Autumn 2021

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All,
We already have our August choice in hand - Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, led by @BarnerCobblewood .

At present we have no September monthly choice because of personal matters preventing the original plan. We do of course have the ongoing slow read in the Dream Archipelago, which by then will be a little bit into The Gradual, a novel by Christopher Priest, led by @Apocryphal .

If anyone has a particular book they'd really like us to read together in September please reply on this thread: otherwise we can regenerate the monthly list to restart with an October book. Over the next few weeks I'll be putting out a post to see who would like to participate.

@Apocryphal and I have altered the login requirements to mean that site access is possible using Facebook, Twitter or Google credentials instead of choosing a new username/password combination. This was in case potential members are deterred by the sign up process.

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    edited August 3

    I've been intrigued by Vita Nostra, a Ukranain novel that seems to defy easy explanation. I have the feeling that, like Piranesi, it's a novel that works best if you know little about it. (I have no idea if it's as good as Piranesi.)

    I read the sample from Amazon and liked it. But that's all I've read.

    So, that's an option if you'd like a complete punt on the unknown.

    A review: https://www.popmatters.com/vita-nostra-sergey-marina-dyachenko-2624918562.html

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    Sounds fascinating and I'd certainly be up for reading that as a group. Looks like we may have our September read... Any other thoughts from anyone?

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    Alternatively, what with the film coming out soon, perhaps Dune? We've been talking about it for a while. Maybe split the discussion over two months, especially as the film covers just half the novel.

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    Personally, I would just start the new rotation with September, and continue with picks by members. Since it seems like we’re down to 5 pickers, maybe we have room to stretch out with some longer works (giving a longer book 2 months?).

    Of the two above, I’d read either (if available). I still think Dune plus it’s sequel is a viable long read. But we have lots of other long read choices available. One way or another, we should do dune at some point.
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    @Apocryphal said:
    Personally, I would just start the new rotation with September, and continue with picks by members. Since it seems like we’re down to 5 pickers, maybe we have room to stretch out with some longer works (giving a longer book 2 months?).

    Of the two above, I’d read either (if available). I still think Dune plus it’s sequel is a viable long read. But we have lots of other long read choices available. One way or another, we should do dune at some point.

    This sounds good. @NeilNjae are you happy for Vita Nostra to be your September choice in the overall rotation? If so, I'll put out a general message inviting anyone who wants to participate in the rotation again.

    Also, I'd love to reread Dune with the club, plus whichever of the sequels seem good to us. I

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    Yes, let's try Vita Nostra. I don't know if it's good, but hopefully it'll be interesting!
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