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Old 6th Jul 2005, 20:18   #21
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You can get the Flaubert in french on Gutenberg, if that helps!
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Old 6th Jul 2005, 22:55   #22
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Re-affirming my (occasional) despotism - 'foreword'.
and I bloody well changed it from that!
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Is it worth starting September with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, since some already have read it, and we didn't bother with any proper discussion? I also happen to be reading it now, so it would work out for me.
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I, for one, hope we can move onto something else in September. Holmes is the rock that ran us aground, and I'm eager to get off it. If you want to discuss it, more power to you--the discussion's never been closed. But isn't there plenty of time between now & September to do so?
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Fair enough, Rick, you're right.

Wasn't the rock that ran us aground, though, the fact that nobody bothered reading the last, oh, six books or so...and at one point (no names, please), the person who had recommended a book didn't even read it?!?
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Old 7th Jul 2005, 9:06   #26
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I like all the suggestions so far, really. The Master is kind of problematic for me cause I've read it but don't own it, and (any) T├│ib├*n is hard to get in Poland, even in translation. But, after all, it's not like I won't remember anything - and I could read that Lodge's book for comparisons... Quite keen on reading St Anthony too - I've read Madame Bovary, L'├ęducation sentimentale and Salammb├┤ (though all in my teens :sigh:), but not this one - and it is said to be very different from the rest.

I don't have ideas for my propositions, or rather I kind of have, but don't like them that much. I'll think yet. Also my mouse isn't functioning, so till I fix it or replace it I can't post from home. Yesterday I surfed the 'net using keyboard only - excruciating experience; and I could log in but couldn't post, interesting why.
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Is there any point in putting some proper sf on the list - just one?

My suggestions:
Virtual Light - William Gibson
Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson
Use of Weapons - Iain Banks

All fairly modern, fairly leading edge sf. H G Wells is so 19th century.
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Have put them on the shortlist, gil!

I have no objections to having an SF book on the list, so long as it is reasonably slim!
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Yes, does Neal Stephenson do slim books?

I'd back the notion of more William Gibson, I'm interested in him after Pattern Recognition.

Not that fussed on Use of Weapons; it is one of his better SF books but I wouldn't be particularly interested in rereading it. Not that I would stand in the way of others doing so of course! (The Player of Games, on the other hand...!)
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Following gil's signature lead, I'd be tempted to put a Kazantzakis on the list too.
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