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View Poll Results: What book will get a second chance this year?
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2) by Ben Aaronovitch 3 18.75%
Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon #1) by Nevada Barr 2 12.50%
Lardner on the Loose (collected short fiction) by Ring Lardner 4 25.00%
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 3 18.75%
The Man of Property by John Galsworthy 6 37.50%
The Light of Day by Eric Ambler 2 12.50%
In Times Like These: A Time Travel Adventure by Nathan van Coops 3 18.75%
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 5 31.25%
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe 0 0%
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator) 0 0%
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean 2 12.50%
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey #1) by Dorothy L. Sayers 8 50.00%
Breakup (Kate Shugak #7) by Dana Stabenow 1 6.25%
The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw 3 18.75%
The Magic City by Edith Nesbit 6 37.50%
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January 2018 Second Chance Vote

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*** Special thanks to Dazrin for providing the list of runner-up titles! ***

Help us select the next book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for January, 2018.

Book selection category for January is:

Second Chance

There will be no nominations this month. The way Second Chance works is that the poll will be comprised of selections that either came in second place or tied for second place during the previous 11 months. The discussion will start January 20, 2018.

The poll will be open for 7 days since it's earlier than usual, in response to requests to facilitate library borrowing. If the voting results a tie, there will be a 3 day run-off poll. This is a visible poll: others can see how you voted. It is You may cast a vote for each book that appeals to you. Here are the selections you will be considering:

2017 runner up choices:
February: Mystery
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2) by Ben Aaronovitch
Goodreads | Overdrive
Print Length: 396 pages
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The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.

Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon #1) by Nevada Barr
Goodreads | Amazon US / Audible / Kobo US / Overdrive
Print Length: 245 pages
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From Amazon:

The fascinating hero of Nevada Barr’s award-winning series—park ranger Anna Pigeon—has brought an unyielding love of nature and sense of fair play to the mystery genre. Track of the Cat is the acclaimed novel that first introduced readers to Anna, as a woman looking for peace in the wilderness—and finding murder instead…

Patrolling the remote West Texas backcountry, Anna’s first job as a national park ranger is marred by violence she thought she had left behind: the brutal death of a fellow ranger. When the cause of death is chalked up to a mountain lion attack, Anna’s rage knows no bounds. It’s up to her to save the protected cats from the politics and prejudices of the locals—and prove the kill was the work of a species far less rare…

From Goodreads:

Anna Pigeon fled the turmoil of New York to become a national park ranger, only to discover she hasn't escaped murder and violence. When a colleague is killed, claw marks on the victim's throat and paw prints around the body are too perfect to be those of an alleged killer mountain lion.

From Audible:

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From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.
The young naturalist, Anna Pigeon, has moved to the Southwest wilderness to be a park ranger. There, her days are filled with the physical demands of working in the Guadalupe Mountains and the satisfaction of living in this splendid land. Her peace is shattered one morning, though, when she discovers the body of another ranger deep in Dog Canyon. How did the usually cautious woman die? Although at first the evidence indicates an attack by a mountain lion, Anna soon suspects that there are craftier predators afoot in the wild grasses.
Fast-paced suspense and sharply defined characters will immediately sweep you up in the force of this compelling mystery. By the end, you'll be nodding in satisfaction at the final twist and anticipating the next book in the Anna Pigeon series. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat's performance highlights Anna's savvy courage and determination to catch her prey.

March: Patricia Clarke Memorial Library
Lardner on the Loose (collected short fiction) by Ring Lardner
Kindle epub
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Ring Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sports, marriage, and the theatre. He was a contemporary of Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all of whom professed strong admiration for his writing.

In 1916, Lardner published his first successful book, You Know Me Al, an epistolary novel written in the form of letters from “Jack Keefe”, a bush-league baseball player, to a friend back home. The letters made much use of the fictional author’s idiosyncratic vernacular, with semi-literate grammar and phonetic spelling. Like most of Lardner’s stories, You Know Me Al employs satire, in this case to show the stupidity and avarice of a certain type of athlete. Until 1920, Lardner continued to write follow-up stories about Jack Keefe, some of which were collected in the books Treat ‘Em Rough and The Real Dope, narrating Jack’s Army experiences in World War I.

