GR Book Club - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Phillip K Dick

Fed up talking videogames? Why?
User avatar
Irene Demova
Member
Joined in 2009
AKA: Karl

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Irene Demova » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:21 pm

Guys what if we post all the wrong books to make Banjo waste his time
User avatar
Banjo
Member
Joined in 2008
Location: Nobody cares

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Banjo » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:40 pm

Hey, it gets me reading.
User avatar
Denster
Member
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Denster » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:42 pm

It's a good call. At least two books and then we're good for a few weeks.
Love list


Super Dragon 64
User avatar
Gently-Parted Ringpiece
Member ♥
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Gently-Parted Ringpiece » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:44 pm

Yeah Ive not got around to ordering this one yet. Ill likely be picking it up at the weekend. 3 weeks suits me.
User avatar
Denster
Member
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Denster » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:46 pm

Mine is en route. Get stuck into that. If it grabs me it wont take more than a couple of days or so - depending on how many distractions take place.
Love list


Super Dragon 64
User avatar
Knoyleo
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Knoyleo » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:01 pm

I'm unlikely to do much talking about the book, or read discussion on it, until I've actually finished it, myself. Feels a bit premature otherwise.

I've never really done a book club before, so I'm not sure what the usual etiquette is for when you start discussion on it.
User avatar
Rocsteady
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Rocsteady » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:30 pm

Knoyleo wrote:I'm unlikely to do much talking about the book, or read discussion on it, until I've actually finished it, myself. Feels a bit premature otherwise.

I've never really done a book club before, so I'm not sure what the usual etiquette is for when you start discussion on it.

Yeah strawberry float knows what the normal etiquette is, as long as everything's spoilered I guess it doesn't matter too much if we do it during or after.




I've PM'd Banjo and Parksey the next 8 so they can prepare accordingly for abroad, if others want I can send it to them as well. I do think it's more interesting if we drip feed them slightly though as I'm sure there'll be a couple of unpopular ones in there as well.



So people can prepare for the next month/month and a half I'll say the next two as well:

The book we'll be reading after Kurkov is:

"The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester (<]:^D's pick)

Following that will be:

Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau. (Irene's pick)

I'll obviously add more on these closer to the time but that's the pick.
Image
User avatar
Parksey
Moderator
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Parksey » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:03 am

Anyone wanting stuff shipped abroad (or even for those in the UK), you should check out the Book Depository.

Never used them before, but just stuck an order in, as if they ship to you country, it's all free and isn't too bad (Japan is 7-10 business days, but others are quicker). Prices seem cheaper than Amazon too.
User avatar
Rex Kramer
Member
Joined in 2008
AKA: rich_brad29

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Rex Kramer » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:12 am

Doesn't look like Zazie in the Metro is available on Kindle (unless I'm missing something).
Image
Current castaway: Rax can be found here. All the previous contributors can be found here.
Tackling the pile of shame part 2 - http://grview.grcade.co.uk/articles/the-7-commandments-of-tackling-the-pile-of-shame/
User avatar
Errkal
Social Sec.
Joined in 2011
Location: Hastings
Contact:

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Errkal » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:21 am

It is in French but not English. Hopefully the Irene method will work :D
User avatar
Parksey
Moderator
Joined in 2008

PostGR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Parksey » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:26 am

Are the Irene versions proper e-books (like, in the proper format, with a cover etc) or are they different? I'll need to download the first book anyway as the physical copy likely won't arrive in time (I'm away next week anyway), but some of the out-of-copyright classics I download to my
Kindle are a bit "wall-of-text-y" and not adapted for the electronic format at all.

EDIT - Zazie is available on Book Depository and for about £6 by the looks of it, if the price in Yen is anything to go by.
User avatar
Errkal
Social Sec.
Joined in 2011
Location: Hastings
Contact:

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Errkal » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:28 am

Yeah they are proper books with covers or at least it is on iBooks where I have imported it.

I can't say I've have any issues with kindle being as you say wall of texts but I've been buying from kindle and they look like the book in page layout and stuff.

The Irene ones should be the same in kindle as you convert the ePub to mobi in calibre to read on a kindle.
User avatar
Rocsteady
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Rocsteady » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:22 am

Errkal wrote:It is in French but not English. Hopefully the Irene method will work :D

I'll have a look when I've got some free time.

That Kurkov one's well adapted for the Kindle, looks perfect.
Image
User avatar
Parksey
Moderator
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Parksey » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:35 pm

Does the Irene method require a laptop to get going? Haven't looked into yet, but I only have a tablet at home, so I've brought my Kindle to work today. Might have a sneaky read if I'm free...
User avatar
Rocsteady
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Rocsteady » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:29 am

Parksey wrote:Does the Irene method require a laptop to get going? Haven't looked into yet, but I only have a tablet at home, so I've brought my Kindle to work today. Might have a sneaky read if I'm free...

You need an IRC client so probably. If you send me your kindle email I'll just mail you the book.
Image
User avatar
Denster
Member
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Denster » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:38 am

Mine arrived. Going to start this afternoon.
Love list


Super Dragon 64
User avatar
Superking
Member
Joined in 2008
AKA: Mr Plough
Location: Nodnol

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Superking » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:16 pm

Mine arrived the other day. Going to get stuck in over the weekend
One's never alone with a rubber duck
User avatar
Banjo
Member
Joined in 2008
Location: Nobody cares

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Banjo » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:49 pm

Well I was meant to be working until 10pm, but adverse weather and my bike falling to pieces forced me home early. Guess I'll be having a good read tonight. :)
User avatar
Rex Kramer
Member
Joined in 2008
AKA: rich_brad29

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Rex Kramer » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:05 am

Rocsteady wrote:I'm still really enjoying this book although I've been incredibly tired this week and only reading it before bed so sometimes find it hard to concentrate: I'm on chapter 16 and only just realised

That there's two characters the story is following :lol: :fp:

I'm around chapter 20 and
although I'd got it pegged that there were 2 plot strands, the Russian names mean I'm struggling to follow who the incidental characters are in each strand. I mean, who the strawberry float is Georgy?
Image
Current castaway: Rax can be found here. All the previous contributors can be found here.
Tackling the pile of shame part 2 - http://grview.grcade.co.uk/articles/the-7-commandments-of-tackling-the-pile-of-shame/
User avatar
Frank
Member
Joined in 2009

PostRe: GR Book Club - First Book! The Case of the General's Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
by Frank » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:22 pm

I finished it last night and still had that problem :slol:

especially when the two strands join together for the last few chapters.

It's a fun book, though. I think I'll have to read through it again at some point to really get a handle on what happens. I thought the Viktor guy was going to end up hunting for the Nik fella and them having some kind of shootout but then they just team up to get the money and the book ends, so I think I might have missed something somewhere :shifty:
Image

Return to “Stuff”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: BID0, Blue Eyes, Errkal, gamerforever, Garth, Jenuall, Johnny Jalfrezi, mcjihge2, Preezy, Skippy, Squinty and 53 guests