2009 Book Group Schedule – First Quarter
Here is the Book Group schedule for Jan-Mar this year. You can see the full schedule by visiting the forum.
January Book Groups
Interview with a Vampire – Anne Rice
Hosted by: BW Start Date: Mon 12th Jan 2009 Sign-up here
In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life – the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Anne Rice’s compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897. As the Washington Post said on its first publication, it is a ‘thrilling, strikingly original work of the imagination …sometimes horrible, sometimes beautiful, always unforgettable’.
Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie
Hosted by: Thea Start Date: Thurs 22nd Jan 2009 Sign-up here
The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything — until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems!
February – Book-to-Movie Month
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
Hosted by: Ysoeye Start Date: Mon 2nd Feb 2009 Signup Here
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where extraordinary things are happening under the cover of night. A spectacular popular and critical success, “The Name of the Rose” is not only a narrative of a murder investigation but an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages.
I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
Hosted by: Nabs Start Date: Mon 9th Feb 2009 Signup Here
Robert Neville is the last living man on earth … but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive like this? One of the most influential “vampire” novels of the 20C. This book has been made into three movies – The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Suskind
Hosted by: Forgotten Start Date: Mon 16th Feb 2009 Signup Here
Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill.
March – WWII Germany Fiction Month
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
Hosted by: Ellie Start Date: Mon 2nd March 2009 Signup Here
In 1941, Irene Nemirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through, not in terms of battles and politicians, but by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. She did not live to see her ambition fulfilled, or to know that sixty-five years later, “Suite Francaise” would be published for the first time, and hailed as a masterpiece. Set during a year that begins with France’s fall to the Nazis in June 1940 and ends with Germany turning its attention to Russia, “Suite Francaise” falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion and make their way through the chaos of France; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation who find themselves thrown together in ways they never expected. Nemirovsky’s brilliance as a writer lay in her portrayal of people, and this is a novel that teems with wonderful characters, each more vivid than the next. Haughty aristocrats, bourgeois bankers and snobbish aesthetes rub shoulders with uncouth workers and bolshy farmers. Women variously resist or succumb to the charms of German soldiers. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Hosted by: Forgotten Start Date: Mon 9th March 2009 Signup Here
1939 – Nazi Germany – The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some important information – this novel is narrated by death. It’s a small story, about: a girl; an accordionist; some fanatical Germans; a Jewish fist fighter; and quite a lot of thievery.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Hosted by: Ginger Start Date: Mon 16th March 2009 Signup Here
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us …Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
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Paranormal Social Club – Book Discussions *reminder*
January – Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian
February – Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
March – White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison
April – Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
May – Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
June – Lover Avenged by JR Ward
To see more of what’s happening in the Paranormal Social Club, please visit that board as it has its own schedule.