**** Official OT Summer Book Club 2007 Request List ****

So heres how we’re gonna do this.

Last time we had everyone who was interested reccomend a book and then the mod drew from a hat to see which one it was that we were going to read. I think this time I want to keep it a bit more democratic so I am going to draw three random ones and then we’ll vote for a day on what we are going to read and then based on the length of the book we will decide on how long / how to break it up for discussion.

Please recommend the book in Title – Author format. thanks.

*OFFICIAL* Summer book club poll

Sorry for the delay, I have been very busy with company.

anyway, here is the list from what I had last.
Most votes by Wednesday is what we will read.

1. Brave New World – Huxley
2. 1984 – Orwell
3. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
4. The Alienist – Caleb Carr
5. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
6. Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
7. Rant – Chuck Palahniuk
8. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
9. The Magus – John Fowles

What’s your favorite quote/passage/blurb from a novel/story/poem/whatever?

"She upset Billy simply by being his mother. She made him feel embarrassed and ungrateful and weak because she had gone to so much trouble to give him life, and to keep that life going, and Billy didn’t really like life at all."

-Kurt Vonnegut (rip ), Slaughterhouse Five

Though maybe not one of his more mind-blowing thoughts, I thought it expressed really well how some of us can feel when our parents care more about our well-being than we do ourselves. He wrote it so simply but brilliantly as he so often does.

Book Reviews and Recommendations

I figured that I would start writing brief summaries/reviews on some of the books that I read in order that other people may find literature that interests them. I am not that well read, but I have been reading significant amounts as of late. Try and spare me criticism, especially since taste is obviously a personal matter. I will try and contribute reviews of books as I read them and go back to books I have already read, but it is all dependent upon time. Some will likely be longer than others. Feel free to contribute any thoughts on books or recommendations of books for me to read.

What Are You Reading??? v.New

I just finished The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
I just picked up for whom the bell tolls
I also wanted to get Haunted by that fight club guy
The Sun Also Rises was great.

Just finished Haunted. I only found it mediocore. Maybe I was expecting too much. Some of the short stories were really well done, but the overall connecting story did nothing for me.

Rereading Huxley’s Brave New World at the moment.
Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon