You had me at "Genghis Khan". Anyone who votes for any other book is hereby proclaimed as wrong.
Rules from the book club thread:
We had great turn out for the first month, but little in the way of participation for recommending books for next month. Luckily, Archangel offered a different system:1. Make thread, 1 week notice ahead of time when the reading will officially start.
2. Poster creates poll, 5 book options. Highest vote is the book to be read. The 2nd and 3rd most popular voted books may be included in next RBCT poll perhaps.
3. Sony you have 14 days.... Posters establish reading length time. Spoilers obv need to be in just about every post. Format would be "Im on page XXX: Spoiler"
4. After the established time has passed, people can being posts without spoiler tags, and a new thread could be proposed.
5. The most requested books of last months book thread will be included in the next month's poll.
1) Fantasy/Sci-fi: The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to. The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree.
"The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to its own devices, it sticks up and makes me look as if I have been set afire.
"The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.
I've never thought of "The Broken Tree" as very significant. Although in retrospect, I suppose it could be considered at least partially prophetic.
My first mentor called me E'lir because I was clever and I knew it. My first real lover called me Dulator because she liked the sound of it. I have been called Shadicar, Lightfinger, and Six-String. I have been called Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. I have earned those names. Bought and paid for them.
But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."
I have, of course, been called many other things. Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.
2) Non-Fiction (ALA Banned and Challenged Classics): In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Truman Capote’s masterpiece, In Cold Blood, created a sensation when it was first published, serially, in The New Yorker in 1965. The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the “new journalism.” Perry Smith is one of the great dark characters of American literature, full of contradictory emotions. “I thought he was a very nice gentleman,” he says of Herb Clutter. “Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.” Told in chapters that alternate between the Clutter household and the approach of Smith and Hickock in their black Chevrolet, then between the investigation of the case and the killers’ flight, Capote’s account is so detailed that the reader comes to feel almost like a participant in the events.
Some critics consider Capote's work the original non-fiction novel, although other writers had already explored the genre, such as Rodolfo Walsh in Operación Masacre. The book examines the complex psychological relationship between two parolees who together commit a mass murder. Capote's book also explores the lives of the victims and the effect of the crime on the community where they lived. In Cold Blood is regarded by critics as a pioneering work of the true crime genre.
3) General Fiction/Popular Fiction: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, and a wealth of audio, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of "mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
4) Genre Fiction (Cyberpunk): Neuromancer (Sprawl trilogy, Book 1) by William Gibson
Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene—it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.
Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.
5) Young Adult/Teen/Children's (both Fiction and Non): The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
6) Pot-Luck (From this thread): Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror series, Book 1) by Conn Iggulden
Published as 'Wolf of the Plains' in Australia, this is an action-packed story of Temujin-Uge and his making as Ghengis Khan. Conn Iggulden advises that he used an English translation (from Chinese) of 'The Secret History of the Mongols' as his chief source.
Mongolia was, and remains, a harsh place. Genghis Khan forged an empire by uniting Mongol tribes. This novel is about the boy who became the man, and the vision and blood debts that motivated and sustained him.
No doubt, some readers will find the story brutal. It is. But at the same time, it creates a wonderful backdrop against which to view the emergence of the Mongol empire. In short, it brings the figure of Genghis Khan to life.
I understand that this is the first of a series on Genghis Khan and his descendants. I look forward to reading the next book.
'Tell them that I am Genghis and I will ride'
Last edited by Himeo; 01-27-2013 at 08:55 PM.
You had me at "Genghis Khan". Anyone who votes for any other book is hereby proclaimed as wrong.
I've read 4 of the 6 so that cuts down my options and I assume we are not voting for books we have already read.
I missed January just because I was distracted. Probably end up doing the same this month. Still, in for Wolf of the Plains. Should make it a multi-selection poll though, I'd be equally happy with Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and I'm sure there's others that are OK with more than 1 of the choices.
Vvoid never read Neuromancer? Bro, you need to read the entire Sprawl trilogy, the near future in those books is mostly here already.
Nope, never read them for whatever reason. Even if it doesn't get picked I intend to read it sometime soon, but since I've already read the Rothfus book, it was between American Gods and Neuromancer for me. I'd read whatever you guys picked, but those two jumped out at me as ones that I really should have read by now, hence the vote.
Please tell me you at least read Snow Crash and Altered Carbon.
I still need to read Snow Crash, Altered Carbon was baller. Have the other Takeshi Kovecs books on my list with about 100 other books to read.
BTW for this poll on a purely selfless choice I'd have to go with American Gods. That shit will make for some great discussion.
I've got like 300 books sitting on the nook and haven't read half of them. There's so many great books I need to read still. Just started Tigana, half because people here suggesting Guy Gavriel Kay so enthusiastically. Actually a lot of the books I read in the order I do because of suggestions from people here. China Mieville books are in the queue for this reason.
In fact I'm gonna go ahead and suggest The Lions of Al-Rassan for March since I want to read it anyways=P And a standalone book seems ideal for the fantasy category.
I'll try it again one of these days, but I'm not promising anything.
I'd say at least read it up until Takeshi goes to the cloning/medical mob type facility, and if you still don't like it the book's just not for you.
Another +1 for Wolf of the Plains. I'd have to assume most of us have read Rothfuss already.
Himeo, good job on putting up a mixture of books though. Even if things are looking dire for Mr. Khan, that was a good mix. I nearly voted for Capote because I've never read it and it intrigues me.
Voted for American Gods, since I just finished his Fragile Things + Anansi Boys.
If Rothfus' series was actually finished, I'd go with that, but standalone books are better for this type of thing, or at least a series that you can read without having to wait a few years to get to the end.
Thanks. Gotta credit Lemmiwinks and Archangel for the rules for the club.
American Gods is A+ if it doesn't make the cut everyone should read it anyways lol.
you fuckers keep picking shit I already read, when am I gonna get to play in any reindeer games?
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