Unofficial GWJ Book Club - Thanks, All.

Sparhawk wrote:

Was a nice meet up for sure. More people then I expected!
Oh, Tigana: find Kindle edition here
Not sure how you buy it and support GWJ a bit.

Unfortunately (for many of us, anyhow):

This title is not available for customers from:
United States
Sparhawk wrote:

Was a nice meet up for sure. More people then I expected!
Oh, Tigana: find Kindle edition here
Not sure how you buy it and support GWJ a bit.

It's built in if you use that link.

I updated the bookshelf; if you have other ideas for future reads, post them here... I comb through here periodically and add them to the list of candidates.

That was good times. Thanks everyone!

Tanglebones wrote:
Sparhawk wrote:

Was a nice meet up for sure. More people then I expected!
Oh, Tigana: find Kindle edition here
Not sure how you buy it and support GWJ a bit.

Unfortunately (for many of us, anyhow):

This title is not available for customers from:
United States

That's ridiculous really lol Normally it's the other way around.

Yes, no US Kindle edition. Must be a rights issue with his publisher here.

So we're going to say, have Tigana finished by the 25th of January. Due to people having issues with a mid-week meeting, we're going to try to schedule something closer to the weekends, so please, if you plan to participate this time around, post your availability, and whether you'd prefer an afternoon or evening session, in relation to EST. Don't make me think more than I have to.

I'm so glad this first meeting was such a resounding success! Can't wait to hear Tigana discussion.

That was really fun! Thanks for setting it up, NSMike.

Sad I'm gonna miss out on the next one, but I might pick up Tigana anyway and give it a read (or, you know, add it to the pile).

My suggestion for the next one, after Tigana, if it's OK to suggest is Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- and What It Means to Be Human.

Amazon wrote:

This title not available for customers from: the United States

Boo

Is Mumble going to be the only medium for discussing these books? Are we going to be doing any discussing here on the board, or on goodreads? Any time that's convenient for the US members (i.e. in the evening) is going to be the middle of the night, and I'd like to participate, but I'm practically not going to be making the mumble discussions unless they are finishing before midnight UK time (7PM EST).

I think Mumble worked fine last night. Maybe Google Hangout is a viable alternative. But Mumble has been designated and people don't seem to have a problem with it. But I wouldn't mind experimenting with hangout either.
Discussion will probably mostly be done here, and partially at the Goodreads group. Something that hasn't really crystallized yet.

I think having a running thread for each book on Goodreads (for people who can't make the discussion time, or want to play with an idea) can work, if there are enough folks interested.

DudleySmith wrote:

Is Mumble going to be the only medium for discussing these books? Are we going to be doing any discussing here on the board, or on goodreads? Any time that's convenient for the US members (i.e. in the evening) is going to be the middle of the night, and I'd like to participate, but I'm practically not going to be making the mumble discussions unless they are finishing before midnight UK time (7PM EST).

This is also a good reason to try to have it in the afternoon on a weekend. If folks don't mind setting aside an hour on a Saturday afternoon, we might be able to accommodate, you, Dudley.

I don't want the one annoying Limey to be dictating the time for everyone else. Obviously, it's fairest to set the time that maximises the number that can make it.

Lol. Can't fault you for choosing Tigana, though I've already read it. Might just have to read it again. Maybe.

I tend to travel / have plans on weekends so while I'm extremely sympathetic my vote would probably be for Wednesday nights.

I would be all about having separate threads to discuss the books though... maybe with a disclaimer not to read / participate until you've finished the book?

Had fun in the discussion.
Sorry to ramble and go off topic onto my latest favorite crap that's related to everything
Hope I didn't steamroll anyone too much. And also to mwdowns later, I was only joking about the GWJ TOR thing

My suggestions:

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

Oooo, Tigana. I just got the book for Xmas. It wasn't in my rotation yet, but I will put it at the top of the stack once I finish the Magician King.

Oh, and with regards to keeping on topic last night... I tried to moderate a bit, but the subject matter covered such wide-ranging, politically significant material that the discussion frequently left what the book talked about, and that's ok, considering the nature of the book. That should happen a good bit less with Tigana, since it's going to be more of a literary/character discussion, I should think. Don't worry about it if you felt you led last night's discussion off course. I realized that we weren't going to stay there after about ten minutes. Plus, I was not as prepared as I should have been, and with Tigana, I think I will be much better prepared.

