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Old 04-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #46
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The Summer Tree is not an eBook. It is available as an audio book though.
Thanks, but she's already recalled the nomination.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #47
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The Summer Tree is a good book! I have a hbook of it on my shelf in the basement along with the rest of The Fionavar Tapestry. It is too bad we have this hole between classics and very recent books where ebooks are unavailable.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:45 PM   #48
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I will support Mistborn, Kingdoms and Winds if they do not already have three supporters.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:57 PM   #49
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I nominate Oath of Swords by David Weber, Book One of his War God / Bahzell series.

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Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani. He's no knight in shining armor. He's a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn't want to mess with anybody else's problems, let alone a god's. Let alone the War God's! So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay Well, it's all the War God's fault. . . .

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Old 04-21-2012, 01:40 AM   #50
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Congratulations, Issy. You just confused the hell out me.

1) You'd been considering nominating The City, the City, so I guess that means you're not nominating it.

2) I assume we're speaking of China Mieville, not Herman Melville. Is Marine an alternate title for Kraken?
It's a case of "d@mm you, autocorrect!" Indeed, I meant Mieville and Kraken. My apologies for the confusion.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:54 AM   #51
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It's a case of "d@mm you, autocorrect!" Indeed, I meant Mieville and Kraken. My apologies for the confusion.
No problem, but since I wasn't sure and didn't want to record your choice until I heard back from you, and the book's now fully nominated, you now have a vote back.

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Old 04-21-2012, 01:56 AM   #52
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No problem, but since I wasn't sure and didn't want to record your choice until I heard back from you, you now have a vote back.
Thanks. I'll regroup come morning--I just got in this evening.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:22 AM   #53
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Not for someone who works graveyard. I just had a bit of a start. The dogs woke me up a short time ago, and I thought it was Saturday and I was late for work.

Nothing about my life is normal.
Aha. It was the "Goodnight" that confused me. With my wife working nights at the moment, I sympathise.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:57 AM   #54
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For my final nomination, I'll third The Winds of Khalakovo.

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Old 04-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #55
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Aha. It was the "Goodnight" that confused me. With my wife working nights at the moment, I sympathise.
Ah! It's confusion you want? Your Thursdays are my Mondays!
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #56
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I will 2nd Oath of Swords.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #57
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I'll nominate Nation by Terry Pratchett

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Starred Review. Pratchett again shows his humor and humanity. Worlds are destroyed and cultures collide when a tsunami hits islands in a vast ocean much like the Pacific. Mau, a boy on his way back home from his initiation period and ready for the ritual that will make him a man, is the only one of his people, the Nation, to survive. Ermintrude, a girl from somewhere like Britain in a time like the 19th century, is on her way to meet her father, the governor of the Mothering Sunday islands. She is the sole survivor of her ship (or so she thinks), which is wrecked on Mau's island. She reinvents herself as Daphne, and uses her wits and practical sense to help the straggling refugees from nearby islands who start arriving. When raiders land on the island, they are led by a mutineer from the wrecked ship, and Mau must use all of his ingenuity to outsmart him. Then, just as readers are settling in to thinking that all will be well in the new world that Daphne and Mau are helping to build, Pratchett turns the story on its head. The main characters are engaging and interesting, and are the perfect medium for the author's sly humor. Daphne is a close literary cousin of Tiffany Aching in her common sense and keen intelligence wedded to courage. A rich and thought-provoking read.

Critics praised Nation as a hybrid, deeply philosophical book aimed at young adults, but one likely to appeal to adults as well, much like Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy or J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. With echoes of William Defoe and William Golding, Nation takes the form of a “classic Robinsonade,” notes the Washington Post—that is, a book in which characters on a desert island recreate civilization. As his characters grapple with questions of leadership, humanity, and survival, Pratchett explores fundamental ideas about religion and culture. This might all sound rather heavy, but there is plenty of originality and humor—and cannibals, spirits, and secret treasures—to go around. In the end, Pratchett offers a vision of a deeply humane world. “In some part of the multiverse there is probably a civilisation based on the thinking of Terry Pratchett,” writes the Guardian, “and what a civilised civilisation that will be.”
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I'll throw in a second for Nation by Terry Pratchett. I've already read Neverwhere.
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I'll throw in a second for Nation by Terry Pratchett. I've already read Neverwhere.
I will give it a 3rd.
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Darn, if you people hadn't been so quick on the trigger, that would have been my third and final vote.
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