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Book Club: Dec '13
Biggest Losers ed.
(I did this y'day and the site ate it. Pissed me off so bad, so if this doesn't submit successfully, we get what we get.)

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett Meet Granny Weatherwx, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever have. Generally, these loners don't get involved in anything, mush less royal intrigue. but then there are those times they can't help it. As Granny Weatherwzx is about to discover, though, it's a lot harder to stir up trouble in the castle than some theatrical types would have you think. Even when you've got a few unexpected spells up your sleeve...

Good Omens by Neil Gaman and Terry Pratchett The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaman Forty years ago, our narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure that could only come from Gaiman's magical mind. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Marriage can be a real killer. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking.

World War Z by Max Brooks The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death. It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's gotta do it.

much ado about nothing by William Shakespeare A masquerade ball provides the setting for a case of mistaken identity.


*If you aren't reading, no point in voting but suggest away...
| Closed on 12/09/13 at 06:00PM
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9 Fans 
33%a. Wyrd Sisters
11%b. Good Omens
22%c. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
0%d. Gone Girl
11%e. When You Are Engulfed in Flames
11%f. World War Z
11%g. much ado about nothing
0%h. A Dirty Job

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#1 | 131 days ago

Cant ever go wrong with Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett.
  
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#1 | 131 days ago

Cant ever go wrong with Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett.
#2 | 131 days ago

Holy....I've read five of these and have 2 others on my Nook. I'm good with Good Omens or Wyrd Sisters, either one. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is fantastic. Gone Girl is crazy but really good, World War Z was good, A Dirty Job was awesome of course, and I love anything Shakespeare. Good month. I'll probably read both of those I haven't read yet, so I'll let y'all vote without my input.
Wyrd Sisters  
#3 | 131 days ago

I read The Ocean at the End of Lane even though it lost. I could really read any of these I think. Love me some Sedaris and Moore.
Good Omens  
#4 | 131 days ago

Been on a James Patterson run pretty much all of 2013.  Just finished his latest Michael Bennett novel "Gone" and am now on to one called "Zoo"
much ado about nothing  
#5 | 131 days ago

Will this book club ever include non-fiction?
#6 | 131 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
Will this book club ever include non-fiction?
Are you judging?
Wyrd Sisters  
#7 | 131 days ago

Jess wrote:
Are you judging?
No, just asking a question.
#8 | 131 days ago

(Edited by Jess)
Eric_ wrote:
No, just asking a question.
OK in that case I'll entertain your question. Let's Pretend This Never Happened was non-fiction, as is (I think) the David Sedaris selection for this month. Also, I actually have a list of books I was going to use for the next month that is my turn that are sports related non-fiction (don't worry, Book Club regulars - they'll be fun.) But, I'm sure they'll still fall short of anything you'll find appealing.

(That probably sounded rude...I just meant because I wouldn't necessarily call them "cerebral" - and that seems to be your forte.)
Wyrd Sisters  
#9 | 131 days ago

BTW, until just now my eyes must have skipped over When You Are Engulfed...that would be cool too. Great choices all around.
Wyrd Sisters  
#10 | 131 days ago

The only one I haven't already read.
Wyrd Sisters  
#11 | 131 days ago

The Sedaris selection is non-fiction and highly entertainingl.
Wyrd Sisters  
#12 | 131 days ago

Boom! I have read all of them. I win this months book club. (that's right" shudder and weep....)
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#13 | 131 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
Boom! I have read all of them. I win this months book club. (that's right" shudder and weep....)


Boom ? 


The Ocean at the End of the Lane  
#14 | 131 days ago

Sharp Square wrote:


Boom ? 


hey now! I almost went with "bow chika bow wow"
lol you make me laugh
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#15 | 130 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
Will this book club ever include non-fiction?
Also, each person picks all the options that month. If they want non-fiction, it's there. Been some several times over the years.

Hiii, and thanks for participating. :) (no, im not being sarcastic)
Good Omens  
#16 | 130 days ago

Gone Girl was just wow and I felt really supported my feelings towards most women.
World War Z  
#17 | 129 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Also, each person picks all the options that month. If they want non-fiction, it's there. Been some several times over the years.

Hiii, and thanks for participating. :) (no, im not being sarcastic)
Oh that Hidden America book was also non-fiction, and fantastic.
Wyrd Sisters  
#18 | 128 days ago

Jess wrote:
Oh that Hidden America book was also non-fiction, and fantastic.
Yes. You need to vote.
Good Omens  
#19 | 128 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Yes. You need to vote.
*sigh* FINE! (though I really don't care.)
Wyrd Sisters  
#20 | 128 days ago

I picked up Allegiant from the library today.
Wyrd Sisters  
#21 | 124 days ago

Wyrd Sisters, it is.
Good Omens  
#22 | 123 days ago

Ermagerhd,  Allegiant.  My nails can't take it.
Wyrd Sisters  
#23 | 123 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
Ermagerhd,  Allegiant.  My nails can't take it.
Are you finished yet, or just getting into the thick of it? Crazy, right?!
Wyrd Sisters  
#24 | 123 days ago

Jess wrote:
Are you finished yet, or just getting into the thick of it? Crazy, right?!
I'm about 40 pages from done.  I'm reading during hockey intermissions tonight.
Wyrd Sisters  
#25 | 123 days ago

And I'm done.  Crazy doesn't even begin to describe it!!!
Wyrd Sisters  
#26 | 122 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
And I'm done.  Crazy doesn't even begin to describe it!!!
I was shocked...SHOCKED! I may or may not have shed a tear. Not when *it* happened, but at the very end..
Wyrd Sisters  
#27 | 122 days ago

Jess wrote:
I was shocked...SHOCKED! I may or may not have shed a tear. Not when *it* happened, but at the very end..
Same here.  I was expecting a "just kidding" at some point.
Wyrd Sisters  

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