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Old 18th Jul 2005, 3:58   #1
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Shall we pick a book? Let's each choose two from the list and read the one with the most votes first. Is that fair?

EDIT: Tarnation! Fire & Brimstone! You can only set up a poll for 10 items or less. Also, you can't set it up to allow two votes at once. (Well, I can't. Maybe someone with more savvy can. But anyway...) What to do? I guess we can dispense with the secret ballot and just write a post with our two choices. If anyone's adverse to this plan, well, that's just something we'll have to see about.

So here's the list in alphabetical order by author.
Please choose two of the following:

1 The Use of Weapons by Iain Banks
2 The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert II
3 No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez II
4 Virtual Light by William Gibson II
5 The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare
6 Christ Recrucified by Nikos Kazantzakis II
7 Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami I
8 Leonardo Da Vinci: The Flights of The Mind by Charles Nicholls
9 The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
10 Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson
11 The Master by Colm TĂłibĂ*n
12 The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells I
13 The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells II
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Old 18th Jul 2005, 7:23   #2
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What about etiquette? I guess no-one should vote for their own nominations... whaddaya think?
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I think it's fair to vote for *one* of your own, but not both if you suggested two. Having not suggested any books, my choices are

Christ Recrucified and Virtual Light
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Yes, I'll go along with that. My choices are:

Christ Recrucified and The First Men in the Moon.
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Old 18th Jul 2005, 8:33   #5
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The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

Terribly tempted to Kadare and The Moviegoer but resisted on the grounds of problematic availability... I'm secretly supporting them mentally though ( :wink: )
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OK then:

3 No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4 Virtual Light by William Gibson
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The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert

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The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells

There are several others that appeal, but I shall show an uncharacteristic restraint and keep my lip buttoned now that I have voted.
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No One Writes to the Colonel and Dance, Dance, Dance.
I wonder if we should have chosen three each. As it stands, we may need a second round of voting to determine a clear winner. (Honorable mention to The Three-Arched Bridge--if my library had it, I would vote for it--and The book on Leonardo, which just seems improbably long for this.)
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We could do it Formula-1-style where we choose our favourite six, everyone's number 1 gets six points and so on down to one point for number 6. Then the top 6 form our fist six months' reading. My top 6 would be:

1. The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert

2. The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells

3. The Use of Weapons by Iain Banks

4. Virtual Light by William Gibson

5. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

6. The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare
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I'm going to go along with ono's suggestion, so at least we will have six choices from me whether we end up using two, three or whatever. So:

1. The First Men in the Moon, H.G. Wells
2. No one Writes to the Colonel, Gabriel GarcĂ*a Márquez
3. Virtual Light, William Gibson
4. The Three-Arched Bridge, Ismail Kadare
5. Christ Recrucified, Nikos Kazantzakis
6. Dance, Dance, Dance, Haruki Murakami
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