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Our book for March will be Italo Calvino's Castle of Crossed Destinies.
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I am writing this post under the influence of Dayquil, so please blame any babbling in what follows on the cold medicine.

I read Tooth and Claw late last summer after seeing many recommendations for it on my flist, particularly, I think, from yhlee. "It's a Victorian novel with dragons," said the recommenders, "and it works!" I was skeptical, but intrigued. I'm definitely glad that I ended up giving it a try.

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Current Mood:
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Current Music:
R.E.M. - "Diminished"
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Any book suggestions for March?

We could do a follow up to something we've read before (Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers) or some sort of paired reading (something by Trollope to go with this month's Tooth and Claw, or the previously suggested pairing of Jane Eyre and Fforde's The Eyre Affair).

Or we could do something entirely new.

I'm still interested in the Italo Calvino that was suggested last time around (The Castle of Crossed Destinies).

Leave suggestions in the comments, and I'll put up a poll in a few days.

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I haven't had time to reread Tooth and Claw yet, but I would like to point out one interesting link as we start our discussion: author Jo Walton has an LJ, papersky. It's well worth checking out for her posts on writing, books, and sf/f in general. You can even find out your dragon name or read progress reports on the writing of the sequel.

*bounces excitedly at the prospect of a sequel*

(papersky, if you have any interest in commenting access to the group for this month, let me know. Though I suppose you're probably too busy!)
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Before we slip into the next month's book, I thought I would writeup, for what they are worth, my thoughts on Wicked.

I have to admit I found the book really quite tough going, which was disappointing. If I hadn't been reading for the group, I would probably have given up. As it was, I read about halfway through, came to read the spoilers in gwyneira's previous post and then skim read the rest.

I thought the premise was fabulous, I loved the way the book goes behind the fairytale to uncover messy and nasty politics, I thought a lot of that was constructed brilliantly. The idea could have been created to appeal to me. Yet on balance I didn't enjoy the book much at all.

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I may just have missed out by slipping into skim reading, but I get the feeling from the other comments people posted that I was not alone in my reaction. (In some ways, this is like my response to The Amulet of Samarkand, except that in that book the description and the plot managed to carry me along despite my disliking the characters.)
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Our book for February will be Jo Walton's Tooth and Claw. Discussion will begin, as usual, on the 15th.
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Well, I'm only halfway through Wicked, but it occurs to me that it's time to start voting on books for February. Except we have no suggested books. So if you have any ideas, please leave it in a comment on this post in the next couple of days.

Thanks!

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Our book for January will be Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Discussion will begin on the 15th, as usual.

If you have any suggestions for February, feel free to leave them in the comments. I'll put up a poll sometime in mid-January.

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I didn't get a chance to do a reread of Strong Poison for this month, so I can only discuss this book fairly generally. I'll be off on a plane tomorrow, however, so I thought I'd leave you all with one parting question.

Not hugely spoilery, but cut tags are good. Right?Collapse )

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