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Slap Book Club: Like Reading Rainbow but with Sk8ers
« on: January 28, 2023, 11:41:53 AM »
Anyone have any interest in a slap book club?  Like stuff that isnít related to skating.
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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2023, 11:47:29 AM »
Im totally down for that.

Currently Im reading 2 books, a biography on Wernher Von Braun and Beyond the God Particle by Leon Lederman

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2023, 11:50:09 AM »
Iíd be down

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2023, 11:55:11 AM »
Hell yeah. I'd rather read than watch mindless telly. Mostly read historical books. Sign me up

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2023, 02:29:32 PM »
I'd be down as long as the choices were reasonable

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2023, 03:52:31 PM »
Ok I was thinking about how to go about choosing what we are all agreeing to read and I have some suggestions:

-Recommendations should be more short stories/novella type stuff instead of some 1400 page behemoth to lessen the time investment for everyone, making it more likely people will actually participate.

-Classics and things with broad appeal over some weird little sub genre with niche appeal no one but you cares about.

Leave your suggestions and Iíll make a voting thing and maybe weíll start something here.

My suggestions are:

ďHarrison BergeronĒ - a dystopian science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut

ďAnimal FarmĒ - the classic George Orwell novel
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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2023, 10:43:40 PM »
Yeah keen Iíd be down for the Vonnegut one
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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2023, 07:54:16 AM »
Im totally down for that.

Currently Im reading 2 books, a biography on Wernher Von Braun and Beyond the God Particle by Leon Lederman

Care/ dare to share about Beyond the God Particle? I love quantum physics.

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2023, 07:58:48 AM »
Yeah keen Iíd be down for the Vonnegut one
Same. Might need help finding a copy thou as live in France and fuck Amazon

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2023, 08:46:17 AM »
 I will go and try to find the Kurt Vonnegut book today. I've already read 1984 too many times.

What actually happens in a book club though? My mum has been in a book club for my whole life with some of her friends but it just seems like an excuse for middle class women to get drunk together once every few months.

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2023, 08:54:53 AM »
I'm actually really down to read some sci-fi stuff right now. I've been trying to get into the genre. I wrote it off when I was in university but I recently read Dune and I was just like oh fuck yeah this is sick. Since then I'm now up to the 4th book in the Dune series although I think after this one I will not bother reading the next two. I tried to read a couple of Robert Heinlein books too but I find his writing style very jarring so I didn't finish either of them.

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2023, 08:57:06 AM »
I believe Iíve got digital copies of all of Vonnegutís books, Iíll check when Iím home later and upload them if anyone wants em

Think I also have all of Cormac McCarthyís books, except the most recent two. Iíd be super down to do Blood Meridian, would give me a reason to re-read it & analyze it more.
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2023, 09:01:42 AM »
I'd love to read Blood meridian too, that's another classic I've never read.

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2023, 09:28:11 AM »
I believe Iíve got digital copies of all of Vonnegutís books, Iíll check when Iím home later and upload them if anyone wants em

Think I also have all of Cormac McCarthyís books, except the most recent two. Iíd be super down to do Blood Meridian, would give me a reason to re-read it & analyze it more.

Please do. I'd rather read a physical copy thou.

Also I have no idea what a book club is like we read and discuss? Sounds good.

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2023, 10:47:36 AM »

TLDR: Maybe start a poll on what book the club should read and then determine deadlines? Is that how this works? I'm in dawg.

I believe Iíve got digital copies of all of Vonnegutís books, Iíll check when Iím home later and upload them if anyone wants em

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I 'finished' blood meridian last month and would love to know what the fuck was going on there. I had to have no country for old men explained for me too but i'm a fan of everything from Suttree to The Road. The road was the only one I didn't have to immediately look for CliffsNotes to remedy my stupid ass. I'm too intimidated to start CMacMc's newest book.


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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2023, 11:03:35 AM »
In for Vonnegut or McCarthy.

Vonnegut is my guy.

