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TheSite.org Book Club: Nominations for March's book.

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Reminder of the rules:

1. Anybody can nominate a book.
2. Books nominated have to be fiction (or biographical), but there are no other restrictions. You can go for whatever genre you like, whatever time period, whichever author.
3. Try not to pick anything too hefty. While some of us could probably get through War and Peace in a month, others aren't so fast.
4. Nominations in the below example format, please:

Book: Snuff by Terry Pratchett|Kindle Edition

Synopsis: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

But not quite all...
From Amazon

Reason for Nomination: Any reason you like can go here. The above is an example, but feel free to nominate it!

5. As I did above, if there is a Kindle/e-reader edition, put a separate link to that, please (On Amazon, there is a "Start reading [book] on your Kindle..." link under the image).

Commence nominations! Poll will be put up in one week with all nominations.

Franki

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Book: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami|Kindle Edition

    Synopsis: This is a beautiful book written in Murakami's usual lyrical style that brilliantly conveys the depths and complexities of the human consciousness. It is best described as a combination of genres, including fantasy, science-fiction and detective story, but really it is about one man's journey of self-discovery when he learns that the End of the World is near.
    Murakami easily combines two stories that are full of surprises and compliment each other perfectly as the book progresses. The alternating chapters make the book easy to read and they also prove Murakami to be a skilled storyteller, as he so cleverly narrates two parallel tales. His characters are a group of striking individuals that seem at once fantastical and very real. Murakami's descriptions of a man evaluating his life and musing on what he has lost are engrossing and interesting, as well as fresh and inspired.

    I loved this book and couldn't wait to start reading it again each time I put it down. I chose this book after having read another novel, Norweigan Wood, by the same author. Having read and truly loved both novels I would recommend Murakami as a brilliant and poetic storyteller with a fantastic imagination. This book is something different and definitely worth reading, even if it's not your normal type of thing!
    From Amazon

    Reason for Nomination: Because Haruki Murakami is amazing. 1Q84 was excellent and I like books with quirky names.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Book: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey|Kindle Edition

    Synopsis:While an illness keeps her bedridden, Elisabeth Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence in a terrarium alongside her bed. She enters the rhythm of life of this mysterious creature, and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, she shares the inspiring and intimate story of her close encounter with Neohelix albolabris – a common woodland snail. Intrigued by the snail’s world – from its strange anatomy to its mysterious courtship activities – she becomes a fascinated and amused observer of the snail’s curious life. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an affirmation of the healing power of nature, revealing how much of the world we miss in our busy daily lives, and how truly magical it is. A remarkable journey of survival and resilience, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating shows how a small part of the natural world can illuminate our own human existence and deepen our appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.
    From Amazon

    Reason for Nomination: Because snails.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Gentle nudge.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Book Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    SynopsisFrom Amazon... The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known-and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.


    ReasonMy dad told me to read it :p - awesome historical fiction.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Snuff - Terry Pratchett (as above!)

    Just to make sure this month!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    "17 equations that changed the world" by Ian Stewart

    Book Description
    A unique history of humanity told through its seventeen defining equations; from Pythagoras to Calculus.
    Product Description
    From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere - and they are fundamental to everyday life. In Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart sets out seventeen groundbreaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and SatNav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger's cat. Entertaining, surprising and vastly informative, Seventeen Equations that Changed the World is a highly original exploration - and explanation - of life on earth.
    From the Back Cover
    Can two sets of numbers and symbols separated by an equals sign really change the world? Yes! And not only that: they can reveal the laws of nature and unlock the secrets of the universe. Ian Stewart shows how equations open new vistas of experience, from electronics and global communications to radar, lasers, space craft and the atom bomb. His narrative spans two and half millennia, from the ancient Greeks to the seductive formulation that recently guided the world's banking systems to near-oblivion. He shows how insights in one era often inform work centuries later: Pythogoras's theorem inspired Einstein and, yet more curiously, the stumbling calculations of a sixteenth-century gambler led to an impossible number that became a key to the baffling world of quantum physics. Professor Stewart's account of seventeen extraordinary equations is at once readable, fascinating, funny, and constantly mind-opening. 'Britain's most brilliant and prolific populariser of mathematics' Alex Bellos, Guardian

    why? he and it were part of Radio4's "Start the week" (listen) and it sounded really quite interesting
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Going to put the poll up tomorrow night guys, if anybody wants to do some more nominating before then :)
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