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message 1: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Wow - so many good choices! I'm having a hard time deciding...

message 2: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I haven't read a one of these, though some of them are considered classics. Clearly I need to get a-readin'.

message 3: by Candiss (new)

Candiss Carolyn wrote: "Wow - so many good choices! I'm having a hard time deciding..."

Those were my thoughts exactly! Usually there is one clear choice for me, maybe a couple of strong interest, but this round is really tough.

message 4: by Brad (new)

Brad Heheheheh! My evil plan worked ;)

message 5: by Brandon (new)

Brandon James I read Cat's Cradle just a few weeks ago. Loved it.

Being new to goodreads and this group, I chose a book I hadn't read, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" as it's currently sitting on my to-read shelf. I've never read anything by Heinlein.

Looking forward to actually participating in one of the monthly reads!

message 6: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Although a little dated, the Moon Is a Harsh Mistress has my vote for the greatest SF book of all time.

message 7: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I thought about voting for Oryx and Crake because I heard how good it is, but Atwood's refusal to call it sci fi kind of turned me off from it. I'm not sure what her problem is with classifying it as such, but it bothers me.

message 8: by Linda (new)

Linda I can't say enough good words about Moon is a Harsh Mistress, it's just brilliant and reading it was a real treat.

I however voted for Cat's Cradle, as I've been wanting to finally read it for quite a while.

message 9: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Samantha

I believe that Atwood would claim that its literature. Science Fiction is to certain literary types typically looked down upon, as merely genre fiction.

Oh how little they know

message 10: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Jeffrey wrote: "Samantha

I believe that Atwood would claim that its literature. Science Fiction is to certain literary types typically looked down upon, as merely genre fiction.

Oh how little they know"

Yeah. That strikes me as a very close-minded attitude. Though I guess the author has the right to call her work whatever she likes. :)

message 11: by Eric (new)

Eric Orchard I wonder if all the news about Atwood suggesting the Moon landing was a hoax is affecting the vote....

Just finished Oryx & Crake but the others I havent read.

message 12: by Lee (new)

Lee There is no way I would ever turn down a chance to read Vonnegut.

message 13: by stormhawk (new)

stormhawk I might be very happy with quite few of these, but it's been a while since I've read Count Zero. I remember liking that a lot more than Neuromancer.

message 14: by Zack (new)

Zack The apocalypse or rebellion on the moon? This is going to be a hard decision.

message 15: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Wow, fantastic list. I know it's running last at the moment, but The Mount is worth a close look.

message 16: by Kim (new)

Kim Mod
I'm going for Cat's Cradle. It's been on my to-read list for some time now.

message 17: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston Ugh - I picked the Heinlein novel, but it's not on Kindle :(

message 18: by Scott (last edited Sep 23, 2010 04:22PM) (new)

Scott Marlowe Looks like I'm amongst like-minded readers. Heinlein all the way.

message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim Mod
Have an issue I want to raise and hopefully get read, can we please not leave the poll til so late in the month? By the time the poll concludes and I order the book I won't get it til around this time next month. I can't be the only person who has to get their books ordered in. I posted about it here as well: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...

message 20: by Michelle (new)

Michelle oryx & crake is fantastic and I'm long overdue for a re-read AND it would be a great discussion book.

but the mount has been on my tbr pile for a good while now, and it looks way intriguing...

message 21: by Tee (new)

Tee Can't say that any of those titles interest me. Anyone up for Dune by Herbert?

message 22: by Zack (new)

Zack Dune wouldn't be a bad idea for November unless it has already been done.

message 23: by Brad (last edited Sep 24, 2010 06:38AM) (new)

Brad Dune's already been done, actually, and November is our L.E. Modesitt Jr. month. It's important to remember, though, that even though a book may be finished for its monthly read, there is no reason why the discussion should end. The Dune discussion is still in the queue, and anyone who wants to add a comment in the discussion can do so; new comments will bring back past commentators and if a few of you are tackling a book at the same time a revival of the discussion would be fabulous. Plus, if you let one of the moderators know what you're up to we can move the thread back into a prominent position to attract other readers.

As for your concerns, Kim, thanks for sharing them with us again. Sometimes, yes, we are quite late (mostly due to busy lives, I imagine, at least that's my excuse), but there are plenty of times when we're not. Both the September Sci-Fi poll and the October Fantasy poll were completed in advance, and the Modesitt polls are already planned and will be opening in the first week of October, which will give us the bulk of the month to track down the books. And don't forget that there is no deadline on when you can jump into the discussion. While I understand that most people probably like to be part of the discussion right from the off, one can still come to a discussion later on and make a significant contribution. In fact, late comers are one of the best things to keep a discussion flowing all month. So if you're not able to get and read the book until later in the month, don't be shy...come and join a discussion anyway.

message 24: by Brad (new)

Brad Tee wrote: "Can't say that any of those titles interest me. Anyone up for Dune by Herbert?"

Seriously?! Wow. I thought that was a list that would have a little something for everyone.

message 25: by KristenR (new)

KristenR I've read a few of these books and loved them...unfortunately I don't know that I remember them enough to participate in the discussion effectively (and I have too many books on my TBR mountain to go back and reread them)

I voted, but it was a toss up - I would be pleased to read any of the others listed :)

message 26: by Ubik (new)

Ubik Ive been wanting to read Eifelheim for forever so thats my choice. If Id either never have read Cat's Cradle or had read it super-recently, Id go for that, but it isnt time to "renew" that one yet hehe.

message 27: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie I want a book I can read on my Kindle! :P The Heinlein book is not available for the Kindle.

I voted for "Woman on the Edge of Time" because the synopsis looks interesting to me. I am currently trying to read Game of Thrones, though, before the tv show starts!

message 28: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Willshire Heinlein always :)

message 29: by Jean (new)

Jean Heinlein nope for me (read 'em all when the teabaggers and I were young). Read Oryx and Crake too recently, so voting for Cat's Cradle. Will Vonnegut be as subversive as I remember?

message 30: by Vicky (new)

Vicky I've gone by what's available at the local library. We'll see how it goes.

message 31: by Tee (new)

Tee Like Vicky, I'm a bit limited to what's at Border's or Barnes and is paperback budget friendly. While reading new titles is very relaxing, revisiting titles like Dune is like dropping in to visit an old friend.

I'll gladly go hunting for the Dune thread. FYI there's a possibility of yet another remake in the works movie-wise too. Some time in 2011 or 12!

message 32: by Brad (new)

Brad Now that Moon is a Harsh Mistress is our official book for October, is there anyone who'd like to volunteer to lead the discussion?

message 33: by Boden (new)

Boden Steiner Heinlein's Mycroft Holmes is one of the best characters in fiction. I'm not particularly a Heinlein fan, but you all are in for a treat with this book. His best novel.

message 34: by Tee (new)

Tee Rhialto wrote: "To Tee:
I am still hearing vague rumors of a third collection of Dangerous Visions, too."

There's a second Dangerous Visions but it may not include works by the same authors.

message 35: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte For all you Kindle people, I found a pdf version of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress online(not torrent!)and converted it using Calibre, which I find works quite well for the Kindle - there is a header that appears at printed page intervals through the text, but it should not be too distracting.

message 36: by Brad (new)

Brad Thanks, Charlotte.

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