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created Sep 18, 2015 03:39AM PDT poll #1 Featured
When would you like us to discuss China Miéville's new volume of short stories, Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories? (If none of the below, please write your preference in the write-in box.)

January 2016
 
  10 votes, 41.7%

I'll go with the majority ;) (write-in)
 
  7 votes, 29.2%

Late November 2015
 
  3 votes, 12.5%

Mid-December 2015
 
  3 votes, 12.5%

Mid-November 2015
 
  1 vote, 4.2%


created Feb 25, 2014 04:47AM PST poll #2 Featured
For our utopia/dystopia theme, which book would you prefer us to read and discuss?
You have an option to type in an additional candidate, if the list as is does not meet with your approval.

The Dispossessed By Ursula Le Guin
 
  4 votes, 28.6%

 
  2 votes, 14.3%

 
  2 votes, 14.3%

 
  2 votes, 14.3%

 
  1 vote, 7.1%

Blindness by José Saramago
 
  1 vote, 7.1%

Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
 
  1 vote, 7.1%

Fatherland by Robert Harris
 
  1 vote, 7.1%

1984 by George Orwell
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Foundation Pit Andrei Platonov
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Roadside Picnic By Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Castle by Franz Kafka
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Grimus by Salman Rushdie
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

A Clockwork Orangeby Anthony Burgess
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Never Let Me Goby Kazuo Ishiguro
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Battle Royaleby Koushun Takami
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Animal Farm by George Orwell
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Cloud Atlasby David Mitchell
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Children of Men by P.D. James
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Running Man by Stephen King
 
  0 votes, 0.0%


created Apr 09, 2013 12:43PM PDT poll #3 Featured
We have seen during our group discussions, that China Mieville's works contain many political and philosophical issues. It's a no-brainer that we'd want to read books that give us similar richness, by authors that carry China's stamp of approval, if possible. The works of Ursula Le Guin qualify on all these counts, so we've decided it would be nice to have a group-read discussion of one of her works. Which Ursula Le guin novel would you prefer us to do a group read of?

 
  12 votes, 50.0%

 
  7 votes, 29.2%

 
  5 votes, 20.8%


created Oct 16, 2012 09:01AM PDT poll #4 Featured
How many pages do you read on average per day/week? (Results will be anonymous)

Less than 80 pages per day
 
  24 votes 58.5%

Between 80 and 120 pages a day
 
  10 votes 24.4%

A lot more than 120 pages per day
 
  4 votes 9.8%

Less than 200 pages per week
 
  3 votes 7.3%

41 total votes

created Aug 01, 2013 04:51AM PDT poll #5

created Aug 01, 2013 04:37AM PDT poll #6
Which Guy Gavriel Kay book would you like our group to try out?

Guy Gavriel Kay tends to write history parallels couched in light fantasy, sort of almost historical fiction, but he changes the names of the places and people.

For example, Tigana, which takes place in a setting analogous to medieval Italy, features a wealth of detail, everything from religion to politics to warfare to culture to interpersonal relationships. http://www.challengingdestiny.com/rev...
Tigana is the most fantastical of his tales, because it contains wizards. Most of his books don't contain elements quite so fantastical, though I am told that Tigana is still more 'realistic' than the fantasy genre in general.

The book that I had read, Under Heaven, is set in a fantasied Tang Dynasty China. The novel is based on a fictionalized version of the An Shi Rebellion. (In which he remains quite true to this interesting piece of history).

Another highly acclaimed GGK, is The Lions of al-Rassan, which is based upon Moorish Spain. As per Wikipedia, the novel concentrates on the relationships between the three peoples: the Kindath (based on the Jews), the Asharites (based on the Muslims), and the Jaddites (based on the Christians). (The actual religions of the Kindath, Asharites, and Jaddites, as described in the novel, bear no relation to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.)

The three protagonists in the novel are from each of these three races and religions: Jehane bet Ishak, a Kindath physician in Fezana (loosely based on Rebecca of York); Rodrigo Belmonte, a Jaddite captain of a company of cavalry (loosely based on El Cid); and Ammar ibn Khairan, an Asharite poet, mercenary, and advisor to King Almalik of Cartada (loosely based on ibn Ammar).


 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%