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2023, 11:27:19 AM »
this is a great idea that i'd be down to participate in, but between teaching a class i've never taught before this semester and trying to research/write the third chapter of my dissertation, i know i will probably have trouble keeping up with more reading

i've read almost everything from McCarthy and there's lots there to tussle with--i might be able to contribute based off of memory, even if i can't necessarily keep up wit the reading. all of that being said, short-stories seem solid and one of my all time favorites is Flannery O'Connor...either way, it looks like there's a free pdf of her collection A Good Man is Hard to Find here

https://www.boyd.k12.ky.us/userfiles/447/classes/28660/a%20good%20man%20is%20hard%20to%20find.pdf

edit: upon looking further, that pdf does not have all of the short stories--for one, it's missing "Everything That Rises Must Converge" which is a favorite. here's a long url to the whole collection on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Stories-FSG-Classics-ebook/dp/B009LRWWMM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1675020108&sr=1-2-9e7645f9-2d19-4bff-863e-f6cdbe50f990
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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2023, 12:50:06 PM »
 Advice Not Given: A Guide To Getting Over Yourself by Mark Epstein (Epstein didn't kill himself) changed my life. It's written by an American psychologist who studied Buddhism for decades. It blends western psychology and traditional Buddhist ideals and goes deep into the Eightfold Path while making it palatable for Westerners and first timers interested in Buddhism.

I highly recommend it for anyone interested in mindfulness and traditional Buddhist beliefs.

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2023, 01:41:01 PM »
Iím down. Would actually love this.
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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2023, 01:43:42 PM »
Advice Not Given: A Guide To Getting Over Yourself by Mark Epstein (Epstein didn't kill himself) changed my life. It's written by an American psychologist who studied Buddhism for decades. It blends western psychology and traditional Buddhist ideals and goes deep into the Eightfold Path while making it palatable for Westerners and first timers interested in Buddhism.

I highly recommend it for anyone interested in mindfulness and traditional Buddhist beliefs.

Itís fiction, but you might enjoy ďWhen Iím Gone, Look for Me In the EastĒ.  Itís about two brothers in Mongolia tasked with finding the reincarnated spirit of a teacher

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« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2023, 03:07:55 PM »
Also down. Currently working on a book called On Zionist Literature and itís interesting but kinda academic for what I want to read rn. Iím really into the historical/ non fiction genre- some standouts include Nothing to Envy, itís basically a realistic look at life in North Korea. Another one is Ghosts of Gold Mountain, basically a story about the chinese people that built the Transcontinental Railroad

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2023, 03:47:10 PM »

TLDR: Maybe start a poll on what book the club should read and then determine deadlines? Is that how this works? I'm in dawg.

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I believe Iíve got digital copies of all of Vonnegutís books, Iíll check when Iím home later and upload them if anyone wants em
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Gnarx3 Please upload my brethren!

I bought Slaughterhouse 5 on Audible and THEN found out it's read by James Franco. Not only is he out here predatoring minors and teaching classes at prestigious colleges: this dude fucking slurs every other pages while reading with -1000 tonality. I can't even do it.  I'm like 82 years old and just started reading my first Vonnegut book, he fully ruined my intro to Vonnegut.

I 'finished' blood meridian last month and would love to know what the fuck was going on there. I had to have no country for old men explained for me too but i'm a fan of everything from Suttree to The Road. The road was the only one I didn't have to immediately look for CliffsNotes to remedy my stupid ass. I'm too intimidated to start CMacMc's newest book.



Happy there is so much interest.  Iím also new to the book club thing but I believe thatís the gist.  Weíd read like a chapter week, then come back here and say what we thought.

I actually downloaded the Kurt Vonnegut story and itís literally only 6 pages, haha.  I had read it a long time ago in high school and I always thought about it from time to time- but I donít know if there is enough to talk about.

I actually just bought Blood Meridian and have liked other Cormac McCarthy books so Iím putting my vote down for that one too.  Seems shortish, of general interest.  Then move on to some of the other good suggestions.

Anyways, Iím just the person that came up with the idea, so if everyone wants to read something else thatís cool too.

Also TL;DR Iím for discussing Chapter One of Blood Meridian in 2 weeks.  One week for everyone to get the book and another to read a chapter.  Does that sound agreeable?
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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2023, 04:02:20 PM »
Lurk the Books to Read thread and you all have put me on to very good stuff. This is a good idea!

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Re: Slap Book Club
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2023, 04:10:52 PM »
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TLDR: Maybe start a poll on what book the club should read and then determine deadlines? Is that how this works? I'm in dawg.

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I believe Iíve got digital copies of all of Vonnegutís books, Iíll check when Iím home later and upload them if anyone wants em
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Gnarx3 Please upload my brethren!

