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Author: Subject: Shmeng book club?

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 12:45 AM
Ok...this is really nerdy of me, but would anyone else be interested in starting a Shmeng book club?

There are lots of books I want to read, but don´t have the time and don´t make the time ´cause not having time is a good excuse. Besides, even if I did read the books I wanted to chances are I would drive all the idiots around me nuts by trying to discuss them.

I´m thinking we all agree on a book, spend a month or so reading it and discuss it via forums (or maybe email if we get too chatty) weekly by chapter. Is that how a real (ala Oprah) book club works?

So if anyone has any potential books...I was thinking Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein for one, or Orwell´s 1984, both of which I´ve always wanted to read. We could also do poetry (realpoetry, not angsty teen whinings) or plays.

I know no one has time, but even in just 15 minutes a day (c´mon, turn off the Facts of Life rerun) you too could be more pseudo-intellectual!

Anyone up for it?

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 01:27 AM
I´m always up for a good reading of Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse.

But please, god, never, ever, ever, A Catcher in the Rye.
Dear god never.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 02:23 AM
Great idea, I´m willing to give it a try :-)
A suggestion: John Fowles´ "The Magus" - I read it many years ago and want to read it again, and I remember missing somebody to discuss it with...
I tried to cut & paste the link to the book from Amazon, but the machine couldn´t handle it. But it shouldn´t take long to find, even without the link.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 06:23 AM
I agree, it´s a great idea! Let the reading begin...

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 07:39 AM
Count me in... just love reading and this would be a great idea.

Starting pretty heavy, ´cause ´1984´ and ´Frankenstein´ are not exactly the easiest of books... but good, nontheless.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 08:06 AM
What´s so bad about Catcher in the Rye, you phony!

;-)

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 08:54 AM
Go to a school district where they asign it every year and ask that question again.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 09:55 AM
Some real gems from my public school education *required reading*

Tiger Eyes (by Judy Blume...ok, at least it was in middle school)
Summer of My German Soldier
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn both of which I detested.

Once I got into college I realized that in 4 years of high school we never read a single play, poem, novel, or short story by a female author. Scary.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 09:57 AM
I´m up for it, I would just like to request no crime and punnishment, never read catcher in the rye, but damn did crime and punnishment just suck down a big one...

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 11:59 AM
Recommenced if you can find it: The Eaters of the Dead.

If you’ve ever seen 13th Warrior, that’s the book which it was based on and a very good book it is.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 12:25 PM
I have a lot of reading to do on my course already. But I´d be delighted to suggested books or comment on the ones I´ve already read.

How about:
Catch 22,
The Brotherhood,
Fingerprints of the Gods,
maybe a couple of volumes of Satre Or Camus,
the complete works of Arthur Conan Doyle is always good fro a laugh,
Gaudi´s biography is very insightful if you like that kind of thing.

That should be a nice, slow start.

The bookclub thing is a nice idea. Good thinking batgirl!

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 12:36 PM
I think a book club would be a great idea. I think the hardest part would be finding a book for everyone to agree on. But I´m thinking as long as it´s not Catcher in the Rye, it should be a fairly easy task...

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 02:03 PM
I think that sounds like a great idea, Kira. I used to go to a college with a Great Books curriculum (for those of you unfamiliar with that, it just means that we read original works and then sat at a round table three times a week and discussed/dissected the works in what is supposed to be a Socratic learning process for all. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn´t.) Getting everybody here to agree on the work we all want to discuss might be a bugger, as would be keeping us on topic (You generally get at least one person who feels that just because they didn´t technically do the reading should be no impediment to their comparing the book to last week´s episode of the Simpsons at length). Also, if anyone quotes from the book in question, please remember that different editions (or, in many cases, translations) are arranged differently and what character A said on page 136 in your copy doesn´t happen for me until page 175. If we all agree to read a set number of chapters though, it shouldn´t get too confusing... (unless a lot of us want to read ahead and discuss things that not everyone knows anything about yet).

