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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, 09:46 AM   #31
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[...] I had heard that there were these places called “public libraries.” [...] Astounding!
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:29 AM   #32
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It's a shame JSWolf is suspended. He'd have loved the Lolita option...
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:30 AM   #33
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So having at least once read all but three of these, I had to go with the one that, though I would not have sought out on my own, I would be willing to read for this book club.

I actually read (actually reread) Black Rain when it came in second and read A Spy Who Came in from the Cold when it came in second as well. When I read the latter I did to really feel the need to own a copy and anyway I had heard that there were these places called “public libraries.” In fact I discovered that there was such an institution even in my very small town way up in the Wisconsin north woods. So I went over to this library. What an amazing place. I just walked right in, no one hindered or questioned me, and had no trouble finding A Spy Who Came in from the Cold amongst literally thousands of books arranged on shelves. It turns out that the staff at the library thoughtfully keeps fiction titles sorted according to the author's last name. So I just reached up and took the book and stopped by the desk at the library entrance where it did not take as much as a minute for the librarian there to check to book out for temporary loan to me. Astounding!
You are making the assumption that everyone has a good public library system...I do not. We found a whopping total of 2 books on aerodynamics from 2 separate libraries when my son was doing research for his science project. It is sad when you can find more info online than in the public library.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:39 AM   #34
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The only reason I'm not as keen for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to win is that I want to read Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality before I read it. I'm going to read it...at some point.

Then again, as the discussion threads don't go up until the 20th (why is that?) it would give me plenty of time to read all three.

However, despite how political it seemed to become in Dec I actually want to read Lolita, so I'm rooting for that.

ETA that TSWCiftC is available from the UK kindle store. It can be found for the same price at Smiths and Waterstones too.

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Old 12-21-2011, 10:42 AM   #35
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Most public libraries are willing to borrow through Inter-Library Loan, especially for a widely available title.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:47 AM   #36
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It's a shame JSWolf is suspended. He'd have loved the Lolita option...
JSWolf is suspended? What for?
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No idea. But if you look at any of his postings, his avatar has disappeared, and it says Suspended.
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I had heard that there were these places called “public libraries.”
Thankfully my little Swedish town has one of those. And they have a copy of "The spy...". Unfortunately the library is temporarily closed for a move to a new location. Opens again Jan 16th. That would give me 4 days until the discussion starts, should I go for a paper book option, should that book win. If I start reading it and like it it may be enough. (If I don't like it I won't finish it anyway. Too many things I want to read!)
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Yes. Which may or may not be the case here.

I am well aware of how a library works, I volunteer in one everyday. I also know the town in which I live.
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^My province has gone to a provincial network for lending. I can get any book in any of the libraries across the province. I could grab The Spy... from such thriving metropolises as Vonda, SK population 332 or Semans, SK population 267.

I love my library system here. It's unbelievably great.
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It's a shame JSWolf is suspended. He'd have loved the Lolita option...
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.
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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.
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...Then again, as the discussion threads don't go up until the 20th (why is that?) it would give me plenty of time to read all three....
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.
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I wasn't going to get involved with the book clubs until after the first of the coming year. My TBR list is horrifying and this time of year is murder on my reading time, but...

This poll is just too full of books I really want to read (some I already have as ebooks or paper) and so here I am. Voting for the one I really want to read (for Jon's benefit .. Even with an open poll).
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...anyway I had heard that there were these places called “public libraries.” ... What an amazing place. ... it did not take as much as a minute for the librarian there to check to book out for temporary loan to me. Astounding!
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