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27 June 2011 @ 03:00 pm
So I know we said that we would discuss "A Tale of Time City" on June 19th, but real life got crazy and so we're just a few days late.  BUT NOW IT'S GAME ON!


A few questions to get the discussion rolling:

How cool is Time City?

What do you think of the way that history can "go critical?"

What were your favorite inventions or wardrobe items in Time City (or in history)?

What was up with the abrupt ending?

Diana Wynne Jones is pretty badass, right?

What parts did you like best? What parts did you like least?

Do you think the future will indeed contain "Mind Wars?"

Please feel free to pose your own discussion questions in the comments!

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04 May 2011 @ 01:11 pm
Please vote for our May book!

Poll #1737974 MAY 2011 VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE
This poll is closed.

Vote for your top two!

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
World War Z - Max Brooks
Logan's Run - William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
Welcome to the Monkey House - Kurt Vonnegut

Check out their summaries and details at the suggestion post.
02 May 2011 @ 10:25 am

Bad mods, bad mods, whatcha gonna do?  Whatcha gonna do when they...forget to post the book suggestion post for May?


We're sorry just like the Beast is sorry when he hurts Belle's feelings.

Based on your awesome suggestions, the book theme for May 2011 will beeeeeee....
Sci-fi/Fantasy, specifically novels that deal with a dystopian/apocalyptic future.


Go to town in the comments and we will post a poll tomorrow.  We promise.

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10 April 2011 @ 03:20 pm


Feel free to talk in the comments!

Our next book discussion post will be Wednesday, April 13.
(Are you halfway done with The Age of Innocence?)

As a discussion question: what childhood authors influenced you the most? Which books bring back vivid memories of childhood? Which books did you read again and again when you were younger?
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07 April 2011 @ 11:13 pm

Bonjour everyone!

To go along with our book of the month, I wanted to do a little post about Edith Wharton's life. I'm always nosy about author's lives and how they come to write what they do, but Edith seems to have had a particularly badass life and I wanted to share!

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That's it! I just wanted to share a bit. I am by no means an Edith expert, if you have any ~fabulous Edith facts~ of your own, please do share! Apparently there's an excellent recent biography of her by Hermione Lee, but it's longer than a Harry Potter book and I'm not sure I can read a bio that long, not even one of the great Lady Edith.

Hope everyone's enjoying Age of Innocence!
01 March 2011 @ 09:13 am
And our book for March 2011 is ...

This much-loved retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.

Thanks to linsadair for the suggestion! It is totally appropriate for our club to start with a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

If you don't have access to the book and don't want to buy it, you can download a PDF here. If you can't open .rar files, the PDF is also uploaded here. However, I do feel compelled to remind you that Borders is bankrupt and most of its stock is 40% off (woohoo! sad woohoo!).

We'll start discussing up to the middle of the book (or up until Chapter 3, har har har) around March 15. Stay tuned for further postings, including our first weekend off-topic post. Happy March!
28 February 2011 @ 10:40 am
Apologies for the rapidfire voting post! We'll allow more time for the April 2011 voting round. I hope everyone is able to vote in this poll, and the book for March 2011 will be posted tomorrow.

You can find brief summaries of each novel behind the cut.

This poll is closed.


The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)

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27 February 2011 @ 09:39 am
Since we had a lot of books suggested (yay!), I think we need to do a LIGHTNING ELIMINATION ROUND of voting. In the future, we'll have a theme for each month to narrow down the field a little - asking for "a book" was a silly call. I DON'T KNOW, I'M STILL IN CHARGE FOR SOME REASON. AND CAPSLOCKING.

With that in mind, pick the top three books that interest you for this month. I'll have this open for awhile today, and then we'll put up a final voting round today or tomorrow. Sorry if you have a life. You should probably get back on the internet.

Poll #1710892 Voting Round #1
This poll is closed.


The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)
Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
Tinkers (Paul Harding)
Diary of a Bad Year (JM Coetzee)
The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
Rose Daughter (Robin McKinley)
Jitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins)
Death with Interruptions (Jose Saramago)
Dancer from the Dance (Andrew Holleran)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)

Here is the suggestions post, in case you need a refresher.
23 February 2011 @ 01:41 pm
Since this book club is totally rad and involves multiple references to Beauty and the Beast (second choice name: antlersinallofourdecorating), we're pretty sure your friends want to join. Post a banner and link in your journal to promote us! We don't bite, and we think gay Victorian literature is cool.

Copy and paste the code above to insert the banner and a link to the community in your journal. Gaston approves.

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23 February 2011 @ 02:47 pm

Welcome to tilchapter3, a new livejournal book club! We read books and then talk about them ... ON THE INTERNET.

Please join the community to see our entries, as well as vital discussions about literary boyfriends and fictional estates.
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