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Suggestions for new book....

What I would like to have as the January Book Club Read!

  • The Divide by Nicholas Evans

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Queen of the Damned
#1
......I know I didn't read the Bonesetter's Daughter (still hiding under the bed :p ) but thought it would be good if we could choose a new book for the new year.

Post your ideas and I'll set up a poll and we can get cracking! :D

My first suggestion : Jennifer Weiner 'Good in Bed'

Any ideas? :D
 
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DQ

Queen of the Damned
#2
Previous Suggestion:

The Divide by Nicholas Evans

Reviewer:Phil Robertshaw (Wirral, England) - See all my reviewsThe opening chapters of The Divide had me thinking that this was going to be a crime story. Two skiers discover the body of a young woman encased in ice, and alert the police. The girl turns out to be Abbie Cooper, wanted by police all over America for murder and acts of terrorism.

I quickly realised that there was much more to The Divide. Most of the story is told in flashback, relating the history of the events that led up to Abbie's death. Strong focus is placed upon her parents, Ben and Sarah, whose relationship has now broken down. Ben has a new partner and has become estranged from most of his family, despite his obvious love for his children.

Nicholas Evans is a fine writer. His characters are well-developed and real. His descriptions of scenery and landscapes are rich and vivid in detail, with lovely use of language. And above all, he is a good storyteller. Although we know what is going to happen to Abbie, we find ourselves feeling sympathy for her as she is drawn into situations she never intended to be in, led astray by an older man. One realises just how easily this can happen to any young person with passionate feelings for a cause.
 

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Queen of the Damned
#3
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed is the story of a year in the life of a late-twentysomething American woman: Cannie, a journalist on the Philadelphia Examiner, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend of three years (cue endless similarities with countless other books aimed at young Western women). Fortunately, Weiner's book has enough originality to break out from the mould, with an overweight heroine and a mother who has recently moved in with her lesbian lover. Good in Bed has its funny moments, dealing with humour and sensitivity with Cannie's status as a "larger woman", her bizarre family and her regrets at splitting up with Bruce, but there is often more a feeling of pathos than laughter. Cannie is not a tragic figure through her dress size--Weiner successfully side-steps any attempt to pity her or her fellow larger women at a weight-loss clinic, taking the humorous path instead--but through her relationship and career predicaments. It is therefore not clear why Weiner cast Cannie as a plus-size, unless to drive home the eternal fact that whatever their size, all women have the same neuroses inside. Cannie's year offers more lows than highs--with a particularly heart-breaking low towards the end of the novel, which is unlikely to be read by anyone with even a wry smile--and it therefore is not a "feel good to be a woman" novel.
 

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Queen of the Damned
#4
Another previous suggestion :

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

The time is now and President Zachary Herney is facing a very tough re-election. His opponent, Senator Sedgwick Sexton, is a powerful man with powerful friends and a mission: to reduce NASA's spending and move space exploration into the private sector. He has numerous supporters, including many beyond the businesses who will profit from this because of the embarrassment of 1996, when the Clinton administration was informed by NASA that proof existed of life on other planets. That information turned out to be premature, if not incorrect. The embattled president is assured that a rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice will prove to have far-reaching implications on America's space program. The find, however, needs to be verified.

Enter Rachel Sexton, a gister for the National Reconnaissance Office. Gisters reduce complex reports into single-page briefs, and in this case the president needs that confirmation before he broadcasts to the nation, probably ensuring his re-election. It's tricky because Rachel is the daughter of his opponent. Rachel is thrilled to be on the team travelling to the Arctic Circle. She is a realist about her father's politics and has little respect for his stand on NASA, but Senator Sexton cannot help but have a problem with her involvement.

Adventure, romance, murder, skulduggery, and nail-biting tension ensue. By the end of Deception Point, the reader will be much better informed about how the space program works and how politicians react to new information.
 

Diva

Cambridge Diet Counsellor
#5
Good in Bed sounds quite good and very apt!! Gets my vote... in fact, I think I'll read it anyway! :)
 
#8
Hi

Ok, just added my vote, hopefully a few more will join in with the next book. The last couple I've felt a bit of a burke discussing it with myself! LOL:D

Think I'll PM a few previous readers to give 'em a personal invite.
 
#9
How about The Time Travellers Wife?

The Divide gets my vote otherwise.

:)
 

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Queen of the Damned
#11
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As requested, the poll has been amended to include the Time Traveller's Wife. Please vote :D
 

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Queen of the Damned
#13
If you voted before the Time Traveller's Wife was added and want your vote to register, please just PM me :)
 
#14
ooooooo - just noticed this - love the idea of a book club

have read all of dan browns books -

good in bed title sounds good - gets my vote
 

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Queen of the Damned
#15
Shazza, you need to physically vote - come on, don't be lazy!! :p
 

KD

Gone fishing
#18
I love time travellers wife. One of my favourites. Won't vote though cos I'm not in the book club. Was a bit disappointed with the Dan Brown one. Wasn't as good as Da Vinci IMO.

I know you have enough books to vote for this time around, but for further reference, I'm really enjoying Running with Scissors. So weird, but a really readable book

True story (memoir) I quote:

When Augusten Burroughs was twelve, his mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to her psychiatrist, a man who might have benefited from a touch of therapy himself. This is the story of the bizarre years Augusten spent in the doctor's dilapidated Victorian mansion, getting to know the paedophile in-patient who lived in the garden shed, eating Valium tablets like other kids eat sweeties and restoring to the vintage electroshock therapy machine to liven up those quieter moments

Sounds depressing eh, especially as he has OCD and is gay, but he really turns painful events into something ridiculously funny.:eek:

Well worth putting on the 'to read one day' list
 

Cheb

Gold Member
#19
I love time travellers wife. One of my favourites. Won't vote though cos I'm not in the book club. Was a bit disappointed with the Dan Brown one. Wasn't as good as Da Vinci IMO.

I know you have enough books to vote for this time around, but for further reference, I'm really enjoying Running with Scissors. So weird, but a really readable book

True story (memoir) I quote:

When Augusten Burroughs was twelve, his mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to her psychiatrist, a man who might have benefited from a touch of therapy himself. This is the story of the bizarre years Augusten spent in the doctor's dilapidated Victorian mansion, getting to know the paedophile in-patient who lived in the garden shed, eating Valium tablets like other kids eat sweeties and restoring to the vintage electroshock therapy machine to liven up those quieter moments

Sounds depressing eh, especially as he has OCD and is gay, but he really turns painful events into something ridiculously funny.:eek:

Well worth putting on the 'to read one day' list

What do you mean 'Not in the Book Club'????? Join up PLEASE. It's most definitely not exclusive, we need more readers, the last book was only read by 2 of us and the one before that it was only me that saw it to the end!
 

KD

Gone fishing
#20
What do you mean 'Not in the Book Club'????? Join up PLEASE. It's most definitely not exclusive, we need more readers, the last book was only read by 2 of us and the one before that it was only me that saw it to the end!
LOL Cheb. Was that the Bonesetters Daughter one? If it was, I've already read that. A few years ago mind you. Enjoyed it too. Trouble is, I like to read what I'm ready to read at the time. Don't like to have to stop to read something the bookclub suggests. Would like to share views on it, but can't do that unless we've all read the same book :D
 


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