Discussion for Accidental Time Machine is at Google!

August 7, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Everyone is invited to join my new google group, READING WITH BECKY. Please leave your email address in the comments of this post. I’m hoping that by taking this extra step–instead of making the group “public”–that I’ll be able to avoid some spam. (I have had spammers sign up to Mr. Linkys before which was just very very weird!) But all book lovers are welcome.

As we transition over, I would like to place the emphasis on the group. This isn’t “my” group. This is “our” group. You are an important part of the group. Your opinions are valuable; your participation is central. Without your continued time and energy, this would just be me posting about me. And that just isn’t much fun!!!

All future books will be discussed via google group. Including August’s selection of The Accidental Time Machine. I’m hoping that this “forum” aspect will encourage more participation.

One of the main reasons I’m happy to make the switch is that I want group members to have the freedom to post as much and as often as they’d like. A chance to lead the discussions. A chance to have a more hands-on experience. Members will have the ability to start new discussions, reply to any discussions, create new pages, and upload files to the group.

I’d also welcome the opportunity if others want to take a turn selecting a book and leading that month’s conversations. I’d still join in most likely (if my library has a copy) but I wouldn’t be *responsible* for the discussion so much.

You do NOT have to participate in every group read to join the group. You can join the group knowing that you’ll be participating in *some* months but not in others. I don’t require a commitment up front on how many you’ll be participating in!

So leave a comment if you’re interested.

We’ve MOVED!!! Google Group from here on out!!!!

July 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Everyone is invited to join my new google group, READING WITH BECKY. Please leave your email address in the comments of this post.  I’m hoping that by taking this extra step–instead of making the group “public”–that I’ll be able to avoid some spam. (I have had spammers sign up to Mr. Linkys before which was just very very weird!) But all book lovers are welcome.

As we transition over, I would like to place the emphasis on the group. This isn’t “my” group. This is “our” group. You are an important part of the group. Your opinions are valuable; your participation is central. Without your continued time and energy, this would just be me posting about me. And that just isn’t much fun!!!

All future books will be discussed via google group. Including August’s selection of The Accidental Time Machine. I’m hoping that this “forum” aspect will encourage more participation.

One of the main reasons I’m happy to make the switch is that I want group members to have the freedom to post as much and as often as they’d like. A chance to lead the discussions. A chance to have a more hands-on experience. Members will have the ability to start new discussions, reply to any discussions, create new pages, and upload files to the group.

I’d also welcome the opportunity if others want to take a turn selecting a book and leading that month’s conversations. I’d still join in most likely (if my library has a copy) but I wouldn’t be *responsible* for the discussion so much.

You do NOT have to participate in every group read to join the group. You can join the group knowing that you’ll be participating in *some* months but not in others. I don’t require a commitment up front on how many you’ll be participating in!

So leave a comment if you’re interested.

Days 10 & 11; The Host; Chapters 50-55

July 29, 2008 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Day 10: July 28th. Discuss Chapters 50-54 (pp. 506-558   )
As “homework” to read between 7/28 and 7/30 read 559 – 619 (Chapters 55 – epilogue)

Day 11: July 30th. Discuss chapters 55 – the epilogue (pp. 559-619)
Share closing thoughts and final impressions.

My thoughts on the rest of the novel…

Her “sacrifice” good idea or bad idea? I like that she’s willing to teach the humans–her friends and family–how to remove the Souls from humans without killing either of them. I like how most–especially Doc, Jared, Ian, Jamie, and Jeb seem more than willing to go along with her plan. To send the removed Souls to worlds far, far away where they can do no harm.

I feel Wanderer is a bit more helpful to the group–as a whole–than Melanie could be. And if she did sacrifice herself, it would be a definite loss to the group.

Wanderer does know that she couldn’t be happy in another host. That is now that she’s tried on being human, she doesn’t want to be a spider or a dolphin or a plant or a bear or a bat or whatever. It’s human or nothing. And since she now feels that having a human host is murder, then she feels to die–to commit suicide in a way–is the only option for her.