Lardner later published such stories as “Haircut”, “Some Like Them Cold”, “The Golden Honeymoon”, “Alibi Ike”, “A Day with Conrad Green”, and dozens more. Sometimes narrated by a “wise boob”, with slyly satirical commentary on manners and morals (The Big Town), sometimes taking a poignant view (“Now and Then”, “Old Folk’s Christmas”), sometimes sliding into sheer noir (“Champion”), always entertaining. His frequent use of vernacular influenced sports fiction writing for generations to come.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
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The most well-known and well-liked of Gaskell's works, this softly humorous picture of an English country village was first serialized in a magazine edited by Charles Dickens in 1851. Based on the village of Gaskell's childhood, "Cranford" is narrated by a young woman visiting the town who describes the genteel poverty of two middle-aged spinster sisters, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Gaskell tells of their little adventures in a confidential and almost chatty tone, perfectly conveying their habits and standards of propriety, decency, and kindness in reduced circumstances. The colorful characters and subtle class distinctions of the village of Cranford are captured in this compassionate and hopeful portrayal of small-town English life.

and from a Goodreads review:
the humor is so sly. at times it's difficult to believe that this was written over 150 years ago. I guess that gentle social humor has always been with us.

The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
Kindle Audible
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John Galsworthy (1867-1933) devoted virtually his entire professional career to creating a fictional but entirely representative family of propertied Victorians: the Forsytes. He made their lives and times, loves and losses, fortunes and deaths so real that readers accused him of including as characters in his drama real individuals whom they knew. He was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932.

The entire saga comprises three trilogies of books, of which this is the first. The other two ("A Modern Comedy" and "End of the Chapter") are available as separate downloads.

This first trilogy, "The Forsyte Saga", chronicles the life of three generations of the Forsyte family, a wealthy upper middle class English family, in the turbulent years between the 1880s and the 1920s - a time period during which English society was completely transformed. The books are set against the great events of the day - the Boer War and WWI, the rise of Labour, the death of Queen Victoria, and much more.

This book was originally published as three novels, with a short story "interlude" between each one, the structure being:

The Man of Property
(Interlude) Indian Summer of a Forsyte
In Chancery
(Interlude) Awakening
To Let

April: Award Winners (Fiction)
The Light of Day by Eric Ambler
Goodreads | Amazon US / Audible
Print Length: 224 pages
Spoiler:
1964 Edgar Award winner for Best Novel

From Goodreads:


The Light of Day was the basis for Jules Dassin’s classic film, Topkapi.

When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with city and in need of a private driver. In other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson riffling his wallet for traveler’s checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. Then, when he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey’s notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something both less sinister and much, much more audacious.

May: Science Fiction
In Times Like These: A Time Travel Adventure by Nathan van Coops
Goodreads | Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo US
Print Length: 384 pages
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

"We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?" Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What's worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they're not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead. When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.

June: Science
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Goodreads | Overdrive
Print Length: 353 pages
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The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.
“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Goodreads | Amazon US
Print Length: 321 pages
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Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. 'My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ' He liked these questions so much that he started up What If.

If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive?
How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?
If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce?
What if everyone only had one soulmate?
When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British empire?
How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
What would happen if the moon went away?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, studded with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

July: Free-For-All
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator)
Goodreads | Amazon US / Overdrive / WorldCat
Print Length: 607 pages
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From Goodreads:

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

August: Thriller, Suspense, & Crime
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US
Print Length: 288 pages
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

The classic World War II thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Now reissued in a new cover style.

Twelve hundred British soldiers isolated on the small island of Kheros off the Turkish coast, waiting to die. Twelve hundred lives in jeopardy, lives that could be saved if only the guns could be silenced. The guns of Navarone, vigilant, savage and catastrophically accurate. Navarone itself, grim bastion of narrow straits manned by a mixed garrison of Germans and Italians, an apparently impregnable iron fortress. To Captain Keith Mallory, skllled saboteur, trained mountaineer, fell the task of leading the small party detailed to scale the vast, impossible precipice of Navarone and to blow up the guns. The Guns of Navarone is the story of that mission, the tale of a calculated risk taken in the time of war.

September: Classics
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Series Book 1) by Dorothy L. Sayers
Goodreads | Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK / Public Domain
Print Length: 208 pages
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Wimseys mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, rings her son with news of such a quaint thing. She has heard through a friend that Mr. Thipps, a respectable Battersea architect, found a dead man in his bathwearing nothing but a gold pince-nez. Lord Wimsey makes his way straight over to Mr. Thipps, and a good look at the body raises a number of interesting questions. Why would such an apparently well groomed man have filthy black toenails, flea bites and the scent of carbolic soap lingering on his corpse? Then comes the disappearance of oil millionaire Sir Reuben Levy, last seen on the Battersea Park Road. With his beard shaved he would look very similar to the man found in the bath, but is Sir Levy really dead?

