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HAF Book Club: October Poll
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:56:00 AM »
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, by Haruki Murakami
From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.
Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

Dark Intelligence, by Neal Asher
Thorvald Spear has been brought back from the dead. Killed a century earlier by Penny Royal, an unstable AI who turned rogue in the middle of a human versus alien war, the resurrected Spear has one thing on his mind: revenge.  Crime lord Isobel Satomi got more than she bargained for when she struck a deal with Penny Royal. Turning part-AI herself gave her frightening power, but the upgrade came with horrifying repercussions—and it’s turning Isobel into something far from human.  Spear hires Isobel to track down Penny Royal, but as she continues her metamorphosis, it’s clear that Isobel’s monstrous transformations will eventually become uncontrollable. Will Spear finish his hunt before becoming the hunted?

The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse
Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, by José Saramago
A brilliant skeptic, José Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and—as only Saramago can—he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen. The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. In this provocative, tender novel, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, Saramago questions the meaning of God, the foundations of the Church, and human existence itself.

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to explore. As the creator of "Trace Italian"-a text-based role-playing game that's played through the mail-Sean guides subscribers through his intricately imagined terrain, turn by turn, as they search out sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. But when Lance and Carrie, two teenaged seekers of the Trace, take their play outside the game, disaster strikes, and Sean is called on to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, toward the beginning and the climax: the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters
It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.  A young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service in exchange for his freedom. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon
For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.



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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 08:15:42 AM »
Read my posts!!!
But, uh...well there it is.
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 05:29:57 PM »
Thanks Books, I'm so glad you are still doing this, because I missed all summer  :waah:
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 05:49:23 AM »
We need more votes!

Currently have a four way tie... ;D
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 05:53:09 AM »
We need more votes!

Currently have a four way tie... ;D

Exciting.   ;D
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017, 02:31:28 PM »
We need more votes!

Currently have a four way tie... ;D

Exciting.   ;D

And the "The Handmaid's Tale", by Margaret Atwood takes the lead, pulling ahead by one book length, followed closely behind and racing neck to neck vying for second place are "All the Light We Cannot See", by Anthony Doerr, "Dark Intelligence", by Neal Asher and the crowd favorite, "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ", by José Saramago!

The rest of the pack is tight behind as we head into the last curve!
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 09:44:14 PM »

And the "The Handmaid's Tale", by Margaret Atwood takes the lead, pulling ahead by one book length, followed closely behind and racing neck to neck vying for second place are "All the Light We Cannot See", by Anthony Doerr, "Dark Intelligence", by Neal Asher and the crowd favorite, "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ", by José Saramago!

The rest of the pack is tight behind as we head into the last curve!

 :watching:  My money is on Handmaid's Tale to maintain its lead as the October favorite.  I'm taking bets now that The Gospel According to Jesus Christ to be the upset winner for December (it just seems to "go" with that month).
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2017, 08:11:52 PM »
It's a few hours early, but I'm going to call it for The Handmaid's Tale in October.  Should be an easy book to find these days.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2017, 11:46:34 PM »
It's a few hours early, but I'm going to call it for The Handmaid's Tale in October.  Should be an easy book to find these days.
It's on the shelf at our local supermarket. The cover is the girl from the TV series.
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2017, 12:40:25 PM »
It's a few hours early, but I'm going to call it for The Handmaid's Tale in October.  Should be an easy book to find these days.
It's on the shelf at our local supermarket. The cover is the girl from the TV series.

I saw it our market yesterday as well, and almost bought it, but Books is making me finish Septembers book so I didn't :'(
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2017, 08:21:54 PM »
It's a few hours early, but I'm going to call it for The Handmaid's Tale in October.  Should be an easy book to find these days.
It's on the shelf at our local supermarket. The cover is the girl from the TV series.

I saw it our market yesterday as well, and almost bought it, but Books is making me finish Septembers book so I didn't :'(

That's right, we have a duty to science.  Then we can have fun getting depressed over a religious dystopia.
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 08:38:06 AM »
I bought it, but won't be starting it until the 5th.

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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2017, 12:27:48 PM »
I'm halfway through and I'm LOVING it!
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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2017, 02:42:15 PM »
I know polling is closed but I adore the sound of the first novel!

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Re: HAF Book Club: October Poll
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2017, 03:52:18 AM »
Finished last night!  :studious:
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