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The /r/books book club pick for September/October is Earthcore by Scott Sigler!
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Weekly FAQ Thread September 24 2017: How do you discover new books?
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J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' Still Matters 80 Years Later
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Stephen King's 'It' and the fear of polio: a theory
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Red Rising is making me a remember why reading is so great.
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“Humiliating”: Inside The Latest Controversy To Roil The New York Times
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Ever read a book that was so on point that it scared you!?
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How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever
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[Spoilers] The Lies of Locke Lakota by Scott Lynch
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I know I'll get heck for this one... Jack Kerouac overrated?
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My Roommate Got Weird Books in the Mail
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Adaptations
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Autonomous is a sharp thriller about robotic freedom and patent piracy
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What does it mean when a book has no number line?
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I can't focus when I read anymore.
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Is Kindle Bad For My Eyes?
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What are some of your weird reading habits?
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J K Rowling’s reply to my fan letter from 1998 has been published in a series called ‘Letters of Note’
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Does any one else think that liking Infinite Jest is halfway between an intellectual pissing contest, and a massive circle jerk?
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Eli Finkel and Mark Regnerus on How Romance in America Has Changed
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Who knew there was a "lost" Truman Capote book? Insane!
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A Court of Thorns and Roses readers (Sarah J. Maas)
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Looking for a great ebook/PDF reader for a windows tablet.
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What are the books that you know you could never get rid of? These are the ones that stay on the bookshelf just to remind you of how much you love them?
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How do you decide which stories to read in a short story collection
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An eye-opening history of chicken dinners and antibiotic resistance
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I've started reading 'The Shining,' and I'm noticing some striking similarities
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Where can I get unabridged books?
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Wanting to start a book club, but don’t know where to begin.
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Is "RedShirts" by John Scalzi really that funny?
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Inside the creepy, sleazy, campy world of '70s horror books Paperbacks from Hell
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Great books to fall for now that summer’s over
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"Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", "History of Civilisation" - worth the investment?
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About to commit to "Murder"
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So I just finished Lorien Legacies (the I Am Number Four Series)
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Was anyone else mostly unaffected by the Brothers Karamazov?
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My friend claims that book most book series tend to get poorer if they have five or more books.
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Questions regarding Brief History of Seven Killings
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Upcoming AMAs for Sep 24 - Oct 08: Lauren Oliver, Kaira Rouda, Eric Flint & Alistair Kimble, Amulya Malladi, David Wong
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Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice: Weird thing with the shire
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What do you get from reading a book over listening to an audiobook?
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Just finished the book thief
21 pearloz My thoughts on the shortlist: [**Lincoln in the Bardo**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29906980-lincoln-in-the-bardo). An amazing book of depth and emotion--and very weird. Felt like a Beckett play throughout. [**4321**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30244626-4-3-2-1) is pretty ambitious novel, really long, I'm only about a third of the way through, and the story within the novel feels like Philip Roth-light. It's honestly quite captivating however, and I find each the four distinct Ferguson's compelling in their own ways. [**Exit West**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30688435-exit-west) was fantastic in premise but I found it fatally short. I coulda done with a lot more pages. It skimmed too much across the top of the story I think, it felt like a news report of a much more interesting novel. [**History of Wolves**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30183198-history-of-wolves) was rough, it got me in the feels quite a bit. Novels with children imperiled always put me ill at ease and this was no different, just felt tense and angry throughout. [**Elmet**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35711376-elmet) was a surprisingly good book, not remotely what I was expecting (the cover is deceiving, and I was half-expecting a slow, family in the woods type story set in the 19th C., but this was contemporary or at least late 20th C.) It was a kinda minute story with small town rivalry, and a plot didn't really get cooking until the halfway point. By then, though, the rest of the narrative felt...inevitable, and the conclusion was far from what I expected. I only got the Ali Smith to go. Here are my thoughts on the rest of the longlist that didn't make the cut. **Home Fire** was a lot better than the premise outlined. I felt immediately attached to the characters. It did feel a little dated (it honestly could've been written any time in the last 15 years and been appropriate). It was an interesting mix of drama, romance, with a hint of political culture, and either highlights the complex existence of practicing Muslims living in the UK, or really simplifies it. In either case, I found the novel affecting and well written. This was my favorite book that didn't make the cut. **Reservoir 13** I found disappointing, I'm bitter I spent 5 or so days on it. **Ministry of Utmost Happiness** felt jumbled and messy and failed to impress. **Solar Bones** was challenging but so good--stream of consciousness never really worked for me, but this was so richly sincere, and there were enough breaks in thoughts that it didn't really *feel* like a book length sentence even though it was constructed like one. 2nd favorite that didn't make it. **Days Without End** was a quick brutal jaunt--much like North Water last year but without the gravitas. It was a lot more jovial. And the plays with gender and gender expression were interesting. **Swing Time** was a great story of two friends and their lives. I feel like they grew up too fast (in terms of narrative, not experience), and I was less interested in their adult selves. Damn fine writing though. **Underground Railroad** was a good novel. It's a little gimmicky for my taste but it was an interesting exercise. I generally do not like Whitehead's books but this one was alright. Reminded me a bit of Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union. I'm going to reread it eventually as I feel the praise and awards warrant it but I just didn't get it.
9 enfieldstudios Interested in hearing everyone's opinions on what they've read from this list. I've only read two: Exit West unfortunately didn't click for me. There was some moments that caught me off guard that really made me pause, but the piece as a whole wasn't enough for me to think it has a chance of winning (it would be hard for me to even recommend it, truthfully). Lincoln in the Bardo was really great. I won't lie it took me a while to figure out what was going on but it was worth the effort. The central themes of redemption and making sense of who you are, or were, were really effective to me. These are the types of books that I associate with the man booker: works that do something new and different, while at their core telling a strong and meaningful story.
6 beautifulquestions I managed to read 12/13 (Mozley's 'Elmet' doesn't release in the U.S. until tomorrow) and I felt like Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo', Smith's 'Autumn', and Auster's '4 3 2 1' were a cut above the rest. Really enjoyed 'Days Without End' as well, and would have loved to see that make the shortlist. Was surprised to see 'Swing Time' and 'The Underground Railroad didn't make it on, too. I like the odds of Saunders winning the whole thing.
3 sciboybn Disappointed that Arundhati Roy's wasn't picked! I liked it better than her previous novel!
4 HardCheeseForTony *Underground Railroad* fails to make the cut. Haven't read any of the shortlist books but they must be damn fine.
4 BritishHobo Gutted not to see Reservoir 13 or Home Fire on there. But while I disagree with a few of them, I'm glad; I believe the judges have gone for what they truly believed to be the best.