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Parasha: meta + poll

First things first, Thanks everyone for participating so far, and I'm hoping to keep this going in future months, because dude, fun! So I'm looking for suggestions for future months, and would like to especially get next month's book squared away, but then start on future months as well (since basically books have to be decided on, people have to have a chance to pick them up if needed/desired, sections per day/period of time need to be figured out before starting, etc.

I'm also hoping to take a day or two at the end of each book to discuss them as a whole, once everyone's come to the end (and no longer has to worry about spoilage), to see if there's anything dangling that didn't get resolved, just discuss various stuff. And things. But then, that can also overlap with the next book.

Anyhow, if anyone has any comments on the format so far, requests, whatever, please speak up!

And now for the poll part. Because everyone loves a poll, right? Right?

I, um, may or may not have gotten slightly carried away here.

Poll #1473938 Parasha Poll #1! Whee!

Which book would you like to read for this in November?

V for Vendetta (Moore/Lloyd)
4(40.0%)
I, Robot (Asimov)
5(50.0%)
Neither, but one that I will recommend in comments.
0(0.0%)
Neither of the above, but just something else.
1(10.0%)
Not interested.
0(0.0%)

Which book for December? (Okay, granted, not spoiled for choice here so far, and there's time to plan...)

A Christmas Carol
3(37.5%)
Something else that I shall recommend in comments.
1(12.5%)
Something else, but no recommendation.
4(50.0%)
Not interested.
0(0.0%)

Books I might be interested in doing in the future...

One of the Discworld books
0(0.0%)
Nightwatch (Discworld) specifically, for May
0(0.0%)
Frankenstein
0(0.0%)
The Count of Monte Cristo
0(0.0%)
Sorcery and Cecelia
0(0.0%)
Some of the Holmes stories (oops, how'd that sneak in there? *shuffles feet* )
0(0.0%)
Other classics
0(0.0%)
Other fantasy
0(0.0%)
Other sci-fi
0(0.0%)
Other "period" books
0(0.0%)
Some genre "we" don't usually read (romance, etc.)
0(0.0%)
Something else I shall recommend in comments (encouraged!)
0(0.0%)
Not intersted.
0(0.0%)

Everyone loves a poll!

Yup, everyone!
0(0.0%)
Absolutes are never correct.
1(11.1%)
Not me.
0(0.0%)
Not I.
0(0.0%)
Possibly not everyone.
0(0.0%)
Clicky!
0(0.0%)
Ticky!
0(0.0%)
Tavi!
1(11.1%)

Stormfeather weirdness quotient

Mean: 6.78 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.87
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(11.1%)
5
2(22.2%)
6
1(11.1%)
7
2(22.2%)
8
1(11.1%)
9
1(11.1%)
10
1(11.1%)

Comments

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stormfeather
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
And yes, I went ahead and voted on my own poll, partly so I can just see results automatically when I come back to it and not have to click on the various links to do so. Lazy am I.
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stormfeather
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
so you're probably safer ignoring me.

Oh don't worry, we do!

(Come on, if you're gonna leave it open like that...)
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stormfeather
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't think about the length of CoMC. Hrm. Still though, over the course of a month that's not too bad! (Although yeah, reading other things too, I know I know)
larabeaton
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, how about The Phoenix Guards instead? I'd love an excuse to reread that one.

Also, my vote for December is "anything but a Christmas Carol". If there's one story that I am absolutely sick to death of, it's that one.
scifantasy
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Or actual Dumas--though that would probably require the same more time as Monte Cristo.
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scifantasy
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I knew that but wasn't thinking. I meant The Three Musketeers itself.
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stormfeather
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Hrm, I'm like one of the few people I think that didn't "click" with The Phoenix Guards all that well. Although I didn't, like, loathe it to the point where I'd refuse to re-read it or anything, so it's a possibility.
scifantasy
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
I am intrigued, but cannot commit (law school). I have marked some of my preferences.

I disagree with montoya, and am more interested in a re-read. The original parasha (well, original modulo us) was re-reads for a reason. But I grant that the spoilery/non-spoilery post split is a good addition.

Bujold would be nice to do, too.
scifantasy
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
And I would remind the assembly that I, Robot is nine short stories and probably unsuited to a daily-read structure.
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stormfeather
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
I'll admit that I didn't really think about doing other than one-a-day pace, but yeah, something else would be possible too.

(Maybe like M-W-F, one short story covered each day or something.)
annewashere
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
You should have had an "all of the above" ticky! I'm easy. I'll read or re-read just about anything for discussion especially if it is in these 10 minute gulps.
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dscotton
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I haven't been doing the current one because I forgot about getting the book and then felt like I was too far behind to catch up. But I'm interested in doing future ones. Also, a video game parasha could be fun. :)
dscotton
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Also, I liked the Bujold idea, and probably would not participate in a Christmas Carol reread.
stormfeather
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
A video game parasha would rock, but also be difficult. Since a) we'd need to take which systems people actually own into account as well, b) genres (which are more widespread among the general group here than reading genres, it seems), c) the fact that they'd probably be harder to split up into discreet parts, and d) the length.

Although I could maybe see doing something of the sort not so much to a daily schedule, one-game-per-month, and more of a "okay, before such and such a day, everyone play up to this part next" as we go along. But still difficult. But interesting. Hrm.
dscotton
Oct. 21st, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
For systems, we could do stuff that's emulateable I suppose - there's plenty of good stuff on the SNES and Genesis we could play. Or we could assume pretty much everyone has a PS2 - the bigger problem there might be the games themselves.

Splitting stuff up onto parts probably wouldn't be that hard on a biweekly schedule, and of course the genre would make a big difference there. But it might be worth a try.
stormfeather
Oct. 21st, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
Ergh, not a big emulator fan. XD

And two weeks would probably be too long a gap for really meaningful discussion and so on.
dscotton
Oct. 21st, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ooops, I meant semi-weekly. We could try daily too, but I think that would be harder to keep up with.

How come you don't like emulators? Of course you could always play a real copy of the game if you have one, but picking emulateable games would let more people participate easily.
silmaril
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'd meant to recommend Hogfather for December, although we might not want two Discworlds within five months of each other...
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