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text 2018-08-14 10:35
Buddy Read with Themis-Athena of The Solitary Summer: Date Line to the rescue!
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

Themis-Athena and I agreed to a Monday start date, but my last read took longer than expected, and I was feeling like a slacker for starting this today, until I realised it was still Monday in Germany when I started it.  Score!

 

Not too far in, but the writing is much like it was in Elizabeth and her German Garden, so I'm enjoying it so far.

 

 

"...how can you make a person happy against his will?"

 

how indeed?  I love her no-nonsense approach to life.

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text 2018-08-13 01:30
The Flat Book Society: Nominations are open for November read

Also, while I'm at it, the voting list has been cleared and is now open for nominations for our November read.

 

Please stop by and nominate the popular science books you're most interested in the group reading come November.  If you're not already a member, and popular science books are your jam, please consider this an invitation to join us.

 

Looking forward to ditching this hat...

 

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text 2018-08-13 01:24
The Flat Book Society: September Read begins in 18 days!
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer Wright

It's almost September - which everyone who is playing Halloween Book Bingo knows, but it's also the start of The Flat Book Society's September read, also known as our Birthday read!  This marks our 1st full year as a group and we've yet to kill each other or even maim anyone!  Whoo hoo!   

 

I jest, of course.  That's why we have Huggins; he's not only our mascot - he keeps things sweet.

 

I'm looking forward to Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright  and I hope everyone else is too.  

 

A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues—from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio—and a celebration of the heroes who fought them.

 

Unfortunately, our read this year doesn't strictly fit with any Halloween Bingo Squares, but I have posted a question on the discussion about whether or not it could be used for the centre square, because really, this book totally fits right in with the whole Halloween theme.  I'll update when I hear a verdict.  

 

Either way, I hope this won't put people off from participating; with so much going on in September this is likely to be a slower paced buddy read, so if you're interested in joining in, please do.  The more buddy readers, the louder our communal "EWWWWW" will be.

 

Nobody ever looked intimidating wearing a birthday hat.

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review 2018-08-07 08:44
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

The writing style is beautiful and evocative, but somewhat rambling and lacks a solid plot.  This novel is something of a intimate memoir of a small boy's life growing up in a small American town.  Personally, I didn't enjoy the book all that much - I found it tedious.  There were grand moments, but not enough to fight away the boredom.

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text 2018-07-31 02:10
The Flat Book Society: The new - and hopefully more available - September read!
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer Wright

Our re-vote for September's new read was a landslide win.  Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright  beat out its nearest rival by 3 votes.  Landslides are relative here at the Flat Book Society.

 

A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues—from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio—and a celebration of the heroes who fought them

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-seventeenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome—a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary.

Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they’ve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

 

Hopefully, this will prove to be a much more easily obtainable text for everyone wishing to participate.  

 

I'm just speculating here, but for those who are on the fence about joining us, looking at the book's description, I'd say odds are pretty good that might work for - maybe - a category or two on the as-yet-unveiled 2018 Halloween Bingo.  I mean, plagues.  A club for people with no nose.  Typhoid Mary y'all.  Just the description makes me think it's a definite contender for Horror, so hopefully, a possible twofer for some of us in September.

 

Also, I just wanted to mention The Flat Book Society is 1 year old!  Woo!  I can't believe we made it a whole year.  Cake for everyone!

 

 

This is so undignified.  Where's the cake?

 

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