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View Poll Results: Which Travel/Adventure book willwe read in March?
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 20 48.78%
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 21 51.22%
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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March 2013 Special Run-Off Vote

March 2013 Mobile Read Book Club Special Run-Off Vote

Since this month's vote resulted in a tie, we are having a Special Run-Off Vote between the two leading candidates. I will not be voting in this poll unless my vote is needed to break a tie. This poll will be open for 3 days, and all MobileRead members are invited to participate. This is a visible, multiple-choice poll.

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

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
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Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.

Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
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French naturalist Dr. Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, only to discover instead the Nautilus, a remarkable submarine built by the enigmatic Captain Nemo. Together Nemo and Aronnax explore the underwater marvels, undergo a transcendent experience amongst the ruins of Atlantis, and plant a black flag at the South Pole. But Nemo's mission is one of revenge-and his methods coldly efficient.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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Why is this multiple choice? A vote for both is no vote at all.
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So the choices are upside down people or wet people... what to choose...
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So where do we go to cast our vote? Ah, never mind. I didn't see the checkable boxes up top, was looking at the bottom of the post.
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So the choices are upside down people or wet people... what to choose...
That's so the undecided voters can have their say.
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I think the submarine is about to sink.
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Well Darn! I was so happy when I saw that In a Sunburned Country was available from my library...then I saw that there is only one copy, which is out. I've placed a hold on it.
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Ah but it hasn't reached it's maximum depth yet.
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I went for Oz because I think it's a better category fit (my opinion only). And because, even though I'm not a huge Bryson fan, I want to read nonfiction.
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Currently another tie.
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Currently another tie.
If it remains, then Tom gets the final vote.
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Well, I voted for a 'sunburned country', as I don't know much about Australia. Also I can recite whole paragraphs of " 20.000 leagues under the sea", as it was my favorite from long ago.
But on paging through Bryson's book, it seems to be more of a travelbook ( but perhaps time will prove me wrong), than a novel.
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But on paging through Bryson's book, it seems to be more of a travelbook (but perhaps time will prove me wrong), than a novel.
Yes, it's a travel book. The category for March was "Travel/Adventure".
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I think the submarine is about to sink.
To start its journey? I haven't read these two books. Perhaps I'll let a coin decide this for me. Haha!
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To start its journey?
To end it's journey. To sink to the bottom and not get up. To become another coral reef.
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