May Main Meetup

Thanks to everyone who made it yesterday.

Next month's meetup will be later in the month as the first monday is a bank holiday.

 

The books chosen for next month are as follows:

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo nominated by Sue

Harry Hole is a functional alcoholic, unrepentant chain smoking, loner detective on Norway’s Crime Squad when the book begins. The only person he relates to is his partner Ellen Gjelten. Harry causes a diplomatic embarrassment during a visit by the President of the U.S. but the nature of the incident sees Harry promoted to Inspector and transferred to the Norwegian Security Service (POT for short).

His duties in POT consist of reading reports and deciding which should be passed up the line and which are without merit. One of the reports catches Harry’s attention. Someone was test firing a Marklin rifle according the police report of a citizen’s complaint. Harry knows that his rifle would not be useful for hunting in Norway; it is much too powerful, In fact, it is a favored weapon of assassins. Harry is given permission to investigate mainly because his boss doesn’t really know what to do with him. He is supposed to be preparing a report on neo-Nazi plans on Norway’s Independence Day but Harry wants to know who acquired the weapon, how they acquired it, and, most importantly, why.

Though he no longer on the Crime Squad, Harry talks Ellen into helping him gather information and he begins the tedious process of trying to trace the rifle.

National Socialism figures rather prominently in The Redbreast. The action switches between Norway in 1999/2000 and the Eastern Front in WWII with a unit of Norwegians fighting for the Germans. The book gives us a picture of the National Socialist movement, past and present, in Norway.

Harry doggedly attempts to find a trail that will answer his questions but he has to make sense of events that may or not be related.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn nominated by Signe

Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

 

Happy reading one and all 

 

Other books nominated were:

The Business by Iain Banks

Hope and Glory by Stuart Maconie

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

Different Seasons by Stephen King

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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  • Casey Anne M.

    Hi Eleanor, I was checking my emails today and just noticed that I've received and confirmation email at 6.35 pm on Monday 13th. I'm sorry for my remiss but, that is kind of short notice for me and I would have had to have travelled quite a distance to get there for 7.30 pm. I can only humbly apologise, for my inconvenient absence.

    May 16, 2013

    • Eleanor

      No problem. As you say 1835 on the day of the event is a little late to actually attend! I always take that kind of thing into account as I know who gets moved onto the list at last minute.

      May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry didn't make it last njight. Set out to come then got soaked between bus change so turned back home. I'd read both books too and was keen to hear what others thought. Hope to make it next time. JENNIE

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Eleanor, i thought it very strange that no-one had showed up, we kept watching the door. I did go upstairs and we sat on the left against a wall, but i have never been to the Cafe before and didn't know there was a room to go to. Anyway, i'll check it out beforehand and have another go next month :0)

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, made the effort to turn up for 7.30 at Grosvenor Cafe on a miserable night, sat and spoke with Christine until 8 o'clock, when no-one showed we left. Surely if this meeting was cancelled someone should have told us.

    May 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very sorry not to cancel ahead of the meetup but I could not get access to the web site during the day so unable to send any notification. Hope to make it another time.

      May 14, 2013

    • Eleanor

      Hi Joan. We didn't cancel, I'm sorry you didn't find us last night a we were definitely there. The bar staff usually know to point people in the right direction but obviously didn't work on this occasion. Of you're going to try to come along again then we meet in the room on the left hand side of the bar (once you're through the door) and the grosvenor cafe is the upstairs but.

      May 14, 2013

  • DL G.

    Sorry, I can't make it tonight. I'm a bit under the weather :-(

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just back from hols yesterday and just picked up the email. Sorry can't manage tonight - would like to attend next one if possible.
    Thanks.

    May 13, 2013

  • Jenny H.

    Sorry folks but I can't make it tonight after all. Please someone from the waiting list take my place. Hope to see you all in June! Jenny

    May 13, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    Im just back from hols to see I've got a place from the waitin list. I didn't expect to make it on so I didn't take the books on hols wih me. I'd rather the space was used by someone who has read them. Have a great meeting!

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Eleanor, see you all there :0)

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've read 3 other Nesbo books and couldn't put them down but this one is a challenge - the flipping back'n'forth between past and present stories isn't usual to him but in this book it is confusing. I'm getting mixed up with all the old Eastern Front guys. Sat with it for a good few hours yesterday though and began to find it compulsive. GONE GIRL definitely an unputdownable read despite few, if any, really likeable characters.

    May 6, 2013

  • christine l.

    have started reading the redbreast and have to say im not loving it the constant flipping between decades and people i find is stalling the flow of the story and i honestly dont think im going to finish it . havent read jo nesbo before and on the basis of this book dont think i will be reading anymore . i will pick up the other book and see if i fare better with this one . will let you know on monday !!!

    May 6, 2013

  • Eleanor

    Hi Joan. Not a problem for you to come along even if you haven't managed to finish the books. Hope you have a great holiday.

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Eleanor, i bought these 2 books but haven't had the chance to read them yet, but will take them on holiday. I would love to join the group and hear the discussion, would it be fair to come or give up a place for those on the waiting list?

    May 6, 2013

  • Eleanor

    Hi Margaret, I'll change your RSVP so that it's just you, that's not a problem. Unfortunately you're on the waiting list at the moment. The room we use is limited in size, so I do have to limit numbers to those listed as "attending" instead of "waiting". The reason for the waiting list is because people usually drop off the attending list throughout the month, so you may still get a spot. If you've moved off the waiting list, then you'll get an email, so best advice is to keep checking. If we don't see you this month, hopefully you'll get a spot next time.

    May 1, 2013

  • Margaret

    Hi! New to Meet Up and this Book Group. Added plus 1 by mistake. I am attending myself on 13 May at Grosvenor Cafe. Sorry about mix up. I see there are a lot attending this coming meeting and quite a few on the waiting list. Not sure if I am confirmed for a place or not???? Please advise. Many thanks.

    May 1, 2013

  • Margaret

    Just joined group and would like to come along to meeting on Monday 13 May at the Grosvenor Cafe.

    April 24, 2013

  • Christine

    Just finished Gone Girl and looking forward to indulge myself in The Redbreast Looking forward to my first meetup on the 13th May at the Grosvenor Cafe

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    GONE GIRL is such a good book - just so much more than a thriller/police procedural. Great to have an excuse to read another Jo Nesbo

    April 11, 2013

  • Kerry

    Damn! Just signed up to this then realised I have other commitments.... I live in Oslo part time & Jo Nesbo writes that city so well

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward (and a bit nervous) to my first bookclub meeting.. Great choice of books though x

    April 9, 2013

  • Mhairi

    Aww, sad I can't make May meetup as May 12th would be my 6th anniversary, but have exam on the tuesday. Enjoy Jo Nesbo!

    April 9, 2013

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