Unofficial GWJ Book Club - Thanks, All.

1. 1 to 2 weeks. Wouldn't mind shorter deadlines as they would force me to read instead of playing games, but understand the time constraints.
2. Only if we having reading times set to longer than 2 weeks.
3. Yes.

I'm ambivalent to Cat's Cradle, I've read other Vonnegut in the past without really strong impressions and I'll read this one.

clover wrote:

Is there any interest in working through something like this? Covers classic lit, some philosophy, and a bunch of other things., and would be a good jumping-off point for discussions and some analysis of bias (like the Great Books, this one has that Eurocentric tilt).

If the motivation for this is that we're all feeling a bit dull, it seems like that (or something similar) would be good mental exercise.

I would like to second this suggestion, I like the meta conversation we can have around cultural knowledge on top of what we liked or disliked about what was in it.

Hey, a wiki!

PM me your email for an add, or use the "request access" thingy there.

clover wrote:

Hey, a wiki!

PM me your email for an add, or use the "request access" thingy there.

This is awesome! I'm in for the first book. My wife might join as well.

I'd like to join in. Probably max 1 week for a book if I set my mind to it.
Will read mostly anything, except for romantic novels.

And we could use Goodreads as well. Sword and Laser uses it as well for their podcast and reading club.

Well, I just made a dictatorial decision on the book. If we really don't want to do Cat's Cradle, we can pick something else. My heart is definitely not set on it.

EDIT: I posted a list of books that, admittedly, I already own but have not read. You guys can either choose one of those or make more suggestions.

I think, for the sake of those with tighter schedules, we will stick to 17 days per book. In the future, our round tables will come much sooner after completion. The delay between finishing and discussion is only being done in consideration for the holidays.

Sparhawk wrote:

And we could use Goodreads as well. Sword and Laser uses it as well for their podcast and reading club.

I really(!) like this idea.

I would really like to read - The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God - Carl Sagan.

SallyNasty wrote:

I would really like to read - The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God - Carl Sagan.

That has been on my list for quite a while as well. I like this suggestion too!

Slow reader here, but I'm interested in this.

From the current list:
Interesting:
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Food Inc.
Origin of the Species - Charles Darwin
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God - Carl Sagan

Less interesting:
Packing for Mars - Mary Roach
Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore
Stiff - Mary Roach
Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

Already read:
Earth - David Brin
Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay
Neuromancer - William Gibson
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Seeing as it seems to be gaining traction, I'm going to declare The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God - Carl Sagan as our first read. The schedule is the same as is proposed in the OP, and I hope to offload the logistics of organizing this into the wiki, and perhaps a Google calendar as well in the near future.

Bought and shipped.

Gotta love Amazon Prime.

I am really excited and just ordered a copy!

It is very cheap on half.com, fyi, for those interested.

Goodreads group

This may end up being a better solution... Edwin mentioned Google Moderator too.

If I already know you on Goodreads, you've gotten an invite. Otherwise you can add yourself; I set it to public for now.

I joined the Goodreads group. I think Moderator can be used to for picking our books. I'll mess with it this weekend and see what we can do with it.

Thanks for setting this up! I joined the group and I'm going to pick the book up tonight. Excellent activity while on a work trip.

I've put the book on my list to pick up at the library next time I go.

Wow, this was just weird. Had my old country still in Amazon (The Netherlands). Kindle version $2 more then paperback, so $14 something.
Not available in your country!!! wtf? So updated to Netherlands Antilles. $11 something and you are welcome....seriously??
When do stores get it right.

ANYWAY.....got the book, joined the club and ready to go!

ps smart to put the link in with GWJ enjoying a bit from it as well.

Excellent idea, Mike. I'm in, at least for the reading part. I don't have a headset so no Mumbling for me though I'd be fine with just lurking on any discussions. Unless that's frowned upon as somehow inappropriate or something.

FeralMonkey wrote:

Excellent idea, Mike. I'm in, at least for the reading part. I don't have a headset so no Mumbling for me though I'd be fine with just lurking on any discussions. Unless that's frowned upon as somehow inappropriate or something.

Not at all, feel free to listen in. That goes for everyone.

Good stuff. Sugestion for the Wiki:
Link to the GWJ Good Reads Page
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

A link for Nook readers
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cats...

And a google shop link
https://www.google.com/search?client...

Lastly, if we go with a classic literature item, a link to the Project Gutenberg page would be good as well.

And to be fair, I think 1 book a month is a fair idea. I am a power reader-1000+ pages a month.. As such, if I complete a book early, I can move on to more fare. But there are certainly folks who may only have a few minutes a day, maybe at lunch or before bed. We power readers can read, and then have another book.

I agree with the book a month. I feel like any more than that, I'm going to over commit while trying to balance everything else.

Possible icon for the group:

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Picked up a copy for my Nook. Will dive into it soon!

Stryker wrote:

I agree with the book a month. I feel like any more than that, I'm going to over commit while trying to balance everything else.

Ditto. Overachievers can do a bonus book together or start a thread about something else they're reading.

RedJen wrote:

Possible icon for the group:

IMAGE(http://redjenosu.com/images/Luna/stan-book.png)

Sweet.

I joined the club and bought the Sagan book for my Nook.

Joined the GoodReads group and bought the book for my Kindle! I'm excited.

21 people in the Goodreads group already! This is much bigger than I was expecting it to be... You guys are making me nervous, I may actually have to do something.

NSMike wrote:

21 people in the Goodreads group already! This is much bigger than I was expecting it to be... You guys are making me nervous, I may actually have to do something. ;)

Don't worry, I'm in the group but not participating ... yet.