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Subject: Calling All Dick Francis Fans ~ Reading Group ~ Now: 10 lb. Penalty
Date Posted: 1/18/2009 12:21 PM ET
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I'm a HUGE fan of Dick Francis, and I've met some other cool fans here on PBS.   We were thinking it would be fun to put together a reading group, and work our way through his catalog.

We're thinking of reading them through in order, so we can track his progress as an author ... so the first one would be Dead Cert  (using DickFrancis.com for the publication order).

 So ... who all would like to join us on this horse-race through mystery history?   New readers are always welcome to join at any time ....

 

Discussing:    Field of Thirteen Discussion begins June 18

Reading Next:   Second Wind Discussion begins July 23

Up Next:       Shattered Discussion begins August 20

 

 

The Entry List:

The Books

  • Dead Cert                       03/01/09
  • Nerve                               04/01/09
  • For Kicks                         05/01/09
  • Odds Against                 06/01/09
  • Flying Finish                  07/06/09
  • Blood Sport                   08/01/09
  • Forfeit                             09/12/09
  • Enquiry                          10/01/09
  • Rat Race                     11/01/09
  • Bonecrack                   12/01/2009
  • Smokescreen             01/01/2010
  • Slay-Ride                   02/01/2010
  • Knock Down              03/01/2010
  • High Stakes              04/02/2010
  • In The Frame            06/01/2010
  • Risk                            07/01/2010
  • Trial Run                   08/01/2010
  • Whip Hand               09/03/2010
  • Reflex                       10/02/2010
  • Twice Shy                 11/06/2010
  • Banker                      12/04/2010
  • The Danger              01/16/2011
  • Proof                         02/??/2011
  • Break In                   03/02/2011
  • Bolt                           April, 2011
  • Hot Money              May, 2011
  • The Edge                June, 2011
  • Straight                     July, 2011
  • Longshot                  August, 2011
  • Comeback              September, 2011
  • Driving Force          October, 2011
  • Decider                    November, 2011
  • Wild Horses            December, 2011
  • Come to Grief         January, 2012
  • To The Hilt               February, 2012
  • 10lb Penalty            March, 2012
  • Field of 13               June, 2012
  • Second Wind         July, 2012
  • Shattered               August, 2012
  • Under Orders
  • Dead Heat
  • Silks
  • Even Money
  • Crossfire
  • Gamble?
  • Bloodline?

 



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Date Posted: 1/18/2009 12:39 PM ET
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Count me in! I've been wanting to re-read the Dick Francis novels for quite a while now! :)

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 2:22 PM ET
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Hi Jane!  Welcome!

 

It'll be interesting to re-read his earlier ones again ... I read most of the later ones fairly often!

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 9:04 PM ET
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Am I too late to join?  I got busy yesterday and forgot!

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 10:00 PM ET
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Not too late at all Ani ... Welcome to the track!!

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 10:43 PM ET
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How many do we need to reach "critical mass" so to speak?

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 12:59 PM ET
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I dunno ... I'll be reading them regardless ... we may have ourselves a very informal discussion group ... LOL

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 11:04 AM ET
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I haven't read any of his books. This will be a good way to start! Please count me in.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 12:14 PM ET
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Hi Anna!  Good to see you!!

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 12:28 PM ET
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When are we starting?

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 6:06 PM ET
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Well, I think we'd at least need to wait long enough for folks to order the first two books on the list from PBS. I already own all of the DF books, so this isn't an issue for me, but it could be for others...

Anyway, I can start whenever. If there's just the 4 of us, we can wait until both Anna and Ani verify that they have the books.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 6:54 PM ET
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I'm with you Jane .. I have them all on my shelf, so I can go any time ...

So it's up to you, Ani and Anna ... let us know when you're ready to roll!

 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 7:06 PM ET
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I have never read any Dick Francis either, but have heard many good things about him.  If it is not too late to join in, please count me in also.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Come on in Karen!!  We're happy to have you!

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 7:27 PM ET
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YaY!  I will let you know just as soon as I get Dead Cert.  I am so excited.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 9:17 AM ET
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Which book will we be reading after Dead Cert? We should plan on being able to order the next while reading the current one. Just a thought!

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 10:41 AM ET
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Next up after Dead Cert will be Nerve

 

Does Feb 6 sound reasonable for receiving Dead Cert?

I'm on vacation the last of week of Feb, so we can begin discussion the first of March, unless you guys get your books early and we're ready sooner ...  (This is my first reading group, so I appreciate your input when it comes to dates and such ...)

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 10:58 AM ET
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I'm on vacation from Feb 16-20, so any time after that will be OK for discussion.

I made an announcement of our group over in CMT. Not sure if we'll add anyone that way, but worth a try. :)

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 11:27 AM ET
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Count me in!  I LOVE Dick Francis and it would be fun to reread them in order with all of you. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 11:41 AM ET
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Welcome to the track Lita!!

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:04 PM ET
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I read about it in CMT -- I love reading Dick Francis, but I posted almost all those books of his that I had.  I wouldn't mind reading along from library books.  Can someone publish a list in to-be-read order so I can make sure the library has them?  I don't think I want to request books I've gotten rid of once  :-)

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:27 PM ET
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What is the plan for our reading group?  To read one Dick Fancis book a month?  Or more?  Could you list the titles so I can start getting them?  Thanks!  I'm really looking forward to this!

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:29 PM ET
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Hi Denise!  Welcome!

 

using DickFrancis.com for the publication order:

  • Dead Cert
  • Nerve
  • For Kicks
  • Odds Against
  • Flying Finish
  • Blood Sport
  • Forfeit
  • Enquiry
  • Rat Race
  • Bonecrack
  • Smokescreen
  • Slay-Ride
  • Knock Down
  • High Stakes
  • In The Frame
  • Risk
  • Trial Run
  • Whip Hand
  • Reflex
  • Twice Shy
  • Banker
  • The Danger
  • Proof
  • Break In
  • Bolt
  • Hot Money
  • The Edge
  • Straight
  • Longshot
  • Comeback
  • Driving Force
  • Decider
  • Wild Horses
  • Come to Grief
  • To The Hilt
  • 10lb Penalty
  • Field of 13
  • Second Wind
  • Shattered
  • Under Orders
  • Dead Heat
  • Silks
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:31 PM ET
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Anna - Yes, we're looking at one a month ... we'll be going for years!  :-D

 

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:40 PM ET
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Yup. That's 42 books, and probably 43 and 44 will be coming up while we read, LOL!

It was The Danger that got me hooked. My favorites were Proof and Break-In.  I think that Dead Heat is a great one, too!

What I think will be funny is the antiquity of some of the technology in the earlier books. He started writing in the late '60's, IIRC, and I know that in one of them a cassette tape was a part of the plot! :D



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