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Interactive book club.

Hey everyone.

I started a book club community angiesbookclub and it'd be great to get some people to join.  I really want to focus on discussions.  Our first book is 1984 by George Orwell.  2 week or 1 month time spans depending on how large or in depth a book is.  

PS, if I need to delete this post just let me know.

Thanks.

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Book #2

Book #2
Book Title: The Subtle Knife
Author: Philip Pullman
Category: fiction; fantasy; YA fiction
# of pages: 288
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):With The Golden Compass Philip Pullman garnered every accolade under the sun. Critics lobbed around such superlatives as "elegant," "awe-inspiring," "grand," and "glittering," and used "magnificent" with gay abandon. Each reader had a favorite chapter--or, more likely, several--from the opening tour de force to Lyra's close call at Bolvangar to the great armored-bear battle. And Pullman was no less profligate when it came to intellectual firepower or singular characters. The dæmons alone grant him a place in world literature. Could the second installment of his trilogy keep up this pitch, or had his heroine and her too, too sullied parents consumed him? And what of the belief system that pervaded his alternate universe, not to mention the mystery of Dust? More revelations and an equal number of wonders and new players were definitely in order.
The Subtle Knife offers everything we could have wished for, and more. For a start, there's a young hero--from our world--who is a match for Lyra Silvertongue and whose destiny is every bit as shattering. Like Lyra, Will Parry has spent his childhood playing games. Unlike hers, though, his have been deadly serious. This 12-year-old long ago learned the art of invisibility: if he could erase himself, no one would discover his mother's increasing instability and separate them.

As the novel opens, Will's enemies will do anything for information about his missing father, a soldier and Arctic explorer who has been very much airbrushed from the official picture. Now Will must get his mother into safe seclusion and make his way toward Oxford, which may hold the key to John Parry's disappearance. But en route and on the lam from both the police and his family's tormentors, he comes upon a cat with more than a mouse on her mind: "She reached out a paw to pat something in the air in front of her, something quite invisible to Will." What seems to him a patch of everyday Oxford conceals far more: "The cat stepped forward and vanished." Will, too, scrambles through and into another oddly deserted landscape--one in which children rule and adults (and felines) are very much at risk. Here in this deathly silent city by the sea, he will soon have a dustup with a fierce, flinty little girl: "Her expression was a mixture of the very young--when she first tasted the cola--and a kind of deep, sad wariness." Soon Will and Lyra (and, of course, her dæmon, Pantalaimon) uneasily embark on a great adventure and head into greater tragedy.

As Pullman moves between his young warriors and the witch Serafina Pekkala, the magnetic, ever-manipulative Mrs. Coulter, and Lee Scoresby and his hare dæmon, Hester, there are clear signs of approaching war and earthly chaos. There are new faces as well. The author introduces Oxford dark-matter researcher Mary Malone; the Latvian witch queen Ruta Skadi, who "had trafficked with spirits, and it showed"; Stanislaus Grumman, a shaman in search of a weapon crucial to the cause of Lord Asriel, Lyra's father; and a serpentine old man whom Lyra and Pan can't quite place. Also on hand are the Specters, beings that make cliff-ghasts look like rank amateurs.

Throughout, Pullman is in absolute control of his several worlds, his plot and pace equal to his inspiration. Any number of astonishing scenes--small- and large-scale--will have readers on edge, and many are cause for tears. "You think things have to be possible," Will demands. "Things have to be true!" It is Philip Pullman's gift to turn what quotidian minds would term the impossible into a reality that is both heartbreaking and beautiful.


My Thoughts: This was a great sequel to Golden Compass. There are so many adventures that happened in this one book that it was really difficult to put this book down. I really enjoy Pullman's writing style and I cannot wait to see what happens to Lyra once I read The Amber Spyglass. I am not sure how this series will end but I am sure if it is as good as the rest of the series that I will be reading these books every year.

Books read this year: 2/50. I'm 4% done!!!


Next read(s): I am not sure what I am going to read yet.

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Wicked Lovely

Book #33
Book Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Category: young adult fiction
# of pages: 328
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.


My Thoughts: I was surprisingly disappointed with this book. It just seemed like a combination of Twilight (which I really like) with the Narnia series (which I don't really care that much for.) The story was mildly entertaining, but as the story progressed, I continued to lose interest in it. I was glad that I checked this book out of the library instead of purchasing it.


Books read this year: 33/50. I'm 66% done!!!


Next read(s): Never Let Me Go byKazuo Ishiguro, The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer, and Leonardo's Shadow by Christopher Grey.

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I can't believe I am asking for more reading material

Hello all -

I need some help. I need to chose a fantasy novel for my book club. The way the person asked was "You know kinda like Mists of Avalon." Now I am choosy in my fantasy and don't want a typical "Toss in a dwarf, an elf and a princess and stir kind of book."

So here is my question, what do you recommend? If there is a goddess-y bent all the better. Or a lovely grown up fairytale.

Thanks in advance.

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New Community

I'm not really sure if this is allowed...if not then I'm sorry and please feel free to delete this. But I've just started up a new community :) If you love reading and books then feel free to come over and check it out! You'll be able to meet new friends and other people who enjoy reading and books. Feel free to post about your favourite books, favourite authors or genres, about a book that you've just finished reading, maybe a movie that's been based on a book that you've read, reviews...anything to do with books/reading! It's called books_au so come on over and check it out :)
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Hello everyone!


Seeing as you all like to read, I thought I'd do my wifely duty & pimp my husband's new book ^_^
This has been a long and strange journey to be sure. So here goes! The book is a fantasy novel, the first in five.


A short book description:


All Kyla Thalius ever wanted was to escape from the dull and predictable life of a seventeen-year-old girl of nobility. As she desperately seeks a way to refuse an impending marriage proposal from her childhood friend, her kingdom comes under attack from an army of fierce monsters, devious wizards, and bloodthirsty soldiers. When Kyla uses her special powers to protect those she cares for, she is banished from her home as a witch. Despite that, Kyla embarks on an adventure at the request of her king. To prove herself as the heir to a legendary magic, Kyla must travel far from her sheltered and monotonous life to quest for the sacred symbol of her power… The legendary Staff of Water.


Please check out his myspace where we have more book info up and some preveiw pages.


http://www.myspace.com/arylas_chosen


Thank you all for your time and please mention the book to others if you think it sounds like an excellent read!

Truly,
deeniebee

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Thank You for Smoking

First, it looks like we lost rabidpixierabidpixie, if you're reading this, do you have a new LJ? 

Second, has anyone read Thank You For Smoking yet? I'd love to read thoughts/ impressions/ reviews.  I'm still waiting for it to become available at my library, but I will post something once that happens and I can actually read it.

Hi! ::waves::

I'm thinking maybe this community will inspire me to read books at a more reasonable pace.  I used to be a really fast reader but lately I never actually get around to picking up the damn book.

Name: Sara

Age: 23

Location: New Haven, CT

Website or Journal: absoludicrous

Favorite Book: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Favorite Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Top 5 Suggested Books (I tried to pick ones you guys haven't read as a group before):

+ The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

+ Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion

+ Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

+ The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

+ The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow
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