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Old 03-19-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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December 2013's *Category* Nominations

The December 2013 category selection will be similar to the other category selections we have done so far for 2013. We'll have one poll after all nominations are in; there will be no run-off poll except in case of a tie. If a second poll also results in a tie, I'll cast my vote as the tie-breaker.

* This thread will be open for 5 days or 30 fully seconded and thirded nominations, whichever comes first.

* The poll will be up for 4 days.

* Three votes or nominations per member.

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The 2013 MobileRead Book Club Monthly Categories
  • January: Second Chance No nominations this month. The polls will be comprised of selections that either came in second place or tied for second place during the previous 11 months.
  • February: Romance
  • March: Travel/Adventure
  • April: Classics
  • May: Mystery/Thriller
  • June: Award Winners
  • July: Non-Fiction
  • August: Science Fiction
  • September: Banned or Challenged Books
  • October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library (MobileRead Library)
  • November: Foreign (Books originally written in a language other than English)
The 2012 Categories (for reference purposes):

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  • January — RunnerUp (no nominations, a vote of all the runners-up nominations from the last 11 months)
  • February — Romance
  • March — Thriller/Suspense
  • April — Humour
  • May — Fantasy
  • June — Classic
  • July — Mystery/Crime
  • August — FreeForAll
  • September — NonFiction
  • October — Horror
  • November — Science Fiction
  • December — Classic
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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Fully nominated categories:

(1) Humor [WT Sharpe, issybird, BelleZora]

(2) Science [CWatkinsNash, WT Sharpe, Asawi]

(3) Short Stories [issybird, Asawi, fantasyfan]

(4) Pulp Adventure [fantasyfan, issybird, Dazrin]

(5) Fantasy [sun surfer, John F, AnemicOak]

(6) Philosophy [CWatkinsNash, desertblues, orlok]

(7) Speculative Fiction [WT Sharpe, Dazrin, orlok]

(8) Folk Tales [desertblues, Hamlet53, HomeInMyShoes]

(9) Young Adult [sun surfer, CWatkinsNash, AnemicOak]

(10) Stories with a Christmas theme [fantasyfan, Bookpossum, GA Russell]

(11) 21st Century [sun surfer, orlok, Nyssa]

(12) Modern Fiction [John F, desertblues, Nyssa]

(13) MR Authors [caleb72, Billi, Nyssa]

(14) Biographies/Memoirs [Billi, Asawi, BelleZora]


Nominations:

** Lottery 3 [HomeInMyShoes, Bookpossum] (Three random volunteers provide three books each to vote on for a total of nine books in the poll.)

* History (Fiction or non-fiction) [AnemicOak]

* Everything Not Already in 2013 (Any book isn't in one of the other 2013 categories.) [JSWolf]

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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I'm going to try an oddity for my first nomination.

Pulp Adventure

Most of the better known examples of this genre came from the cheap popular literature written between 1900 and 1950. They frequently appeared in rather lurid poor quality magazines printed on very low quality "pulp" paper.

"The Vintage Library" gives a reasonable description of what is meant by this area:

"Pulp fiction must be given some credit for the evolution of literature and popular fiction heroes of today. Many authors that got their start in the pulp magazines grew to be great writers that changed the landscape of popular fiction. Writers such as Carroll John Daly changed the detective fiction story from the staid whodunits popularized in Great Britain to the more "hard-boiled" version where the bad guy was bad and the detective was tough and street-smart.

"Edgar Rice Burroughs was another pulp writer, who helped to define the science fiction story into what it is today. The other well-known alumnae of the pulps include Max Brand, H.P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Ray Bradbury. And of course, there were the legions of other authors, less well-known today, that had an equally important hand in forming popular fiction.

"Even though some details are dated because of social, technological, and historical developments, the stories found in the pulp era are still an entertaining read. They still offer action-packed adventure, on par with any of today's television shows, and heroes who are lively, entertaining characters."

Would they be worth discussion in a book club? Well there is at least one PH.D Thesis on the subject by David Ellis Morgan who asserts that this type of writing provided a voice for the "marginalised" of society and has evolved into "new forms and technologies of a contemporary culture". I think that one can go down many other roads as well with this type of literature.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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I'd like to nominate Science and Philosophy.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #5
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Humor, to fit the light spirit of the holidays.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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Given that people are busy and distracted in December, I'm going to nominate Humor and Short Stories. Something light and/or short might work best. While a book of short stories doesn't have to be short in itself, it at least lends itself to a partial read or dipping into.

ETA: That would be a second for Humor!
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I'd like to nominate Science and Philosophy.
CW, I love you. Second Science.
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Speculative Fiction ought to be about right this time of year. Nominated.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:09 PM   #13
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I agree that December would be a great month for a light and fun category, so let us finally vote in Young Adult for the last month of the year!

I also think December would be a great time for Fantasy. It will be odd if we end up with a Sci-Fi month but no Fantasy month for 2013, especially when we could've just had a combo month of both. And I prefer Fantasy to Speculative, since Speculative is Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror. Horror in December doesn't sound appealing, and we just voted in Sci-Fi a few months ago so we don't need it again, especially when it seeps into other categories anyway, so that leaves simply Fantasy.

I'll also go with 21st Century again. I think it could be a fun category.

And I'll leave the other categories I'd like to support (Philosophy, Biography/Memoirs, Modern Lit) to others to get them fully nominated.

So that's my three nominations, the three in bold.

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And I'll leave the other categories I'd like to support (Philosophy, Biography/Memoirs, Modern Lit) to others to get them fully nominated. .
Yeah, it broke my heart a bit to abandon Bio/memoir this month, especially when it's been a strong contender.
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I will third Pulp Adventure and second Speculative Fiction.
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