Unofficial GWJ Book Club - Thanks, All.

I definitely didn't, and don't, have any trouble with his prose anymore. I just remember not being able to follow exactly what was going on in the prologue the first time I read it, and then the story shifts gears entirely after that. Maybe I was tired, or distracted, or something. He's not difficult to read, I was just... Off, or something, the first time I read the book a couple years ago.

Tigana isn't revolutionary by any means. I just love the characters, and the places the story goes with them. And I think GGK was an evolution for me, in my fantasy reading, that it could be artful as well as entertaining. This being the first book I read by him, that's probably why it left such an impression on me.

Yeah, I was really annoyed with his prose at first. It's needlessly complex and esoteric with marginal benefit to the effectiveness of communication beyond imparting facts and emotions and into territory often only wandered during sojourns or meanderings of idle curiosity (see what I did there?). You get used to it pretty quickly, but it seemed so utterly pointless until I did.

I have some very pointed opinions about the writing, the characters, and the ending, but overall I enjoyed it.

I'm a bit behind (again) - I'm partway into Part II.

Spoiler:

More to discuss, and GGK's books have a way of coming together at the end, but I'm enjoying the ride so far.

Way behind as well. I'll agree with others that GGK's prose takes a little bit to get into - he does tend to be rather flowery at times. And, having read Lions of Al-Rassan, can see that he does like certain types of characters.

Way behind as well. I'll agree with others that GGK's prose takes a little bit to get into - he does tend to be rather flowery at times. And, having read Lions of Al-Rassan, can see that he does like certain types of characters.

I am personally really far behind myself. Do we want to push back the due date? Say, February 3?

Sounds good to me!

Works for me too.

Sounds great!

We'll pick something skinnier for February. Also, I'd like people to start posting when their best times for discussion would be. I'd like to have the discussion no later than the end of the second week in February.

As I said before, 7pm Eastern Time is the latest I'd be able to do it, but please go with the majority.

I need everyone's availability for the week of the 6th-10th of February. Give me your schedules, and if a weekday isn't good for you, let me know if you would prefer a weekend night (4th, 5th, 11th, or 12th).

So you know what kind of window we have, I'm available any time between 5:30-10:00 PM EST on weekdays, and I think I can work in just about any time on the weekends.

Please post so I can pick a time that works well for everyone. I would also like an easy way to contact everyone without relying on you keeping up with this thread (It SHOULD be in your GWJ favorites... If it's not CLICK HERE), and I think that can be accomplished with Goodreads, if you set yourself up to receive emails when I post over there (I don't post often, and it will be informational only). It's voluntary, of course.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are best for me. I've made some decent progress over the last week - I'm roughly at the halfway point of the book now.

As I said over there, any day but the 7th works for me. Pretty much any time.

Thursday nights from 8-11 are good for me. Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6 are also good for me. Eastern Time that is.

Hurray I managed to finish it last night.

I should be available Monday through Thursday evenings depending when my daughter goes to sleep. Friday through Sunday don't work that well for me.

This is rapidly shaping up to be Thursday, the 9th. I'll wait for a few more replies, then make it official. Also, bring your suggestions for our February book. Make it a skinny one for a short month. We'll pick our next read after the discussion.

The 9th sounds good.

Will try to finish the book by then....is going to be tight (something came in between).
And I hope I am not working either. Not sure yet.

Did we end up with a final date/time?

Sorry, I thought I had posted it...

This Thursday, the 9th, at 8:30 PM EST. I have half the book left to read... Wish me luck in getting there! Bring your discussion questions, also, folks.

Crunch time!

Woo! I finished ahead of schedule this month

NSMike wrote:

This Thursday, the 9th, at 8:30 PM EST.

Just bumping with a reminder of the time tonight. If you have not used Mumble recently, you will have to reinstall it, due to a bug that broke it.

Also, bring discussion questions and points you would like to discuss, as well as your suggestions for our next book. Since we're already a week into a short month, let's pick a slimmer book this time out.

Is there a GWJ mumble thread or something? I've never used it myself.

Used mumble the first time we talked...still seems to work. I didn't have enough time to finish. Due to unforeseen circumstances.
Might drop by anyway, unless there could be huge spoilers. Am at Chapter 9 atm.

Sparhawk wrote:

Used mumble the first time we talked...still seems to work. I didn't have enough time to finish. Due to unforeseen circumstances.
Might drop by anyway, unless there could be huge spoilers. Am at Chapter 9 atm.

There would undoubtedly be spoilers after chapter 9. You're not even halfway yet. A ton of stuff happens after that.

Norfair, I wrote a guide for getting Mumble setup a while back. You can use it to get on your feet.

mmmmm ok, will skip it then. Suggestion for the next book is Stephen King's '11/22/63'

Was there a list of discussion questions yet?

Also, for those with the 10 year version, the afterword is quite interesting as GGK discusses a bit of his process, inspiration, and reason for the themes of the book.

No questions are forthcoming yet. We may be a little more spontaneous this time around.