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OCC Book Club (Not a Literature Club, Shadow)

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  • Priest

    Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

    #33730854 - 1 year ago

    This is a thread for the OCC Book Club.  If you wish to join, please make it known below.


    EDIT- I'm doing some thinking on how to put this thing together, I'll edit this out once we get a good process, and it'll be replaced with that process.  



    Once we know who is interested in participating, we will open the floor for book suggestions.  While we could worry about if the book costs or not, we need to remember that LIBRARIES exist, and as such we can all go get a free membership to a library and check the book out. This allows us the ability to literally read ANYTHING.  For the start, however, I suggest that we look at DRM free books that are accessible digitally. We will VOTE on which book that we want to read. 


    So, there are a couple of ways to do this.  


    1. We read the ENTIRE book, then spend time going over it chapter by chapter. 

    2. We read the book in sections together and are surprised by whatever is happening.  Either way, I think that the discussion needs to be divided out:


    At first, I was thinking that we discuss each chapter of whatever book by itself, but depending on the book that may not be feasible. So what I say is whatever "sections" or "divisions" that we decide on a book to boob basis we spend a month on; two weeks roughly to read the section and then two weeks to discuss. Also, I suggest that each person take a month to be the leader of the discussion. That means that you'll be responsible for reading and really knowing your section ahead of time. 


    These are just some thoughts

  • Radius55

    Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

    #33730858 - 1 year ago

    I'm in. Can also provide various scifi eBooks DRM free

  • Ratatoskr

    Ratatoskr Keeper of Logics

    #33730859 - 1 year ago

    Here we go.

  • Fly

    Fly Keeper of Blades

    #33730861 - 1 year ago

    I will currently lurk. I may join in the future...

  • Lpokmnj

    Lpokmnj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blargh

    #33730863 - 1 year ago

    Count me in.

  • Shadow5435

    Shadow5435 Archange

    #33730864 - 1 year ago

    I'll try.

  • Priest

    Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

    #33730867 - 1 year ago

    I posted some thoughts above in the first post.  Lets iron that out before we decide which book to read. 


  • Shadow5435

    Shadow5435 Archange

    #33730870 - 1 year ago

    Okay, wow. I am offended by the title.


    I feel personally attacked and unwelcome. 


    When do we read manga though and where are the cute anime grills? 

  • Priest

    Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

    #33730872 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Shadow5435


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  • Ratatoskr

    Ratatoskr Keeper of Logics

    #33730873 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Priest

     that we decide on a book to boob basis

  • Radius55

    Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

    #33730875 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Shadow5435

    Ah, but here we don't change the name of the thread because someone is offended.


    I happen to think it's grand.


    In reply to Priest

    • Gas grill
    • Thin aluminum construction
    • No smoker


    2/10. Would not prepare delicious dead animal with again.

  • Priest

    Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

    #33730876 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Ratatoskr


    It took me far too long to find that typo.  I should correct it.



    But I'm not going to. 

  • SailorGirl81

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    #33730909 - 1 year ago

    I'm  in. Does it really take people two weeks to read a book?  If I'm enjoying a book i find it hard to put down and will probably finish in a day or two. If I'm not enjoying it I just move on to something else.

  • Radius55

    Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

    #33730912 - 1 year ago

    In reply to SailorGirl81

    Some people. It also can take longer if they're already reading something else.

  • DodongoDuster

    DodongoDuster Maethori

    #33730945 - 1 year ago

    I'm in.

  • SailorGirl81

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    #33730968 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Radius55

    Good point

  • Radius55

    Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

    #33730973 - 1 year ago

    Okay, time to list the various books we suggest. I've put a star next to the ones I can provide free ebooks for or that are available free from other sources.


    Ender's Shadow - I know that Ender's Game is the usual one people push, but Ender's Shadow is more thought provoking and better in my opinion


    Dune - Scifi classic. 'Nuf said.


    *1984 - Again, classic that people ought to read


    *Hard Magic - First book in the Grimnoir Trilogy. Set in a version of the 1930's where bits of magic started appearing in the previous century, it has a good balance of thought provoking alt-history and fast paced action.


    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Had to include something by Heinlein. Would be a good debate over if the ideas he put forward here could come true.

  • SailorGirl81

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    #33730987 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Radius55


    The original Dune? That IS the best one. 


    Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Adams


    The original Foundation books by Asimov


    The Stars My Destination by Bester


    The Lathe of Heaven by Le Guin



  • zeitgeistzest

    zeitgeistzest

    #33731010 - 1 year ago

    I shall be lurking as well!

  • Ratatoskr

    Ratatoskr Keeper of Logics

    #33731014 - 1 year ago

    In reply to SailorGirl81


    Ooooh. I haven't thought of 'The Stars My Destination' in a long while.


    Foundation series - yes, especially earlier books.


    Hitchhiker - I know where my towel is.

  • Priest

    Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

    #33731044 - 1 year ago

    @Radius55


    Do you have the time to get us started on the first book? I'm a little busy right now prepping for the baby. 

  • Radius55

    Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

    #33731049 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Priest

    Sure. Need to know what book people want. I guess a good question is do people want more philosophy or fun out of the first read?

  • Priest

    Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

    #33731052 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Radius55


    My two cents is that an "easy win" would be a good start. Something that isn't too challenging but still engaging. 

  • Lpokmnj

    Lpokmnj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blargh

    #33731057 - 1 year ago

    In reply to Radius55

    In reply to Priest


    Might I suggest a bit of both? Tibor Fischer's The Thought Gang is a hilarious romp of a crime spree committed by an English philosophy professor.