From FadedPage:

"Whose Body" is something of an apprentice work. Lord Peter is here more a bundle of characteristics than a character: a collector of rare books and incunabula, facile with quotations, fluent in French and probably in Latin, a skillful and sensitive pianist who never needs to practise, slightly built but possessed of "curious" strength and speed which he maintains without exercise. Over subsequent books, this caricature smooths and deepens into one of the most interesting and attractive detectives in fiction.
In spite of its awkwardness, Whose Body is worth reading. The plot is clever, the villain is believable and sadistic, and most of the supporting characters are a delight. Some of these characters are further developed in later novels: Bunter, Parker, the Dowager Duchess, Freddy Arbuthnot. Others fortunately are not. Sayers is much better with people she might recognise as "like us" then with people from other social groups.

From Goodreads:

The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath.

October: Humor
Breakup (Kate Shugak #7) by Dana Stabenow
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Audible UK / Audible US / Kobo UK
Print Length: 260 pages
Spoiler:
From Amazon:

When winter’s done, but spring has not yet fully-sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it’s called “breakup,” and it’s a… messy time of year. It’s certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies and getting shot-at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there’s the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And… being Kate Shugak, somehow she can’t leave well enough alone, and begins to tease-apart a well-planned and surprising crime.

November: History
The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw
Goodreads | Amazon US / Kobo
Print Length: 596 pages
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost the Second World War, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital questions of how and why the Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Drawing on prodigious new research, Ian Kershaw, an award-winning historian and the author of Fateful Choices, explores these fascinating questions in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the death of Adolf Hitler and the German capitulation in 1945. The End paints a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps.


The Magic City by Edith Nesbit
Goodreads |
Patricia Clark Memorial Library:ePub / Kindle
Print Length: 212 pages
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When young Philip Haldane and his new step-sister Lucy (whom he resents) are magically transported to a magic city (created by Philip from odds and ends from about the house), they find themselves on an incredible enchanted adventure complete with talking dogs, winged horses, ancient buildings and magic islands. How Philip and Lucy come to forge a friendship and work together to save the Magic City from impending disaster makes for a riveting, entrancing story.

From Goodreads:

Philip Haldane builds a play city out of odds and ends that comes to life, when his beloved sister Helen marries Lucy's father. But the nurse tears down the city and traps Lucy. Peter, The Deliverer, must perform seven valorous deeds, opposed by the Pretenderette, a mysterious veiled woman who wants to be Queen. Noah builds an ark and adventures abound.

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Old 12-02-2017, 09:36 AM   #2
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That was a short month between polls! Are we tired of voting, yet? The early poll is to give a longer lead time for books at OverDrive or other libraries, in response to requests.

We're transitioning to a new book club and there are two important changes that will affect the vote thread and they're going into effect with this poll.

Please don't vote if you won't participate in the discussion. It's no secret that discussions have been anemic of late, which the new book club is intended to address. However, it seems only just that those who will discuss the book get to choose it. We welcome participation at all levels, whether it's to lurk (Hi!), to nominate, or to drop in on the discussion, but we have to ask that you refrain from voting if that will be the end of your participation.

Electioneering is fine and even fun, but please keep it civil and respectful. Focus more on the positive aspects of books rather than on their perceived negatives. It's fine to reference facts such as price or length and even including comments such as, "The Club has already read a book by that author and I'd like to read something new." But please avoid disparaging a nomination and judgmental words in general.

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There's a reason I included "The Club has already read a book by that author and I'd like to read something new," as an example of a legitimate comment. :cough cough: Because I really would prefer to read something by a new author. There are a lot of books out there to be read by authors we haven't tried! I may have missed one, but Sayers, Roach, Murakami, Aaronovitch and Stabenow are all repeats and while the first few might be before eveyone's time now, we read the last two within the past year. And I personally just read Cranford last May, so that also didn't make my list.
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I voted for the books I'll read if any win.
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I would be happy to discuss any I voted for. I didn't vote for Murakami because he is one of my favorite authors of all time and I've read all of his work. I'd be all over that discussion though, if it were to win
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For reference, I'll note that books available for free are:
  • Lardner on the Loose
  • Cranford
  • The Man of Property
  • In Times Like These
  • Whose Body?
  • The Magic City

That's 40% of the choices and seems to me to provide a lot of options at a time when many feel strapped. If I missed out any, let me know and I'll add it to the list.