I bought Slaughterhouse 5 on Audible and THEN found out it's read by James Franco. Not only is he out here predatoring minors and teaching classes at prestigious colleges: this dude fucking slurs every other pages while reading with -1000 tonality. I can't even do it.  I'm like 82 years old and just started reading my first Vonnegut book, he fully ruined my intro to Vonnegut.

I 'finished' blood meridian last month and would love to know what the fuck was going on there. I had to have no country for old men explained for me too but i'm a fan of everything from Suttree to The Road. The road was the only one I didn't have to immediately look for CliffsNotes to remedy my stupid ass. I'm too intimidated to start CMacMc's newest book.


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Happy there is so much interest.  Iím also new to the book club thing but I believe thatís the gist.  Weíd read like a chapter week, then come back here and say what we thought.

I actually downloaded the Kurt Vonnegut story and itís literally only 6 pages, haha.  I had read it a long time ago in high school and I always thought about it from time to time- but I donít know if there is enough to talk about.

I actually just bought Blood Meridian and have liked other Cormac McCarthy books so Iím putting my vote down for that one too.  Seems shortish, of general interest.  Then move on to some of the other good suggestions.

Anyways, Iím just the person that came up with the idea, so if everyone wants to read something else thatís cool too.

Also TL;DR Iím for discussing Chapter One of Blood Meridian in 2 weeks.  One week for everyone to get the book and another to read a chapter.  Does that sound agreeable?

chapter one of Blood Meridian sounds like a plan
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« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2023, 05:11:37 PM »
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TLDR: Maybe start a poll on what book the club should read and then determine deadlines? Is that how this works? I'm in dawg.

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I believe Iíve got digital copies of all of Vonnegutís books, Iíll check when Iím home later and upload them if anyone wants em
[close]

Gnarx3 Please upload my brethren!

I bought Slaughterhouse 5 on Audible and THEN found out it's read by James Franco. Not only is he out here predatoring minors and teaching classes at prestigious colleges: this dude fucking slurs every other pages while reading with -1000 tonality. I can't even do it.  I'm like 82 years old and just started reading my first Vonnegut book, he fully ruined my intro to Vonnegut.

I 'finished' blood meridian last month and would love to know what the fuck was going on there. I had to have no country for old men explained for me too but i'm a fan of everything from Suttree to The Road. The road was the only one I didn't have to immediately look for CliffsNotes to remedy my stupid ass. I'm too intimidated to start CMacMc's newest book.


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Happy there is so much interest.  Iím also new to the book club thing but I believe thatís the gist.  Weíd read like a chapter week, then come back here and say what we thought.

I actually downloaded the Kurt Vonnegut story and itís literally only 6 pages, haha.  I had read it a long time ago in high school and I always thought about it from time to time- but I donít know if there is enough to talk about.

I actually just bought Blood Meridian and have liked other Cormac McCarthy books so Iím putting my vote down for that one too.  Seems shortish, of general interest.  Then move on to some of the other good suggestions.

Anyways, Iím just the person that came up with the idea, so if everyone wants to read something else thatís cool too.

Also TL;DR Iím for discussing Chapter One of Blood Meridian in 2 weeks.  One week for everyone to get the book and another to read a chapter.  Does that sound agreeable?
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chapter one of Blood Meridian sounds like a plan

Iíd recommend a dedicated post for the book and update with the Chapter number as you advance

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« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2023, 05:23:25 PM »
This should be all of Vonnegut's stuff, and everything Cormac McCarthy did (excluding the two that came out recently)
https://wetransfer.com/downloads/b3b29bfcd97410dd5284af83cf35a38c20230130011726/2daf81305ec1e1586fc28744ea4d32ac20230130011743/c23ec7/grid
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« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2023, 12:11:17 AM »
Fuck yeah thanks for all the books. I get pdfs off the internet all the time but just realised epubs are A LOT easier to read on a phone

So weíre reading blood meridian?
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« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2023, 04:09:36 AM »
hell yeah thanks @childhood

So its Blood Meridian? First chapter?

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« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2023, 04:43:51 AM »
Yeah let's do it

The schedule should probably be adjusted/figured out at some point (Blood Meridian is 23 chapters + an epilogue, but I don't think it'll take us ~5 months to get through it), but doing a chapter a week at first sounds good
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« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2023, 05:08:23 AM »
I'd be down too. I've read Blood Meridian so I'd be more down for the Vonnegut, but can do both (Blood Meridian is one of the best books I've read so no problem reading it again). So what's the current plan, the thread kind of lost me at some point