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Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Book Club Poison Study

I finished reading Poison Study last night. Can’t wait to talk about it. Really looking forward to the discussion too. How are you all doing gearing up for Saturday’s discussion? I’m going to set it up to start in the afternoon. I have to take my daughter hunting for pants in the a.m. and it’s a fair bit of a drive and we will have a girl’s lunch date/shopping adventure, so it could take a bit. I’m not entirely sure how to begin discussion, except to maybe put up some beginning questions, ask people to start new questions in a separate comment, and then reply to the questions in each comment. This may work very badly. I think it would be best if I could figure out how to set up a forum, so I may see if I can do that for next time, specially if this goes well.

The puppies are in trouble. They decided to chew up some of the kids’ stuff while I was at work. So they are outside and being ignored, after I told them how bad they have been. I also cleaned up all the bits of chewed stuff. I don’t think they took me all that seriously, though. They wagged at me a bunch as they went outside.

I need a lunch date. i want to go to the pizza buffet but my regular lunch date conspirators are unavailable. I don’t want to go alone. Yes, pity me. I’m so pathetic. I’m also hungry.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Bookclub reminder

Hey everyone~

If you’re participating in this month’s book club selection, here’s your reminder that we’ll be discussing it here this Saturday. So if you’ve not been reading or if you’re behind, you can still get there! I hope you do. I’m looking forward to it.

I’d love if you brought questions or discussion items. I’m going to set up a blog post for it, and hope that it allows for enough comments and discussion.

Keep reading!

Sunday, January 13th, 2013
And the winner is . . .

Poison Study 12
Cast in Shadow 6
Warded Man 9

So there you have it folks: we’re going to read Poison Study for our first book. Excellent! Can’t wait to have our discussion. Get your copy and start reading now!

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
And the book club winner is . . . ! A tie

We have to vote from the top three favorites. It’s a threeway tie!

So here they are. Let’s vote until 5 Mountain time on Sunday (tomorrow).

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Tie Breaker vote’ type=’radio’ options=’Poison Study by Maria Snyder,Warded Man by Peter Brett,Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara’/][/contact-form]

All the votes are sent to my email (I used to have the ability to put a regular poll in and lost it somehow.)

As with previously, anyone reading this on LJ or Goodreads, please vote on my website if you can, though if you leave it in a post reply, you do get counted.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Book club–pick a book

Vote on your top choice for our first book club selection. I hope this works. I’ve not done a poll before. Vote closes midnight on Friday. Or whenever I get up Saturday. If for some reason the poll doesn’t show, put a note in the comments. And anyone who wants to lobby for a particular book, put that in the comments and I’ll move it up asap into the post for all to read. Remember, our first discussion will be February 2nd. Also, for my LJers, please vote on my website. Link is below.

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Book Club Poll’ type=’radio’ options=’Death%26#039;s Hand by S.M. Reine,Master of Crows by Grace Draven,Firelight (Darkest London) by Kristen Callihan,Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder,Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster,The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron,The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams,Siren Depths by Martha Wells,Warded Man by Peter Brett,Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara,Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock,The Unremembered by Peter Orullian,Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey’/][/contact-form]

Here are links to get more info about the books:
Death’s Hand by S.M. Reine
Master of Crows by Grace Draven

Firelight (Darkest London) by
Kristen Callihan
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
Siren Depths by Martha Wells
Warded Man by Peter Brett
Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock
The Unremembered by Peter Orullian
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

Monday, January 7th, 2013
Book Club

All right. Here’s the initial book club call for book nominations. Suggest a book you might like to read for the club–something you haven’t already read, preferably. On Thursday, the 9th, we’ll list out the options and take a vote.

The book has to be available to people. In other words, it has to be something available to people, and preferably not hardcover, or if it is in hardcover, make it known in the nomination. We don’t want the cost of books to murderous. I know people might borrow from libraries, but they might not be able to do so.

The only requirement is that the book has some fantasy element. Any kind of fantasy. So romance, paranormal, epic, horror, historical, steampunk, you name it.

When posting your book suggestion, include information about it or a link where people can find more.

We’ll plan on having our first book session February 2nd. My plan is to do it online here on my blog, and also do a chat maybe later in the week. That way people can participate in asynchronous discussion and later a synchronous one.

So put all nominations in this post. For those of you reading this on my lj, can you come on over to the regular blog for this? I ask because LJ has been stalling out a LOT lately, and I want to make sure all voices get heard.

