Booze and Books February Meetup

Thanks to everyone who was able to make the last meetup. Fantastic to see so many people.

As I have said many times don't worry if you don't have time to read this months reading list. We are all busy and if you are like me reading happens at the end of the day so it depends on the day really as to how much reading happens. Most people only read one book if they have the time.

If none of the following are to your style you can always try another book by the same authors or something completely different. We are always happy to hear about your opinion.

The plan is to meet downstairs inside on the comfy leather lounges. At 6.45 we will go order dinner then move upstairs. So if you are late you will know where to find us.

I haven't had much time to look for decent reads this month so this is the best I could do. Sorry....but I think they still look like good reads.

This months books are by three huge authors who all write in different genres so I am expecting lively discussion about what genre best suits these authors. Dark Tower is coming out very soon in theatres so this stand alone book is a good opportunity to delve into this world.

YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME

Dean Kootz

337 pages

horror/mystery/suspence

From the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense comes a riveting thriller that probes the deepest terrors of the human psyche—and the ineffable mystery of what truly makes us who we are. Here a brilliant young man finds himself fighting for his very existence in a battle that starts with the most frightening words of all…

At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket—until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he’s diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it’s his only hope, and it’s dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all…his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Business is good and he hopes to renew his relationship with Samantha. Then the unmarked gifts begin to appear—a box of Valentine candy hearts, a heart pendant. Most disturbing of all, a graphic heart surgery video and the chilling message:Your heart belongs to me.

In a heartbeat, the medical miracle that gave Ryan a second chance at life is about to become a curse worse than death. For Ryan is being stalked by a mysterious woman who feels entitled to everything he has. She’s the spitting image of the twenty-six-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan’s own chest.

And she’s come to take it back.

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SING YOU HOME

Jodi Picoult

466 pages

drama/gay lesbian fiction

One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter's marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. Like her House Rules and several other previous Jodi Picoult novels, Sing You Home grapples with hot button issues.

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THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: DARK TOWER NOVEL

Stephen King

309 pages

fantasy/sci-fi

In "The Wind Through the Keyhole," Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet"--"Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler--encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man" preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day's trials by reciting a story from the "Magic Tales of the Eld "that his mother often read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," Roland says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them." And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. "The Wind Through the Keyhole "is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony to the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.

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  • Paul

    Thank you all. It was lovely to meet everyone, and be welcomed into the fold. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into Ulysses, a classic I've been meaning to read for a decade....oh hang-on it's 816 pages, the Benjamin Law book looks good!

    Best wishes,
    Paul.

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am trying to read Ulysses, but I admit it is a struggle so far!

      March 5, 2013

    • Debbie

      I have left a reply in on the march meetup in regards to Ulysses.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting everyone, sorry I had to leave early.
    Debbie thanks for organising, it's great that you put time&effort into these interesting events!
    Since you mentioned how time-consuming it is for you to select books for the month's meeting, may I offer a few suggestions, based on books I've read recently or not so recently, and really loved.
    I feel they would be enjoyed by many and would be the basis for some amazing discussions. All books available in city libraries.

    -Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    -Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
    -A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    -Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
    -Wool by Hugh Howey
    -Slaughterhouse Five by K. Vonnegut
    -The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

    Just some suggestions I hope you find helpful. Looking forward to next meet-up!

    February 28, 2013

    • Debbie

      Thank you so much for that and especially for suggestions.;) I am busy trying to find alternative free sources today.

      February 28, 2013

  • Debbie

    Thanks everyone who was crazy enough to come out in shocking weather. Don't despair if you couldn't make it. There will be an email going out with a round up of events that happened and this months book list.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry got held up at work again sure hope I get there next time!!

    February 27, 2013

  • Debbie

    HI everyone. As always everyone is welcome whether you have read the books or not. We will be occupying the Heritage room upstairs tonight but will meet downstairs from 6.30. Start ordering dinner at 6.45 then move upstairs. Booking is under the name of Debbie in case you have trouble. If you can't make it don't stress. The weather tends to drive some people away. The city cat service may not be running after 8pm due to debris in the river so please plan your public transport travels. I was trapped last night at QUT. Wasn't a happy camper walking to Central in the rain. There are trains running from southbank and south brisbane with Plough Inn being approximately in the middle. If you run in to any troubles text me 0447381938. I normally can't hear the thing ring so please text. Looking forward to seeing you all.

    February 27, 2013

  • Steve

    Love to join

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. I'm off sick today. Have fun!

    February 27, 2013

  • Susan

    Hi Debbie, is there a way to RSVP with a guest?

    February 26, 2013

    • Debbie

      You can RSVP again with a plus one if you want. I am not concerned about exact numbers so don't stress if you can't add an extra. As the weather is a bit crazy I expect numbers to drop off.

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, not going to make it after all this evening...apologies

    February 26, 2013

  • Susan

    + 1 guest

    February 26, 2013

  • Francesca

    Sorry would love to be there. Previous commitments.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh these books look great...haven't read these authors for some time. Now, all I need to do is actually start reading hahaha

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry missed this months meetin due to being held up in Byron, looking forwar t meeting everyone next month but perhaps will be a little tardy as I dont finish work till 6 in Ascot and have to find my way there, appologies in advance!!

    January 31, 2013

  • Bernadette N.

    I am flying to Canberra to look after my daughter so I can't come now

    January 7, 2013

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