88. (April-May 2020) Always Coming Home by Ursula K. LeGuin

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    I am sure I will like it, @Apocryphal! How can I be a grognard if I don't grumble? :D

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    Thanks for the summary of the editions, @Apocryphal . Looks like I have the un-expanded version.

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    I've created a discussion category for this book: https://www.ttrpbc.com/categories/88-(april-may-2020)-always-coming-home-by-ursula-k-leguin

    My copy didn't arrive yesterday - instead I got an e-mail saying it's 'delayed' with no further information. Hopefully this means only a few days.

    Anyway, once I get the book I should be able to break it down into some concrete chunks to set goals for discussion. I'm currently assuming we can discuss a bit around May 1st, another bit around May 15th, and finally the finish around May 31st. However, this is just an 'idea' that my organized German Id has given me because it doesn't like working in a void - I'm not, by this, intending to step on your toes in organizing the read, @BarnerCobblewood , if you have other ideas.

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    Hi @Apocryphal this will be fine. Will wait for your updates. Maybe you can just add a poll to the thread to make sure everyone who is interested has received their copy? Or people can just chime in - I have a copy in hand.

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    > @clash_bowley said:
    > I am sure I will like it, @Apocryphal! How can I be a grognard if I don't grumble? :D

    Come now, you've liked two Book Club books in a row now!
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    @dr_mitch said:

    @clash_bowley said:
    I am sure I will like it, @Apocryphal! How can I be a grognard if I don't grumble? :D

    Come now, you've liked two Book Club books in a row now!

    Astonishing, ain't it? :D

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    OK, I've finally received my copy. In this particular hardback edition, the core book is 474 pages, to which are appended about another 140 pages under the subtitle The Back of the Book, which is a bit like the appendices in The Lord of the Rings - there are some cultural essays in here, a glossary, and so on. Everybody should have this in their version of the book. Then there are several more supplementary essays in this expanded edition, which we will skip.

    So, if we divide the core book up into two-week chunks, and maybe also the Back of the Book bits unto the same, that gives us the following:

    1. By the end of April, read up to the end of POEMS, Second Section (about a third of the core book), and look through the Back of the Book up to and including MAPS.

    2. By Mid May, read the core book up to the end of POEMS, Third Section, and read or skim The Back of the Book up to the end of Three Poems by Pandora.

    3. By the End of May, please cover everything remaining in the core book and The End of the Book.

    Does this make sense, @BarnerCobblewood ?

    Chris

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    Seems fine. Look forward to hearing from folks around the first of May. BC

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    That works for me.
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    I’m in, too. I just bought the US Kindle version. I had $2.50 in promotional credit, so it only cost me $14.49. Woot!

    I’ll hurry up and be ready for the first discussion.

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    edited May 1

    So I have started a first discussion thread here.

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    edited May 31

    Edit: moved to other thread

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