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message 1: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (last edited Apr 21, 2015 04:01PM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
We try to have a random read theme about twice a year on this group. The time has come!

Feel free to pick any book that meets the other qualifications of the group reads as listed below, regardless of theme, so long as it has substantive action/adventure content.

Each person has a right to nominate a book they feel fits the criteria of this group read, and other members don't need to criticize their choices. As the moderator, I will decide if a book doesn't qualify according to the criteria listed for our group read nomination process.


Considerations:

1. All nominations must be added using the 'add book/author' function above the text box (where you post comments or replies) with an official link to the book on Goodreads. If the book is not nominated with a Goodreads link, it will not be added to the poll.

2. Books from past group reads are not eligible for renomination. You can find a list of past reads here:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

3. Books should be readily available, in other words, can be bought new in print or in the ebook format.

4. Books must either be the first in an ongoing series or able to be read as a standalone despite being part of a series.

The poll will go up on April 28th.



Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
I'll nominate a classic science fiction (science fantasy) by Heinlein:

The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 789 comments I'll nominate Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny, a fun murder mystery with aliens. Quirky & interesting.


message 4: by Lisa P, My weekend is all booked up! (new)

Lisa P | 1965 comments Mod
Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "I'll nominate a classic science fiction (science fantasy) by Heinlein:

The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein"


This one sounds a bit like 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
Well, I've read them both and while i liked them both (read both in the '60s) the aliens are very different, though I do see the resemblance. These both date back to the paranoid Cold War era so the type of invader depicted plays on those fears.

This book puts me in mind of a science fiction take on the old Man From U.N.C.L.E. type agency to.

Anyway, I like this one.


message 6: by Feliks (last edited Apr 21, 2015 10:03PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) Hmmm..'random nomination'..news to me!

I see some SF recs so far.. surprising..but I know this group is action-oriented..

What to do, what to do... (heming and hawing)

..okay. I have one I think might be appreciated by y'all.

First, let me say that I despise current media- darling George R.R. Martin; I think he's an oaf and a blowhard. But before this cockamamie 'Game of Thrones' mania appeared, early-career George Martin was reputed as the writer of a couple of pretty decent standalone books.

He did 'Dying of the Light' which is a SF classic (and not to my taste) but he also did a really unusual, one-of-a-kind detective-action novel called:

The Armageddon Rag by George R.R. Martin
The Armageddon Rag.

It's a book so unique it can never really be forgotten. It is not a simple actioner; there is murder/death; but it is also somewhat of a 'journey' novel.

I would say it is a story of massive suspense and also fun. The background/setting is the American landscape and the era of the great 'stadium rock' bands.

Yep. This is a book for fans of classic hard rock and also fans of JRR Tolkien. Somewhat of an 'homage' is involved. There is humor. There is fun dialog. There is some tawdry/trashiness. There is definite foreboding, menace, and doom. It's about music and its also about manipulation. And 'Armaggedon' in the title is not a random choice of wording. The book will sweep you up.

I have no idea how Martin came to write this book except for the unspoken link between big fleshy guys who wear leather and denim--and hard, driving, rock'n'roll.

Anyway. That's mah pick!


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
...but is there action?????


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) There is, but not on every page. Its like asking "'was there action in 'Day of the Jackal'?"

The action is huge at the climax of the book; there is weaponry; but the beatdown is 'built-up-to'.


message 9: by Lisa P, My weekend is all booked up! (last edited Apr 22, 2015 11:31AM) (new)

Lisa P | 1965 comments Mod
I've probably recommended this book here before because it is such an awesome action-packed book. I will nominate FAST: A Military Thriller FAST A Military Thriller (F.A.S.T. Series, #1) by Shane M. Brown
A military special-ops team, sent as escorts for a group of weapons inspectors, enter a secluded genetics research facility out in the Arizona desert. Little did they realize as they entered, that many would not make it back out alive! A new bioweapon has been unleashed on the underground facility, as well as a group of terrorists trying to gain control of it. Unfortunately this new weapon is alive and hungry! It is up to the team of marines to take down the terrorists and save as many lives as they can; while at the same time, trying to save their own.
This book is literally non-stop action from beginning to end. This guy is a fairly new author, but his stuff is really good.


message 10: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
Jim wrote: "I'll nominate Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny, a fun murder mystery with aliens. Quirky & interesting."

