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We will have separate threads for the nominations and the voting poll.

Nominations
There's no limit to the number of books that each person can nominate.
Even members who don't want to participate can nominate books, this way we can get a wider range of ideas of books to read.

For a book to reach the voting stage, it must be seconded by a different member.
However, each person can only second 2 books, to restrict the list for voting. If no books are seconded, then the person in charge of the bookclub will pick five books randomly to be voted on.

Please try to choose books with less than 500 pages, and make sure it's a standalone or the first in a series.

Voting
Only vote in the poll if you are going to join the book club for that month.

If there’s a tie at the end, the person in charge of the bookclub will decide who wins.


Even if you haven't voted for the winning book, I do hope to see you in the book club!
« Last Edit: March 23, 2020, 08:27:31 PM by Eclipse »
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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 09:05:04 PM »
URP-113 by Mike D. Parker

This science fiction novella is only 32 pages.  Lyn is a female soldier.
Her mission is to rescue human settlers from a colony planet, United Republic of Planets #113.
After extracting the settlers from an attack by hostile aliens, Lyn will sit back as the URP heavy weapons eliminate the aliens.  It's a simple rescue.
However, everything doesn't go as planned, and the mission becomes a horror story.
This novella is a prequel to an upcoming novel

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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 05:59:34 PM »
Came up with five books that I think fit the bill from my TBR list.


Herald of the Storm, Richard Ford

Dark Moon, David Gemmell

Drakenfeld, Mark Charan Newton

The Highwayman, R.A. Salvatore

The Knight, Gene Wolfe
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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2020, 07:44:07 PM »
Patricia McKillip: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 01:58:37 AM »
I'm looking for books to second, but the only two already listed here that I've heard of, I DNFed in a huff, oops. That said, I've enjoyed other Patricia McKillip's I've read, though my library only has The Forgotten Beasts of Eld in physical copies so I can't get hold of it while the libraries are closed...

May I propose Breanna Teintze's Lord of Secrets because it's a rollicking fun adventure with necromancy and a disaster rogue-magician and I feel like maybe we could all use a little of that right now. (There is a sequel out very soon, but this stands alone nicely.)

Alternatively, I already have AK Larkwood's The Unspoken Name sitting on my shelf and I hear wonderful things about it (including from Nicholas Eames and Dyrk Ashton). Orc priestess and powerful wizard and destiny and gods with long memories... sounds like some epic fun.

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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 11:33:32 AM »
 
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western" from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories--and nearly unbearable guilt. Sea of Rust is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins"--"In this post-apocalyptic "robot western," critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic C. Robert Cargill brilliantly chronicles the tale of a scavenger robot wandering in the wasteland left after the war that destroyed humanity"--
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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 02:37:19 PM »
Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart - Steven Erikson

A fantastic story about alien first contact...but without aliens. You get the some of the philosphical ramblings but they are kept to minimum and focused on humanity itself.

Never Die - Rob J Hayes

A Japanese themed story that's surprisingly easy and fun to ready with a good twist at the end.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 09:47:38 PM »
One Of Us by Craig DiLouie

"They've called him a monster from the day he was born.
Abandoned by his family, Enoch Bryant now lives in a rundown orphanage with other teenagers just like him. He loves his friends, even if the teachers are terrified of them. They're members of the rising plague generation. Each bearing their own extreme genetic mutation.
The people in the nearby town hate Enoch, but he doesn't know why. He's never harmed anyone. Works hard and doesn't make trouble. He believes one day he'll be a respected man.
But hatred dies hard. The tension between Enoch's world and those of the "normal" townspeople is ready to burst. And when a body is found, it may be the spark that ignites a horrifying revolution."

(Just one from my shelves that I haven't got around to yet!)

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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2020, 01:05:28 PM »
@Peat would you like to add any more books?

@isos81 how about you

@ScarletBea you too throw some books into the mix
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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2020, 03:01:49 PM »
Don't know the rules so they might not count but here are some recommendations that I want to read:
  • Mark Lawrence - Limited Wish
  • Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan
  • Daniel Abraham - The Dagger and The Coin
Kallor shrugged. 'I've walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I've commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I've spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2020, 03:02:54 PM »
Hmmm

The starless sea - Erin Morgenstern

This is a book that lends itself beautifully to a readalong :D
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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2020, 03:22:19 PM »
Don't know the rules so they might not count but here are some recommendations that I want to read:
  • Mark Lawrence - Limited Wish
  • Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan
  • Daniel Abraham - The Dagger and The Coin


No need for The lions of Al—Rassan

Feel free to post here

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(feb-2014)-the-lions-of-al-rassan/?PHPSESSID=50tg692np5tdntntm8h1h6uqs4

Hmm no posts by @cupiscent on that book club 😀
« Last Edit: March 30, 2020, 03:26:14 PM by Eclipse »
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Re: Nominations for May 2020 bookclub: open nominations anything goes!
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2020, 03:34:38 AM »
Hmm no posts by @cupiscent on that book club 😀

Cos I only started posting here in March 2014. :D