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message 1: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 668 comments Mod
Categories open for nomination for September are:

State Of The Nation and Sci-Fi & Fantasy

so let's have those suggestions...


message 2: by Darren (last edited Aug 02, 2018 07:56AM) (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 668 comments Mod
I'll start! ;o)

for State Of The Nation I nominate:
Joan Didion: Play It as It Lays (1970)
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
"A short, desolate, wonderful tale of Californian hedonism that centres on the decline of a failed actor, Maria Wyeth, who recounts her life while in recovery from a breakdown. Her parents are dead, her marriage is over, her young daughter is in hospital. (view spoiler)The only place in which she is happy is behind the wheel of her car, driving endlessly on the freeway. It’s all as bleak as it sounds but the sentences are superb and the novel stands as a strong but undidactic reflection on hollowed-out decadence. Scott Fitzgerald isn’t far away."

and for Sci-Fi & Fantasy I nominate:
Jeff Noon: Vurt (1993)
Vurt (Vurt #1) by Jeff Noon
"Set in Manchester in the near-future and in a phantasmagorical virtual reality, Vurt is the story of Scribble, his gang the Stash Riders and his attempt to find his sister Desdemona, who is lost in a drug-induced VR. It’s a postmodern rollercoaster ride, nodding to film, literature and contemporary culture. Linguistically pyrotechnic and stunningly imaginative, it’s been described as the spawn of Alice in Wonderland and A Clockwork Orange. Noon’s first novel, it won the 1994 Arthur C Clarke award."


message 3: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn | 50 comments State of the Nation: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

Science Fiction: The Road by Cormac McCarthy.


message 4: by Jackie (last edited Aug 04, 2018 01:39AM) (new)

Jackie | 88 comments For the State of the Nation I would like to recommend The Last September, by Elizabeth Bowen, but for science fiction I would like to see what everyone else recommends. I would like to go outside my comfort zone for a change.


message 5: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 668 comments Mod
any more nominations?

will close them tomorrow and put polls up soon thereafter...


message 6: by Fay (new)

Fay Roberts | 363 comments For State of the Nation I would like to nominate Microserfs and for Sci-Fi Weaveworld


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

For State of the Nation: Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe. I'm happy with the Cormac McCarthy for Sci-Fi :o)


message 8: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 668 comments Mod
ok so we have...

Nominations for September Reads:

State Of The Nation:
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

Sci-Fi & Fantasy:
Vurt by Jeff Noon
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Weaveworld by Clive Barker

*** NOMINATIONS CLOSED! ***

Polls will go up soon...


message 9: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 668 comments Mod
I assume we've all noticed that the Poll Winners were:
Midnight's Children and
The Road
so dig out/obtain your copies quick - it's nearly September!


message 10: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 668 comments Mod
apologies for being behind
(September crept up on me!)
by this evening at the latest, I will:
swap in the new books,
create discussion threads thereto, and
start nominations for October
:o)


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