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Wow there are some good books in this list. Only a couple that I'm really not interested in, though none that I wouldn't read if they were the winner. There are some duplicate authors, but that doesn't bother me particularly, and there's a pretty broad range across topics, genres, and even costs. I'm going to hold off voting for a couple of days, mostly because I've been travelling for 4 days and have to turn around and leave tomorrow again. And I want to actually think about which ones I want to vote for.
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What an interesting list. I finished up voting for five in total: Lardner because I have heard of him but never read him, Gaskell because Cranford is on my TBR so that would bump it up, Galsworthy because I haven't read him for (ahem) about 45 years, Kershaw because although a "heavy" topic it sounds fascinating, and Nesbit because it just sounds appealing.

However, as long as I can get hold of whichever book wins (I could have a problem with a couple of them in terms of availability), I am certainly committed to reading the winner, whether I voted for it or not.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:39 AM   #9
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A couple of the books in this list are a bit pricey in some countries. However, if you're willing to do a bit of electronic travel, you can pretty easily avoid the geo-fencing.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:08 PM   #10
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I have "travelled" in the past, but then some sort of block seemed to be put on doing this, in Australia at least. I can certainly try it again if necessary - it might have been a temporary glitch.
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My choices are fairly predictable for this.
  • Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
  • The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
  • The Light of Day by Eric Ambler
  • The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
  • Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey #1) by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Breakup (Kate Shugak #7) by Dana Stabenow

Two those are free (well, in Canada, Australia and Life+50 countries, at least). Two are rip-roaring thrillers, three are mysteries, and one is, at least in part, really funny. All but one I've actually read before, and that one I've started at least twice. But I'm determined to finish it, this time with the help of a good Audible version.

ETA: And yes, I'll be reading whatever wins, and joining the discussion after.
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My choices are fairly predictable for this.
  • Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
  • The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
  • The Light of Day by Eric Ambler
  • The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
  • Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey #1) by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Breakup (Kate Shugak #7) by Dana Stabenow

Two those are free (well, in Canada, Australia and Life+50 countries, at least). Two are rip-roaring thrillers, three are mysteries, and one is, at least in part, really funny. All but one I've actually read before, and that one I've started at least twice. But I'm determined to finish it, this time with the help of a good Audible version.

ETA: And yes, I'll be reading whatever wins, and joining the discussion after.
Don't forget to mention that one is part of a series that's not the first book and we've not read all the books leading up to it. Given the thread on series that's going on, I do think we need to give as much information as possible about a book that's not the first book in a series or we have not read the proceeding books for the book club.

I suggest everyone participating in the book club read this thread. https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=291312

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Don't forget to mention that one is part of a series that's not the first book and we've not read all the books leading up to it. Given the thread on series that's going on, I do think we need to give as much information as possible about a book that's not the first book in a series or we have not read the proceeding books for the book club.
Jon, I think everyone's aware that some choices aren't first in a series; the number is prominently displayed in the title. People have different opinions on that and will incorporate that information into their decision-making process.

Of the two, I think Aaronovitch is more problematic. I accept Charlie's word that Stabenow is a standalone (again, people make up their own minds about how they feel about that), but my sense is that the Aaronovitch very much isn't a standalone, which would make it a much harder read for someone who mightn't have read it when the club did.
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My choices are fairly predictable for this.
Two those are free (well, in Canada, Australia and Life+50 countries, at least). Two are rip-roaring thrillers, three are mysteries, and one is, at least in part, really funny. All but one I've actually read before, and that one I've started at least twice. But I'm determined to finish it, this time with the help of a good Audible version.

ETA: And yes, I'll be reading whatever wins, and joining the discussion after.
Generally I find that that books in the nomination slate fall into one of three categories: books I voted for and obviously I hope one wins; books I didn't vote for but am happy to read; books I would prefer not to win, but my intention would be to read anyway.

Fortunately for me, this month all but one of the books fall into the first or second category this month, including those you voted for. I've read only three in the whole slate; one I voted for and two I did not, but not out of any objection to them as selections, just out of a desire for something different.
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Of the two, I think Aaronovitch is more problematic. I accept Charlie's word that Stabenow is a standalone (again, people make up their own minds about how they feel about that), but my sense is that the Aaronovitch very much isn't a standalone, which would make it a much harder read for someone who mightn't have read it when the club did.
FWIW I think Moon Over Soho is probably easier to pick up than later books in the series. It begins with the consequences of the first book and a lot of what you need to know is recapped in the first chapter or so. Which is not to say it's "standalone" and obviously if you like to start from book 1 of a series then this is not that.

Anyway, doesn't look like it'll be an issue does it?
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