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MAY 2014 Book Club pick - INNOCENTS by Cathy Coote

Welcome to our sticky post for "INNOCENTS", this month's book club read! I've actually read this one before & am quite curious to see how it sits upon a second time round.



As usual:

Feel free to post any and all thoughts, questions, and discussion topics as threads to this post; if you're in doubt about whether you're spoiling plot points, you can simply use the spoiler tags (much like an LJ-cut) in your comments, [Spoiler (click to open)]like this! You can use the html code of < lj-spoiler > spoilery stuff goes here < /lj-spoiler >, minus the spaces, of course. It may also help other readers to find your point of reference if you include a page/chapter/percentage notation at the start of your comment, too, but proceed however you find it's easiest.

Anonymous commenting is enabled here, as promised; if anyone tries it and finds it's not working, please let me know & I'll tweak things until it does.


Happy reading & I look forward to discussing it along the way!
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APRIL 2014 Book Club pick - COWS by Matthew Stokoe



Hey, all - just a quick post as I'm typing from my phone:

For anyone who's run into trouble finding an affordable copy of COWS (thanks to kayzee_chan for bringing the ridiculous price jump to my attention), I'm leaving an entirely unethical but hopefully helpful link as a comment here.

Consider this a placeholder for our usual guidelines etc. & the post for WHITE IS FOR WITCHING is still up for anyone who read it in March! Discussion about COWS can begin here anytime.

EDITED TO ADD: I've posted my review in the comments. Yikes.


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MARCH 2014 Book Club Pick - WHITE IS FOR WITCHING by Helen Oyeyemi

Late AGAIN. I'm sorry. I loathe LJ Mobile. On with it.

FYI: We have our next several months of books picked thanks to the poll and comments! Here's what slated for future reads:



And now...

Welcome to our sticky post for "WHITE IS FOR WITCHING", this month's book club read! Once I catch up with GEEK LOVE (what did everyone think of it? Post your reactions in the thread!), I'll definitely be joining everyone in reading this one.



As usual:

Feel free to post any and all thoughts, questions, and discussion topics as threads to this post; if you're in doubt about whether you're spoiling plot points, you can simply use the spoiler tags (much like an LJ-cut) in your comments, [Spoiler (click to open)]like this! You can use the html code of < lj-spoiler > spoilery stuff goes here < /lj-spoiler >, minus the spaces, of course. It may also help other readers to find your point of reference if you include a page/chapter/percentage notation at the start of your comment, too, but proceed however you find it's easiest.

Anonymous commenting is enabled here, as promised; if anyone tries it and finds it's not working, please let me know & I'll tweak things until it does.


Happy reading & I look forward to discussing it along the way!
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FEBRUARY 2014 - Book Club pick: GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn

Apologies for being a couple of days late; posting to LJ on mobile devices is really a pain, is it not??

A heads up: next month we're reading "WHITE IS FOR WITCHING" by Helen Oyeyemi, so grab your copies whenever you like. I'll be posting another poll to see what lies ahead for us in April and beyond.


Anyway, as usual: Welcome to our sticky post for "GEEK LOVE", this month's book club read! Just like the last couple of months, I've been really looking forward to finally reading my copy of this book, and you guys voting it in have given me the perfect excuse.



As usual:

Feel free to post any and all thoughts, questions, and discussion topics as threads to this post; if you're in doubt about whether you're spoiling plot points, you can simply use the spoiler tags (much like an LJ-cut) in your comments, [Spoiler (click to open)]like this! You can use the html code of < lj-spoiler > spoilery stuff goes here < /lj-spoiler >, minus the spaces, of course. It may also help other readers to find your point of reference if you include a page/chapter/percentage notation at the start of your comment, too, but proceed however you find it's easiest.

Anonymous commenting is enabled here, as promised; if anyone tries it and finds it's not working, please let me know & I'll tweak things until it does.


Happy reading & I look forward to discussing it along the way!
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JOSIE and JACK - January 2014 book club read

Welcome to our sticky post for this month's book club read! I've been really looking forward to finally reading my copy of this book, and you guys voting it in have given me the perfect excuse.



As usual:

Feel free to post any and all thoughts, questions, and discussion topics as threads to this post; if you're in doubt about whether you're spoiling plot points, you can simply use the spoiler tags (much like an LJ-cut) in your comments, [Spoiler (click to open)]like this! You can use the html code of < lj-spoiler > spoilery stuff goes here < /lj-spoiler >, minus the spaces, of course. It may also help other readers to find your point of reference if you include a page/chapter/percentage notation at the start of your comment, too, but proceed however you find it's easiest.

Anonymous commenting is enabled here, as promised; if anyone tries it and finds it's not working, please let me know & I'll tweak things until it does.


Happy reading & I look forward to discussing it along the way!
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Book club picks! (January & February, and likely March & April too...)

Happy New Year, everyone!


My apologies for waiting so long to show up with our January book club read; I was among those who lost power/heat/internet for a couple of days around Christmas & it's taken me a bit to catch up. But here I am! And I come bearing...a tie vote. Again!


What this means, of course, is that we'll be reading both of the winning books. I flipped a coin and it appears that our January read will be...



JOSIE & JACK by Kelly Braffet!

In Josie and Jack, Kelly Braffet gives us a deliciously dark, suspenseful debut novel in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith.

