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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 7 9.59%
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton 5 6.85%
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 5 6.85%
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré 13 17.81%
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin 10 13.70%
Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse 11 15.07%
Storm Front by Jim Butcher 7 9.59%
Hyperion by Dan Simmons 8 10.96%
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 7 9.59%
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:14 PM   #46
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Jon and I are on the same page as to our feelings about Lolita. The only difference is that I'm not going to tell anyone they shouldn't vote for or read that book; although if it wins, I won't read it. Every quote I've seen from that book screams "kiddie-porn".

BTW, privately I'm pulling for the one you voted for.
I think any overly strident opinions need a little poking once in a while, but actually I wouldn't be reading it either .

Black Rain sounds really intriguing - most of the others are either a bit meh as far as I'm concerned, or I've already read them (one falls into both categories...).
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:34 PM   #47
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Lolita was my second choice. I'm normally not interested in this type of subject matter, but it is widely regarded as one of the greatest books of modern literature (it is on most of the top 100 lists), and is also a highly acclaimed film. I'd like to see if Nabokov was able to write a sympathetic protagonist who is a pedophile, or if all the critics are out of their collective minds. I figure it is one or the other, and I'm curious as to which.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:43 PM   #48
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hard choice, several are books on my tbr pile. P & P is the only one I've already read so this fits nicely w/my 2012 challenge to read 100 books I've never read before.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:48 PM   #49
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BTW, privately I'm pulling for the one you voted for.
A fine selection if I might say so.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:50 PM   #50
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For the cost-conscious, especially at this time of year, Orthodoxy is a great choice!
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:51 PM   #51
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^LOL. It was pretty close to my second selection.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:19 PM   #52
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JSWolf suspended. I was wondering why he had said nothing about any of this recently. But why was he suspended? He could be annoying, and persistently on some issues, but nothing that would have seemed worthy of censorship.
I admire the moderators' discretion. I would be lying, however, if I said I wasn't curious as well.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:24 PM   #53
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...BTW, privately I'm pulling for the one you voted for.
A fine selection if I might say so.
Opps! Did I say that out loud?
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:27 PM   #54
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People read at different speeds, and then there are just times in people's lives when they don't have the time to read as frequently as the want. For those reasons, it was felt best early on to give everyone ample time to read the book selection before the discussion begins. Some of our faster readers find that it works best for them if they wait until a few days before the 20th to begin reading so the material will be fresh in their minds for the discussion.
Thanks for that. I'd just assumed that the discussion thread would be there after the vote was finished and people could post in the thread whenever they'd finished and/or wanted to join in. Then when a thread didn't I appear I went looking I couldn't easily find anything about why not.
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I admire the moderators' discretion. I would be lying, however, if I said I wasn't curious as well.
Doubt if we'll ever know. Usually it's between mods and poster and (thankfully) the mods are full of discretion. A quick perusal of Jon's latest posts shows nothing beyond his usual pain-in-the-a$$-nes.
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A quick note about JSWolf:

I understand that there is much curiosity about the temporary suspension, but it is the policy of the Team not to publicly discuss moderator decisions. If he decides he wants to share that information privately via PM upon his return, that is up to him.

I will say that personally I like Jon and will be glad to see him back.

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For the cost-conscious, especially at this time of year, Orthodoxy is a great choice!
Cost conscious is good! This year, I really have to remind myself that one of the reasons I joined this book club was to explore and expand my tastes. Woman can not live on fantasy & ya series alone.
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I hope Jon will be back soon!

I'm on the hunt for Black Rain now, and I can probably get it at my library once it reopens. Initially I wasn't particularly interested in reading it, but, as so often here in the Book Club, I got curious and now I really want to read it! Much more than the one I voted for, actually!
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I'll try to get Black Rain from the library if it should win. It seems like they only have it in Norwegian(translated from English ), but hopefully that won't matter to much.
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So I did some checking....

There is apperantly 1 copy of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in my county, 1 copy of the Annotated Lolita, and no copies of Black Rain. Yay

Edited to add: I also looked for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold at the local used book store, and they had just about every other le Carré title, but that one. I didn't bother looking for Lolita, and of course, there was no Black Rain. I allowed myself the caveat of "Depending on price and availability" when I challenged myself to read each and every MR Book Club selection, but I'd hate to miss out on the very first selection of the year.

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