The Book Club

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Kerna Shedrian, Dec 1, 2015.

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Which two would you like most to read? (you can select as many as you'd like)

Poll closed Dec 11, 2015.
  1. Game of Love and Death

    6 vote(s)
    42.9%
  2. Noughts and Crosses

    6 vote(s)
    42.9%
  3. The Winner's Curse

    5 vote(s)
    35.7%
  4. King Leopold's Curse

    7 vote(s)
    50.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Kerna Shedrian

    Kerna Shedrian Aes Sedai

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    As per a recent thread in General, quite a few of us expressed interest in a Tower Book Club.
    Last year in January, Mother started the WoT ReRead and I like how that's going so far. But it'd be great to discuss nonWoT books with people as they are reading them (all the fresh feels).

    So as today is December 1, I'd like to get the ball rolling for it starting in the New Year. Plenty of time to check out if the local library has it, or to request it in your stocking, or use an holiday gift voucher on.

    The thought of doing books around a central theme was a great idea that came up in the thread and I'd love to try that out for the first phase. I think three books over three months sounds good. You don't have to read all three; each will have its own thread. It gives you options or time so fits into most people's schedules!


    Book 1
    Mother requested that Catherine Asaro be the author of one of the books, as this award winning author will be a guest speaker at JordanCon in April. I've never read any of Asaro's works before, as I tend to lean more toward Fantasy than SciFi but since I am going to JCon I am definitely on board with this plan.

    The problem with Asaro's books is ... where do you start? The first written novel is Primary Inversion but the first one in the Skolian Empire series chronologically is Skyfall. Oh but wait!! There is another novel linked to that series that seems to be standalone(ish) and one of the main characters is called Althor (how uncanny). The main problem with this one is that it's been rewritten so we can't guaranteed paperback readers are reading the same as e-readers! DILEMMA!!

    I think we'll go with Primary Inversion. It's around $6 on kindle (much cheaper than Skyfall) and looks like it might be more available in paperback too.

    Books 2 & 3
    With book 1 chosen we then just have to settle on a theme. Having not read the book, I have to go based on reviews. There appears to be several themes we could go use but perhaps the easiest is cultural diversity.

    So I've attached 4 options and after 10 days we'll choose the top 2 votes.

    The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
    Genre: Fiction/YA
    Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history?

    Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    Genre: Fiction/YA
    Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.
    The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger . . .

    The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
    Genre: Fiction/YA/Fantasy
    As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. Kestrel has other ideas.

    One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in Arin, a young slave up for auction. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - and for a sensational price that sets the society gossips talking. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for him is much higher than she ever could have imagined.


    Similar as you can see but it'd be interesting to compare.

    And to throw in a non-Fiction

    King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
    Genre: History
    King Leopold of Belgium, writes historian Adam Hochschild in this grim history, did not much care for his native land or his subjects, all of which he dismissed as "small country, small people." Even so, he searched the globe to find a colony for Belgium, frantic that the scramble of other European powers for overseas dominions in Africa and Asia would leave nothing for himself or his people. When he eventually found a suitable location in what would become the Belgian Congo, later known as Zaire and now simply as Congo, Leopold set about establishing a rule of terror that would culminate in the deaths of 4 to 8 million indigenous people, "a death toll," Hochschild writes, "of Holocaust dimensions." Those who survived went to work mining ore or harvesting rubber, yielding a fortune for the Belgian king, who salted away billions of dollars in hidden bank accounts throughout the world. Hochschild's fine book of historical inquiry, which draws heavily on eyewitness accounts of the colonialists' savagery, brings this little-studied episode in European and African history into new light.
     
  2. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

    Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak Aes Sedai TVT Editor Forum Moderator

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    How coincidental - I'm already on the wait list for the audiobook version of King Leopold's Ghost. :D I'll definitely be listening to that one regardless of whether it is chosen.

    I'm excited about this whole thing! :joy
     
  3. Imzadi Hopewind

    Imzadi Hopewind Aes Sedai Historian

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    I only found Noughts and Crosses and King Leopold's Ghost at the library. I'm not sure if I wanna buy Primary Inversion, since I don't have kindle. So I've booked the first one (as well with book 2, I might ask the library to buy the other two books too). The other book I'll borrow in norwegian. (they do have the english version too, but I'm lazy :giggle)
     
  4. Leo Kian

    Leo Kian Aes Sedai Mayor Forum Moderator

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    I voted for 'The Game of Love and Death' it sounds really interesting :)
     
  5. Kerna Shedrian

    Kerna Shedrian Aes Sedai

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    Me too, Leo!

    Noughts and Crosses has been on my to-read list for around 4 years now. It's on the BBCs Top 100 Books list that did the rounds a few years back - a list that I'm looking to complete at some stage in my life.
     
  6. Rhed al'Tere

    Rhed al'Tere Mother Amyrlin Seat

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    I just ordered Primary Inversion for under $5 on Amazon. ^^
     
  7. Kerna Shedrian

    Kerna Shedrian Aes Sedai

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    I've bought Primary Inversion and King Leopold's Ghost.


    Since we've tied on Game of Love and Death, and Noughts and Crosses I think we'll have threads for both. Read as many of them as you like and want to discuss.
    I'll open new threads at the end of December.

    This will be fun!
     
  8. Rhed al'Tere

    Rhed al'Tere Mother Amyrlin Seat

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    :joy
     
  9. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

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    I just finished THE WINNER'S CURSE and absolutely loved it. :joy I with it was one of the final choices for the book club. I enjoyed it far FAR better than Primary Inversion, and I'm planning to continue with the rest of Rutkoski's series. If anyone is looking for a well written, thought-provoking read, definitely give this one a shot. :D