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Old 3rd Aug 2006, 13:51   #1
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Default The Book Group: October 2006 to March 2007

So, as with the last batch of six, we seem to have begun quite enthusiastically and tailed off toward the end. Philip K Dick starts this month and Tash Aw is next month, for anyone who's new to us.

Should we make it bi-monthly from now on?
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Or do it in batches of 3? (and as one of the tailer offers I intend to get my act together and read the PKD)
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I have simply overcommitted myself with other reading groups!

I will read "Master and Commander" and the PKD but I will be lagging a couple of months behind.

I have borrowed an unabridged audio of the Tash Aw - so I should be able to contribute timeously next month!
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Anyone else reading this yet? I unearthed my ancient paperback copy, opened it and all the pages fell out - OK, that's a slight exageration but I've had to glue it all back together, so I will be starting in a couple of days.
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I have ordered it from Amazon
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Default Re: The Book Group: October 2006 to March 2007

Er, reading what, guys? If it's Palmer Eldritch, there's a thread for that sort of thing...
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Oops! You're right. I posted to the wrong place. Another case of my typing hand not knowing what my mousing hand was up to...
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OK, assuming this is the right thread and I haven't got myself lost again, are we suggesting nominations for the next bunch of Ripping Yarns for the book group yet? If so, and prompted by the reaction to the P K Dick book, may I suggest Norstrilia by the wonderful Cordwainer Smith. I'm not sure if it is in print at the moment but it is one of the top 100 SF novels of the 20thC and bloody well should be. (There are currently 7 copies of Nostrilia on Amazon UK.) He's a vastly under-appreciated writer, partialy I suspect, because this is his only full length novel - and even then it is constructed from two previously published shorter works.

I recommend it to the house.





Edit: Picking my own nits here: I should have said his 'only full length SF novel'.
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In the spirit of the Booker, I would like to nominate the best novel ever to share the prize with an inferior competitor, a novel written by the greatest living British author (imo):

Sacred Hunger - Barry Unsworth

I have recommended this to all and sundry for the last two years. Haven't had anyone who read it disagree regarding its brilliance and I'm desperately searching for an excuse to reread it!
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I would go with the Unsworth definitely - I also happen to have a copy of Sacred Hunger unread as yet.
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