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F-F Authors Book Club
« on: April 14, 2016, 12:04:23 PM »
Hello, everyone:

It's been a few months, but I'm up for another book club. I propose we read books by authors who have a presence here on F-F. These need to be completed books, and one of us needs to confirm the high quality of the writing. @ScarletBea and others have read quite a few. I'm currently reading "American Craftsmen" by Tom Doyle, who joined a bit ago at the recommendation of @tebakutis. I know Tom is ready to do Q&A, etc. I'm sure other F-F authors would be happy to get in on the action.

One thing I don't want to do is get anyone frustrated about whether their book gets read early, late, or - sorry - ever.

So here's my thinking: let's do nominations of F-F books you've read or written, and it will go to a vote. Must be an F-F writer. Must be available as an ebook in the U.K., U.S. and elsewhere. Preferably also available in printed form.

Nomination should include very brief non-spoiler description.

Nominations due from today to next Thursday, then goes to a vote.

If anyone hates this idea, polite dissenting posts are welcome. But I hope folks will think this could be really cool.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2016, 12:48:27 PM »
Thinking about self-pubs, I recommend @G_R_Matthews, The Stone Road and @Eli_Freysson, Firemoon. The latter hasn't been published yet, and is book 3 in the trilogy, but I haven't read the other 2.

You can see my reviews mostly in the "what are you currently reading" thread, and I'll leave it up to the authors to give a short summary and say if they'd be happy to provide Q&A :)

Then we've got the mainstream ones, but they're mostly unsummonable.
I'm thinking about Jen Williams (@sennydreadful!), Julia Knight (Francis Knight here), and Mark Lawrence to a smaller extent.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2016, 02:14:48 PM »
And just so it's official (even though we already discussed this) I'd like to recommend American Craftsmen from @Tom Doyle. It's great writing, a fast-paced story with fun action, and includes a ton of twists on actual history, many of which made me grin (wait until you hear about the Gideon Bibles).

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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2016, 02:46:40 PM »
^ you don't nominate your book, @tebakutis? ;D
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2016, 02:58:38 PM »
Thinking about self-pubs, I recommend @G_R_Matthews, The Stone Road and @Eli_Freysson, Firemoon. The latter hasn't been published yet, and is book 3 in the trilogy, but I haven't read the other 2.

Thanks for the recommendation.

So, how does this work? I've never been involved with the book club. Or A book club, for that matter.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2016, 03:04:04 PM »
i'll totally get on this train.

for some reason, i just can't get through mainstream books at the moment.  i'm having such an issue with turning off my critique head, that i can't enjoy the book.  this way, if i have a critiquing moment, at the very least, i can just tell the author and get it off my chest!

and, since @tebakutis didn't do it -- i'd LOVE to nominate his book, glyphbinder.  it's in my tbr pile anyway!  (tho, the newest one he's shopping around sounds cool too.)

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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2016, 03:24:05 PM »
If you nominated a book that wins you must be active in the book club , people used to vote for favourite books and then there never turned up to post.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2016, 03:32:40 PM »
Here's how it works:

We get a group who say they'll read the book, and give a week or two for folks to obtain it.
We read it "together" during a month, each person at her/his own pace.

I create (usually) 4 threads, one for the first 25% of the book (we'll establish chapter ranges), one for the 2nd 25%, etc. Folks post in those threads, and if they've already read ahead, they have to try to avoid spoilering.

@Lanko also did a fantastic job with Sir PTerry's Nation on a "favorite quotes" thread we used for that one. Of course, Pratchett is incredibly quotable, so it was really fun.

I also really want to involve the author. As ScarletBea said, we may not be able to "summon" some of the more prominent authors who have F-F id's, but we can try. And this might (and I think it will) guide away from major "best-sellers". For me, that'll be part of the fun.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2016, 03:54:35 PM »
I also really want to involve the author. As ScarletBea said, we may not be able to "summon" some of the more prominent authors who have F-F id's, but we can try. And this might (and I think it will) guide away from major "best-sellers". For me, that'll be part of the fun.

Well, if you folks DO pick up one of my books I'm perfectly willing to answer questions.

If not, I think I'll still read along. I really don't read enough lately.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2016, 04:04:36 PM »
Bea, I keep saying thank you and mean every one.

If you decide on my book(s), I'll happily join in a Q&A. I did a Reddit/r/fantasy AMA (Writer of the Day) and loved it!

Blurb and 'stuff' below, and there is some more on my website www.grmatthews.com

The Stone Road

Zhou is a diplomat,  a talker, a peace-maker. But war is on the horizon and all his skills may not be enough to prevent it.
Haung is a soldier, warrior and spy. War offers the chance for glory and advancement. The reality is something different.
On both sides of the conflict there are those that see war as an opportunity for revenge.
On the horizon the red flame of war grows ever brighter.



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I could see my way clear to providing some Kindle or ePub copies of the trilogy if you'd like.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2016, 04:57:00 PM »
I'd happily be involved, for what it's worth.  ;D The Copper Promise comes in the States in July, so it'll be easier for people to get hold of it from then.
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2016, 05:58:13 PM »
I could join in and you could all read one of my short stories 15 times to make up the word count? That works, right?!!?  ;)

Genuinely would like to be involved in this , even just reading your books as I haven't written one myself.


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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2016, 07:36:26 PM »
^ you don't nominate your book, @tebakutis? ;D

Haha, I dunno, that just feels weird (nominating my own book). I'd hope F-F people might enjoy it, but I honestly don't know, which is why I didn't mention it (though @m3mnoch was kind enough to do so!) That said, if it DOES interest people, I'd love to answer questions about it, but I'm sure that's true of most authors.

Since both books have been brought up, I figure it makes sense to post sample chapters, reviews, and Goodreads links so people can see if either book seems interesting. Also, if people want to do this for the books they've included (if you haven't already) that'd be awesome!

American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle
Excerpt: http://us.macmillan.com/excerpt?isbn=9780765376923

Review: http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Tom-Doyle/American-Craftsmen.html

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490534-american-craftsmen

Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis (first five chapters are available for free here)
Excerpt: https://talesofthefive.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/glyphbinder/

Review: http://www.scifiandscary.com/book-review-glyphbinder-by-eric-bakutis/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25458985-glyphbinder
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Re: F-F Authors Book Club
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2016, 08:06:49 PM »
That said, if it DOES interest people, I'd love to answer questions about it, but I'm sure that's true of most authors.

We do like our egos tickled, don't we?  :)
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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2016, 08:14:34 PM »
Sounds good to me.
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