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Old 09-04-2020, 11:14 AM   #31
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I'll second The Devil in the White City. I've been wanting to read this for ages but keep putting it off.
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Old 09-04-2020, 11:36 AM   #32
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I'll second The Devil in the White City. I've been wanting to read this for ages but keep putting it off.
I've kept putting it off and if it wins, it will get me to finally read it.
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Old 09-04-2020, 11:50 AM   #33
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I'll second The Devil in the White City. I've been wanting to read this for ages but keep putting it off.
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I've kept putting it off and if it wins, it will get me to finally read it.
I read it years ago when it was on one of the 2 for 3 paperback tables at a brick and mortar B&N. I didn't keep my copy, but it was an interesting enough journalistic thriller.
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Old 09-04-2020, 09:02 PM   #34
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I’m sorry I’m late to the party. I had an unplanned project come up at work. The list of nominations is really good. It is interesting that both book clubs are doing similar topics this month of Revolution and Freedom.

It looks like some people might have tickets left. I will nominate The Soldier’s Song By Alan Monaghan. It was less than $10 in all the major currencies: $9.49 US, $9.99 CDN, $9.99 AU and £3.99 UK.

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Dublin, 1914. As Ireland stands on the brink of political crisis, Europe plunges headlong into war. Among the thousands of Irishmen who volunteer to fight for the British Army is Stephen Ryan, a gifted young maths scholar whose working class background has marked him out as a misfit among his wealthy fellow students.

Sent to fight in Turkey, he looks forward to the great adventure, unaware of the growing unrest back home in Ireland. His romantic notions of war are soon shattered and he is forced to wonder where his loyalties lie, on his return to a Dublin poised for rebellion in 1916 and a brother fighting for the rebels. Everything has changed utterly, and in a world gone mad his only hope is his growing friendship with the brilliant and enigmatic Lillian Bryce.

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Old 09-04-2020, 10:41 PM   #35
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I second The Soldier’s Song By Alan Monaghan. Sounds interesting, and I see there are two follow-on books.
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It looks like some people might have tickets left.
Ah, yes, there are still a few tickets left. (And I like the nomination, except that it's not available from Overdrive libraries.)
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Ah, yes, there are still a few tickets left. (And I like the nomination, except that it's not available from Overdrive libraries.)
My issue is that it's the first book of a trilogy and I'm not wanting to start a new series that's not available at Overdrive.
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My issue is that it's the first book of a trilogy and I'm not wanting to start a new series that's not available at Overdrive.
I looked through several reviews on GR and didn't see anyone complaining about cliff-hangers or anything of that sort. From what I saw the three books relate to three parts of the main protagonist's life, so three stories rather than just one (beyond the fact that it's the same protagonist). So I'm not too worried about the first of a trilogy aspect.
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I looked through several reviews on GR and didn't see anyone complaining about cliff-hangers or anything of that sort. From what I saw the three books relate to three parts of the main protagonist's life, so three stories rather than just one (beyond the fact that it's the same protagonist). So I'm not too worried about the first of a trilogy aspect.
Even still, it's not a complete story. IT's only 1/3rd of a story even if it doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger. But it does end on a to be continued...
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Enough, Jon. You pointed out that it's part of a trilogy. The voting will decide what we read. I am NOT going to allow quibbles about if it's a series or where in a series it is.
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I looked through several reviews on GR and didn't see anyone complaining about cliff-hangers or anything of that sort. From what I saw the three books relate to three parts of the main protagonist's life, so three stories rather than just one (beyond the fact that it's the same protagonist). So I'm not too worried about the first of a trilogy aspect.
Yes, my understanding is that this first book can stand alone. It gets great reviews. It was originally a short story that won awards for the author as an emerging Irish voice. He then developed the concept into a novel which became an Irish best-seller. It’s an historical trilogy. The three books follow different periods in Irish history through the life of the main protagonist and expanding to other characters. I am glad that through the nomination process I was able to discover a new author. I also discovered new book awards that have led me to some good finds for my TBR.
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I saw today that Parable of the Sower just made it to the NYT best-seller list (13th and could keep rising). I suppose that explains the popularity at your library, Charlie.

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/octavi...rable-of-sower

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That's certainly an indicator. And something we had hoped to avoid in the NLBC, given that not everyone can afford to buy their books for this. But it does happen.
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That's certainly an indicator. And something we had hoped to avoid in the NLBC, given that not everyone can afford to buy their books for this. But it does happen.
Also probably related to the fact that the Brooklyn Public Library is doing a group read of Parable right now. It is part of their Climate Reads program (and seems modeled on A Public Space's Tolstoy read). They say of the program:
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​BPL Presents and Writers Rebel NYC invite you to join a community of readers and writers across the nation in the Climate Reads series—a year-long reading and discussion of books shedding light on the climate crisis and environmental justice, to help guide and inspire us to take necessary action.
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