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Parasha: Next month!

Argh argh argh! I totally meant to start a discussion on what to read next month like, a couple days into the month, to have plenty of time to hash things out, get things maybe suggested or struck down for future months, etc. And then totally forgot.

My initial idea was to do Pratchett's Night Watch next month, for May. But while there are reasons for it (it's an awesome book, and suitable for May, plus it'd be fun to read it as a group and have fun with all the small references), there are also reasons against.

For one, I know at least one person that sometimes does Parasha avoids Discworld, and while part of me wants to say "oh hey, well, try this one, it's much better than the earlier ones!" another part of me doesn't want to treat it as some sort of Geek Fallacy thing... "You're my friend, and this book is my friend, so you two should, like, totally get along!" (Although the first part is then all "but... but.. Discworld is AWESOME!") Anyhow, also I'm not sure about this being a great book for current non-Discworld-readers to jump in on. I mean, I know any of the books work okay as an introduction point, this is probably worse than most because of the continuity.

Well, plus we haven't really done the "themed with the month" thing since, well, October.

Anyhow, what are all y'all's thoughts, since if we're doing something, we need to figure it out? For the record, here is the previous month's poll, and and some prior discussion on it.

I think V for Vendetta was also fairly-well smiled upon, if we don't go with the Night Watch idea. Ditto Orphan's Tales, but that might be a bit late to get started organizing at this point. We could also bring Wizard of Oz back onto the table if anyone's still interested, since it's been a month since we've done one of the classics.

Oh, and I'd also thought of The Princess Bride in a moment of "why the hell hasn't anyone mentioned this before?" although two humorous-fantasy-made-movie books in a row might be a bit much.

If we did do Christie, I'd also like to suggest The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as a possibility, as it's one of my favorites, and it'd be interesting to dissect a murder mystery with y'all. Don't wiki/google it though, since, y'know, mystery.

Oh, and don't kill me for this... but I also had the idea of doing Twilight at some point, just to tear it to pieces alongside others, and since I probably won't ever read it myself otherwise. But that's only half-serious. And yet the idea won't just go away.

Aaaanyhow! Any thoughts on all this?



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Apr. 27th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
I am not going to spend a month reading Twilight, even though the snarking would be so much fun.

When my eye first fell upon your comment, I thought you were suggesting The Silmarillion as something short, and that did things to my eyebrows, let me tell you. Then I actually read your comment.
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Apr. 27th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, and don't think I've forgiven you for totally planning to go off to Japan without, like, smuggling me in your suitcase or something!
Apr. 27th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't really expect anyone would *want* to read Twilight for a month, even to snark it, but it was just one of those ideas that crops ups and WILL NOT GO AWAY until shared.

Apr. 28th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I saw the movie of the first one, and I will admit to an unhealthy curiosity as to what spawned it.

Fortunately, I have prior examples of what happens in this case -- I read the first "Left Behind" book, and found myself wondering what planet the authors were from, since it certainly wasn't mine. Then I found this guy and he made me very happy -- he's talking about the "Left Behind" books to describe exactly why they're bad, both as writing and as religion. And now I don't have to read them.

Admittedly, _Twilight_ doesn't aspire to such heights -- it's just a story. So, scratch the "bad religion" angle. But I'm still trying to argue from example that I don't want to read them. Even if the first three books are on a shelf in the basement.

Edited at 2010-04-28 11:57 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
So... I'm thinking we're leaning toward V?
Apr. 28th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
By the way, remind me which days you're going to be gone? Since you're one of the main readers, I'll probably arrange the schedule a bit around that, if there are extra days-off to throw in there.