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The Princess Bride by William Goldman 22 53.66%
Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome 19 46.34%
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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April 2012 Mobile Read Book Club Run-Off Vote

April 2012 Mobile Read Book Club Run-Off Vote

Help us choose a book as the April 2012 eBook for the Mobile Read Book Club. This is the run-off poll for April. It will be open for 3 days. The winner determines the book we will read for April. The vote this month will be hidden.


We will start the discussion thread for this book on April 20th. Select from the following Two Choices:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
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Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”


Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome
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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow is a collection of humorous essays by Jerome K. Jerome. The essays cover a range of topics from "On Being in Love" to "On Furnished Apartments" to "On Getting on in the World". Jerome established himself as one of England's favorite wits with his comic novel Three Men in a Boat.

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Old 03-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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Easy choice for me - Princess Bride!
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:58 PM   #4
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My choice (the one with the obscene title) didn't make the cut. I should have voted for The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith. Then it would have at least made the final vote since it would have tied for second place. That's a very funny book about an inventor who's constantly blowing up his lab, his busybody relatives who all (except for his niece) hate him, and some Greek gods brought to life by SCIENCE and ready to paaaar-tah!
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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This run-off vote is just silly. We don't need it and we should not be wasting our time with it unless of course there is a tie.

Can't we just do away with it and say it was tried but it was a failure so it's being stopped?
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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This run-off vote is just silly. We don't need it and we should not be wasting our time with it unless of course there is a tie.

Can't we just do away with it and say it was tried but it was a failure so it's being stopped?
Yes. If that's what the members decide for 2013.
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Yes. If that's what the members decide for 2013.
We can do away with that previous vote in favor of the run-off using my reasoning that we tried it and it was a massive FAIL.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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My choice (the one with the obscene title) didn't make the cut. I should have voted for The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith. Then it would have at least made the final vote since it would have tied for second place. That's a very funny book about an inventor who's constantly blowing up his lab, his busybody relatives who all (except for his niece) hate him, and some Greek gods brought to life by SCIENCE and ready to paaaar-tah!
I'm totally cool with you voting (I vote in the literary polls) but I thought the plan was you don't vote in the polls so you can break ties?

Or is it that you vote in the first poll because ties will both go to run-off, but you don't vote in second poll in case of a tie?

Anyway, I would've loved reading Night Life of the Gods too. I wasn't expecting much for the humour month but oddly it's had the most "very interesting" choices for me. Five out of ten of the choices, half. Including Pirncess Bride and Night Life of the Gods.

And of the other five, I would've been happy enough reading four of them. The only one that looked dreadful to me was the Hubbard. Some of my least favourite choices won January and March, so thankfully the Hubbard is not in the run-off this month.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:27 PM   #9
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The Princess Bride has no appeal what-so-ever to me. If it had been available for free (library) I might have considered reading it anyway if it wins (as it sounds like it will), but I'm not prepared to part with money for it. Idle thoughts... on the other hand was on my TBR anyway. Not necessarily to be read right now, but why not...
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My choice (the one with the obscene title) didn't make the cut. I should have voted for The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith. Then it would have at least made the final vote since it would have tied for second place. That's a very funny book about an inventor who's constantly blowing up his lab, his busybody relatives who all (except for his niece) hate him, and some Greek gods brought to life by SCIENCE and ready to paaaar-tah!
Substitute Confederacy of Dunces for “the one with the obscene title” and my thoughts exactly. I actually cast my vote for Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow as I have never read it and I've not seen a film version many, many times.

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This run-off vote is just silly. We don't need it and we should not be wasting our time with it unless of course there is a tie.

Can't we just do away with it and say it was tried but it was a failure so it's being stopped?
Why a failure? Less than 25% of the vote went to Princess Bride in the first round. Looking at what happened in February when Outlander out polled Tender Is the Night in the first round, but Tender Is the Night received more votes in the runoff I would call the system a success. Or did you really have your heart set on reading Outlander and that is why you want to call it a failure?

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My choice (the one with the obscene title) didn't make the cut. I should have voted for The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith. Then it would have at least made the final vote since it would have tied for second place. That's a very funny book about an inventor who's constantly blowing up his lab, his busybody relatives who all (except for his niece) hate him, and some Greek gods brought to life by SCIENCE and ready to paaaar-tah!
Yes, you should have, shame on you.

I'm not sure I'll read either of these, but JSWolf's carping has convinced me to vote for Idle Thoughts.
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Two points: It was agreed there would be no changes until next year.

AND

There's a thread where ALL discussion of procedures is to take place.

PS: I also voted for Jerome.
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I voted for the Jerome because I enjoyed the two Three Men books so much.

I've already downloaded it for free from ManyBooks.net, so I'll be reading it regardless of how this vote comes out.
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a failure? Less than 25% of the vote went to Princess Bride in the first round. Looking at what happened in February when Outlander out polled Tender Is the Night in the first round, but Tender Is the Night received more votes in the runoff I would call the system a success. Or did you really have your heart set on reading Outlander and that is why you want to call it a failure?
I can't resist adding that in two of the three months this year to date, the second choice in the first round was the winner in the second. That's a resounding success for two-tier voting, if the purpose of the vote is to gain majority support, get people invested in the choice and have them read and discuss the book!
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I went for The Princess Bride. It really sounds like something special.
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