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Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at July 15th, 2004 (10:38 pm)

current mood: creative

Here we go!

1) The Robert Walton fame narrative -- do we need it? Why or why not?

2) The creature often tells Victor that Victor owes him a mate as part of his responsibilities as his creator. Does Victor owe the creature anything?

3) According to the British Romantics, a hero is a person who combines individualism and sensitivity. He refuses to accept his limitations and exists outside of society and its traditional laws. Who do you think Shelley intended as the Romantic Hero of this novel?

4) And, just for fun: Victor never tells us what happened to his younger brother Ernest. What do you think happened to him?

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by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at July 13th, 2004 (06:32 pm)

Okay, because I like to plan ahead (and because I know that August and September are going to be very busy months for me) I've plotted out the selections through October. I am, however, taking recommendations in all categories for November and December selections. Want to share your favorite book with the rest of us? Got a book that you'd really like to read and talk about? Let me know. In the mean time. . .

August Selections
Mind Candy: Christopher Moore, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, August 7
Gothic/Horror: Matthew Pearl, The Dante Club, August 14
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Clive Barker, Abarat, August 21
Improving Read: Eric Schlosser, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Market, August 28

September Selections
Mind Candy: Penn Jillete, Sock, September 4
Gothic/Horror: Kelley Armstrong, Bitten, September 11
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife, September 18
Improving Read: Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd, September 25

October Selections
Mind Candy: Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends, October 2
Gothic/Horror:Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes, October 9
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog, October 16
Improving Read: Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses, October 23

There is a fifth Saturday in October; Do we want to do a bonus selection?

Remember, you don't have to read all of the selections, but I hope everyone is able to find something interesting here.

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Mind Candy -- Next Read?
by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at July 12th, 2004 (12:46 am)

current mood: inquisitive

The discussion isn't necessarily over for Notaro's I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies), but we do need to think ahead to next month's read. Here are the books I'm considering:

Christopher Moore's The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. In which a psychiatrist switches everyone's anitdepressant prescription for placebos. I've read some Moore, and he's generally pretty funny. Plus, to "celebrate" the paperback release of his latest novel, Perennial has re-released some of his "classics" (like this one) for $9.95 -- which isn't bad for a trade paperback.

or. . .

Mike Nelson's Death Rat, by, erm, Mike Nelson. Again, fairly reasonably priced, and from one of the twisted minds who brought us MST3K.

Do you have a preference? Or any other suggestions?

I've already picked out the September selection, and this one's non-negotiable: Penn Jilette's Sock. It's a murder mystery told by a sock money, fer cryin' out loud! We gotta read it. But not 'til September.

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A couple of announcements!
by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at July 11th, 2004 (05:49 pm)

Hello, all! Just a couple of housekeeping items!

In order to prevent filling up the friends-lists of those members who may not be participating in a particular discussion, please keep your comments about the book in the original entry. That way, those who are not interested in Laurie Notaro's book won't have to weed through several posts about it, just as those who are not interested in Frankenstein won't have to sift through several posts about it.

Also, nacromancer is working on a nifty page_monkeys logo, and I hope to have it in icon form soon. Soon we will have both books and monkeys! Huzzah!

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Laurie Notaro -- I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies)
by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at July 9th, 2004 (07:02 pm)

current mood: curious

Right! Let's get this discussion started, shall we?

In a review of this book (not from Kirkus Reviews!), Notaro is accused of "navel gazing" and repetitive whining. The reviewer continues to bash the book by saying " reading this entire collection front to back won't leave readers with a single memorable character or episode." Is this criticism fair?

That should be enough to get us started, but feel free to add your own questions/topics as a thread in this discussion.

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Just a heads up.
by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at June 24th, 2004 (01:44 am)

The info page has been modified somewhat to include a basic set of rules. Here's the short version: 1) Be sure to read the book for the discussion you want to participate in. 2) No flaming. and 3) Please contribute more than simply "I liked this book" or "I didn't like this book."

I realize that these things should not need saying, but I've learned from teaching in higher education that sometimes the things that don't need saying actually do need to be said at least once.

So there you go!

Also, if you're going to be reading Frankenstein for the first time, don't get discouraged by Robert Walton's letters. The novel really does get better. I promise.

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by PeppermintGloom (peppermintgloom)
at June 23rd, 2004 (01:43 am)

current mood: happy

Welcome to the only Live Journal Book Group with Monkeys! (Erm. Well, it will have monkeys as soon as I find some good pics.)

Here's our first round of selections and deadlines:
Gothic/Horror: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, July 17
Improving Read: Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, July 31
Mind Candy: Laurie Notaro, I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies): True Confessions of a Loudmouth Girl, July 10
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, July 24

On each deadline, I'll make a post with that book's title as the subject. I'll start by asking a couple of questions/ posting some thoughts, and we'll take it from there.

Happy reading!

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