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text 2017-03-28 23:45
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book tells the story of a little boy named Nobody Owens, or “Bod” for short, who was not raised under normal circumstances. After wandering from his crib in the middle of the night as a baby, he unknowingly escapes from a murderer in his house. The murderer is still on the loose throughout the course of the novel, and he is in search of Bod. While he is growing up, he is raised in a graveyard by ghosts who educate him on how to protect himself from the man who is out to kill him. You may be thinking by this point: why would anyone consider this to be a children’s book? Surprisingly enough, the book is an amazing story for young readers! Bod demonstrates courage throughout the novel, never allowing the man who wants to kill him to succeed with the job. The book’s Lexile reading level is 820L, and it is recommended to be read by students in higher grades like fourth and fifth grade. In my classroom, I would want students to form book groups to read the novel. I would want each student in the group to have a job to do with the book, and each group would get to engage in their own discussions about what they think. I would also want the students to analyze how Gaiman appeals to his reader’s senses through his strategic use of imagery.

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text 2016-08-05 14:40
Book Clubs/Groups on BookLikes

One of the things I like most about book sites like BL and GR are the groups and discussing specific books while reading together (or sort of together, as time allows). 


I'm wondering if any of you belong to book clubs here and what sorts of books you enjoy reading and discussing with others. 


I belong to the Mystery and Thriller group and the Lesfic and More group. Like in my groups, I've noticed that from what I can see, participation is low. Is this a feature that most people aren't interested in or is it something that isn't very well known on the site? 


Just curious.

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text 2014-09-05 13:21
Sometimes they do it to themselves







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text 2014-05-29 22:31
Question for mystery readers: groups reads/online book clubs

I have a friend who's looking for an online group or forum where everyone reads the same mystery and then discusses it in the forum. I've only dipped my toes into that kind of thing, and it wasn't a terribly successful experience.


I know Goodreads probably has groups like that, or BookLikes, or possibly there's some other site I haven't even heard of. However, I don't know which groups are nicely active and open to accepting new members.


So, does anyone have any suggestions on groups that might work and just read mysteries? If there's a particular group that you're part of, that you love, and that you'd like to recommend, let me know and I'll pass the info on.

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text 2014-01-04 03:08
If you really don't care, what are you doing here?

We have yet another author meltdown.


Oh, it's not a violent, rantin' and ravin' one.  Instead this one is the casual sort, the kind who repeatedly says he doesn't care about those 1-star ratings from people who didn't read his book but who just as repeatedly follows those people to every review and blog and website they frequent.


Yes, I'm talkin' about you, Tony McFadden.




Tony is outraged because someone gave ALL his books one-star ratings.  He is further outraged because when he called that someone on her behavior, she told her friends, and some of her friends proceeded to one-star his books, too.


Poor Tony apparently doesn't understand how GoodReads ratings work, because even though GoodReads (at least for now) allows readers to rate books based on their level of interest or enthusiasm before reading,Tony has labeled anyone who does so a liar.




Of course, Tony apparently also has never heard of the Streisand effect:  None of this would ever have reached the next level of discourse if Tony himself hadn't made a stink about it.


The thing is, Tony doesn't exactly live in a glass house and shouldn't be throwing stones.


Tony belongs to that outstanding group of "independent" writers who style themselves as "Awesome Indies"  http://awesomeindies.net/   They give each other glowing reviews and even have a "Seal of Excellence" that they can paste on their digital book covers.



For instance, here's Tahlia Newland's review of Tony's book Have Wormhole, Will Travel" posted on Amazon:





What's that in the fine print?  "Reviewed on behalf of the Awesome Indies.  I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review."


But, excuse me, Tony McFadden is also one of the reviewers at AI.








So, who's the liar, Mr. McFadden?  The people like Shelby who rated your book one-star because they had absolutely no fucking interest in reading anything you've written, or you who are just not quite telling the truth about your affiliation with the group that gives you its seal of excellence?


And what about those glowing reviews from that totally impartial, completely disinterested reviewer, Joyce McFadden:





Of course, an examination of Tony and his reviews wouldn't be complete without turning the tables.    Just as Tahlia Newland gave Tony's book a big fat five-star rating, Tony returned the favor for her.  And he didn't even bother to let anyone know that he received a free copy from his friend and fellow AI reviewer Newland.







Get over it, Tony, before it's too late.  Walk away and show us that you really don't care by, um, not caring.  You've already done a helluva lot of damage to your reputation,  way more than Shelby did by giving your books one-star ratings.

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