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What are we reading for our first book?

The Difference Engine - William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
6 (37.5%)
Dune - Frank Herbert
5 (31.3%)
The City & The City - China Miéville
4 (25%)
Islands in the Net - Bruce Sterling
0 (0%)
Mindplayers- Pat Cadigan
0 (0%)
Cat's Cradle- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
0 (0%)
The Accidental Time Machine - Joe Haldeman
1 (6.3%)

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Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« on: February 12, 2013, 08:07:25 pm »
Who likes books?! I do.
I love them.
I love them with much of my heart.

And when one loves something like books should they not share with others that magical love?
I dare say we start a book club. We pick a new book (either every month or every two weeks) and dedicate some discussion to it on the forum. It could be a fun thing to do as a group.

We would just need to decide on an interval, and on what book to start off with.

And of course, gauge interest. Is there interest? If so, let's give it a shot. (I've been trying to force myself to do recreational reading in anyhow, and this may be a fun way to do it.)



CURRENT BOOK: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

CURRENT READING DEADLINE: The first two sections by March 18th.

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 08:11:15 pm »
I could read a book I suppose.

Two weeks is asking too much of this college student but I think I could manage to find the time in a month. Sounds fine to me I'm interested.
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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 08:51:50 pm »
I could do this depending on the costs of specific books. When I've been in book clubs in the past we had checkpoints. Would anyone be opposed to something like... Read X-Chapter by X-Date, rather than having a date to finish the whole book by? It may cut down on people bailing, too.

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 08:55:55 pm »
I'd be cool with that.
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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 10:19:38 am »
I am interest. I do think we should regulate the cost though, which shouldn't be too hard to do. Just avoid new releases that only available in hard copy. :P Things like Kindle or Google Books might also help.

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 01:03:17 pm »
To avoid the cost to me, lets only read books I already own.
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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 01:21:19 pm »
Yeah on that. Who decides what we read?  Grouo vote?  Rotating pick?  A pool?

Pat I'd rather a final deadline rather than xx pages by xx time since week to week is different for me.
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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 02:53:20 pm »
I was thinking we could have a short nomination process, and bring it to a final poll (maybe two votes per person, so someone can vote for their own suggestion if they truly want to while still being able to vote for someone else's so that it doesn't end in a five-way tie).
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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 03:43:29 pm »
Pat I'd rather a final deadline rather than xx pages by xx time since week to week is different for me.

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2013, 04:05:40 pm »
I could find a pdf of whatever book is chosen and put it here. I've gotten pretty good at scrounging for textbooks.

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2013, 04:21:15 pm »
PDFs would be awesome!

Cost is definitely definitely a major factor in this. Sam's method also works, assuming he and I have the same extensive libraries. Which we do. :P

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2013, 05:26:44 pm »
Any first book suggestions then, Pat?

Sci-fi or fantasy would prolly be the safest bets here.

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2013, 09:04:31 pm »
Indeed! If Pat or anyone else has suggestions feel free to put them forth!
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2013, 09:26:49 pm »
Nope.

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Re: Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 10:05:05 pm »
Well, if nobody has any specific suggestions yet, I could put in a few myself:

The Accidental Time Machine - Joe Haldeman
Cat's Cradle- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Mindplayers- Pat Cadigan
Islands in the Net - Bruce Sterling
The City & The City - China Miéville

I haven't read any of these, but they've all caught my interest, (Miéville's especially given the setting (via wikipedia): "The City & the City takes place in the cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma. These two cities actually occupy much of the same geographical space, but via the volition of their citizens (and the threat of the secret power known as Breach), they are perceived as two different cities. A denizen of one city must dutifully 'unsee' (that is, consciously erase from their mind or fade into the background) the denizens, buildings, and events taking place in the other city — even if they are an inch away.)")

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