June selection options

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I've been mulling some choices for the June book. What would people like?

My first thought was The Princess Bride, the book that became the cult film. A retelling of an archetypal fairy tale, full of action, adventure, romance, swordfights, and breaking of the fourth wall. But, we've done Mort recently, so do we want another comedy? Could raise questions of how knowing we are, or should be, of genre tropes, and how different media (book, film, game) emphasise and accommodate different types of scenes.

We could do A Memory Called Empire, an SF book inspired by Byzantine politics. An ambassador from a small state visits the capital of the neighbouring empire, both to secure her home's independence and to discover the truth of her predecessor's sudden death. Won the 2020 Hugo. Could have questions about politics and scheming, identity and roles, and how to represent politics and scheming.

Or there's Paladin's Grace, a fantasy romantic novel. He's a paladin whose god died a few years ago, she's a perfumer recently escaped from an abusive marriage. Together they... well, they fight crime, but it's all about the two of them forming a relationship. Light and loads of fun. Could involve questions about tone, romance, relationships, and how to bring emotions and vulnerability into games.

Let's see if the poll works! But please add comments as you see fit.

June book choice
  1. June book choice4 votes
    1. The Princess Bride
        0.00%
    2. A Memory Called Empire
      75.00%
    3. Paladin's Grace
      25.00%

Comments

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    I Chose A Memory Called Empire as I have read The Princess Bride (a joy!) and Paladin's Grace is not my kind of book - I mean fantasy, the romance bit is fine!

  • 1

    I also picked A Memory Called Empire, as I've been meaning to read it for a while.

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    @Apocryphal said:
    I also picked A Memory Called Empire, as I've been meaning to read it for a while.

    That too!

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    I picked Paladin because I was impressed by @NeilNjae 's comments on it a while ago. Nothing against Empire. I've actually never seen Princess Bride though have known people whose opinions I respect who speak highly of it. Basically I'm cool with any of the three
  • 1

    I voted for A Memory Called Empire. I have read The Princess Bride and enjoyed it. I haven’t heard of Paladin’s Grace. I’ll join in the conversation regardless of which book eventually gets chosen.

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    Hmm - four people have voted but the poll only shows three votes. Did someone not actually cast a vote, or is something amiss with the poll function?

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    I voted on the poll.

  • 1

    It shows me the results but no link to vote. That makes me think my vote was accepted.

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    @WildCard said:
    It shows me the results but no link to vote. That makes me think my vote was accepted.

    It seems I forgot to select the enter button... D'oh!

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    Let's go for A Memory Called Empire. We've got a good track record of everyone here liking recent, popular, Hugo-winning novels!

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    Not to mention slightly older BSFA and John W Campbell Award winners!
  • 2

    @NeilNjae would you mind posting a more formal thread introducing this pick that I can pin to the top?

    Thanks!

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