View Poll Results: Which book would you like to read first?

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  • Anthem by Ayn Rand

    5 15.15%
  • Midshipman's Hope by David Feintuch

    1 3.03%
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    8 24.24%
  • Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor

    2 6.06%
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    5 15.15%
  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

    12 36.36%
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    Default Playground book club Do Not vote unless you are a member of this club

    All Right this is the official Giantitp book club Group. Here we will read and discuss books that we read together. Anyone can join, just leave a message here, or PM me. PM me for any questions you may have.
    If you want to recommend a book, please send me a message and give me a link to a description of the book and a place where we can download the pdf. (if its legal) People can also buy or borrow the books if they want. The PDF iis just for the people who might not be able to find the book.

    Right Now I am taking suggestions

    Suggestion rules:
    1: Please keep the books relatively safe. Like no erotica or anything with heavy amounts of sex. It is ok if they are mentioned. Just as long as the book does not go too in depth in it.
    2: Please do not recommend books that are antireligious, proreligious, or have any kind of political agenda. Remember, we are on giantitp still.
    3: Please only recommend ONE book for reading. After the group finishes the book, then you may recommend another one, but not until everyone is finished with it.

    I will release the options for the books on sunday, October 4th so we can vote on them then. I will close voting on Wednesday October 7th and we will read the book that gets the most votes.

    Here are the current books we are voting on. And please, only members should vote


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    What do you do in a book club?

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    A book club is a group of people who all read the same books at a similar pace and who get together and discuss the book.

    V: Sweet By the way Im looking for around ten members. If others want to join as well, thats fine but I want at least ten
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    I'd love to join

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    I'd be fairly interested in this, but I guess it depends on what kind of things we'd be reading. If it's likely to be heavily fantasy or sci-fi based then I probably wouldn't enjoy it.

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    I might be interested, I'll have to see what the specifics and such are since I'm pretty busy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myshlaevsky View Post
    I'd be fairly interested in this, but I guess it depends on what kind of things we'd be reading. If it's likely to be heavily fantasy or sci-fi based then I probably wouldn't enjoy it.
    I hope to use all kinds of books. (although since many people here like that kind of stuff, there might be a more fantasy dominance. But I will try to make it balanced.)
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    I might be interested.

    Just PM me if it is gonna happen.



    Would this book club be meeting in the real world, or would we just sign on to the playground whenever and chat?
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    I'm interested.

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    Hm...how quaint. I shall take part.
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    Depends on the book and my workload. But I'd love to join!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myshlaevsky View Post
    I'd be fairly interested in this, but I guess it depends on what kind of things we'd be reading. If it's likely to be heavily fantasy or sci-fi based then I probably wouldn't enjoy it.
    This, except the reverse: I would prefer it if it was more fantasy and sci-fi oriented.

    Also, be aware that some books may be a little too mature for me. If you've read Snow Crash, by Neil Stephenson, then that's about my limit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TelemontTanthul View Post
    I might be interested.

    Just PM me if it is gonna happen.



    Would this book club be meeting in the real world, or would we just sign on to the playground whenever and chat?
    For now, if I can pull this off, It will remain on the forums for now. If we could meet up in real life later, I wouldn't say no. But that seems unlikely
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    I suggest the Silmarillion

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    Ooh, are we doing suggestions?

    If so, I suggest Midshipman's Hope, the first in the Seafort Saga, by David Feintuch. It's ace.
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    SInce I seem to have a high enough interest here, I will open get this going. ALl right here are the current members:
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    More people can join if they want but that is the list so far.
    Also If you have a suggestion for a book, please PM me the title and author and a link to a summary. Also if you could see if you could find a pdf (free if possible, but paid is fine as well) for that would be awesome. The PDF is not necessary though if people are willing to buy the books. I will post up the suggestions on the weekend.
    If you have any questions PM me.
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    I would be delighted to join in scholary dicussion of fine pieces of literature.
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    That's weird. When I quote HereticNox, I only get the front bit of his post.
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    I'm partial to classics. I know we are suppose to pm list but some fine pieces that are available online, free of charge

    John Milton's Paradise Lost is my first suggestion. Followed cloesly by
    The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

    These are some of my favorites, though they might not be acceptable on the boards. I will admit that they are religious in tone, but converting isn't a focus at all. I really have an itch to go read at least a canto or two of Purgatorio. But alas, the night draws to a close and I have a test tomorrow.
    That would be the post, I changed it to comply with the rules. Any of these interests you Bibliophile?
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    I'm ashamed to say I have read none of these.