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

I drove the whole shebang yesterday. I never plan to. I never plan not to. I just wait to see how things will be and how I will feel. So now I’m really tired. And sore. I need to get to the grocery store soon and build a fire. It’s cold. A lot colder than Oregon. Duh. How’s that for stating the obvious? Got to get some stuff put away and then maybe get some writing done or reading or both. Maybe even exercise. I promised myself I would try to keep up on the exercise a bit better.

So we have to make some book club decisions. I think tomorrow I’ll make a post for nominations for books and we’ll go from there. So be thinking. And I’ll make up some rules on the fly. I have to explore Goodreads for discussions. I don’t know if people would prefer a forum type thing or a chat type thing or both. With a forum, more people could participate on their own time schedule. Chat always is more spontaneous.

It snowed through most of the Columbia River Gorge. It was beautiful. But even more beautiful was all the frozen waterfalls and little drips and such along the cliffs and rock walls. Beautiful. I wish I could have pulled over and taken pictures. But stopping in the gorge is not generally a good idea.

Also, it is white here. And cold. Did I mention that? Sigh. I’m not fixated or anything.

On the way home, I listened to some of the music from the Les Miz movie. I thought it was pretty good. I really want to see the film. One very weird thing was Russell Crowe’s singing. Not that it was bad, though I’ve heard better Javerts. It’s just that it didn’t sound like him at all. So I really want to put the voice with the man as it’s happening. Anne Hathaway’s voice was stunning. Who knew she could sing like that? I thought Marius’ voice was beautiful. I noticed they changed some of the lyrics here and there, and it seemed that they added a song also.

Some of the scenes lacked the passion of the stage versions. I wondered if that was because stage is so different from movies. I bet it fits the filmed version quite well. So in a nutshell, my feeling is that I really need to see the movie.

I still haven’t seen The Hobbit. It may have to wait til it’s out on video sadly. At least I have a big screen TV.

Anybody got some exciting Sunday plans? Watching playoffs? Other?

Friday, January 4th, 2013
Aaaand back to MT we go

Tomorrow we head back to MT. Should decent roads. Whether I’ll have to pull over and sleep is in question. I bought some Starbucks refreshers to see if they’ll help. Never had them before. And of course, don’t drink coffee. Do drink tea, but I doubt I’ll manage to get any in the a.m. Chai, maybe. But it’s not full of caffeine. I do have some dark chocolate though . . .

I’ve cleaned a bunch in preparation of leaving. Oh, and we got a couch from Costco today. Just couldn’t wait. It’s nice. Sort of a sectional that curves around into sort of a half moon. Really only one piece can change and move, but it has two recliners in the ends and room enough for the whole fam, including the space-hogging corgis. They have made it clear that they approve. I can tell you already it’s far more comfortable for my back, and no doubt for the man’s. He’s been having issues with all over body soreness, and this will surely help. (We’ve been using a futon couch and it’s just not comfortable. I don’t know that anyone should sit on it.)

I have not fully packed. Doing some kid laundry, and then tomorrow will have to gather the last minute stuff. But mostly we’re prepped. Not sure if we’re going the whole way in one day or staying the night somewhere. I often go the whole way because I’m stupid and I hit a point where I’m so close (within 3 or 4 hours) that I think, what’s the point? But if I get tired, I’ll have to check us in somewhere.

Still hoping for more reviews on Websites. Honest is all that is required. Thanks to all who’ve posted them already.

If you might be interested in a book club, see my post on it and tell me what you think.

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Book Club

Okay, we’re going to do a book club. There are enough of us interested and anybody can join at any time. I’ve never ever done this before. I’m thinking that it would be great if we can find a place to do an online chat together. I think Google + allows for something like that. Though I was thinking less video and more typing it out.

Anyhow, I’ve never done a book group before. I’m thinking we make a decision on what to read, perhaps take nominations for a week and then vote? Or Maybe do a random drawing? That way everybody’s books get chosen eventually. And of course, anyone can really lobby for a book and we can throw out our normal procedures.

We can set a date each month for next month, or we can just schedule them all now.

Do you have other ideas about how to run this? Where to have our discussion?

I’d like to do our first discussion at the beginning of February, so we’d have to get moving quickly.

ETA: Okay, so Douglas has raised an important issue. What genres will we be reading? Fantasy? UF? PNR? traditional fantasy? SF? Others? I think personally I’d like an element of the sf/f in whatever we read, but I’m pretty open to mystery, sf, horrorish sorts of things, romance, and so on. What do you think?