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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #255 on: December 14, 2014, 08:52:07 PM »
I thought about doing one month of the year where there are no restrictions at all, any book is fair game. Any thoughts on this? Would people object if readers in the US (or Europe) would have to import books? Some of our readers that live outside of these areas have to do this on a more regular basis, so I was thinking maybe we could give it a shot once? There are a good number of books in the UK that don't have releases in the US that I'd love to read and this could be an excuse for me (and others) to do so.  Just wanted to get reactions/feedback from others before I did it.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #256 on: December 14, 2014, 09:19:19 PM »
How about some old-fashioned Heroic Fantasy: "Have sword, will travel."

Or perhaps Planetary Romance? A Princess of Mars is almost a 100 years old by now and it might be interesting to take a look at something really old. I once read the first chapters and was quite positively surprised and have been planning to go back to it for some time.

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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #257 on: December 14, 2014, 09:46:37 PM »
We could go brand new: Chris Evans's Of Bone and Thunder.

Something not new, but great fantasy-flavored Scinece Fiction: C.S. friedman's Black Sun Rising (or the whole Coldfire trilogy)

Or, taking Yora's suggestion of something old, I've not read The Once and Future King, though I've always meant to.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #258 on: December 14, 2014, 10:45:04 PM »
Have we done classics? Would be pretty easy for anybody to get a hold of those.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #259 on: December 15, 2014, 12:07:49 AM »
Have we done classics? Would be pretty easy for anybody to get a hold of those.


Our very first theme:
February 2013
Pre-2000 General or Classic Fantasy

We selected The Black Company by Glenn Cook

But that has been 2 years ago (2 years already?!?), so it's fair game to come back in to the rotation! We could also change the date requirements some if people want to try to get an older work selected.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #260 on: December 15, 2014, 01:46:11 AM »
2 years? Wow. Now I feel old. I remember when we didn't have themes, and you were just a little fish on this forum right beside me.

Enough reminiscing. Yeah. I would be for pre-1950s works. If you want to get technical, the 1890s-1930s had a whole heaping of SFF literature. There's bound to be something still readable in there.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #261 on: December 15, 2014, 02:50:18 AM »
The Worm Orobouros, by Eddison.  My brother owned this, along with King of Elfland's Daughter and Charwoman's Shadow.  It had a great cover.  It was praised by Tolkien and Lewis.  Could be interesting.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #262 on: December 15, 2014, 07:38:49 PM »
I wouldn't mind doing an import if it wasn't to crazy priced and I could get it in time for the read.  Decade themes might be cool as well 50's, on up... that would cover a bunch of the year...

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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #263 on: June 09, 2015, 01:21:43 AM »
Any suggestions for August's theme?  ;D

I'll throw out a couple of ideas. Neither of which is terribly original, but are both things I enjoy:

Female Protagonist (we've done this one before, but its been long enough, we can repeat)
Epic Fantasy (feels like its been awhile :) )




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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #264 on: June 09, 2015, 01:44:48 AM »
I like both of those, Arry.
Also, we could do Dragons
Or Gunpowder Fantasy
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #265 on: June 09, 2015, 05:53:49 AM »
Maybe Jungles? Jungles with grasshoppers in?
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #266 on: June 09, 2015, 08:36:36 AM »
Any suggestions for August's theme?  ;D

I'll throw out a couple of ideas. Neither of which is terribly original, but are both things I enjoy:

Female Protagonist (we've done this one before, but its been long enough, we can repeat)
Epic Fantasy (feels like its been awhile :) )

Epic Fantasy would be good - plus JMack's Dragons/Gunpowder Fantasy often fits in that category anyway.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #267 on: June 09, 2015, 11:10:42 AM »
Maybe Jungles? Jungles with grasshoppers in?
We may just have to do our own Grasshopper Jungle read-a-long.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #268 on: June 09, 2015, 01:51:38 PM »
Maybe Jungles? Jungles with grasshoppers in?
We may just have to do our own Grasshopper Jungle read-a-long.
It's like Magicians. It came second 4-5 times and when it finally got chosen it was a success. :)
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #269 on: June 22, 2015, 06:46:47 PM »
How about a always gets nominated never quite wins round for August?

And to avoid confusion Arry just trails the last year od noms and sticks up a list of six bridesmaids but never the brides for us to vote for?
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