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01 March 2011 @ 09:13 am
March 2011 - Beauty (Robin McKinley)  
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!
Sasha Fierce: Magiclillervillain on March 1st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I bought it this afternoon because I fundamentally disagree with downloading books from the internet. I've never been able to bring myself to do it, it's so... impersonal. I love having my own copies of my favourite stories to keep on my shelf.

I don't know if I've said this already, but I'm so glad that this book club was started up. I'm always meaning to buy new books and I go to book stores and end up standing around and faffing for ages. Then I inevitably end up buying a low-grade chick-lit book that kills off several brain cells (not that I don't adore chick-lit when it's done right, but that's rare and wonderful) so I obviously need some guidance in my book purchasing.
Nichothodes Koryfoidesplacebetween on March 2nd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I love having copies too. Sometimes I'll download books that I know I have at home (in San Diego) but obviously don't have ready access to/don't want to buy again.

I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS TOO!! I love directed reading and I love discussion, so book clubs are my thing.