I, too, would have plenty of books to suggest that I feel are discussion-worthy. Off the top of my head are:
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dosteovsky
Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
the dialogues of Plato
Hamlet, MacBeth or King Lear by Shakespeare
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

...and I will stop here or I will be here all day.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 04:07 PM
Ok...Well..there is a crazy yet beautiful book called "Swan Song" by Robert R. McCammon. I would read that fifty million times...it is a multi-character book...and the back ground is after a nuke war...rose the ultiment evil called "Friend" and he is after a little girl named Swan who posses the power to bring life back to earth. Also other main characters. And there is a huge Good and Evil Battle in the end...it is 2 books in one and between the gap it is like a 7 year hiadus....i want to tell more...but even if you dont pick this book you should read it...it was frickin unbeliveable book...OR!!! another book by the same author called "The Wolfs Hour". it is about this guy who get s bit by a Warewolf during WW2...and he slaughter Nazis...theres more to it..but it was fuckin hillarious....OR!! (lol) another but the samne author called "Gone South" is a bout 2 bounty Hunters..one a Elvis Impersonator and a guy who has a Siamese twin in his belly..and when the guy taps on his belt buckle the twin pulls out a Derringer and shoots straight ahead...lol...OR!!! hahaha..im kidding..anyway...i havent read them all..but i want too...ok..im done!!

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 09:34 PM
My suggestion is terry pratchet...a tasty mix of tweaky, quirky, comical satyre and literary genious combined with just plain out good goddamned writing skills.
He co wrote a book with neil gaiman called "good omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of agnes nutter, witch"

I´m a HUGE poppy z brite fan (michael scored me an autographed hardcover copy of "plastic jesus" off ebay for twenty bucks! WOOOO!) and I´m currently making my way through as many dean koontz books that I can get my hands on.
I read A LOT. A LOT. I ran out of poppy´s books, and I´m running out of dean´s books, and I had already finnished with most of king´s GOOD books in highschool, so I"m probably going to be moving on to neil gaiman next.
I stick to horror compilations...you get to taste a variety of writers and their different takes on horror.
999 was AWESOME...and the "new best horror" line is also fucking fantastic.
Anton lavey if you´re in for a little sharp witticism and hairbrained well thought out philosophy.
I like the idea, there should be one public post a month, or a section of it´s own so we can do this...I think it´s a FABULOUS idea kira

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 10:11 PM
I´d have to agree with the Frankenstein thing - just so people can see how much better a 17 year old girl can write than they can

But if we´re looking for suggestions, I´d nominate "A Clockwork Orange". Doesn´t get much gother than that, and there´s plenty to discuss. (Plus you can´t cheat and watch the movie and know what you´re talking about)

 

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  posted on 4/9/2002 at 02:04 AM
I thought there was some conspiracy blip about how the girl that wrote frankenstein actually had the transcript dropped on her lap by a cloaked figure in a disreputable bar...

How about some cheery stuff, though?

James Thurber, P.G. Wodehouse, or Jack London?

And though some of you may scoff at Jack London- read Call of the Wild before you try to bring him down.

 

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  posted on 4/9/2002 at 02:30 AM
Yeah, excellent authours as well as Pratchet (Gaaawd, yes, Good Omens is the funniest book ever, _everybody_ muuuust read!!!) BUT what is there to discuss?
To make the most of a project like this, I reckon we ought to go for something with psychological layers, if that made sence to anyone... Issues where different people can air different views and/or conceptions. Without being ridiculed or needing to show off, pleeeze!
I agree on Frankenstein and A Clockwork Orange, and repeat my plea for John Fowles´ The Magus - it´s a compelling book, with an incredible plot, it´s like everytime you feel you´ve figured it all out you realise you weren´t even close...
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  posted on 5/9/2002 at 02:59 AM
I like the idea. The problem is my reading list is SO goddman heavy (I generally read 3 books at a time and buy 5 in the process).

Frankenstein was a terrific book but I´ve already read it. I´ve read a book called The Magus but it was written by Francis Barret and wasn´t a novel.

I reccomend The Hitchhiker´s guide to the Galaxy (I admit, I´ve never finnished it).

 

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  posted on 5/9/2002 at 04:34 AM
Funny, but what to discuss?????????
And no, it´s not the same book. :roll:

 

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