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Sarah | 18231 comments the two chosen books are not to your liking, you can read another book that has a digit (0-9) or combination of digits in the title.

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Jenn | 2501 comments I was lured in by 44 Scotland Street, and am @ 70% finished. (view spoiler)


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Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments Sarah - can I use Ajax Penumbra 1969 as my alternate read? I cannot remember if we are limited to a 175 page count for Group Reads.


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Tricia (triciareadsitall) | 814 comments Is anyone thinking about reading Fahrenheit 451? It's one of those books I feel like I should have read a long time ago but have never gotten around to. I finished 4:50 from Paddington yesterday; so I have some time to read it, if it's any good. Any thoughts on whether I should pick it up or skip it?


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Sarah | 18231 comments Cherie wrote: "Sarah - can I use Ajax Penumbra 1969 as my alternate read? I cannot remember if we are limited to a 175 page count for Group Reads."

That's fine. No page limit for group reads. As long as you discuss it in this thread.


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Sarah | 18231 comments Tricia wrote: "Is anyone thinking about reading Fahrenheit 451? It's one of those books I feel like I should have read a long time ago but have never gotten around to. I finished [book:4:50 from Paddi..."

I read it a while back (listened to actually). I remember liking it. It is a classic! I've just downloaded the tv adaptation of it.


message 7: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments Tricia - I read Farhenheit 451 too long ago to discuss, really. I remember the shock I had at the book burning parties and that is about all. It is definitely a classic that people should read, IMO.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments Sarah wrote: "Cherie wrote: "Sarah - can I use Ajax Penumbra 1969 as my alternate read? I cannot remember if we are limited to a 175 page count for Group Reads."

That's fine. No page limit for g..."



Thanks, Sarah. I could not remember if there was a page length minimum or not.


message 9: by Kristie, Moderator (last edited Sep 06, 2018 12:35PM) (new)

Kristie | 15251 comments Curious to see what you think of Ajax Penumbra 1969, Cherie. I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.


message 10: by Cherie (last edited Sep 06, 2018 12:47PM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments So, on to my discussion. I finished Ajax Penumbra 1969 last night. This book is a novella, prequel, written after the original book, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which I listened to as an audiobook, three years ago.

The prequel is an introduction to Ajax Penumbra as a young man, and whom we knew in the original story as an old man. There is a brief background account of his parents, and where they came from and what they did and how Ajax got his name. Then, we get his account of college, his room mate, and later, his first job.

It was a fun look at who the original character was and how he came to the 24 hour book store in San Francisco, California, as well as the background for the actual 24-Hour Book Store. It took me about half way through the book for my fuzzy brain to actually remember the details of the book store members and what they did. The original story details all came back then.

I think the author must have gotten lots of requests for the background story for the character, but this prequel may not make much sense, unless the reader reads the original book first.
The most interesting fact, I found was a reference to a book containing 100,000 random numbers. I am still trying to figure out if it is real or not. For computer buffs or programmers, the references to tape reels and punch cards will bring a smile to your face. Remember - it is 1969.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments Jenn wrote: "I was lured in by 44 Scotland Street, and am @ 70% finished..."

I read the book in June of 2014 and was so intrigued by the stories and the people in the apartment house that I went out and bought the next 4 books in the series. (view spoiler)

Re your spoiler (view spoiler)


message 12: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 15251 comments Sounds good, Cherie. I also read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore a couple of years ago, so I was wondering how much I'd remember. The background might be fun to read, especially if it jogs my memory.

My husband wants me to read 44 Scotland Street. He said it was excellent.


message 13: by Jenn (new)

Jenn | 2501 comments Cherie wrote: "I read the book in June of 2014 and was so intrigued by the stories and the people in the apartment house ..."
Lol my TBR is much the same :)

And, yes (view spoiler) All in all a very enjoyable read, and yes, I will probably be adding the next book to my TBR :)


message 14: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments Jenn wrote: "Cherie wrote: "I read the book in June of 2014 and was so intrigued by the stories and the people in the apartment house ..."
Lol my TBR is much the same :)

And, yes [spoilers removed] All in all ..."


Yes, that is how I felt. I wanted to find out about what happens to them next. I still want to read the next books in the series.


message 15: by Jenn (new)

Jenn | 2501 comments Cherie wrote: "Jenn wrote: "Cherie wrote: "I read the book in June of 2014 and was so intrigued by the stories and the people in the apartment house ..."
Lol my TBR is much the same :)

And, yes [spoilers removed..."


It looks like my library has all of them (yes, all twelve), in either hard copy or ebook. So, now I just have to get them - and the time to read them - at the same time lol


message 16: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20703 comments When I bought the next books in the 44 Scotland series, there were only seven of them written. I only bought 2-6 because they were out of stock of the newest one. Crazy where a $1.50 library sale copy can take you.


message 17: by Tricia (new)

Tricia (triciareadsitall) | 814 comments Kristie wrote: "Curious to see what you think of Ajax Penumbra 1969, Cherie. I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore."

Hey, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore would work for this challenge too. I want to read it. Darn! Too many books and too little time. I got Fahrenheit 451 from the library so I guess I'll stick with that, but if I read a lot this weekend, then maybe...


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Jenn | 2501 comments Cherie wrote: "Crazy where a $1.50 library sale can take you..."
Deadly lol :)


message 19: by Tricia (new)

Tricia (triciareadsitall) | 814 comments I'm about halfway through Fahrenheit 451 and still trying to decide what I think of it. I feel like it's a little disjointed. There's this society that's very different from ours and while there are glimpses into exactly what it's like, I want a more complete picture. It's a pretty short book so not a lot of time for world-building I guess. Also, it makes me a bit uncomfortable because I can see some aspects of our current world that could lead to things going on in the book world, and that's not a good thing. It reminds me a little bit of Nineteen Eighty-Four in that respect.

I feel like the thing everyone knows about this book is that the main character is a (view spoiler), but the society has so much more wrong with it than that. I'm wondering why that's the image that most people take away.


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