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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 in the Series) by Alexander McCall Smith 5 6.41%
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 7 8.97%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 12 15.38%
The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert van Gulik (1st Judge Dee mystery by van Gulik) 21 26.92%
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 6 7.69%
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer 3 3.85%
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 7 8.97%
Bruno, Chief of Police: A Novel Of The French Countryside by Martin Walker 3 3.85%
Ghost Story: A Novel of the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, Book #13) by Jim Butcher 0 0%
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book #1) by Jim Butcher 14 17.95%
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:42 AM   #166
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No reason at all but does that justify a campaign against a specific. book or author?

I will repeat I read the Judge Dee books over 30 years ago and they are among my favourite books even though crime is far from my favourite genre.

I would recommend them to anyone to try but accept that they will not suit everyone.
No it doesn’t. You asked a direct question and I tried to give a direct answer. Where the campaigning against an author or book does comes here? It’s a matter of personal preference for me.

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Old 08-29-2011, 08:36 AM   #167
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No reason at all but does that justify a campaign against a specific. book or author?

I will repeat I read the Judge Dee books over 30 years ago and they are among my favourite books even though crime is far from my favourite genre.

I would recommend them to anyone to try but accept that they will not suit everyone.
I've already answered your question, but is there a reason our answers have to be justified? Its a book club, we made our choices. There is only one person that I can think of who actually campaigned against a book, so you should probably ask that person specifically if you really want to know their reasoning (Although if it is who I'm thinking of then a reason was already given). Many of us, like myself, mentioned the book(s) we wanted to win, which is par for the course here. Some (also like myself) went so far as to say why we wanted our choice(s) to win.

Isn't that enough?
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^Agreed. The price is steep. $9.79 and it's a genre that generally hasn't interested me, although I've always thought I should read more. I'm checking the public library here and it looks like I might be able to get it through inter-library loan, but I forgot my library card at home. Dangit. It might be a while before I read it, but I definitely want to read it.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:58 AM   #169
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I thought the whole idea behind the book club (book clubs in general) was to provide an avenue to books you *wouldn't normally* read. Oh well...
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:30 AM   #170
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I agree! And almost every month I find something I would never ever have thought of looking for otherwise. But to start reading a book I really need to be at least a little bit curious about it.

This month's winner does nothing for me. I don't get any desire what-so-ever to read it. People's comments got me curious about Storm Front though, which is also a book in a genre I normally wouldn't read. And since that one is available at my library, that's the one I'll read.

I'm all for widening my horizons, and at some point I may even read something by Gulik, but not right now.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:54 PM   #171
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I did volunteer to do such a vote via PM so our fearless leader would not have to do it.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:03 PM   #172
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The 50% off coupon via Sony 50OFFTWODAYS is still valid now. I just tried it and it will work with Chinese Maze Murders to bring the price down to $5.20. I don't know if this works in Canada.

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Old 08-29-2011, 01:07 PM   #173
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I agree! And almost every month I find something I would never ever have thought of looking for otherwise. But to start reading a book I really need to be at least a little bit curious about it.

This month's winner does nothing for me. I don't get any desire what-so-ever to read it. People's comments got me curious about Storm Front though, which is also a book in a genre I normally wouldn't read. And since that one is available at my library, that's the one I'll read.

I'm all for widening my horizons, and at some point I may even read something by Gulik, but not right now.
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This was a good month for nominations. I've already read A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (as I have all the Holmes stories) and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, and highly recommend them.

I put the following on my TBR list:
* The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
* The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
* Storm Front by Jim Butcher

And I'm loving The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert van Gulik (currently halfway through).

Thanks, everyone, for so many great recommendations!
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Of the ones nominated this time, I've already read

1. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
4. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book #1) by Jim Butcher

Of those 1 is Ok, nothing to write home about. 2 starts off rather slow and picks up quite nicely come the second half. 3 & 4 are quite good.
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The books added to my TBR from the poll are:

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

A Study in Scarlet - Thanks to the MR library
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Book of Fate

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Murder on the Orient Express - I've always wanted to read an Agatha Christie novel and have just never gotten around to it.

I finished Storm Front last night and thoroughly enjoyed it! I bought the 2nd book Fool Moon about 2/3 of the way into Storm Front.

Tom's enthusiasm over The Chinese Maze Murders has pushed it closer to consideration, but I still don't like the price.
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The books added to my TBR from the poll are:

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

A Study in Scarlet - Thanks to the MR library
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Book of Fate

and

Murder on the Orient Express - I've always wanted to read an Agatha Christie novel and have just never gotten around to it.

I finished Storm Front last night and thoroughly enjoyed it! I bought the 2nd book Fool Moon about 2/3 of the way into Storm Front.

Tom's enthusiasm over The Chinese Maze Murders has pushed it closer to consideration, but I still don't like the price.
Haven't read it.
Read it, love it and all the Homes books
Read it, good book but not awesome as some had said.
Interested in it, guess it's fate.

MOTOE is the best Christie book in my opinion. Loved it.

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Tom's enthusiasm over The Chinese Maze Murders has pushed it closer to consideration, but I still don't like the price.
Did you read about getting The Chinese Maze Murders for only $5.20 in ePub from Sony? See post #172 in this thread.
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Yeah, I did, thanks .. not too sure about buying from Sony, though.
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Yeah, I did, thanks .. not too sure about buying from Sony, though.
I bought it today from Sony. Just have to strip the DRM, fix it to be how I want it and away I go.

You won't find it any cheaper.
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