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RE: [flyleafbooklovers] February Fiction VOTE

From: Evelyn D.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 1:06 PM

I���ll stick with Wolf Hall as first choice. 

 

Cutting for Stone would be second.  It���s a great book but I���ve read it and haven���t read Wolf Hall as yet. 

 

Dune and its successors were wonderful but a long time ago.  How about something by Margaret Atwood or Sherri Tepper and perhaps a bit more contemporary?  Both write scifi but with emphasis on social/cultural ���what if���s���.   

 

Evelyn

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Donica McLean
Sent: Monday, November 29,[masked]:17 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [flyleafbooklovers] February Fiction VOTE

 

My choice would be 2. Other than that, no preference.

 


From: vanessa <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wed, November 24,[masked]:57:06 PM
Subject: [flyleafbooklovers] February Fiction VOTE

okay folks, it's time to pick our fiction selection coming up after our next two discussions--City of Thieves (December) and Mirrors (January). A couple of these titles were offered as options at our October meeting and people seemed interested. the 3rd i threw in there since people expressed interest in a couple sci-fi titles--one of which was over 1000 pages and though people said they were up to a longer book, I thought[masked] pages might be our upper limit.

Please rank in order of preference.

Feeling thankful for reading and discussing books with all of you and for having a great independent book store like Flyleaf in our town that supports community. Have a great holiday!

1.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
640 pages
WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Dazzling . . . .Thomas Cromwell remains a controversial and mysterious figure. Mantel has filled in the blanks plausibly, brilliantly. Wolf Hall has epic scale but lyric texture. Its 500-plus pages turn quickly, winged and falconlike . . . . both spellbinding and believable."���Christopher Benfey, The New York Times Book Review
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall is "a darkly brilliant reimagining of life under Henry VIII. . . . Magnificent." (The Boston Globe).

2.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
688 pages

���The novel is full of compassion and wise vision. . . . I feel I changed forever after reading this book, as if an entire universe had been illuminated for me. It���s an astonishing accomplishment to make such a foreign world familiar to a reader by the book���s end.���
���Sandra Cisneros, San Antonio Express-News

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother���s death and their father���s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles���and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

3.
Dune by Frank Herbert
544 pages

The all-time science fiction masterpiece...now in a special hardcover edition.

"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings."--Arthur C. Clarke

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.






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