I’m glad she was outsmarted.

What are YOUR thoughts on the rest of the novel?

Did you like that Wanderer is put in another human host? Did you think it weird that Melanie helped pick out a body for her former Soul? Liked that Melanie got Jared and Ian got Wanderer? A bit too predictable? Satisfying?

Would you be interested in reading a sequel to The Host? I hear there is one in the works.

Would you recommend the book? Why or Why not?

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Day 9, The Host, Chapters 45-49

July 26, 2008 at 3:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Day 9: July 25th. Discuss chapters 45-49 (pp. 457-505)
As “homework” to read between 7/25 and 7/28 read 506 – 558 (Chapters 50 – 54)

Succeeded

Wanderer/Melanie has successfully stolen the much-needed medicine and is on her way back home with Jared. They arrive; Jamie’s healed. The end.

Encircled.

Discussion about the raid. Should she go on other missions? Is Wanderer more valuable than Melanie?

Employed

More missions. Hope for the human race. Hosts don’t want their natural offspring to be implanted with souls.

Detained

Were you nervous they’d get caught? Is it surprising that Souls aren’t more suspicious?

Interrogated

Wes is dead. Again she’s upset. I don’t know that I can even recall who Wes is in distinction to anyone else. Her Seeker is at fault. She is captured. Wanderer/Melanie is sent to talk with her.

Not much left, just two more discussion days. I’m trying to figure out if the lack of discussion is a) because people are finished with the book and have stopped thinking about it b) people are behind in their reading c) people have given up on the book because they didn’t like it d) people are just super-busy and this book is the last thing on their minds.

July has been an odd month for me. I’ve hardly had a minute to call my own. And I have found myself impatient with a good bit of what I’ve been reading lately–though not with everything I’ve read. I wonder if other people are experiencing this semi-burn-out as well.

Anyway, I’ve finished The Host now. I’ll try to retain it long enough to finish up next Wednesday.

In other news, The Accidental Time Machine discussion will be on my google group. Want to join in on that or any other book???? Email me for an invite. If you’ve already joined the google group, I would LOVE it if you’d invite people you think might be interested. A little advertising on blogs wouldn’t hurt either!!!

My email addy is blaney1129 AT gmail DOT com

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Day 8, The Host, Chapters 40-44

July 23, 2008 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 8: July 23rd. Discuss chapters 40-44 (pp. 408-456)
As “homework” to read between 7/23 and 7/25 read 457 – 505 (Chapters 45 – 49)

Just as a curiosity, I’m wondering how many of our participants have already finished reading the book? Are any of you behind in your reading? Any planning on trying to catch up? I’m not in a rush. Don’t get the wrong impression. I’m just trying to judge how good OR how awful my schedule was. There were days when the reading seemed much too long, in my own opinion, then there were days where it seemed manageable because Meyer’s pacing was better. So if you’ve had difficulty keeping up, don’t feel bad about it. Don’t blame yourself. I’ve had trouble keeping up with my own schedule that I’ve set.

If I’m being honest this is really the first time reading it that I *wanted* to read ahead so much that I couldn’t stop myself. I read about two more chapters than our assignment called for. Then I gave into the sleepiness.

Horrified.

To catch up, Jamie is injured. In this chapter, Wanderer/Melanie discovers THE BIG SECRET that Doc and Jared and Ian and Jeb, etc. have been keeping from her. Doc has been experimenting on removing Souls from their human hosts with very very very bloody results. To say that Wanderer is heartbroken and outraged is an understatement. This is the lowest we’ve seen her.

Vanished

Melanie retreats during this time. Ian tells her–after about three or four days of intense mourning–that Jamie is sick–very sick with an infection.

Forced

Wanderer missing Melanie asks Ian to kiss her, to coax a response out of Melanie. When that doesn’t quite go as planned, Jared steps in. That does get quite a response out of Melanie.

Frenzied

There’s nothing to be done for Jamie. Wanderer *must* find a way to save him. She decides to go on a raid with Jared. The others are against it, but Jared is on her side for once.

