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Book Club?

OldschoolJohto

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Would folks be interested in reading an original fiction text together? (Pausing every chapter or so to discuss.) From what I've seen on Discord, a lot of us have similar taste in books -- seems like it should be obvious because we all write Pokemon, except that there are still so many wildly different sub-genres.
 
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OldschoolJohto

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I’m between books right now, so I’m pretty open! I’ll toss in a few ideas from my goodreads, but I’m not married to any of these:

- Unseen City (nonfiction, human-animal coexistence)
- When the Emperor was Divine (fiction, Japanese interment camps)
- Jagannath (magical realism short stories)
- City of Saints and Madmen (fantasy with fungus and ????)
- Hidden Life of Trees (nonfiction)
- House in the Cerulean Sea (fantasy? Idk coworker recommended)
- Sparrow (young adult? Recommended by a friend who said it was devastating, in a good way?)
 
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Pen

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I've read When the Emperor Was Divine before, so maybe not that.

Jagannath intrigues me the most out of these, and short stories might be a more manageable thing (people can drop in and out, and won't have to worry about falling behind). Also interested in the fungus one.

I don't tend to read non-fiction books about trees, but am very open to being pushed out of my comfort zone here if there's interest in that!
 

Negrek

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I think I'm most interested in Jagannath, City of Saints and Madmen, Hidden Life of Trees, and Unseen City. I was wondering if you might know any ways to, uh, conveniently obtain any of these? I forgot that the libraries I live near don't have as broad a selection as I'm used to and that that might be an issue. I should presumably be able to ILL for whatever I need, but I don't have experience doing that here and don't know how long it'll take to get an item in.
 
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Some books I've heard good things about but haven't read myself. The novels aren't super long either, most of them in the 150-300 page range.

Radio Silence by Alice Osman. YA contemporary

Indelicacy by Amina Cain. Feminist historical fiction (Victorian).

Every Heart a Doorway by Sean McGuire. Whimsical fantasy murder mystery.

Some short stories that might be of interest (haven't read them myself):

"Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. Sci-fi about a linguist tasked with communicating with aliens

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. A collection of 17 short stories. If you know Murakami, you know he usually writes weird and surreal in a modern setting. This is pretty much more of the same.

"Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU" by Carmen Maria. Apparently it's blurbs of the show if they were directed by David Lynch. I have no idea what any of that means but it sounds like my kind of ludicrous.

"A Tiny Feast" by Chris Adrian. The King and Queen of Fairies adopt a child with terminal Leukemia.

We can also go here to check out a bunch of free short stories online.
 

OldschoolJohto

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@Negrek My plan was definitely Inter-library loan and/or digital collections. Does your library give you access to the Hoopla and Libby apps with your library card? (The audiobook version of Jagannath is on Hoopla for sure as an audio book. Didn’t check the others yet.)

But @zion of arcadia ’s suggestion of free online short stories might not be a bad idea either.
 

Negrek

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Ah, looks like it does! That should help. Although, yeah, free online shorts would also work well. Ah, I don't feel like I'm being helpful in actually deciding anything... I think pretty much all of these sound interesting, one way or another.
 

OldschoolJohto

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I’m definitely most interested in Jagannath right now because it’s been on my list for a long time, but would also not be upset about doing online short stories either.

Does anyone NOT have easy access to Jagannath? If so, that’s an easy deciding factor.
 
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