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TV Tropes Book Club:
Great and PowerfulBy request from the Literature forum. Welcome, one and all, to the TV Tropes Book Club. The basic idea of this coven is (I hope) to widen the literary horizons of all participants and encourage open and enlightening discussion about why we like the books we like, and how we react to books that we're perhaps not so familiar with. So, some basic rules:
edited 23rd Jun '12 7:03:49 PM by SKJAM
Kaspar the Friendly SpookI'm interested in participating. I don't have any book suggestions, yet, but I do have a suggestion for the rules. Perhaps we should decide the next book at the start of the previous one to give us time to get the book, if we don't already own it.
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I am quite interested in participating, and shall watchlist this thread. However, nothing springs to mind as a suggestion. Reading hefty books is my tendency, so anything below 250 pages is a bit out of my familiarity-purview. Wait- I take it back. "The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is my suggestion. It's not long, despite the ominous title.
edited 8th Jun '12 1:36:50 AM by Muramasan13
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I'd like to participate as well. My suggestion is "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes. It shouldn't be problematic to get your hands on a copy and it's also relatively short.
Vampire Kisses series, with the first book "Beginning". You can find it all on Scribd site. Its not exactly a hard read, with the first book at 200 pages or so. Its also, quite frankly, a Mary Sue novel. but I just happened to like it....
Responsible adultI'm interested! My suggestion is Paper Towns by John Green. I haven't read it yet, but I'm super interested in it. Also, it's a bit metafictional, which might make it a fitting first choice.
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Great and PowerfulI'm going to suggest an old standby, Fahrenheit451 by Ray Bradbury.
Three-Puppet SaluterI've already read Fahrenheit, but I'd certainly give Bradbury a vote. Maybe Dandelion Wine, as we seem to be tending to the literary in this thread?
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Three-Puppet SaluterBooks we want to read, I think. Nothing too formal. (I do have a few things to say about Fahrenheit, so on second thought I'll second the vote because someone needs to second a suggestion.)
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I support Fahrenheit as well. It's been ages since I read it; I wonder if my perception of it has changed. Besides, it would be nice to start off with Bradbury, given recent events.
I'm interested. I also support Fahrenheit.
cannot into spaceI support Fahrenheit as well; being as it is possibly my favorite sci-fi book.
Three-Puppet SaluterOkay, I think that's settled. (Hopefully we'll have grown enough for crowners by the second book.) So I guess we'll reconvene on the twenty-fifth and discuss it, yah?
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Sounds good to me.
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I'm not sure if I'll be able to actively participate, but I'd like to drop in every now and then. Not like adding a few more books to the reading list will make a difference, anyway... I've read Paper Towns. It's a worthwhile read. I haven't read Fahrenheit so I guess I'll pick that up from the library next week. Could I suggest Nation, by Terry Pratchett? It's not incredibly long, but it's good and funny but different from his Discworld stuff.
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Great and PowerfulStarted late and not quite finished yet, so just a preliminary observation: My perspective on certain characters has changed considerably between age 15 (when I last read Fahrenheit 451) and age 50.
Great and PowerfulSimon & Schuster edition, 2012. The text itself shouldn't vary greatly between printings, but there will be different introductions, end notes, biographies and such. (And I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's read this book in other languages.) There is a shorter version, titled "The Fireman" that appeared in Galaxy magazine; I would not be surprised if you could find that in an anthology. eta: edited opening post to make it easier to find which books have already been suggested.
edited 23rd Jun '12 7:05:20 PM by SKJAM
cannot into spaceSo, who read the book? Anyone?
Great and PowerfulI've finished rereading the book. If nothing else, we owe feminism a vote of thanks for reducing the probability that a woman will end up being just a "Mrs. X" who has nothing to do all day but watch the walls.
I just finished part three this morning. Long train rides are annoying, but I get a lot of reading done. So, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A couple of impressions:
edited 25th Jun '12 1:37:49 PM by Farnion
cannot into spaceI enjoy this story much more then Orwell or Huxley, mainly because it feels... closer. The dystopian future seems closer to home in this story, especially seeing as some things were pretty well predicted.
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