Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
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Parasha: It's that time again...

First off... does everyone want to keep going with this? I feel I should ask since it's been dying down. I enjoy the book discussions, but also don't want to feel like I'm strong-arming people into it.

And assuming people do want to continue, what's next for the next month? I'm also hoping maybe we can discuss some of these more in-depth, and strike some for good, move some up on the "too read sooner" list, or what have you.

Here is what we'd had hashed out by last month cut and pasted, for my own ease of use:

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente - A lot of people sounded interested in this, with the main drawback being the book's length. Either it would be one *hefty* month of reading, or it would need to be spread out over two months.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - Suggested some time previously, seems to be one of those "no one hates it, no one's pounced on it" suggestions thus far.

The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard - Suggested somewhat recently, not much to comment on thus far. And as an added note after the last time, the one who suggested it was interested in it, but hasn't actually read it, so no guarantees for how well it'd work. :p

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - Suggested somewhat recently, I went ahead and included it just in case, but the consensus seemed to be leaning toward "oh gods, not another non-ended epic fantasy."

Wild Cards edited by G.R.R. Martin - Suggested by me, recently. There seemed to be some interest in this, but the main difficulty (and possibly an insurmountable one for this format) is the fact that it'd be damned hard to get hold of for those who don't already own it.

Unnamed Agatha Christie book - Suggested sometime previously, seemed to be at least some mild interest. Either we could do one of the collections of her short stories, which would work well with the format, or another book. I myself was leaning toward The Murder of Roger Ackroyd which might be fun to read as a group, but as desdenova pointed out, a who-dunnit might not be the best type of book for this format. Another possibility would be either The Labors of Hercules, which is a collection of Poirot short stories, or The Thirteen Problems/The Tuesday Club Murders (under two titles) which is a collection of Miss Marple short stories, either one of which would be good because they're short stories, but under one overriding story arc.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volumes 1 and 2 - This was suggested by... me, I believe? Somewhat recently. It might be interesting, and the graphic novel format seems to work well for this type of thing, but a) it'd probably be something for future months if we do it, since we're just wrapping up V for Vendetta, and b) it'd involve buying two books, since the mini-series were 6 volumes each.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons, suggested elsewhere, which may be a bit on the long side overall, but sounds like it's broken up into six sections/novellas, which could themselves maybe be broken into half and read that way? I do not know, but if others have read it or have been enticed by it and could suggest yay or nay, please feel free! (As a note, this generally didn't seem to get great comments, but also wasn't discussed much, so I'm leaving it for now.)

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, because a) it's a good book, b) it's not overly long, and c) if we could drum up more participation, it'd be interesting to see how the commentary splits between those who have seen the movie but not read the book, people who have read the book before, people who have done both, and people who have done neither.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H./The Secret of N.I.M.H. by Robert C. O'Brien, for many of the same reasons, although it's been longer since I've read this one (and it's probably more children's book than fantasy, technically).

Unnamed Discworld novel, since we ended up not doing Night Watch for May. (So sorta new suggestion, sorta old.)

And the new suggestions from elsewhere this time around:

Fables volume 1: Legends in Exile - another graphic novel, which seems to work well with this format. I'd read Fables for a good bit, and they were quite fun, although I don't remember how self-contained and suitable the first graphic novel is. But it might be interesting to try it.

A Robert Silverberg book, possibly Dying Inside or The Book of Skulls, which I have not read and cannot really comment on, but which others may have something to say about!

Edited to add one more suggestion:

The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)... one of the classic Trade Paperbacks, that I haven't read myself!

Anyhow, please discuss! (Pretty please?)
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