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Old 06-22-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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July 2010 Book Club Nominations

Help us select the next book that the Mobile Read book club will read for July 2010.

The nominations will run through Jun 27.
Voting (new poll thread) will run for 5 days starting Jun 27.

Book selection category for July per the "official" club opening thread is:

July 2010
Fantasy (trees/magic)


In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third).

How Does This Work?
The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome.

How Does a Book Get Selected?
Each book that is nominated will be listed in a pool at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection.

How Many Nominations Can I Make?
Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person.

How Do I Nominate a Book?
Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest.

How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated?
Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP.

When is the Poll?
The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed.

The floor is open to nominations.


Official choices each with three nominations:
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:37 PM   #2
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I'm going to nominate what has to be THE definitive work of fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". It's widely available as an eBook, and qualifies for the "Club".

Anyone want to second it?
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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I'll nominate The Voyage of the Minotaur by Wesley Addison. I believe it qualifies as fantasy.

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"In a world of steam power and rifles, where magic has not yet been forgotten, an expedition sets out to found a colony in a lost world. The Voyage of the Minotaur is a story of adventure and magic, religion and prejudice, steam engines and dinosaurs, angels and lizardmen, machine guns and wizards, sorceresses, bustles and corsets, steam-powered computers, hot air balloons, and dragons."
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:08 PM   #4
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I'll nominate The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

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Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer's daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life . . . Book One: Paks is trained as a mercenary, blooded, and introduced to the life of a soldier . . . and to the followers of Gird, the soldier's god. Book Two: Paks leaves the Duke's company to follow the path of Gird alone—and on her lonely quests encounters the other sentient races of her world. Book Three: Paks the warrior must learn to live with Paks the human. She undertakes a holy quest for a lost elven prince that brings the gods' wrath down on her and tests her very limits.

"Engrossing . . ." —Anne McCaffrey

"A tour de force . . ." —Jack McDevitt

"Worldbuilding in the grand tradition, background thought out to the last detail." —Judith Tarr

"Superlative . . ." —Booklist

"Brilliant . . . the excitement of high heroic adventure . . . will enchant the reader." —Bookwatch
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:10 PM   #5
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I'll nominate The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Seconded. One of my favourite fantasy books.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:24 PM   #6
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How about Metagame by Sam Landstrom? Reading it now - excellent book.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:27 PM   #7
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I'll nominate The shadow of the Lion by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer.
It is available for free at Webscription.

It is the year 1537. The great winged Lion stares over a Venice where magic thrives. The rich Venetian Republic is a bastion of independence and tolerance. Perhaps for that reason, it is also corrupt, and rotten with intrigue.

But for the young brothers Marco and Benito Valdosta, vagabond and thief, Venice is simply-home. They have no idea that they stand at the center of the city's coming struggle for its very life. They know nothing of the powerful forces moving in the background. They have barely heard of Chernobog, demonlord of the North, who is shifting his pawns to attack Venice in order to cut into the underbelly of the Holy Roman Empire. All Marco and Benito know is that they're hungry and in dangerous company: Katerina the smuggler, Caesare the sell-sword, Montagnard assassins, church inquisitors, militant Knights of the Holy Trinity, Dottore Marina the Strega mage . . . and Maria. Maria might be an honest canaler, but she had the hottest temper a boy could find.

Yet among the dark waters of the canals lurk far worse dangers than a hot-tempered girl. Chernobog has set a monster loose to wreak havoc on the city. Magic, murder and evil are all at work to pull Venice down. Fanatical monks seek to root out true witchcraft with fire and sword. Steel-clad Teutonic knights, wealth traders, church dignitaries and great Princes fight and plot for control of the jewel of the Mediterranean.
And somehow all of these, from thieves to mages to princes, must gather around Marco and his brother Benito, under the shadow of the great winged lion of Venice
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:04 PM   #8
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I'll nominate "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik. I believe it is currently being offered for free from several sites including Amazon & B&N.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:19 PM   #9
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I'm going to nominate what has to be THE definitive work of fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". It's widely available as an eBook, and qualifies for the "Club".

Anyone want to second it?
Yes, I second that. What a good reason to re-read it!
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:43 PM   #10
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How about Metagame by Sam Landstrom? Reading it now - excellent book.
That's Sci-Fi not Fantasy isn't it?
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:30 PM   #11
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I'm going to nominate what has to be THE definitive work of fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". It's widely available as an eBook, and qualifies for the "Club".
I'll third it, but not many people will be able to read it in one month.
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I will second His Majesty's Dragon since I just got it as a freebie.
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I'm going to nominate what has to be THE definitive work of fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". It's widely available as an eBook, and qualifies for the "Club".

Anyone want to second it?
Lord of the Rings really doesn't fit in as it's three books and not one.
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I'll nominate "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik. I believe it is currently being offered for free from several sites including Amazon & B&N.
Good book. Thirded.

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Lord of the Rings really doesn't fit in as it's three books and not one.
Technically it is six books.
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