the correct online link to where I can find it cheapest and where it'll help DVDTalk. If you choose to buy it elsewhere, that is your perogative of course.

May 1st we'll get started and I'll have more direction as soon as I can skim through the book a little.

-Curtis

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