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Book to be discussed: "Necessary Errors" by Caleb Crain

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  • Dan

    I love the idea of a gay book club! I can't wait to attend the next meeting.

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • Jon T.

      Dan -- thanks for coming on Wednesday night. Your contribution and talking about your experience teaching in Saudi Arabia made the evening all the more interesting. I hope you can come again next month. In the meantime... have a great Thanksgiving!

      November 9, 2013

    • Dan

      Thank YOU for hosting this! I had so much fun and I can't wait to do it again! I'd forgotten what it was like discussing books intelligently with other people: people who KNOW books, right?

      1 · November 9, 2013

  • Rob K.

    As always, a great discussion with a host of interesting points of view. Not even necessary to 'like' the book to find the evening's conversation stimulating and thought provoking. Many thanks to a great host.

    November 8, 2013

  • Arthur M.

    All -- Just wanted to apologize for being a no-show on my first meeting. Came down with a nasty cold and didn't think it would be nice to share. :) I hope to make the next meeting...

    November 7, 2013

  • Tom

    Not sure I bought some guys' interpretations of how extraordinary this book supposedly was, but the discussion was lively and most points were well-defended. I ALMOST regret not finishing the book, but I am certainly inclined to pick up where I left off in it - just where Milos comes into the story. So a successful discussion over all! Great group of guys with a lot of enthusiasm for good reading experiences. Thanks for another enjoyable session!

    November 6, 2013

  • Josh

    Looks as if I'll be in town tomorrow after all. Looking forward to the conversation! Hopefully people will go gentle with me. It's my first time...recommending a book for the club, that is.

    November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't worry, I liked it!

      1 · November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I enjoyed it, too, but am unfortunately stuck catching up at work, following a 3-day conference. Have a good time!

      November 6, 2013

  • Barry

    I finished the book last night, and I liked it. I'm hoping there will be others on Wednesday who liked it too, so that we can have an interesting discussion. Thank you Josh, for suggesting it.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Michael

    I confess I finished the book. I agree with Tom's suggestion.

    November 1, 2013

  • Tom

    A THOUGHT - PART TWO However, this does raise an issue that might be worth addressing this month after the book discussion: HOW DO WE SELECT OUR MONTHLY READINGS? Should we develop a list of books the group agrees to investigate before a choice is made each month? (That could take a long time and drive Jon nuts trying to coordinate it all.) Should we have a running list of titles / summaries compiled and kept online, so that we can as a group settle on one from that list before we disband each month? Or be able to check out potential books a few months ahead, so we know what's coming? Once a title is listed, it's easy enough for us each to find out about the book's plot, etc via Amazon or another site, and then come to a consensus. Right now, I suspect that a number of us find it really tough to agree to a book that we know nothing about, realizing we are committing two or more weeks of reading time to it. So maybe we could strategize a bit about book title selections, etc.

    November 1, 2013

  • Tom

    A THOUGHT - PART ONE This is a great group of guys and the discussions are usually pretty engaging. It's also okay that some of us occasionally dislike the chosen book; a variety of opinion adds the spice in a good discussion. And, anyway, we all can't like the same things! (Don't forget, I suggested DANCER FROM THE DANCE and not everyone did cartwheels over that one!!)...

    November 1, 2013

  • Luke E.

    I was a 20 something Gay man who moved to Moscow in the 90's and I find the book both very realistic as well as heavy on detail. But I have 2 other engagements that night so don't think I'll make it :(

    November 1, 2013

  • Josh

    Guys, it looks as if I'll have to be traveling next week for work. I'm disappointed because I loved this book and was really looking forward to hearing other guys' thoughts and opinions and some great discussion. If something should change unexpectedly, I'll be there!

    November 1, 2013

    • Josh

      Wow, now I'm having mixed feelings about missing the club next week. On the one hand, relief at not being pilloried, since I suggested the book and several seem to REALLY not like it. On the other hand, intense curiosity, since I very much enjoyed the book and am quite interested in participating in what will almost surely be a very lively discussion.

      1 · November 1, 2013

  • Tom

    Wow! Glad to see David's earlier comment about how difficult it is to plow through this novel. My inclination, always, is to read the entire book in loyalty to the group.... even "The Master and Margarita!" But "Necessary Errors" is just moving nowhere after a plodding 120 pages. I don't want to discourage the group and I intend to keep at it during the business trips I have scheduled this week, but I can't promise that after a few more attempts I may not drop the book out the plane's window!

    Is it too early - or detrimental to our group's discussion - to ask for others' opinions at this point? Maybe someone can assure me that it gets better if I stick with it. (Jeez - I feel like a high school kid trying to be convinced to read "Moby Dick!") Sorry to sound like a Debby Downer...

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good luck either way, Uli

      October 15, 2013

    • Jon T.

      Hi, Gents -- I also found this book to be quite a challenging read. How can something so boring be so long?!

      November 1, 2013

  • David L.

    sorry cant make it to the event hopefully ill make it to the next meeting

    October 29, 2013

  • David L.

    i should be able to make it on Wednesday transportation will take a minute how long is this event

    October 27, 2013

  • David M

    OK, I tried but failed to get past the first 100 pages. In many ways this reminds me of The Art of Fielding, i.e. excellent reviews, feature gay character(s), first novel by a very promising writer, interesting premise (I was a baseball fan; post-Communist Czech fascinating locale).
    But both novels were surprisingly uninteresting and the reading became too much of a chore. But hope you have a starkly different reaction and love the book(s).

    September 30, 2013

  • Luke E.

    Anything gay in this book? :) Hope I finally make it this time!

    September 23, 2013

    • Jon T.

      Hi, Luke -- we don't necessarily read books with gay themes / content, but in the case of this latest selection, the main character / narrator is, indeed, gay. Hope you can make it too!

      1 · September 23, 2013

    • Eric L.

      So's the author, by the way

      September 23, 2013

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