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  1. HumanInfiltrator

    HumanInfiltrator The Book club lady

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    Here you can post reviews to be considered for book of the month.

    Give the name of the book, the writer and a short discription.

    This review may come from anywhere.
     
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    HumanInfiltrator The Book club lady

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    Greywalker. Kat Richardson
    Harper Blaine was slogging along as a small-time P.I. when a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead. For two minutes, to be precise.
    When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit ...strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.
    But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift (or curse) is about to drag her into that world of vampires and ghosts, magic and witches, necromancers and sinister artifacts. Whether she likes it or not.
     
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    HumanInfiltrator The Book club lady

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    In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."
    Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.


    :duh: I would like for us to start voting on the 1st of november so if you could please start to post your suggestions with their reviews.

    :halo: No nominations without a review.
     
  4. Raven Black

    Raven Black Ishtari Fangirl

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    Book: Trickster's Choice
    Author: Tamora Pierce

    Review: To the great joy of her many fans, Tamora Pierce with this book begins a new saga of Tortall to add to The Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, and The Protector of the Small tetralogy. At the center of each of these books is always a strong and resourceful young woman who masters the arts of swordplay and knightly warfare in the magical medieval country of Tortall. Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness, has all these skills, but also a delicious sense of humor, which serves her well when she is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fueled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the "wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows." Just how each of the colorful characters and Aly herself fit into this prophecy and Kyprioth’s tricky plan keeps readers guessing. Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.

    *huggles* I love Tamora Pierce.
     
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    imrhien The Lady of the Sorrows

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    Book: The Magicians' Guild
    Author: Trudi Canavan

    This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work - until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders...... and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

    What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.
     
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    Apollion King Arthur Geek

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    Book: The Broken Sword
    Author: Poul Anderson

    Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling who has taken his place in the world of men.
     
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    Title: Neverwhere
    Author: Neil Gaiman
    Publication Date: 1997

    Richard Mayhew is a kindhearted young man living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancée. Then one night, he finds a girl bleeding on the sidewalk, and unable to stop himself, he helps her, unknowing of the price he must soon pay.

    The next morning, the girl is gone, and no one sees him or even recognizes that he exists – not even his fiancée. Richard Mayhew has ceased to exist in the world he has always known. Falling through the cracks of reality to land in a London of shadows and darkness, Richard is faced with a city that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations, peopled by creatures of myth. His only hope in returning to the “real world” is to aid Door, the strange girl who he had helped before and in the doing unwittingly damned himself to the shadows of Neverwhere.
     
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    LyannaWolfBlood Ella Dictadora

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    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

    This is a highly quirky, original and amusing debut novel. It is set in the early nineteenth-century, the action moves from genteel drawing rooms—albeit where a mischievous Faerie king sips tea with the wife of a very human government minister, to the bloody battleground of Waterloo, where giant hands of earth drag men to their doom. Full of fascinating characters, mischievous faeries and two very contrasting magicians, this book is a must-read for any fantasy fan!
     
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    bloodfiredeath Die by the Sword

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    RAY BRADBURY-THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES​


    From "Rocket Summer" to "The Million-Year Picnic," Ray Bradbury's stories of the colonization of Mars form an eerie mesh of past and future. Written in the 1940s, the chronicles drip with nostalgic atmosphere--shady porches with tinkling pitchers of lemonade, grandfather clocks, chintz-covered sofas. But longing for this comfortable past proves dangerous in every way to Bradbury's characters--the golden-eyed Martians as well as the humans.Starting in the far-flung future of 1999, expedition after expedition leaves Earth to investigate Mars. The Martians guard their mysteries well, but they are decimated by the diseases that arrive with the rockets. Colonists appear, most with ideas no more lofty than starting a hot-dog stand, and with no respect for the culture they've displaced. In leaving their home planet, the colonizers from Earth may have escaped their various dubious pasts – but the human characteristics of greed and pride were not left behind. In time man destroys all traces of Martian culture and try to turn the planet into a clone of Earth, complete with the same problems they tried to leave behind. The colonizers ties to Earth prove strong and events at home change peoples ideals, culminating in a mass exodus “home” – but not before man has left his mark on the planet. The story brings home the truth of what we have done to others on our planet, and shows our shortcomings despite our grand plans for a better future. Bradbury's quiet exploration of a future that looks so much like the past is sprinkled with lighter material. In "The Silent Towns," the last man on Mars hears the phone ring and ends up on a comical blind date. But in most of these stories, Bradbury holds up a mirror to humanity that reflects a shameful treatment of "the other," yielding, time after time, a harvest of loneliness and isolation. Yet the collection ends with hope for renewal, as a colonist family turns away from the demise of the Earth towards a new future on Mars. Bradbury is a master fantasist and The Martian Chronicles are an unforgettable work of art.
     
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    LyannaWolfBlood Ella Dictadora

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    The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

    Morgaine, gifted with the sight and fated with her brother-lover's doom, recounts the glorious tragedy of Camelot's brief flowering - not as a tale of knightly deeds, but as a woman's rounded view of society in the crucible of change.

    Through the lives of pious Guinevere, ambitious Morgaine, austere Viviane and her sucessor as Lady of the Lake, Morgaine herself, this rich and haunting epic reveals a greater thread to the idyll than the Saxons. For the spread of patriarchal Roman ways and a narrow Christianity seem likely to alienate the Old People, and drive the ancient worship of the Mother forever into the mists...
     
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    Roland Go Horse's Go

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    Title: Assasins apprentice
    Author: Robin Hobb

    The book is set around Fitz a royal bastard, from a first person perspective. Fitz is cast out into the world with only his magical link with animals for solace and companionship.He is cared for by the castles gruff stablemaster who takes him in and teaches him how to care for the animals.

    Fitz is later adopted into the royal household where he learns a new life,weaponry,scribing,courtly manners and how to kill a man secretly. Meanwhile raiders attack the coastland leaving people soulless and forged. As Fitz grows towards manhood he faces his first terrifying mission one that could save or end the kingdom.
     
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    For the February book:

    Title: American Gods
    Author: Neil Gaiman
    WARNING: This book contains material that I would not recommend to anyone under 16 (or hasn't read ASoIaF.) It contains a lot of expletives and a little bit of sex stuff, but I figure that the people I know in the book club can handle it.
    Personal note: This is the best fantasy novel I've ever read, bar none - I personally like it even more than ASoIaF, which is saying something coming from me. :)

    Shadow Moon had been in prison for three years, but was released a few days early to attend his wife's funeral. As an ex-con, he realizes that it will be near-impossible to find a job, and on the plane flight home, he is approached by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Driven to desperation and a "don't give a ****" attitude by the death of his wife, he takes a job with Wednesday and is plunged into a world where both old gods and new grapple for dominance in the land of America.
     
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    LyannaWolfBlood Ella Dictadora

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    :eek: How could you Liadan?

    BTW...it might be better to put this in the Jan/Feb thread in case it gets missed.
     
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    Sorry. You'll understand when you read it. :)

    And thanks for the tip. ^^