MobileRead June 2009 Book Club Nominations
#1  JSWolf 05-26-2009, 05:19 PM
June is a MobileRead Classic

So lets get to nominating before it gets to be too late.

Nominations will end on June 1st and voting to begin on June 2nd and end June 5th.

I am going to try to get 10 eBooks for voting if possible. So I'll pick from the thirded and seconded and if need be, the nominated ones. In order to be fair, if I have to pick from the nominated ones, I will pick in order nominated.

Nominated eBooks
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
Tirant Lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell

Seconded eBooks
Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Thirded eBooks
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
King Solomon's Mines by Sir Henry Rider Haggard
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

#2  Tattncat 05-27-2009, 01:31 AM
I would like to nominate Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson.

#3  HarryT 05-27-2009, 09:35 AM
Please give a reason for your nominations!

#4  HarryT 05-27-2009, 09:36 AM
I would like to nominate Sir Henry Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines". One of the greatest adventure stories ever written, and easily on a par with any of today's "thrillers". A truly timeless classic.

#5  JSWolf 05-27-2009, 10:14 AM
If anyone is nominating a book in a series, please make it book #1.

Also, if it's possible to give a full description of the nominated eBook, please do so even if it's taken from the post where the eBook was uploaded.

#6  JSWolf 05-27-2009, 10:25 AM
I am going to nominated War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. I'll let the description tell you all about it.

This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled

#7  ruth1304 05-27-2009, 10:28 AM
I'd like to nominate "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins - a classic detective story with a clever plot and lots to think about.

#8  JSWolf 05-27-2009, 10:34 AM
Quote ruth1304
I'd like to nominate "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins - a classic detective story with a clever plot and lots to think about.
I'll second The Moonstone

The Moonstone, published in 1868, is widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels. T. S. Eliot called it "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels". The story concerns the theft of a large Indian diamond; it contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre: a large number of suspects, red herrings, a crime being investigated by talented amateurs who happen to be present when it is committed, and two police officers who exemplify respectively the "local bungler" and the skilled, professional, Scotland Yard detective. The story is told through a series of first person narratives by the various people involved - before, during, and after the theft.

#9  Dr. Drib 05-27-2009, 10:39 AM
Quote ruth1304
I'd like to nominate "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins - a classic detective story with a clever plot and lots to think about.
I'd like to second this nominattion.

This is a wonderfully atmospheric and somehow very modern novel in its presentation.

P.S.: I'd like to THIRD this nomination, as I see it has already been seconded.


#10  ghazali 05-27-2009, 11:36 AM
I would like to nominate 'Replay' by Ken Grimwood, an outstanding fantasy grounded in reality with a story that is both riveting as well as haunting. Here is a synopsis:

In this intriguing fantasy adventure, Jeff Winston, a failing 43-year-old radio journalist, dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. But Grimwood has transcended genre with this carefully observed, literate and original story. Jeff's knowledge soon becomes as much a curse as a blessing. After recovering from the shock (is the future a dream, or is it real life?), he plays out missed choices. In one life, for example, he falls in love with Pamela, a housewife who died nine minutes after Jeff; they try to warn the world of the disasters it faces, coming in conflict with the government and history. A third replayer turns out to be a serial killer, murdering the same people over and over. Jeff and Pamela are still searching for some missing part of their lives when they notice they are returning closer and closer to the time of their deaths, and realize that the replays and their times together may be coming to an end."

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