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Lantana
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This is not much of a book club

My two cents fellas:

1. This is no way to run a book club.

2. I would suggest two things: a) get more organized with a book of the month program (or short story of the week program) where members read the assigned book/story for further discussion; and b) talk about individual authors or books per thread. The above don't have to be forum-run. Individuals can start their own book of the month. So, for example, I could start a thread on the book "Sense and Sensibility" and ask others to join me.

3. No one wants a book club forum that veers off topic, like a lot of the threads on this forum. I came here for literature discussions and dammit, that's ALL I want!

I'm sorry for being so blunt given my newbie status. Just my observations.

Thanks, mate!

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Thanks for your cuntribution!

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You're welcum.

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Have you maybe tried to find a literature forum?
You might have better luck.

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Lantana
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I belong to two different lit forums. Actually, I'm a regular member of a half dozen forums, mostly general off-topic stuff and one art forum. I'm getting bored with a couple of them and went hunting for another one and landed here via a forum directory. It seemed interesting...at first. Now, I'm not too sure. This forum is like a whole bunch of other forums populated by teeny-boppers or 20-somethings who can't utter a paragraph without some smack words/phrases thrown in. I'm kinda sick of them, actually.

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I'm a snooty cunt whose ideal night is spent feeding my three hundred cats.

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I like to think we're at least 10-15% more witty than most other "forums populated by teeny-boppers or 20-somethings who can't utter a paragraph without some smack words/phrases thrown in."

I mean, not me personally or anything, just by and large.

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mmmtravis you won't give that shithole Vegas his due. yet Lantana seems to be an expectional cunt for all her forums she's part of.
how many times can we say how wrong she is?

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1) Nobody wants a Welcome-thread-loving idiot-noob telling them how to run their forum.

2) If you want to start a discussion about a book, read a book and start a thread.

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She's right though. Not that it matters on this forum. Errr biatch.

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You'd find a website like Goodreads far more useful than forum hopping and hoping for the gem of sterile, mature conduct.

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I have always thought of this as more of a "book truncheon" actually.

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Mordecai
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I think this thing was Ed G under a different cognomen.

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quote:
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She's right though. Not that it matters on this forum. Errr biatch.


Haha never noticed before but it actually says

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Scheduled group reads and general book discussion. [Bookclub]

I'd be down with something like that. As long as SSimon can't suggest any of those crazy sci-fi/fantasy books he finds at flea markets.

Coin - Make the first thread. Something you haven't read before maybe? I trust your judgement.

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Look to Smug for the fantasy reccomendations. Science fiction I do enjoy.

I'll reccomend two books, though:

A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute. A true classic in its own way, it is probably one of the best novels written in the last century.

The Hot Zone , by Richard Preston. Fascinating and horrifying by turns, it just might make you think.

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simon before you die, listen to ssimon about well about anything.

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the hot zone isn't fantasy sadly. the cobra event is his fantasy workings

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The Hot Zone was true.

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there are three points of ebola

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quote:
Originally posted by Gunstar_Hobo
Haha never noticed before but it actually says

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Scheduled group reads and general book discussion. [Bookclub]

I'd be down with something like that.



That was the original idea, before anyone realized that organizing this group into doing anything of the sort was far less useful and likely than herding cats. After that, it just became the book forum.

I think it's generally better that way, and fuck the random cunt who wandered in and made a sole contribution of saying 'this sucks', because that's on the level with canadian criticism of america(stupid and hypocritical).

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quote:
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That was the original idea, before anyone realized that organizing this group into doing anything of the sort was far less useful and likely than herding cats. After that, it just became the book forum.

I think it's generally better that way, and fuck the random cunt who wandered in and made a sole contribution of saying 'this sucks', because that's on the level with canadian criticism of america(stupid and hypocritical).

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We could try and start a real book club. Everyone gets to pick a book for all of us to read. I promise not to pick a business book if Crika promises not to pick Axler and Fiend promises to not post unless sober.

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The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin is relevant and a fast read.

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We could try and start a real book club. Everyone gets to pick a book for all of us to read. I promise not to pick a business book if Crika promises not to pick Axler and Fiend promises to not post unless sober.


We did that, when the forum first opened, we even ordered the books(Brave New World) through an amazon partner thingy so the board would get some kickbacks and it died a terrible apathetic death on the first attempt, of which I will own up to my own part, as I don't think I contributed a lot. I think there was an attempt at a second book which got as far as a half dozen posts.

I think just being a forum dedicated to our reading and whatnot is far better suited to the asylum.

That said, if you want to have a go at it, post a thread, a poll, whatever and I'll sticky it for you(haha, like that is necessary) but I suggest you dig up the original attempt and try to examine why it failed first.

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I read Brave New World, dammit.

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As did I, I just failed to offer any commentary.

Structure, we're not so good at it.

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