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Subject: October BOM--We have a Winner!!!!
Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:49 PM ET
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 New Message for October 1, 2008:

Ladies---here we go. I have broken the discussion threads into 4 sections of approximately 100 pages each--the methodology started for us by Jennifer with Black Ships works very well in avoiding spoilers and accomodating faster readers and readers with more time.  For a twist this month, I will be adding to each of those 4 sections some discussion focusing and leading questions. I would like to add to our discussions at our current 'this was my impression/here are my  thoughts' level discussion and real dialogue and thoughts on the author's choices in crafting the book--more like a book discussion group led by notes in the back of the book (as more current pop fiction tends to include now).  Let's see how that works for us for the month of October.  Time to get reading!

 

 

 

Edited one final time on 9.30.08 to leave a last message as we begin our reading and discussion.



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Date Posted: 8/25/2008 6:23 PM ET
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Thanks for taking the lead on this, Colleen!  As usual, I have no clue, and I'll just sit back and see what's chosen. I can't believe we're talking October already!  LOL!  I so don't want summer to end! 

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 9:35 PM ET
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I'll nominate Imperium by Robert Harris. I've been wanting to read it.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 7:05 AM ET
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I vote for Breach of Promise by Anne Perry.  It looks like Dalliance is not published until September 30, so that may be too close for us to get copies for October (looks good though).

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 8:38 AM ET
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Oh my gosh, I just realised that I forgot to order September's BOM! Aargh! I put all of those books in my cart at BCO and then forgot all about them. I better go order that book right this minute!

I like the lawyer theme! It's not something that I normally think of with H/F, and I'm going to enjoy searching for a book to nominate. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:13 AM ET
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Cough. Can I get in on this? I've been MIA from this section of the forums because I couldn't get to any new historical fiction books till about a week ago. Being out of the country will do that to you... ;) Oh, whomever recommended The Borgia Bride - THANK YOU! I read that in two days. :) And on that rambling note, I vote for Dissolution by CJ Sansom
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:15 PM ET
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Michelle--I have only one comment to make on Dalliance not being available til 9/30--duh. <hangs head in shame>  Thanks for reading the entire page of the review for us and letting us know!

Shelley--ITA on summer being over and it being too early to think about October--but I wanted to give us plenty of time to nominate, choose, and then hunt for our bargains on whatever title we do choose.

Genie--me too, it stood out to me from the others even though I'd not heard of it before.

Rebecca--absolutely, the more the merrier! It's only my 3rd month participating, anyway. :)

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:31 PM ET
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I know this is one that probably everyone has read, but I would love to reread and discuss To Kill a Mockingbird.  It fits the theme.  Feel free to ignore my suggestion.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 2:45 PM ET
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Donna, that is one of my all time favorites and I thought hard about it--it does fit the theme, although my notion of historical is usually a little earlier than the late 40's/early 50's..let's keep it on the nominations list!

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 6:31 PM ET
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I was trying to think of famous lawyers in history.  Sir Thomas More was a lawyer so maybe St. Thomas' Eve by Jean Plaidy or John Adams was a lawyer too so John Adams by David McCullough?  I don't know it thats what you're looking for though....

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 7:41 PM ET
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Valli, you crack me up! Hop to it, girlfriend! Remember who's general next month. ;-)

Rebecca, Welcome. The more, the merrier!

Holly, I didn't think of this until you suggested it. But I bet a lot of men - in U.S. history, anyways - would qualify. It wasn't until sometime in the 1900s that lawyers had only to pass the bar to practice law.

 

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 10:59 AM ET
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Genie--useless lawyer trivia for you--there is still ONE state where you do not have to pass a bar exam to be a licensed attorney, but where you can still 'apprentice' your way to attorney status. This state also admits graduates of its one and only law school automatically to its bar.  Guess which state?

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 11:17 AM ET
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Okay, I have been trying to decide whether or not to include this or not... and I have decided to nominate it. Colleen, if you feel that this book does not fit in with what you are looking for please feel free to not include it.

 

Roman Blood- Steven Saylor

 

While it is technically categorized as a murder mystery it is actually based on the actual first case that Cicero took at the very beginning of his career as an advocate (attorney). The murder in this book was the case that launced his career AND it is an excellent read.

 

ETA: AND there are lots of copies in the system!



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Date Posted: 8/27/2008 12:01 PM ET
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I think it qualifies. It's on my nominated list.  Thanks, Jennifer---are we ever going to be able to find one that you and/or Genie haven't read already????!  <grin>

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Actually, Colleen, I just read Roman Blood about two weeks ago. So when I saw your BOM theme it immediately stood out in my mind. I don't usually read stuff like that (haven't read a mystery since Nancy Drew in Elementary School) but I saw great reviews for it and was needing a good Roman HF fix and decided to give it a try. It really was a great read. Even if it doesn't get chosen this month, I highly recommend it to everyone here!

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 12:19 PM ET
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OK, Colleen, I want to know which state is it?  I can't figure out how to google that.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 2:22 PM ET
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I was about to nominate Roman Blood, but Jennifer beat me to it! I would love to read it again.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 3:49 PM ET
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it's West by God Virginia!

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Colleen, Louisiana! I'm just guessing b/c law-wise and government-wise, it's a very different state from the rest of the union. Bet it has something to with - ta da! - it's history! LOL.

So how did Valli get off the hook? I'm not the one who reads everything that isn't nailed down. It's her! I swear!

P.S. I haven't read Roman Blood. It sounds interesting.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:11 PM ET
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LOL! I missed your West Virginia answer. No kidding?

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:25 PM ET
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Thanks for letting me join in. :)
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 11:57 PM ET
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I'll defer to everyone else as I don't know much about this area.  If Imperium is selected though, I have seen it very recently at B&N in the bargain book section in hardcover for a good price.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I think THAT needs to be our theme for November--a book that none of Valli, Genie or Jennifer has read!!!!

 

Genie--good guess on LA, for all the right reasons, but nope, they have a bar that their own graduates (Tulane has a law school) must sit for. I am not sure what led WV to this unique place in the legal world--probably a 'protectionist' type mindset--eg, all of our best and brightest stay home and go to WVU Law, therefore they know what we need them to know--it's the outsiders we need to prevent from practicing here'.  Not a proud stance, but highly likely the reason.

 

Valli--I had no idea you were the been there, read that queen....I take that as a challenge, for finding BoM selections. I personally hate to re-read books, when there's so many great ones out there I haven't read yet....

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 3:44 PM ET
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The chick who has been there, read that and will read anything that isn't nailed down is wondering if the book, The Quincunx by Charles Palliser, would qualify for this theme. The book is mainly about figuring out who should inherit a vast estate and that certainly involves the law of the day. In fact, on the very first page, there is a discussion comparing law with equity, as well as a discussion of certain legal documents. Still, I can see where it wouldn't qualify, plus, it's a huge book with 781 pages! I think this would be a book that would prompt very good discussion as we all try to figure out who should inherit, but it also sounds as if it will be very complicated and time consuming. So, does it qualify? What do you think, Colleen?

I really will read anything. I want to read it all! ;-)

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 4:11 PM ET
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Nevermind! I was mistaken about the time period of a book. Carry on...



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