Beautiful, brilliant, and inseparable, Josie and Jack Raeburn live a secluded, anarchic existence in their decaying western Pennsylvania home. The only adult in their lives is their rage-prone father, a physicist, whose erratic behavior finally drives them away. Without a moral compass to guide them, Jack leads Josie into a menacing world of wealth, eroticism, and betrayal. His sociopathic tendencies emerge, and soon Josie must decide which is stronger: the love and devotion she feels for her brother or her will to survive.

From its opening page to its shocking climax, this contemporary Hansel and Gretel story is compulsively readable and hugely entertaining.



And in February we'll read...



GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn!

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.



I shall put up a sticky post for JOSIE & JACK right away (*** it seems to be super-cheap on Amazon right now, FYI ***) and will hope that everyone can take advantage of holiday sales to grab your copies of whichever books you don't yet own but would like to read along with us. If you're going on a blitz, you may want to pick up "WHITE IS FOR WITCHING" by Helen Oyeyemi and "THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE" by Thomas Ligotti as well, since they're our likely picks for March and April. (Yes, this is me planning ahead for once!)


I know there are several of you - myself included - who are psyched about this particular batch of books, which is great. All seem to be easily available in both physical and digital formats, so have fun shopping!
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Choosing our next book club read...

As I just sent a message to our Goodreaders, I thought I'd post it here as well!

While we're using December to catch up on THE WASP FACTORY, I figured I'd best give everyone a couple of weeks to pick our January book too! I'll be crossposting this poll on LJ as well, but weigh in if you find any of these choices interesting. Happy holidays!

~Heather, a.k.a. prettyh on LJ


The poll is open for two weeks, and I'll post the result as soon as it's in to give everyone time to pick up the book if you're interested.

ETA: In case it's hard to read what the poll options are here, you can check it out on our Goodreads group homepage, or take a look at the titles individually:

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"The WASP FACTORY" - November/December 2013 Book Club Read

Hello, all!


This will be our official sticky post for our November read of Iain Banks's "THE WASP FACTORY." I'll be back to flesh it out properly when I'm not stuck in a room with just my tablet, but in the meantime feel free to add to the comments section if you've already started reading the book! As always I'll also set up threads for the Goodreaders among us.




Our post for "THE END OF ALICE" will of course remain up and active as well for everyone who read along with us last month.


Upcoming order of business: Voting on the coming months' reads! I'll be sure to have all of that posted here for you ASAP.


I'm psyched to read "THE WASP FACTORY" with everyone (despite NaNoWriMo likely kicking our backsides; maybe we should extend this one into December and set up our next vote for our January pick?) & will also be keeping an eye on the "...ALICE" post, to which I added my really long review in the comments section.


Happy reading!
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"The END of ALICE" - book club read - October 2013



Welcome to our sticky post for this month's book club read! Just like last month with Neal Shusterman's "UNWIND" (which I hope everyone enjoyed, and the post will remain up forever for discussion), I once again have no self-control, so I've already finished reading "THE END OF ALICE," which is all the more reason for me to say, again: I can't wait to hear what you guys have to say about it as you go.

Feel free to post any and all thoughts, questions, and discussion topics as threads to this post; if you're in doubt about whether you're spoiling plot points, you can simply use the spoiler tags (much like an LJ-cut) in your comments, [Spoiler (click to open)]like this! You can use the html code of < lj-spoiler > spoilery stuff goes here < /lj-spoiler >, minus the spaces, of course. It may also help other readers to find your point of reference if you include a page/chapter/percentage notation at the start of your comment, too, but proceed however you find it's easiest.

As this will remain a public post for the duration of the month, anonymous commenting is enabled here, as promised; if anyone tries it and finds it's not working, please let me know & I'll tweak things until it does.

Since I (and probably at least a few others among you) have read the entire book, there's a ready-made group of us who'll be happy to answer questions and jump into discussions already. Happy October, all, and to those joining us for "THE END OF ALICE," happy (?!?) reading!
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Discussion: A few "most disturbing books" lists from around the web...

Well, hi! Long time no "talk," disturbingbooks! I notice we've gained a lot of new members since I finally got back to posting to Twitter on a reasonable basis, so welcome to the madhouse. And please feel free to post something anytime - we love reading your reviews & recommendations.


Seeing as we've not had a post for a while, I thought I'd just pop in and provide a few links to stir some discussion, and perhaps inspire folks to write about their own "Most Disturbing Books" while we're at it. Have a look at these, and see if you agree/disagree/can "out-disturb" these wusses! I'm leaving this post open (rare, I know) for Twitter followers to come check us out & see if they'd like to join in, but yes, you DO still need to have a Livejournal account AND be a member of our community to comment or vote.


Now to the lists:



If you find any other great lists or roundups out there, please feel free to link to them in the comments section. There can never be too many resources...


Now to the poll. Surely some of us are rolling our eyes at what mere mortals consider "disturbing," so it's time to weigh in on the list that comes up countless times if you Google "most disturbing books of all time": the Popcrunch one.


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Other things worth discussing: Have you seen any of the film versions of the above-mentioned novels? Any you'd consider even more disturbing than the source material? Do any of the choices surprise you? Why?



FYI: I've scheduled each of these list links to be sent out individually on our Twitter feed as well, so if you don't have time to go through them all in one sitting, don't despair: you'll get the bite-sized version over the coming days. :)



Again, welcome to the fresh meat new members! If you're not sure how to start, check out our userinfo, browse our tags, or take a stroll through our Archives/memory section to see past posts. We look forward to your first entries about the books you think we should all be reading!


~prettyh/Heather/creator & co-mod of disturbingbooks