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Re: [MAY 2015] Kitschies Month - Nominations are open! MORE THAN THIS - Red Tentacle Finalist 2013
Patrick Ness
A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned.

What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this.

THE SAMARITAN (This was released last year as The Heart Does Not Grow Back) - Golden Tentacle Finalist 2011
Fred Venturini
Blank Slate Press
“Dale Sampson is a nobody. A small town geek who lives in the shadow of his best friend, the high school baseball star, it takes him years to even gather the courage to actually talk to a girl. It doesn’t go well. Then, just when he thinks there’s a glimmer of hope for his love life, he loses everything.When Dale runs into the twin sister of the girl he loved and lost, he finds his calling – he will become a samaritan.”

A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING - Red Tentacle Winner 2013
Ruth Ozeki

Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery.

In a small cafe in Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyberbullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place – and voice – through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her.

Weaving across continents and decades, and exploring the relationship between reader and writer, fact and fiction, A Tale for the Time Being is an extraordinary novel about our shared humanity and the search for home.

March 15, 2015, 02:16:50 PM
Re: Terry Pratchett Memorial Read
And suggest we do Pterry month in May and Kitschies in June. But just my humble opinion.

Done. :)

March 15, 2015, 03:59:04 PM
Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read Just an update that this will be our official book club read for May.
March 15, 2015, 04:00:31 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? I finished both Shadow Study (the 4th Poison Study book) and Skull Throne. Skull Throne worked better for me than Daylight War. Kind of strange that neither Arlen or Jardir are in it much at all, curious to see how people end up reacting to that. (Arlen particularly)

I plan on starting The Rebirths of Tao next! :)

March 21, 2015, 10:48:59 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? I started Station Eleven as my audiobook. Have heard wonderful things about it, and so far so good.

I unintentionally started reading Grace of Kings and looking forward to getting back to it later today. (I just wanted to see what it was like, got sucked in and decided I am going to switch and read this. I'll finish Rebirths of Tao when I'm done. I love the Tao books, just a bit more in the mood for Grace of Kings at the moment)

March 24, 2015, 11:57:27 AM
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - Who's reading with us? In April, we are celebrating the works of Terry Pratchett. His books have left a huge mark on the genre, and so many fans adore his work. He will be greatly missed! Wether you are already a fan or new to his works, this is a great opportunity to join together and discuss/enjoy one of his books.

Our members selected The Wee Free Men for our read:

"Another world is colliding with this one," said the toad. "All the monsters are coming back."

"Why?" said Tiffany.

"There's no one to stop them."

There was silence for a moment.

Then Tiffany said, "There's me."

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle - aka the Wee Free Men - a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds - black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors - before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone....

In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.

Week 1: Chapters 1 - 3
Week 2: Chapters 4 - 7
Week 3: Chapters 7 - 11
Week 4: Chapters 12 - 14. 

So, who's reading with us?

March 24, 2015, 09:26:42 PM
Release Date: Liar's Key - June 2, 2015
The Red Queen has set her players on the board...

Winter is keeping Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the longed-for luxuries of his southern palace. And although the North may be home to his companion, the warrior Snorri ver Snagason, he is just as eager to leave. For the Viking is ready to challenge all of Hell to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has Loki’s key – now all he needs is to find the door.

As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his – the key to the underworld -- so that his dead subjects can rise and rule.

March 24, 2015, 10:52:00 PM
Re: The King's Paws *** Round of drinks on me as an apology for flooding the Recent Topics with release dates. Adding to the calendar creates new topics as well  :D ***
March 24, 2015, 11:10:36 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
On to Emperors Blades by Brian Staveley.
Be interesting to compare notes when we're each done.

When you are done, you can compare notes by checking out this discussion thread and adding to it if interested:



I really liked The Emperor's Blades. I'm reading The Providence of Fire at the moment.

I loved Providence of Fire. While I really enjoyed Emperor's Blades, I had some reservations all of which were wiped away with the second book.

March 25, 2015, 07:13:22 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? Reading Grace of Kings, which I know I already mentioned. But the more I read of it, the more I am loving. I cant remember the last epic fantasy that has captured my attention so fully. The style is beautiful, yet easy to read (for some reason, I expected a slow/heavy read), the characters seem to come to life and just seem real and intriguing, and quite curious what is going on. Still time for things to go wrong, but right now, my expectations for it are extremely high.
March 25, 2015, 07:23:48 PM