So, it's time for our Christmas meetup (where has this year gone?!). This means it's SECRET SANTA time. Please bring along a gift wrapped book from your shelves, and swap it for a gift wrapped book from someone else. Please don't buy a new book for this, and we do also ask that you don't bring along one that the group has read this year, as there's a good chance that those attending will already have it. The discussion page has the list of books we've read this year in the leaderboard messages...
Anyway, admin over and on to the books chosen for our December session. They are
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (nominated by Rebekah)
The Mists of Avalon is an epic tale of love, loyalty, betrayal, kingship, and magic. It takes place over several decades and two generations. It tells the fabled tale of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Taking a different view from the legend, it is told from the perspective of the women of Avalonthe devout Gwenhwyfar, Arthur's Queen; Vivane, High priestess of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake; above all, Morgaine, possessor of the sight, the wise, the wise-woman fated to bring ruin on them all... These powerful women use their magic and their wiles to fulfill the will of the Goddess and place a king on the throne of Britain, as well as later take him down from it.
Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson (nominated by Sue)
In Neither here Nor there Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hamemrfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.
See you in December and Happy Reading!