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Books for 2008, voting a bit... [Jan. 6th, 2008|02:23 am]
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Alright, now that we have posted our suggestions for this year (descriptions of some of the below are to be found here and here), we can get to voting. So this is how it happens:

- First vote for 6 books of your choice that you'd want to be included in the book club of this year
- Then (if you want), vote for alternative 6 books from the rest, these are books that one can read as extra or as something you might be interested about to read. This group of books are not something one would *have* to read, really.

(books grouped by suggester)

heartofdavid
Pat Barker - Regeneration
Alan Bennett - The Uncommon Reader
Charles Bukowski - Ham on Rye
Angela Carter - The Magic Toyshop
Helen Dunmore - A Spell of Winter
William Hope Hodgson - The House on the Border Land
Rudyard Kipling – Kim
Harif Kureishi - Buddha of Suburbia
David Leavitt - The Lost Language of Cranes
Sokeki Natsume – Botchan
Ian Rankin - Knots and Crosses (An Inspector Rebus Mystery)
Brian Frances Slattery - Spaceman Blues: A Love Story
Edmund White - Hotel de Dream: A New York Novel

maldeluxx
Achebe - Things Fall Apart
S. Clarke - The Ladies of Grace Adieu
Eliot - Silas Marner
Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day
Lanchester - The Debt To Pleasure
Ondaatje - Coming Through Slaughter
Singer - The Certificate
Steinbeck - Cannery Row
Vonnegut - Welcome To The Monkey Hous
Wharton - Summer
Yoshimoto - Hard Boiled/Hard Luck

alannahjoy
Anthony Bourdain - Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Michael Craft - Hot Spot
S.E. Hinton - The Outsiders
John Neufeld - Lisa, Bright and Dark, by John Neufeld
William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice


txredhead
L. Frank Baum - The Complete Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Rick Beyer - The Greatest Stories Never Told
Susan Hubbard - The Society of S
Dean Koontz - The Darkest Evening of the Year
Sandra Lee - Made from Scratch
Sharyn McCrumb - Bimbos of the Death Sun
Wilson Rawls - Where the Red Fern Grows
Kimberly Raye - Dead End Dating - Kimberly Raye
Jean P. Sasson - Princess: A True Story of Life B ehind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
M.R. Sellars - Harm None
Wu Cheng-en - Adventures of the Monkey God

airmiles
Alan Hollinghurst - The Spell
Ian McEwan - Atonement
Arturo Pérez Reverte - The Nautical Chart
CJ Sansom - Dissolution
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[User Picture]From: txredhead
2008-01-06 04:35 am (UTC)
Wow. Just six? Soooo hard with all the stuff to choose from! However, I believe I have managed it:

Alan Bennett - The Uncommon Reader
Brian Frances Slattery - Spaceman Blues: A Love Story
S. Clarke - The Ladies of Grace Adieu
The Society of S - Susan Hubbard
S.E. Hinton - The Outsiders
Alan Hollinghurst - The Spell

Alternates:

Anthony Bourdain - Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Michael Craft - Hot Spot
Ian McEwan - Atonement
Dean Koontz - The Darkest Evening of the Year

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[User Picture]From: heartofdavid
2008-01-06 12:00 pm (UTC)
Six main choices (no particular order):
1. Alan Bennett - The Uncommon Reader
2. Lanchester - The Debt to Pleasure
3. Anthony Bourdain - Kitchen Confidential
4. Susan Hubbard - The Society of S
5. Ian McEwan - Atonement
6. Steinbeck - Cannery Row

Alternates (no order):
1. Helen Dunmore - A Spell of Winter
2. Michael Craft - Hot Spot
3. Dean Koontz - The Darkest Evening of the Year
4. CJ Samson - Dissolution
5. Banana Yoshimoto - Hard Boiled/Hard Luck
6. David Leavitt - The Lost Language of Cranes
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[User Picture]From: alannahjoy
2008-01-06 05:26 pm (UTC)
Here are my choices, in no particular order. It hasn't been discussed but I'm assuming that for the sake of fairness, we are choosing at least one book from each person's list for the main selections. :)

Also, I think the alternate lists might be useful to choose from if there isn't complete agreement on the main selections, but most everyone has a common selection on the alternate list. Just a suggestion! :)

1. Bennett - The Uncommon Reader
2. Slattery - Spaceman Blues: A Love Story
3. Lanchester - The Debt to Pleasure
4. Bourdain - Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
5. McCrumb - Bimbos of the Death Sun
6. McEwan - Atonement

Alternates:

1. Dunmore - A Spell of Winter
2. Ondaatje - Coming Through the Slaughter
3. Craft - Hot Spot
4. Neufeld - Lisa, Bright & Dark
5. Hollinghurst - The Spell
6. Raye - Dead End Dating







Edited at 2008-01-06 05:31 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: heartofdavid
2008-01-06 07:52 pm (UTC)
It hasn't been discussed but I'm assuming that for the sake of fairness, we are choosing at least one book from each person's list for the main selections.
I'd thought about that, but it turned out that my choices just happened to work out that way. :)

Also, I think the alternate lists might be useful to choose from if there isn't complete agreement on the main selections, but most everyone has a common selection on the alternate list.
Yeah, or if the main selection at any given time doesn't appeal (if you try it and it turns out you don't care for it enough to finish), you have another choice. Although personally, I rather enjoy making a post that's nothing more than a complaint.

*runs*
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[User Picture]From: maldeluxx
2008-01-07 12:07 am (UTC)
*hee*

I agree with the alternate list thing... we'll have to see. ::)
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[User Picture]From: maldeluxx
2008-01-09 10:22 pm (UTC)
My choice:

Alan Bennett - The Uncommon Reader
Lanchester – The Debt To Pleasure
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain
Adventures of the Monkey God - Wu Cheng-en
The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst

Alternatives:

((pretty much any of the other stuff I've suggested in mine - I'll read them all at some point anyway. :) ))

Clarke, Ishiguro, Ondaatje, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Yoshimoto
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[User Picture]From: maldeluxx
2008-01-09 10:26 pm (UTC)
I forgot to add the sixth to the first, so for my sixth I choose

Yoshimoto - Hard Boiled/Hard Luck

moving it from the alternatives *runs*
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[User Picture]From: airmiles
2008-01-24 01:27 am (UTC)
Here it goes... Sorry for being late!

David Leavitt - The Lost Language of Cranes
Wharton - Summer
Michael Craft - Hot Spot
Susan Hubbard - The Society of S
Ian McEwan - Atonement
Yoshimoto - Hard Boiled/Hard Luck

Alternatives:
Harif Kureishi - Buddha of Suburbia
The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst
The Nautical Chart - Arturo Pérez Reverte (I own these last 2 so will read them for sure at some point)
Ondaatje - Coming Through Slaughter (sounds good, though didn't like that much The English Patient, loved the film, but the book was boring!)
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[User Picture]From: maldeluxx
2008-01-24 09:05 pm (UTC)
I saw The English Patient some time ago, it was okay but not much. Still, Ondaatje's poems are really good - haven't read any novels yet. :)
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