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Here are some of the books that have been previously suggested. This is going to be pinned, and a reference to use, but not Holy Writ or anything. And at the start especially it may not contain everything we had on the table as possibilities, since I'm only grabbing a few posts here and there to use as reference. And some of them are coming back on the list, since they'd been rejected for being too long and we've since decided we can tackle longer books over multiple months.

Also keep in mind that some of these may have been rejected for some reason in the time being, but I've forgotten about it, since I'm going off scattered random suggestion posts I've seen in my trawls back through the archives.


Bambi - Felix Salten
The Jungle Book or Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
A Mark Twain novel
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
a Little House book - Laura Ingalls Wilder

More modern reading:

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden - Catherynne M. Valente
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (epic fantasy)
Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
Greywalker - Kat Richardson (urban supernatural)
The Devil You Know/Felix Castor - Mike Carey (urban supernatural)
A James Herriot novel
The Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko (urban supernaturalish)
Soon I Will Be Invincible - Austin Grossman (I don't even remember this one TBH)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami and Jay Rubin

Graphic Novels:

Queen and Country - Greg Rucka and artist(s)
Bone - Jeff Smith
Unnamed Marvel (which has been underrepresented)

Remaining Amber Chronicles - Roger Zelazny
Agatha Christie book/stories
Sherlock Holmes book/stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Another Jane Austen book
Another Sandman graphic novel - Neil Gaiman

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Right, so, suggestions are mostly something that I pick out (probably Little Women or a re-visit to a previous author), or the suggested Ursula K. Le Guin collection (which I know nothing about, so I leave to y'all.)

Thoughts? Opinions? Caterwauling?

A Wrinkle in Time - Chapter 12, The Foolish and the Weak

Cause that chapter doesn't sound ominous or anything.

Cold angels are cold. Or witches. Or stars. Or whatever.

And just like that the coldness/blackness is gone? That seems rather... abrupt. And easy. And convenient.

"And she's backward." Love you too, Calvin.

Megatron? She's a transformer now? (And yes, I realize that his is waaay before that, before anyone points it out.) I can only assume that they're both riffing off of Metatron, and it's just a weird coincidence that the names are the same. (Or maybe whoever translated/named Megatron was a fan of this book as a kid? Who knows?)

"Oh we won't let it get you Meg! I don't think!" yeaaaaaah, helpful.

And yet again it's apparently in the rulebook that all of the "help" must be completely incomprehensible. Sigh.

Why would they need watchmen on Camaztoz? I can't imagine there's much in the way of actual crime, unless you count, like, not bouncing a ball in rhythm.

So yeah, she has Love and IT doesn't. Kinda saw that coming, once I thought about it. Could it really be anything else?

And... well. That was an abrupt wrap-up and ending. o_O I expected at least a small chapter to wrap things up, put the family back together, let them get reacquainted... but apparently not!

So. I'm really not sure what to say about this chapter except "how abrupt!" Everything gets wrapped up in a neat little bow, sometimes even without reason (Meg being horribly scarred by the Black Thing and then suddenly... not being scarred by it at all), and everything's finished. I'm left a bit winded, actually.

I usually do wrap-up posts, or at least used to, after the book is all done. I may do one of those for this after I get a chance to consider and digest it all some more. Or someone else can always do it before I get around to it if they want to of course. ;)

For now though, yeah. Abrupt closing is abrupt.

Time to corral the various books we've already done, so we can keep track, then pin it.


A Night in the Lonesome October - Roger Zelazny (October 2009)
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov (November 2009)
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (December 2009)
Watchmen - Alan Moore and artist(s) (January 2010)
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (March 2010)
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle (April 2010)
V for Vendetta - Alan Moore and artist(s) (May 2010)
The Princess Bride - William Goldman (June 2010)
The Thirteen Problems - Agatha Christie (August 2010)
Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud (September 2010)
The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller (October 2010)
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (November 2010)
Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman (December 2010)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum (January 2011)
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (March 2011)
Trouble Is My Business - Raymond Chandler (April 2011)
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (May 2011)
Lucifer Volume 1 - Mike Carey and artist(s) (July 2011)
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr. (October 2011)
Dracula - Bram Stoker (November 2011)
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Alan Moore and artist(s) (February 2012)
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones (April 2012)
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (May 2012)
Astro City - Kurt Busiek and artist(s) (June 2012)
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (September 2012)
The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells (October 2012)

Google +:

Agyar - Steven Brust (February 2013)
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick (April 2013)
The Odyssey - Homer (July 2013)
Nine Princes in Amber - Roger Zelazny (September 2013)
Ann of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (November 2013)
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (December 2013)
The Guns of Avalon - Roger Zelazny (February 2014)
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (May 2014)
Sign of the Unicorn - Roger Zelazny (July 2014)
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells (September 2014)
Lucifer Volume 2 - Mike Carey and artist(s) (October 2014)
Expendable - James Alan Gardner (February 2015)
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (March 2015)
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle (November 2016)

(Oddly, I saw no chapters 1 and 2 for Agyar, or schedule for it, so I'm hoping it didn't cut off other books that we did. There is a rather large gap there.)

A Wrinkle in Time - Chapter 10, Absolute Zero

Well, that chapter title sounds promising.

Nice recap for a guy that was standing there with you the whole time, Dad.

"I was heading for Mars." With no actual life support or anything? I'm sure that would have ended well for you.

"Meg, are you alright?" Well of course! I always lie around unconscious and unable to move in the middle of a field!

And yup, there's the overt religion. I guess I should have expected Meg to fall victim to the Black Thing really, it seems all of a piece with that sort of story - human failing, redemption, etc.

Huh! well, that was a short chapter. Not really much to say about it - it's just sort a waypoint between other destinations.
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