Healed

A bit bloody there for a bit. I don’t know many people who’d have the guts to injure themselves just to save someone else’s life. She must have a high tolerance for pain or an incredible love for Jamie. Or maybe a bit of both.

But she does arrive, and she does get in to see the Healer. She is able to steal what she needs for the group, for Jamie.

What do you think of this one? Exciting? Intense? Are you liking it? Loving it? Only so so?

What do you think of Jared? Of Ian? What do you think of the romance?

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About the google group

July 23, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Let me know if you have any difficulties with your invite. I’ve heard from a few folks that are having difficulties. If you’ve already got a gmail address, then that might be a better choice to give me. If you don’t then that’s okay too.

Let me know if you have difficulty signing/logging up/in. I’d be happy to help!

Becky

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Should August be here or on google??????

July 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Also, I’m trying to decide, and this will be put up to a vote by the way…SHOULD AUGUST’S DISCUSSION OF THE ACCIDENTAL TIME MACHINE BY JOE HALDEMAN be done on the wordpress blog OR done via the new google group?

Any thoughts on how to transition gracefully over without causing confusion????

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The Most Important Thing I should Have Mentioned

July 22, 2008 at 12:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The most important thing I should have mentioned in my last post about the Google Group is this…

You do NOT have to participate in every group read to join the group. You can join the group knowing that you’ll be participating in *some* months but not in others. I don’t require a commitment up front on how many you’ll be participating in!

So leave a comment if you’re interested.

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I’ve created a google group!

July 22, 2008 at 12:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Everyone is invited to join my new google group, READING WITH BECKY. Please leave your email address in the comments of this post. I’m hoping that by taking this extra step–instead of making the group “public”–that I’ll be able to avoid some spam. (I have had spammers sign up to Mr. Linkys before which was just very very weird!) But all book lovers are welcome.

As we transition over, I would like to place the emphasis on the group. This isn’t “my” group. This is “our” group. You are an important part of the group. Your opinions are valuable; your participation is central. Without your continued time and energy, this would just be me posting about me. And that just isn’t much fun!!!

August will still be found here on this blog. But our next book–if it is in September or October–and all future books will be discussed via google group. I’m hoping that this “forum” aspect will encourage more participation.

One of the main reasons I’m happy to make the switch is that I want group members to have the freedom to post as much and as often as they’d like. A chance to lead the discussions. A chance to have a more hands-on experience. Members will have the ability to start new discussions, reply to any discussions, create new pages, and upload files to the group.

I’d also welcome the opportunity if others want to take a turn selecting a book and leading that month’s conversations. I’d still join in most likely (if my library has a copy) but I wouldn’t be *responsible* for the discussion so much.

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Day 7, The Host, Chapters 35-39

July 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 7: July 21rst. Discuss chapters 35-39 (pp. 358-407)
As “homework” to read between 7/21 and 7/23 read 408 – 456 (Chapters 40-44)

Tried.

The funeral is over. Wanderer/Melanie wakes up to find that Kyle is about to be put on trial for her attempted murder. Wanderer, saint that she is, doesn’t want him punished. She still sees herself as the person to be blamed. Ian is such a GREAT guy in this chapter and in this section.

Do these people surprise you? Can you understand where they’re coming from? Which reaction is the more typical, the more natural?

Believed.

Jared tries to get close to Wanderer/Melanie. He seems to believe her now. And he’s acting sorry for his past jerkiness.

Wanted.

Ian and Jared fight over Wanderer/Melanie.

Touched.

Ian mentions to Wanderer that he’s falling for her. Not Melanie. But her. Of course there’s no separating the two. Jared wants Melanie and not Wanderer. And Ian wants Wanderer and not Melanie.

Worried

Another scavenger/raid. And Jamie comes back injured!

I know a few of you have finished this one already. I’ve seen a few reviews go up. I would still welcome your participation here if you’ve got the time and energy. And you can post your link to your finished reviews at some point too.

Are you liking Wanderer? Liking Melanie? What about Ian and Jared? Which guy do you want to win the girl?

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