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Parasha: Books for Future Months

Sorry this is a bit late but... geeez the heat! I have been like not wanting to do anything all day.

Anyhow, let's get the discussion underway. Hopefully we can hash things out for next month, and for future months.

I'm not sure how far in advance we want to plan, but at least we might be able to say which books should just be yanked altogether, which might still be possibles, etc.

Anyhow, here are the books previously discussed. Feel free to both discuss these, bring back up other books that I've forgotten about, or bring up new ones. We've got most of a month yet to do this sort of planning so.. have at it!

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente - One of the odder ones, since it's really not suited since it's so long, yet very well suited due to the nature of the book, and lots of people seem to be interested in it. So I don't know if we should yank it or not. If no, we should also decide how it would be read - just cramming it very tightly into one month, or going for two months, or what have you.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - For whatever reason, this one hasn't had a lot of yays or nays. I don't seem to recall it being very long, and it might fit in with the crowd, but I suspect we may have gotten burned a bit with Frankenstein and be slow to try another classic? Is that it?

The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard - If I recall, this was suggested by someone who was interested but hadn't read it, so it's hard to tell how it'd even work for the group. If someone is familiar with it, by all means speak up and give some input, otherwise I might suggest we drop it from the list. Or not! I don't feel strongly one way or another, not knowing about it. :p

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - I really suspect this one will get yanked, since it's apparently the first book in an unfinished epic fantasy, which wouldn't work well with this. (If anyone does have any other data on it, share!)

Wild Cards edited by G.R.R. Martin - Also probably due to be yanked, not because it might not work well with the format but just because it's so relatively hard to get hold of.

Unnamed Agatha Christie book - The consensus seems to be that if we do one of these, it should be a short story collection, since that works best with the format. I've already suggested either The Labors of Hercules or The Thirteen Problems, both of which are books with themed short stories, around a central framing device. I'd like to leave this on the list, and think it would be interesting to do, but obviously I'm not the only one to consider here. :p

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volumes 1 and 2 - Graphic novels, which seem to be very good for this format, but also two volumes in order to have enough material, which... not so much. I've actually never read these myself, but might find them interesting, so either way.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons - Wasn't discussed much, one way or another.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - I rather like this one, both because of the book itself, the length, the lightness, and the fact that it might be interesting to discuss book vs. movie, but I'm not sure others are as enthused.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H./The Secret of N.I.M.H. by Robert C. O'Brien - Also hasn't seen much discussion for whatever reason. Might also be an interesting read if some of the readers have seen the movie but not read the book before. Of course, that would require drumming up more participation. ;)

Unnamed Discworld novel - Thoughts?

Fables volume 1: Legends in Exile - This in itself might be interesting as it's a graphic novel, and a fairly good one IIRC, but there were some objections on the basis of the writer, I believe? I forget exactly what it was, sorry! The heat is melting my brain, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

A Robert Silverberg book, possibly Dying Inside or The Book of Skulls - I don't believe these got discussed. I haven't read them and don't have anything to say on them, myself!

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller - Not discussed yet due to being one of the most recent additions, but it's a "classic" trade paperback so... possible?

Anyhow, that's pretty much what we've got at the moment. Please, have your wicked ways with it!



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Jul. 8th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
Re: the JG Ballard: When we were talking about short story collections a month or two ago, I had *just* heard about that one coming out, so mentioned it as an aside. I really liked a novel of his I read a few years back, but I don't know anything about his short stories. So, I'm in favor of pulling this one, at least until I find the darn thing and read it (at which point I won't be as into group reading it anymore, so that's that).

Dark Knight Returns: Hmm, that could be good!

Howl's Moving Castle: I read it after the movie came out, and was surprised by how different it was, until I read the quasi-sequel and saw what elements were lifted from that.

Those are OK; in general, I'd be more in favor of the short stories, but if all of y'all are into the Batman, that would work for me.
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
And is this post for suggesting new contenders, or are you going to make another post for that?

Hrm, I'd just figured they could be added here, but come to think of it I might as well start a new post for it. Yay soliciting!
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