Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Discussion Post #2 - Fun Home: A Family Tragiocomic by Alison Bechdel



Sorry this is a little late, all. I forgot how much of a punch in the gut this graphic novel is, and so I ended up having to take a break part way through to read something a little lighter. I realize that this is much different than the book we started with, and I wanted it that way. To show you all that graphic novels can touch on all topics, and can even be memoirs. Alison Bechdel's memoir is one of the best I've read, because her illustrations are essentially her heart bled onto the page. It's tough not to feel that. 

Here's hoping for a good discussion!

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Discussion Points:

* Alison Bechdel chose to tell her story as a graphic novel, rather than just a novel. What did you think about this choice?

* She also describes her style as one of "cool asthetic distance" at one point. Do you think this is true?

* Bechdel's relationship with her father was tenuous, but they used books as a way of communicating. Did this resonate with you? Why do you think it was easier for them than speaking frankly?

*  Bechdel claims that there was something entirely fictional about the life her family led. What does she mean by that?

* How do you think that Bechdel's own introspective look at her sexuality mirrored her fathers? Do you think it might have brought them closer together if he was honest with her?

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Feel free to add to this, and chat about anything that you're interested in!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Discussion Post #1 - American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang



We started a little on the light side, with American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. This is a set of stories, parables if you will, all about fitting in with people who might not understand you. I'm so intrigued to see what all of you thought, and what you want to talk about! In the meantime, here are some jumping off points.

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Discussion Points:

* In the first story, we're introduced to the Monkey King. Why do you think Yang starts out with this particular story? What did you think of the Monkey King and his attitude?

* In the second story, we're introduced to Jin. What did you think of his character? Do you think that he treated Wei-Chen fairly? What did you think of Yang's decision to have Jin become a blonde haired boy?

* In the third story, we meet Chin Kee. This story is riddled with stereotypes that are related to Asian cultures. Which did you catch easily? Were there any that particuarly bothered you?

* Do you think these three stories tied together? How did you feel about this story as a whole?

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Feel free to add to this, and chat about anything that you're interested in!




Sunday, April 24, 2016

Meanwhile... May is:


Yes my bookish friends, it's time to experience the world of graphic novels! We've read many a book together, but here's something new. Are you ready to dive into a new world of book enjoyment?


May 1st - May 7th


American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang
A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. American Born Chinese is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax.

American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Buy it:


May 8th - May 14th


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel
In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.


Buy it on:


May 15th - May 28th


Watchmen
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial bestseller, WATCHMEN has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V FOR VENDETTA, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE SANDMAN series.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Discussion Post #3 - Storm Front by Jim Butcher



Discussion Post #3, the final post, wants to know what you think!

As a reminder, this is to discuss chapters 19 to the ending. If you're just catching up, feel free to scroll to the post right before this and chat about the last chapters as well! All discussion posts are open all month, and we love a good banter.

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1. This time around, I thought we'd talk all things Harry. Now that you know the whole package, what do you think about him? Do you believe he's a "good" wizard? What do you think people see when they soul gaze?

2. What do you think of the "Dresden universe"? Are you a fan of Dark Urban Fantasy?

3. Lastly, and most importantly, what did you think of the ending? Will  you be reading more of this series?
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Now get to it, and write up your thoughts!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Discussion Post #2 - Storm Front by Jim Butcher



Discussion Post #2 awaits your comments!

As a reminder, this is to discuss chapters 10-18. If you're just catching up, feel free to scroll to the post right before this and chat about the last chapters as well! All discussion posts are open all month, and we love a good banter.

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1. Now that we've had a deeper look into Harry's personality, what do you think about his character? 

2. Do you think that Harry's chivarly is a boon, or a handicap, in terms of the choices that he makes?

3. What do you think of Murphy's portrayal? Do you think that her character is within her rights to act the way she does?

4. It's prediction time! What do you think the ending will be?
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Now get to it, and write up your thoughts!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Discussion Post #1 - Storm Front by Jim Butcher



Discussion Post #1 is open for business!

As a reminder, this is to discuss chapters 1-9. If you've read beyond that, no problem! Just make sure that you keep spoilers to a minimum for anyone who is reading at pace. Let's discuss!

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1. Several important characters are introduced in these chapters. Based only on the content in these chapters, how well does Harry seem to know/understand each of the following: Murphy, Marcone, Susan, Morgan?

2. How do you think Harry sees himself?

3. In these chapters we see the beginnings of one of Jim's favorite story-telling techniques, creating an ever-growing pile of ever-worsening problems to be resolved in an ever-shrinking, seemingly impossible time frame. How effective is that technique in building tension within the reading selection?

4. What do you think the following quote reveals about Harry?
"... just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."
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Now get to it, and write up your thoughts!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Final Discussion Post - SHIVER by Maggie Steifvater



This is the final discussion post!

As a reminder, all the posts prior to this are still open for comment, indefinitely! If you're just catching up, feel free to go back and join in the conversation at any point in time!

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This is a general discussion post! Since we've reached the ending, you're welcome to talk about anything that strikes your fancy. There's no worry about spoilers anymore. What did you think of the ending???

(Seriously, I'm really excited to know.)


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Now get to it, and write up your thoughts!