Also, I'm kind-of upset that a number of my highlights in the Carl Sagan Kindle book appear not to have taken hold, and I've lost them... There were things there that I wanted to discuss, and I could only find one highlight that was more personally significant than anything else. It wouldn't have generated much discussion.

Another idea: A friend of mine suggested that we have more than one discussion per book. When I get my hands on my copy of Tigana in the next day or two, I could pick a good split point, since I'm fairly familiar with the book, and we could have a halfway-point discussion somewhere in the middle of this month, then continue our discussion at the end of the month. I was thinking today that I would really like to discuss more than once a month, but really didn't want to try to push more than one book per month on folks, especially if we're going to grab fare that is as thick as Tigana. Thoughts on this?

Also, you folks are free to have as many online written discussions as you please, but I prefer the oral side of things personally, as that's really where I want to sharpen things for myself. Writing responses is easy for me because I have plenty of time to think and revise, but I want to sit in a virtual round-table discussion and talk more.

Oh man I want to participate so bad, but grad school....and work...and swtor...and kids...auugh!

datawang wrote:

Oh man I want to participate so bad, but grad school....and work...and swtor...and kids...auugh!

So, what is stopping you?

Sparhawk wrote:
datawang wrote:

Oh man I want to participate so bad, but grad school....and work...and swtor...and kids...auugh!

So, what is stopping you?

Kids, write my paper! Workmate, grind my character! There ya go. Problems solved

Tanglebones wrote:
Sparhawk wrote:
datawang wrote:

Oh man I want to participate so bad, but grad school....and work...and swtor...and kids...auugh!

So, what is stopping you?

Kids, write my paper! Workmate, grind my character! There ya go. Problems solved :)

You clearly have greater force sensitivity than I do if you can make that happen.

Picked it up at the library this morning. Man this is quite the hefty tome. Hopefully I'll finish it in time. I can read fast enough it's just finding the time to do it.

Aha! I read that book a long time ago and believe I still have it. I will be in for this one for sure.

Got in on Thursday, I'm about halfway through now. I'm quite enjoying it. It's probably at my favoured level of grittiness, more than Tolkien, less than Martin/Abercrombie.

Still trying to finish Clash of Kings in time, in order to move on to this book. But hope I can make it within the time frame.
Making more time for reading lately for sure. Good times!

-update-
Close to finishing Clash of Kings....hope I will have Tigana finished in time.

When is the deadline for Tigana? I'm working my way through it. I am enjoying it so far, but I am only about 200 pages in.

EriktheRed wrote:

When is the deadline for Tigana? I'm working my way through it. I am enjoying it so far, but I am only about 200 pages in.

Tentative date is the 25th, but this is a hefty book. If folks haven't finished it by then, I'll consider pushing it back.

I finished it last week. I really enjoyed it.

If I may make a suggestion:

I just started reading this tonight (hehe, oops) and just read the prologue. I can remember when I picked up this book the first time, I wasn't quite ready for GGK's style of prose, so I had a hard time following exactly what was going on and why it was significant. As such, the first time I read the book, the prologue went largely forgotten later on in the book. Whether or not you experienced something similar, having read the book before, the prologue was somewhat more impactful now than it was before. It's almost a shame that it's the prologue, and likely skipped, or forgotten, by many readers.

So, if (and when) you FINISH the book, and I do mean finish, go back and give the prologue another read.

Also, DQ's this time around will probably be a little spoilery. Avoid reading them if they're posted before you finish the book, and if you post any, spoiler them.

I'm about where Erik is and am only 200 or so pages into it (reading time and gaming time sort of coincide and last week reading lost) but I haven't really found the prose all that difficult.

I did read the prologue. I only skip forwards and dedications notes about the type face being used and stuff. Pretty much everything that doesn't take place in the fiction gets skipped.

I don't know if it's ok to give my opinion so far but I will anyway. I've found the book interesting but nothing revolutionary so far. If I didn't finish it I double I'd loose much sleep over it. And I haven't found the prose to be to difficult to follow so far.

I realised the significance of the prologue when all the various links were made clear. I did like how important that was to the main plot, since all the seeds are sown at that point.