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Monday, February 4th, 2013
Call for Book Club Nominees

All right then. Time to take on more nominees for the next reading round. I’m so excited!  Unless it doesn’t seem workable, I’d like to do the next discussion on March 2nd. Since Magic Study was more of a traditional style fantasy, I’d like for us to look at something different this time. So how about we choose an Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance?

I’m going to nominate a brand new book by a newcomer, Kerry Schafer called Between.  I have not read it yet, but it looks really different.  And Carol Berg (whom I idolize) blurbed it.  Here’s the description:

Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…

Remember when nominating to include a description if possible, and a link to the book so people can see more.

We’ll do nominations until Weds at 5 my time, then we’ll take a vote. Because I liked how it worked last time, I want to do two votes, where we narrow it to the top three choices, and then from there, vote again for the final choice.

20 comments to “Call for Book Club Nominees”

  1. cedunkley
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     · February 4th, 2013 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I will second BETWEEN by Kerry Schafer. I just bought this last week. Its an Urban Fantasy/High Fantasy mix according to Schafer.



  2. Douglas Meeks
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     · February 4th, 2013 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Does the fact that I read this already this week mean anything? I loved it but there is the description 1st book in a new series.
    Temping is Hell (Necessary Evil)

    “WORST. JOB. EVER.

    Kate O’Hara can’t wait until this temp assignment is over. The woman who hired her is a psychotic pageant queen, her coworkers are convicts-turned-clerks, and it’s so boringly corporate it makes her skin crawl. Even her sexy-as-sin boss, famed billionaire Thomas Kestrel, isn’t enticement enough to keep her there. Once she makes enough to pay off her bills, she’s out. Or so she thinks…

    WHAT THE HELL?

    Next thing she knows, she’s accidentally signed over her soul. Literally. And she’s discovered Thomas’s real mission: to kill thirteen bad guys in one year, in order to get his—now his and Kate’s—souls back.

    IT’S NOT JUST A JOB. IT’S A MISADVENTURE.

    From learning to boost the morale of some paper-pushing demons to navigating her way through blood-red tape, Kate has to work closely with her super-hot supervisor and get her flaky act together, before somebody clocks her out—permanently!”



  3. Cameron
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     · February 4th, 2013 at 4:46 pm · Link

    I was going to nominate Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams, because I haven’t read it and it looks terrific, but it’s still $17. Ugh. Never mind.

    Between looks good. I’ll jump on board for that one, but for the sake of nominating something, I’m going to say Richard K . Morgan’s The Steel Remains. I’m genuinely curious what other people would think of this novel. I’ve read it and was sort of mixed about it, despite being a fan of everything else the man has written.



    • Douglas Meeks
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       · February 4th, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

      Tad Williams is a great writer but that price is too out of range for his stuff, while good most of his works I have read was excessively verbose.



      • Cameron
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         · February 5th, 2013 at 12:48 am · Link

        Blasphemy. That man is a genius.



        • Douglas Meeks
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          3.1.1.1
           · February 5th, 2013 at 4:21 am · Link

          He may be a genius but how can anyone read MEMORY, SORROW AND THORN and not think it could easily have been done in 2 books 🙂 Those are three doorstop size books also but the ending was good enough to make you forget anything bad 🙂



          • Di Francis
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            3.1.1.1.1
             · February 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am · Link

            I loved Memory, Sorrow, Thorn in all its fat glory. 😀



            • Douglas Meeks
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              3.1.1.1.1.1
               · February 5th, 2013 at 8:20 am · Link

              Really?? I find the few people I have talked to about the books that they felt (as I did) that they loved the ending so much everything else was forgiven LOL . Throwing in the old cook (she was a cook wasn’t she?) was a crowning achievement in my enjoyment of that It still sits on my shelf as one of the very few books I keep, while Otherland sits gathering dust after 3 tries to get into that story unsuccessfully (obviously a failing on my part since I did the same with Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy which I know is good but could not keep my interest) .



    • Di Francis
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       · February 7th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

      Except it’s not UF or PR! You’ll have to nominate it next time. It looks really interesting.



  4. Adrianne
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     · February 4th, 2013 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Between looks interesting to me too.

    My suggestion is __Whitefire Crossing. It’s about a climber/guide/smuggler who contracts to smuggle a man who turns out to be way more trouble than expected.

    http://www.amazon.com/Whitefire-Crossing-Shattered-Sigil-ebook/dp/B006QNNIBS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1360037549&sr=1-1&keywords=whitefire+crossing



    • Di Francis
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       · February 5th, 2013 at 8:04 am · Link

      But it’s not UF or Paranormal Romance! Looks good though. Maybe a future book? Got a UF/PR to nominate? Or more than one?



  5. Mikaela
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     · February 5th, 2013 at 1:07 am · Link

    Thanks to my own studipity I missed the last book club discussion. But, I second the Kerry Schafer nomination.

    And I nominate Alchemystic by Anton Strout.

    AN OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY…

    Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering, gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked in the streets and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure that knows the Belarus name…

    Lexi’s great-great grandfather was a spellmason–an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces worked against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stannis.

    Lexi and Stannis are equally surprised to find themselves bound. But as they learn to work together, they realize that they need each other to save the city they both love…



    • Di Francis
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       · February 5th, 2013 at 8:04 am · Link

      You can still go back and make discussion! That’s the nice thing about it. You can always add stuff in later.



  6. e_bookpushers
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     · February 5th, 2013 at 8:17 pm · Link

    I nominate Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Here is the link to the Goodreadspage.

    Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.



    • Douglas Meeks
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       · February 5th, 2013 at 8:25 pm · Link

      While I would never dismiss this suggestion I must say that if anyone reads PNR/UF and has not already read this book (and it’s sequels) you must be living in a cave (just joking). One of the better written series in PNR/UF and one of my favorite authors, especially in terms of writing talent. I was a fan of hers when she was writing Fantasy books nobody ever heard of that she is re-releasing now 🙂



  7. Colette
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     · February 6th, 2013 at 8:22 pm · Link

    My nomination:
    http://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Ghosts-Downside-ebook/dp/B0036S4APY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1360207216&sr=8-1

    Wonderful series, this is the first book.



  8. Douglas Meeks
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     · February 6th, 2013 at 8:49 pm · Link

    I can tell you that next month a book called Shifting Dreams (Cambio Springs) will be released by Elizabeth Hunter and it is a true 5 Star reading experience, the short story prequel setting the story up is 99 cents at this link and may be the most emotionally packed short story I ever read. will take you about an hour to read , spend the 99 cents. Then maybe we will read the full novel after it is released in March if enough of you agree.

    Long Ride Home



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