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This is the place to nominate a Contemporary Fantasy or Science Fiction novel for our August group read and discussion (beginning August 21.) A contemporary novel would typically have been first published in the 21st century.

You need not have read the title you are nominating; after all, you'll be reading along. Feel free to say why you are making the nomination, if you care to. Note that if your nomination is selected by the group, we'll be expecting you to take the lead in the discussion.

We read two different SF/F novels and one short SF/F work each month: One is a "Contemporary" SF/F novel, which was written after 2000; that discussion starts on the 21st of each month. One is a "Classic" SF/F novel which was written before 2000; that discussion starts on the 1st of each month. We also read one or more short stories each month; that discussion starts the 11th of each month. You can always check on our upcoming SF/F Novel discussion topics by scrolling down on the Group Homepage to the "Upcoming Reads” section.

You can review past group selections in the "read" section of our Group's BookShelf. If you wish to continue a discussion of one of those past selections, all those discussion topics are still open in our Book Discussions area.

Note that these are nominations for our August discussion topic. The Magicians has already been selected as our June Contemporary Novel discussion topic.

Nominations will be open through Tuesday, July 5, when I'll collect the nominees and post a poll so members can choose among them.


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Silvana (silvaubrey) I'd like to nominate Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I have always want to try the flintlock fantasy genre.


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2264 comments I'll nominate Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It's the first of a trilogy, but comes to a good enough conclusion.


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Jim wrote: "I'll nominate Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It's the first of a trilogy, but comes to a good enough conclusion."

Been there, done that. Discussion of Red Rising. Past discussions are always open, if anyone wants to extend the conversation. (I said the same thing last month when it was proposed, but apparently nobody actually wanted to talk about the book.)


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2264 comments Whoops. Sorry about that. I thought that was another group & managed to miss it when I glanced at the bookshelf. How about Emergence by John Birmingham. The Dave is a fun heroic figure.


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Kathy Miller (httpwwwgoodreadscomklmiller) | 46 comments Jim wrote: "I'll nominate Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It's the first of a trilogy, but comes to a good enough conclusion."
Hi, I've read the trilogy and it doesn't disappoint! A great read all the way! :o) One of the best SF I've read in sometime..


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Kathy Miller (httpwwwgoodreadscomklmiller) | 46 comments I nominate Illuminae Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman by Ann Kaufman. The sequel, Gemina is coming out soon.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) Jim wrote: "Whoops. Sorry about that. I thought that was another group & managed to miss it when I glanced at the bookshelf. How about Emergence by John Birmingham. The Dave is a..."

Nice. I wouldn't even mind reading Birmingham's Weapons of Choice Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time, #1) by John Birmingham (which only sounds like a 1990s thriller movie starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, but is actually the first book in the Axis of Time series).

Birmingham also wrote He Died With a Felafel in His Hand He Died With A Felafel In His Hand by John Birmingham which is on my To-Be-Read shelf and sounds totally different from his other books.


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Randy wrote: "I wouldn't even mind reading Birmingham's Weapons of Choice..."

I can't tell if that was meant as a nomination.


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Shaitarn | 123 comments I'd like to nominate Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. Never read, it myself, but it has good reviews.


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Shaitarn wrote: "I'd like to nominate Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. Never read, it myself, but it has good reviews."

Ah, that's next in my audiobook queue... if I don't get distracted by a shiny object.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) G33z3r wrote: "Randy wrote: "I wouldn't even mind reading Birmingham's Weapons of Choice..."

I can't tell if that was meant as a nomination."


no. I'll save it for a different month. :)


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Reminder: Today is the final day to nominate a Contemporary Fantasy or Science Fiction novel for our August group read and discussion.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

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Thank you for the nominations. A poll to select our Contemporary Science Fiction / Fantasy Novel discussion topic for August (starting August 21) is now open. If you're interested in participating in the discussion of one of our nominees, you can vote here for your choice. Please only vote if you plan on participating in the discussion of that work.

Note that these are nominations for our August discussion topic. The Magicians has already been selected as our June Contemporary Novel discussion topic.

This poll will be open through Tuesday, July 12.


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Silvana (silvaubrey) Is there any direct message for group members on this? I think not all are checking this thread regularly.


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Brendan (mistershine) | 743 comments I checked it, I just didn't vote because I don't want to read any of these books.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Silvana wrote: "Is there any direct message for group members on this? I think not all are checking this thread regularly."

No, I do not send out direct messages.

Goodreads provides a number of ways to keep track of what's happening in Groups you are interested in. There are several flavors of e-mail and Goodreads notifications available, or you can use the Goodreads' homepage to periodically check what discussions have been updated in any of your Groups.

Other Groups have different philosophies, but mine is that someone who doesn't check in with the group the least once a week to see what's new is not very likely to be a participant in a book discussion.


message 18: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) G33z3r wrote: "Other Groups have different philosophies, but mine is that someone who doesn't check in with the group the least once a week to see what's new is not very likely to be a participant in a book discussion.
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good point, thanks for explaining.


message 19: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 12, 2016 07:05AM) (new)

Reminder: For those who are interested in discussing one of the above nominees with the group, today, Tuesday, is the final day to vote for one of those Contemporary Fantasy or Science Fiction novel for our August group read and discussion.


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2264 comments The link goes to this page, not the poll page, G33z3r.


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Jim wrote: "The link goes to this page, not the poll page, G33z3r."

Thanks, fixed it.


message 22: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 13, 2016 06:06AM) (new)

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The first poll ended in a tie between Promise of Blood & Blood Song, so we'll complete the selection with a runoff poll between those two military fantasies. Either way, I guess August is going to be bloody.

The runoff poll will be open through Tuesday, July 19.


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

Reminder: For those who are interested in discussing one of our two remaining nominees with the group, Tuesday is the final day to vote for one of our Contemporary Fantasy or Science Fiction novel for our August group read and discussion.


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Out selected Contemporary Fantasy Novel discussion topic for August is...


Promise of Blood (Powder Mage, #1) by Brian McClellan Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Now if I can just figure out why neither nominees got as many votes this time as it did in the original round of voting...


message 25: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) Hurray! I almost finish reading the third book (sorry, the first book is soooo good I just have to continue) and so far it has been a great trilogy.


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