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Jan Book Club Poll

BOOK CLUB   19 members have voted

  1. 1. Choose all books you have read and recommend

    • Mistborn - The Final Empire
      4
    • The Devil in the White City
      2
    • The Prince
      3
    • Os Maias
      1
    • In the Heart of the Sea
      1
    • War and Peace
      3
    • Foundation
      1
    • Utopia
      1
    • The Way of Kings
      5
    • N/A
      5
  2. 2. Choose all books you HAVE NOT read, but would be interested in reading

    • Mistborn - The Final Empire
      6
    • The Devil in the White City
      5
    • The Prince
      4
    • Os Maias
      4
    • In the Heart of the Sea
      4
    • War and Peace
      5
    • Foundation
      6
    • Utopia
      3
    • The Way of Kings
      8
    • N/A
      7
  3. 3. Choose Books you are NOT interested in reading

    • Mistborn - The Final Empire
      3
    • The Devil in the White City
      7
    • The Prince
      6
    • Os Maias
      8
    • In the Heart of the Sea
      5
    • War and Peace
      8
    • Foundation
      4
    • Utopia
      6
    • The Way of Kings
      2
    • N/A
      4

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Mistborn - The Final Empire

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For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?

https://www.amazon.com/Mistborn-Final-Empire-Book-No/dp/0765350386

The Devil in the White City

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Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-City-Madness-Changed/dp/0375725601/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483541098&sr=1-1&keywords=the+devil+in+the+white+city

The Prince

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As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler. His fascination with that political rarity and his intense desire to see the Medici family assume a similar role in Italy provided the foundation for his "primer for princes." In this classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power, Machiavelli used a rational approach to advise prospective rulers, developing logical arguments and alternatives for a number of potential problems, among them governing hereditary monarchies, dealing with colonies and the treatment of conquered peoples. Refreshing in its directness, yet often disturbing in its cold practicality, The Prince sets down a frighteningly pragmatic formula for political fortune. Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century, this calculating prescription for power remains today, nearly 500 years after it was written, a timely and startling lesson in the practice of autocratic rule that continues to be much read and studied by students, scholars and general readers as well.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486272745/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483541138&sr=1-1&keywords=the+prince+machiavelli

Os Maias

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Este livro foi convertido a um formato digital por uma comunidade de voluntários. Este livro pode ser encontrado de graça na Internet. Ao comprar esta edição para Kindle, o envio através da rede sem fio já está incluido.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Maias-episodios-vida-romantica-Portuguese-ebook/dp/B00AQMNJYQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483541011&sr=1-1&keywords=Os+Maias

In the Heart of the Sea

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Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history. 

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Sea-Tragedy-Whaleship-Essex/dp/0141001828/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483540979&sr=1-1&keywords=in+the+heart+of+the+sea

War and Peace

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From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this magnificent new translation of Tolstoy's masterwork.

 

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

 

A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.

 

https://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Vintage-Classics-Tolstoy/dp/1400079985/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483540945&sr=1-1&keywords=war+and+peace

Foundation

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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun--or fight them and be destroyed.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553293354/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483540916&sr=1-1&keywords=foundation+asimov

Utopia

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Thomas More's "Utopia" is one of the most influential books in western literature. Within "Utopia" is described an idealized island community upon which perfect social harmony has been achieved. On this island all property is community owned, violence is nonexistent and everyone has the opportunity to work and live in an environment of religious tolerance. Many social movements throughout history have drawn upon More's work for inspiration. While possibly unachievable Thomas More's "Utopia" gives a vision of what could be.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Utopia-Thomas-More/dp/1420922491

The Way of Kings

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Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

https://www.amazon.com/Way-Kings-Stormlight-Archive/dp/0765365278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483541176&sr=1-1&keywords=the+way+of+kings+brandon+sanderson

 

 

 

 

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While I'm not against War and Peace on principle, the length of it makes it ... difficult for a book club

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This ain't going to work, too many divergent opinions.

 

 

It will be a cold day in hell before I read War and Peace or The Prince again.

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10 minutes ago, Angevin said:

This ain't going to work, too many divergent opinions.

 

 

It will be a cold day in hell before I read War and Peace or The Prince again.

I'm more or less going to look at the poll results in a day or two, use the data and make a call using my best judgement -- in true dictator fashion

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The Prince is a rather poor book to take seriously. I feel like it's more satire than advice. If you want to go for a war book, Sun Tzu's Art of War or Greene's 33 Strategies of War are much more detailed and apply to the modern world (i.e. one not as dependent on mercenaries)

 

I'd kinda recommend Lovecraft or the Conan stories, because all of them are really short and can fit our limited time.

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Taking the top 5 from each category:

Read and recommend:

  1. Way of Kings - 5
  2. Mistborn - 4
  3. War and Peace - 3
  4. The Prince - 3
  5. The Devil in the White City - 3

Interested:

  1. Way of Kings - 8
  2. Mistborn - 6
  3. Foundation - 6
  4. War and Peace = 5
  5. The Devil in the White City - 5

Not interested:

  1. Os Maias - 7
  2. War and Peace - 7
  3. The Devil in the White City - 6
  4. The Prince - 5
  5. Utopia - 5

From the interested/recommended:

  1. Way of Kings -13
  2. Mistborn - 10
  3. War and Peace - 8
  4. The Devil in the White City - 8\
  5. Foundation - 6
  6. The Prince - 3

Going to eliminate the three that had negative interest, leaving:

  1. Way of Kings
  2. Mistborn
  3. Foundation

I'm going to say instead of a monthly poll with similar options, I'll just take the top 2-4 every time we have a poll:

January Book of the Month: The Way of Kings

Febuary Book of the Month: Foundation (swapping between fantasy/sci fi)

March Book of the Month: Mistborn

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cool. Gonna have to make sure my local libraries have one.

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