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Old 02-12-2018, 04:17 PM   #16
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The themes and books are also at the beginning of this thread, along with the links to the lists of books which have won in the past in the other two clubs and are therefore currently ineligible.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:00 PM   #17
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It's All Relative, time-ly books

Meaning "Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey" type books are allowed for sure.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:14 PM   #18
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Can someone point me to the thread where the "It's all relative" theme was discussed? I'm not clear on what it means--I assume (hope) it's more than time travel.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:20 PM   #19
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Can someone point me to the thread where the "It's all relative" theme was discussed? I'm not clear on what it means--I assume (hope) it's more than time travel.
I did a search for it and I could not even find where it was suggested.

I'd like to know why one of the suggestions isn't being used.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:53 PM   #20
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Please remember that when issybird announced the first three themes (in December) there were no suggestions yet, they were set to give us a starting point and an idea of how themes are supposed to work.

To answer Catlady's question about what "it's all relative, time-ly books" means, I think you can take it however you want. Books with a time related word in the title (Time and Again - Fantasy; Not After Midnight - Short fiction; Ladder of Years - Fiction), a time travel type book (A Sound of Thunder), or something about physics related to time (Understanding Einstein's Theories Of Relativity). Or, you can ignore the "timely books" portion and use just the relative part and get a book about relatives or with a relative in the title(My Cousin Rachel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, etc.) I think the time related words are what is intended but that's ok.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:00 PM   #21
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Can someone point me to the thread where the "It's all relative" theme was discussed? I'm not clear on what it means--I assume (hope) it's more than time travel.
My interpretation is that it is anything related to time, which does not necessarily mean time travel. It can be about the passage of time within the plot/text. I have also looked for books that have expressions of time within the titles: e.g. dates, seasons, seconds/minutes/hours/days, twilight/dawn/midnight/noon, etc.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:06 PM   #22
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Please remember that when issybird announced the first three themes (in December) there were no suggestions yet, they were set to give us a starting point and an idea of how themes are supposed to work.

To answer Catlady's question about what "it's all relative, time-ly books" means, I think you can take it however you want. Books with a time related word in the title (Time and Again - Fantasy; Not After Midnight - Short fiction; Ladder of Years - Fiction), a time travel type book (A Sound of Thunder), or something about physics related to time (Understanding Einstein's Theories Of Relativity). Or, you can ignore the "timely books" portion and use just the relative part and get a book about relatives or with a relative in the title(My Cousin Rachel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, etc.) I think the time related words are what is intended but that's ok.
Thanks. Since I came to this late I didn't know what discussions had taken place when the club was in the planning stages.

The "relative" part of the theme was what I was most wondering about, and you've clarified it for me.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:22 PM   #23
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Thanks. Since I came to this late I didn't know what discussions had taken place when the club was in the planning stages.

The "relative" part of the theme was what I was most wondering about, and you've clarified it for me.
I am pretty sure the "relative" part is a reference to Einstein's theory of relativity. But lateral thinking says we can use other definitions if we want to.

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Old 02-12-2018, 06:27 PM   #24
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Ah, the "relative" was my fault. I was looking for something time-related that would also be "catchy", and being a geek, relativity came to mind. When I suggested it to issybird, it seemed to catch on.

The basic premise, as it always is for themes, is any way you can twist it to fit the theme works. So I'm probably going to nominate an alternate history book, but I also have a few others in mind with timely words or phrases in their title. Another example (though it's not eligible because it was already selected by the MRBC within the last 5 years) would be the book Longitude by David Sobel. Because the solution to the longitude problem turns out to require extremely accurate (for the period) timepieces.
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I am pretty sure the "relative" part is a reference to Einstein's theory of relativity. But lateral thinking says we can use other definitions if we want to.
Yup. The geek in me.
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Speaking of Einstein, you could nominate Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson but I doubt it would win due to being so long.
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Certainly, Jon. That would be an excellent use of the theme. (And not a bad nomination at all.)
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