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Books Discussion: Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!

Join Lludmila Mirrikh at The Pub in Awen to discuss the first of the Sam Vimes fantasy/adventure/mysteries by Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards! 

  • Monday, January 23 at 11am PST
  • Tuesday, January 24 at 5 pm PST

This story is nothing but pure fun. How would your average police handle a gigantic, flying serial arsonist? Pratchett riffs on many aspects of the mystery genre (the detective forbidden to pursue his inquiries, the rookie) as well as fantasy (What do dragons eat? Virgins, of course!) and it’s a million-to-one chance you’ll love it, but you just might.

It’s the beginning of a series that will only get better.

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in book discussion, book groups, Bookstacks News

 

Bookstacks in December

Simeon and I are in the midst of our usual December hiatus, but that doesn’t mean Bookstacks is an empty, snow-covered tundra. There are still plenty of activities for you book lovers.

  • Dec. 16, 6pm – BiblioMax Discussion: The City and the City by China Mieville
  • Dec. 17, 7-9pm – DJ Walton Vieria is doing his version of Christmas music. I’m willing to bet it won’t be your traditional Oh, Christmas Tree.
  • Dec. 18, 2pm – Science Fiction Saturday.
  • Dec. 19, 3pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
  • Dec. 26, 3pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
  • Dec. 27, 11am – Cozy Mystery Discussion: Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharon McCrumb
  • Dec. 28, 6pm – Cozy Mystery Discussion: Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharon McCrumb
  • Dec. 30, 6-8pm  – Midnight Moon Cafe Authors: Fortune Telling with paranormal authors Cora Zane and Cassandra Curtis
  • Jan. 2, , 3pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in book discussion, book groups, Bookstacks News, Cozy Mysteries

 

New Book Discussion Group: Women4Reading

I’m excited to announce a new book discussion group at Bookstacks. Hedda Hazelnut will lead the Women4Reading Discussion Group every other Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. SLT. The first discussion will be held on January 6 in the Bookstacks Pub.

The group will discuss participation in the Women Unbound challenge and any other books that women in the group wish to discuss along with topics that are encompassed by these books. You can join the discussion offline at http://women4reading.wordpress.com.

More information on the Women Unbound reading challenge can be found at http://womenunbound.wordpress.com/about/

 
 

Delay in Discussion of Three Days to Never

So, Simeon and I were comparing notes on how far we’ve gotten with this month’s book, Three Days to Never. I discovered I was not the only one running a bit behind. So, we’ve decided to delay the discussion for two weeks. Good news for you, if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, right?

So, new date – Aug. 29.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2009 in book discussion, book groups

 

Paranormal Book Discussion: Three Days to Never (Tim Powers)

Three Days to Never (Tim Powers)

Three Days to Never (Tim Powers)

This month the paranormal book group is reading Tim Power’s Three Days to Never. We will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, August 15 August 29 at 4:00 p.m. SLT/PDT in the Bookstacks Pub.

Summary
In this bizarrely entertaining metaphysical thriller, 12-year-old Daphne Marrity and her father find themselves embroiled in an almost incomprehensibly complex international conspiracy (with supernatural overtones) when Daphne steals a videotape labeled “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” from her grandmother’s house. Suddenly, the Israeli secret service seems to be after them, and the two are swept into an adventure that involves, among other things, time travel, assassins, and a shrunken talking head.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2009 in book discussion, book groups, Bookstacks News

 

Non-fiction Book Discussion on Saturday

Once again Bookstacks is partnering up with Virtually Speaking for a non-fiction book discussion. This time we are going to look at the way technology is changing the way people politically active in Taking On the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era by Markos Moulitsa Zuniga. I watch trends in social media, so I’m interested in Armstrong and Moulitsa’s perspectives of the influence of blogs and other Web 2.0-centric on the current political scene. So far the book has been very readable, and it is giving me a new perspective on contemporary political activism.

The discussion will be held Saturday, August 8 at 4 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Virtually Speaking sim (slurl).

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2009 in book discussion, book groups, events, Virtually Speaking

 

Horror in SL

The October Country Undead Group tells me the members have set up a number of places streaming both old radio shows and readings. Yesterday, for example, I heard a reading of “Herbert West: Reanimator.”

It is worth checking out. Village of Nyght is just one of many locations.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2009 in book groups, Bookstacks News, events

 

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