I checked and I don't think this is in print. We need to be able to get books with a short turnaround, so that's why they need to be in print or in ebook.

Would you like to nominate another book, Jim?

Thanks for consistently participating in the GR nom process.


message 11: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
Lisa P wrote: "Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "I'll nominate a classic science fiction (science fantasy) by Heinlein:

The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein"

This one sounds a bit like 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'"


Ebook is $1.99. Score!


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
Well, it costs more, but this is available in several formats including audio.


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 789 comments Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) wrote: "I checked and I don't think this is in print. ..."

Oh, I saw there were a lot of cheap 2d hand copies & thought that would be OK. No, I checked out a couple of his other books & they're in print, but running $8 or so for an ebook. Ridiculous.


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Feliks (dzerzhinsky) There's chaos in book pricing these days. Who could ever have foreseen such a debacle?


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
Check ABE Books to. They have used book stores from all over the US and Canada. You can see them listed by price and condition.


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Rizwan | 274 comments Supposedly Jurassic Park on Steroids, I'm going to read it soon, would be fun to read it with the group:

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly


message 17: by Lisa P, My weekend is all booked up! (new)

Lisa P | 1965 comments Mod
Rizwan wrote: "Supposedly Jurassic Park on Steroids, I'm going to read it soon, would be fun to read it with the group:

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly"


I've been wanting to read this one too!


message 18: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
Jim wrote: " Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) wrote: "I checked and I don't think this is in print. ..."

Oh, I saw there were a lot of cheap 2d hand copies & thought that would be OK. ..."


It's not so much the pricing, but the fact that some members may not be able to source a used book easily and in time for the group read.

*Personally, I am kind of cheap about books, so I have a mental limit on how much I will spend on a book, used or otherwise. I try to find them at my library, and I've had good luck, most of the time.


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Janey | 158 comments Rizwan wrote: "Supposedly Jurassic Park on Steroids, I'm going to read it soon, would be fun to read it with the group:

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly"


Good suggestion... I've been wanting to read this one for a while.


message 20: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
The poll is up. Vote before May 4th!

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...



message 21: by Feliks (last edited Apr 29, 2015 09:18PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja! Are you uniquely skilled with the Dewey Decimal system? I imagine a throwdown in the library lobby ...a black-clad figure hurling cards from the card-catalog at freshmen playing their ipods too loud.. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

:D


message 22: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
I know my way around a library, so I'm sure I could set a few lethal traps for my enemies, if I was so inclined. :)


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
...card catalogs are gone. It would have to be a duel to the death between the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress systems.


message 24: by Feliks (last edited May 01, 2015 06:24PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) Eh. I have to demur on that notion. I attended one of this country's top schools and they were still in place last time I visited my campus, and this was just a few years ago.

Especially --they remain in place--when you consider that some departments of some schools do not have money to upgrade. Sure, the law schools and med schools can get snazzy, (their libraries which look like 5-star hotels) but art schools or trade schools, humanities departments--do not enjoy that same privilege. And they never will.

I pity any student of today who tries to 'learn how libraries work' via their ipods. Poor fools. I would run rings around them. Especially in a law library--which is a particularly esoteric and rigorous branch of library science. You can't skate through that environment with any kind of gadget.


message 25: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
The Great Zoo of China won the poll. See you June 1st! Thanks for the nominations and voting!


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 2893 comments Mod
Thanks, enjoy. Think I'll skip this one.


message 27: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More), Literary Adrenaline Junkie (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) | 4693 comments Mod
As it happens, The Great Zoo of China is a Kindle daily deal for $1.99 today:

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Zoo-China...


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