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LD4all Book Club: [Ishmael by Daniel Quinn]

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Lucho
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PostPosted: Mon 06 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Let's just see what happens with our fisrt book. I guess "discussing on the go" can work, you are right, guys smile

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

I think it's time for the poll to close, and it looks like our first book is .... Dracula!

It can be downloaded legally for free at Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/345) as it's out of copyright. But if you prefer reading an actual book I'm sure it'd be available in most libraries.

Happy reading!


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PostPosted: Wed 08 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

When do we reconvine? o.o


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PostPosted: Wed 08 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

I think that for this book we're going to try talking about it while we're reading it, so we wont have any specific reading time before we start discussing. So as soon as someone wants to make a comment they should clearly put where they are in the book and then put the comment in spoiler tags. e.g.

Up to end of chapter 2
Click here to see the hidden message (It might contain spoilers)


We can see how this goes and if it doesn't work out we can always have a specific reading time for the next book.


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Lucho
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

So I think it's decided. Dracula will be it, right? Hope so, because I'm already reading it.

When and where are we having the discussion? uhh


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Lucho wrote:
So I think it's decided. Dracula will be it, right? Hope so, because I'm already reading it.

When and where are we having the discussion? uhh


Yep, dracula it is!

We'll be having the discussion here, and as soon as anyone wants to start it!


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Just a question, how much time will there be available for the ''book closing'' or switching to another book?


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

I think I can start with some pre-reading thoughts. There are no spoilers, just some random comments based on the cover and the index (I really enjoy books thoroughly, you see lach1 )

Let me introduce you guys to the edition of the book I got.



It's a cool Wordsworth paperback edition I got for US$4, considering my buddies at the book store always give me discounts tounge2

My thoughts when looking at the cover:
- I don't like the fact that the cover somehow manipulates my mental representation of Count Dracula.
- That picture gives me the creeps at night
- It's going to be an amazing literary adventure
- I like the solemn and deep look of the forest in the back. My mental scenario for the story starts to builds itself just by looking at the very cover.

I've been reading the index in the third page and I see this story will unfold by means of characters' diary fragments. I think it's going to be very interesting to be led by different characters and different perspectives of the same event. Having first-person narrators will probably add to the dramatic effect of the story being told. It will also let us compare how a same event can be perceived differently by different persons.

Those are my two pre-reading cents wink5

BTW: I already had three ND involving the Count after two days of reading, so take this into account to gain lucidity! tounge2 (I almost got it last night! Literature-induced Lucid Dream?? LitILD?)


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

As I'm currently dirt poor I'll be making use of Project Gutenberg to read Dracula. tounge2

Interesting that you've already had several dreams about it, Lucho. Heh.

I'll likely start reading and throwing in my findings sometime next week as I'll be very busy in the next few days with university work.

FretDancer wrote:
Just a question, how much time will there be available for the ''book closing'' or switching to another book?


We'll have to see how it goes with the first one. See at what pace people read and such. Keep in mind, the holiday season is close at hand, so people are a little more pressed for time than they usually are. We'll eventually settle into a rhythm in the future in all likelihood.



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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Lucho - I've got the UK Wordsworth Classics version. The cover is similar, but slightly different:



I like the dark castle with the full moon and mountains behind it; really sets the scene. I don't like the picture of Dracula though, he looks different and much more alien-like to how I imagine him.

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BTW: I already had three ND involving the Count after two days of reading, so take this into account to gain lucidity! (I almost got it last night! Literature-induced Lucid Dream?? LitILD?)


Lol siiw

What were the dreams like, scary at all?


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

I stickied the topic and changed the title.

Let's get it started! :D


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PostPosted: Fri 10 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Thanks for the link. Norwegian libraries are pretty bad when it comes to english books.
Any way I can get the book on my Iphone? Import it to Ibooks or something..



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PostPosted: Sat 11 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Thanks Bruno, that's great! smile

Spasm - According to this link http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dracula/id395541616?m t=11 you can get it for free on Ibooks. If there are any problems with that, or if you want to read it on both your Iphone and pc and sync the pages, you could download Amazon's kindle app http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_iphone_ mkt_lnd?docId=1000301301 and get it for free from amazon's kindle store.

So, on to book comments!

Up to end of chapter 1
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PostPosted: Sun 12 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

About to start on chapter 5. I like the book so far. Harkers' diary is very exciting. I like how the book is written, although it's a bit hard to read.


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PostPosted: Tue 14 Dec, 2010  Reply with quote

Dreamer wrote:
But if you prefer reading an actual book I'm sure it'd be available in most libraries.


Apparently, my school's library isn't one of those. I'm going to have to read it from a computer then. I would've preferred something in my hands though. neutral


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