    However, I'll see your Milton and Dante, and raise you a Homer and Dickens!

    What that means is that I have read both the Iliad and the Odyssey (though I liked the latter better), and have also read A Christmas Carol (because come on, who hasn't?), David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Of the Dickens, I liked David Copperfield best. It's the only book at which I've ever cried, when
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    Ah Dickens is always fun for an enjoyable read.

    Odyessy and Illiad are always a delight to read.

    I see those with
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, mature readers only though.
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    All right, if at all possible, I would like all requests in by sunday and I will post the requests on monday and we can vote. In the meantime, raise as much awareness of this club as you can in the playground. Get as many people as you can to join. Thanks for all this enthusiasm.
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    Maybe if someone made a banner or people started putting links to this thread in their sigs? If people can do any of these please do them. You will be rewarded with all our thanks.

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    Ah Dickens is always fun for an enjoyable read.

    Odyessy and Illiad are always a delight to read.

    I see those with
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, mature readers only though.
    Haven't read that. Have read (and seen!) The Importance of Being Earnest , by the same author, though.

    I see those with my having seen an open-air performance of both The Merchant of Venice and The Three Musketeers, and having read those books in their own right as well.
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    Have any of you checked out Good Reads? It's a social networking site for reading. They have a group feature - maybe a GitP group over there would make more sense?

    Please note that I'm not trying to draw away attention from the Playground. Rather, I think GR is more conducive to this sort of thing than a thread on a forum, so maybe we should bring a GitP presense over there. Represent, yo!

    For what it's worth, I'm not so into the social part of the site. I like it for materialistic reasons. It lets me keep track of the books I own. Books can be categorized into shelves, which are basically metadata tags. The site comes with shelves for books you own, have read, and want to read. I've also added my own shelves for books lent out to various friends, just so I have some hope of ever getting them back. The social networking is just an added bonus on top of all that.
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    I'd love to join! I miss being co-president of my high school book club, and my college has none (though I'll probably start one). Count me in!
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    However, I'll see your Milton and Dante, and raise you a Homer and Dickens!
    So do book clubs only read classic books?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormthorn View Post
    So do book clubs only read classic books?
    I kind of see your point there - I think we should have a good mix of books, and that means I approve of Belkarsbadside's idea of a list of suggestions.

    I'm going to put forward Star of the Sea, by Joseph O'Connor, as a good introductory text. However, I would also recommend any of Katherine Mansfield or J.D. Salinger's short stories, if people would prefer to start with smaller pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valadil View Post
    Have any of you checked out Good Reads? It's a social networking site for reading. They have a group feature - maybe a GitP group over there would make more sense?

    Please note that I'm not trying to draw away attention from the Playground. Rather, I think GR is more conducive to this sort of thing than a thread on a forum, so maybe we should bring a GitP presense over there. Represent, yo!

    For what it's worth, I'm not so into the social part of the site. I like it for materialistic reasons. It lets me keep track of the books I own. Books can be categorized into shelves, which are basically metadata tags. The site comes with shelves for books you own, have read, and want to read. I've also added my own shelves for books lent out to various friends, just so I have some hope of ever getting them back. The social networking is just an added bonus on top of all that.
    Thanks for the idea. I will look into it, but for now we will have it here until I get a good grasp on who all is going to join.

    Also, as a reminder, Please PM me all book requests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormthorn View Post
    So do book clubs only read classic books?
    Not normally, those are just books I've enjoyed over the years. I'm partial to classics and the like, though it isn't the only books I enjoy. Those are more my suggestions, though I doubt they will ever get picked
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