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01-14-2016, 02:52 PM
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HFBoards Book Club - Book one decided (in the OP) Happy reading!

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Oscar Acosta
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Book One - February 2016
The Tin Drum, by Günter Grass
1958, Vintage, 567 Pages
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1999)



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On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.
http://www.amazon.com/Tin-Drum-G%C3%...dp/0547339100/
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35743.The_Tin_Drum


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This sounds like a great idea. I haven't been in a book club for years and miss it.

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I'll join for sure but I might not be able to start for a few months. I'm just at a really hectic point in my life right now. It sounds great though.

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I would be interested depending what we are reading. I need to start reading more again. However, I'm not much into contemporary fiction as there are many "classics" out there that I have yet to read. With that being said, nonfiction is probably my favorite genre.

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I'd consider it based on the amount of committed membership we got going here

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I also like non fiction, but yeah, I may not take part in every book we read- due to the extensive reading list i already have set for this year - but I'm in, and I'll try and take part in as many as i can .

Great idea. Looking forward to it.

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Thanks for the positive feedback, fellas! Lets wait a couple days, see how many folks we can get on board, then we can discuss format.

I was thinking that we rotate a new lead-person every two weeks, with that person nominating three books for choice. We vote on which of the three we want, and roll with the winner. I can create a shareable Google Doc for it, to make it easier than consistently having to post in here. I'll keep the OP updated with tidbits.

And with regards to choices... Diversifying the choices would be good. I'm more of a 'fiction classics' guy, too - but there's no reason we can't integrate non-fiction, genre (sci-fi, horror), memoir, etc., into the fold.

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Bumping this with the hopes that it'll get some fresh eyes on it. Still looking for more folks to join!

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I would like to get in on this too. Diversity in the books interests me to expand my horizons and try genres that wouldn't normally be something I would consider picking up.

I'm in.

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Let's start it with how many we have now? There's 5-6 of us. That's not a bad start.

SonicY, since it was your idea, you should pick the first 3 books we vote on. I'm good to go.

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Yeah, I'm good to go too. Not currently reading anything and it'll give a bit of time to vote then I can pick up a copy of whatever is decided on the weekend.

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Awesome, thanks for the vote of confidence, lads! I'll keep the OP up to date with members/books voted for/etc.

Gimme a few hours, and I'll find three to vote on.

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For Your Consideration

Category - Contemporary Fiction
A Case of Exploding Mangoes, by Mohammad Hanif
2008, Knopf Publishing, 323 Pages
Winner of Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book Overall (2008) - Nominated for: Man Booker Prize (2008), James Tait Black Memorial (2008), Guardian First Book Award (2008)



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Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury Squadron, is on a mission to avenge his father's suspicious death, which the government calls a suicide. Ali's target is none other than General Zia ul-Haq, dictator of Pakistan. Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion. There's only one problem: the line of would-be Zia assassins is longer than he could have possibly known
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Exploding.../dp/0307388182
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...loding_Mangoes


Category - Fiction Classics
The Tin Drum, by Günter Grass
1958, Vintage, 567 Pages
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1999)



from Goodreads...
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On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.
http://www.amazon.com/Tin-Drum-G%C3%...dp/0547339100/
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35743.The_Tin_Drum

Category - Non-Fiction
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
2010, Scribner, 571 pages
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction (2011), Guardian First Book Award (2011), PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award (2011)



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The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.”

The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.

Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
http://www.amazon.com/Emperor-All-Ma...dp/1439170916/
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...f-all-maladies


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The Tin Drum has been on my must read list for the last few months; I'll vote for that.


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Another vote for The Tin Drum. Are we doing a book a month?

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Another vote for the Tin Drum. Sounds like an excellent book.

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Could do a book a month, yeah. Was thinking two-or-three weeks, but that might be optimistic if we're picking books of around-600 pages

My vote is for A Case of Exploding Mangoes, btw.

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Another vote for the Tin Drum. Sounds like an excellent book.

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I'm in - hopefully I can find the time.

How are the subsequent nominations going to be done?
- Rotating member picks 3 each fortnight/month/whatever.
- One (or two) nominations per member.

Emperor of Maladies has been on my to read list. Exploding Mangoes sounds intriguing.

Decisions, decisions.

For future nominations, it might be useful to know if there are e-book or audiobook versions available (or maybe provide Amazon or Goodreads links).

edit: I added Amazon & Goodbooks links to the nomination post - and all three have both Kindle and Audible versions.

edit 2: I just discovered that PBS did a 3 part (6 hr) documentary version of Emperor of Maladies last year. Full episodesare available on the PBS website:

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/cancer-e...maladies/home/

Edit 3: What the hell - my vote goes to Mangoes.


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I'm in - hopefully I can find the time.

How are the subsequent nominations going to be done?
- Rotating member picks 3 each fortnight/month/whatever.
- One (or two) nominations per member.

Emperor of Maladies has been on my to read list. Exploding Mangoes sounds intriguing.

Decisions, decisions.

For future nominations, it might be useful to know if there are e-book or audiobook versions available (or maybe provide Amazon or Goodreads links).

edit: I added Amazon & Goodbooks links to the nomination post - and all three have both Kindle and Audible versions.

edit 2: I just discovered that PBS did a 3 part (6 hr) documentary version of Emperor of Maladies last year. Full episodesare available on the PBS website:

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/cancer-e...maladies/home/
Rotating member picks 3 noms from different categories, and everyone votes? Think it seems the easiest, most inclusive way to do it.

It seems like folks want it to be a monthly thing, which is no problem at all. Allows for commitment without being over the top, especially when considering books that are 500+ pages.

Glad you're interested in joining!

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Think I'll join if that's cool. I need to read more and this would help.

Vote for Mangoes.


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So the first book will be for the month of February? I think if the voting ends tomorrow, that will give people enough time to borrow, rent, download the book?

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Yeah, that's what I'm hoping too. Looked at the supplies at all Chapters locations and they are slim for almost every option in Edmonton, so Amazon will probably be my way of getting a copy which will take a few days to ship. I hate digital books, so need to find a real one.

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So The Tin Drum is our February book? Looks like it has 4, to mangoes 3?

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