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View Poll Results: Which eBook do you want the Book Club read for March?
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death 6 12.24%
Against Intellectual Monopoly 2 4.08%
The Origin of Species 9 18.37%
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking 2 4.08%
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference 6 12.24%
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary 13 26.53%
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains 11 22.45%
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:34 AM   #31
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I've only just started it, but have skimmed as well - I can assure you that The Origin of Species is very different from technical books. It's not a text book, but about exploration. It's written for an educated, general reader.
There is an updated version of 'Origin of Species' called 'Almost Like a Whale' by Steve Jones.

I'm wondering if might be better as it will incorporate insights made post-Darwin.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:37 AM   #32
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In the case of a tie vote, I will be making the choice of which eBook we read from the eBooks that are tied for first place.
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:36 PM   #33
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I still haven't voted. Muahahahahahah!<--evil laugh
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:05 PM   #35
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I voted for 1 of the tied books. Both look good, and someday, I plan to read them both. Darn TBR books are piling up again.
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Is anyone else of the opinion that Fiction can make better fodder for discussion than Nonfiction?
Not sure what you point is. This is the first and only month we have had a Nonfiction selection in the book club. The previous 4 months selections are all fiction.

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Not sure what you point is. This is the first and only month we have had a Nonfiction selection in the book club. The previous 4 months selections are all fiction.

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Maybe he is thinking about non-fiction being less subjective and open to random interpretation than fiction? Criticism will be more along the lines of "I liked/disliked it because (specific reasons)" instead of what the symbolism or whatever evoked in the individual reader. A change will do us good, as the song says, and I'm looking forward to a non-fiction selection.
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Is anyone else of the opinion that Fiction can make better fodder for discussion than Nonfiction? Not always though of course, and there are some nice choices there. Technical or reference type books may be a bit of a downer, a book like Origin of Species will go for pages and pages to deliver the conclusion of a species deriving from a common ancestor.
It very much depends on the book - and the people reading. I've had a lot of lively debates about non-fiction books.
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I'm confused though, I swear earlier Winchester's book was in the lead with 11, now it is tied again at ten.
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