Thursday, May 26, 2011

Good Book Club is Back! Announcing: Pick # 3 American Gods

Hey there all of you literary lovers!
We here at Good Books Inc. are flat our tired of reading amazing books and then not having wonderful, thought provoking discussions after we finish. Hopefully, there are those out there who share our sadness, so as a solution to the problem we now happily present you with Good Books Club!

This will be an online book club, which shall meet once every 3 weeks ish, and will be dedicated to reading contemporary lit, and having intelligent and meaningful discussions about the chosen works. The link for the live-chat is located on the left tool bar, and on the night of your discussion you will simply log in and join the fun.

As this is a new idea, we will be working out the kinks for the first few months, but we are really looking forward to providing any one who is interested, with a wonderful fun experience that centers around all our similar love: books!! Good Book Club

Month 3:
American Gods

Neil Gaiman

Summary: "The novel is a blend of Americana, fanatasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow." "The central precept of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought with them dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods. However, the power of these mythological beings has diminished as people's beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America's obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among others"

Why we chose this work: This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the release of American Gods (Thanks for the catch). Mr. Gaiman is going on a book tour to discuss his infamous work, and we thought it would be fun to join in the spirit of the discourse. On top to that, this book is considered to be a 'modern classic' and is numerous 'must-read' lists for readers of all ages, interests, and skill levels. We feel that it will provide an interesting and fun platform for getting a discussion going.

So now what: So now that you all have the information about the book, it is time to go out and find yourself a copy! We recommended checking around used book stores (we found used copies at half-price books in Ohio for just a dollar). Once you have your copy it is time to start reading! We encourage you to mark, write, take notes, or any thing that will help you keep track of ideas or opinions you have while reading.
We ask that every one participating find at least 3 of their favorite quotes and have them for the discussion date, so that we can all share our favorite parts!
It would also be helpful if any one participating left comments here and there letting us know your progress, so we can adjust in the future. If a work is too hard or long it is crucial adjust lists of future books. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment on this post or e-mail us.

Things to Remember: This book discussion is open to any one and every one of all ages, places, races, and species. (If you can get your dog to join in then you get a prize!) That being said, please remember during discussions to be cautious about remarks that might be offensive to any one. Just be respectful and think before you type. No flaming or spammers, because then we will have to shut the whole thing down and no one wants that!

When to meet: This month we will be meeting June 25th (A Sunday) at 8:30p.m EST
The limit is 15 people per book. That's right just 15. So hurry and sign up while you can!
Just use the MisterLinky and fill out your information to be signed up for this months book! We will give you more specific details about how to log into the chat room when we get closer to the discussion date.We are so excited for this event and hope that every one of you will contribute as much as your literary love as you can, so that we can all get a wonderful unique experience with each book! Happy reading!!

Sign up for the club by Sunday the 15th @7
How to sign up: You MUST do this so that we know you are going to be participating. Just click the Mister Linky banner below and add your name (and if you have a blog the link back to it). If for some reason it isn't working, just leave a comment with your name so that we can add it for you!


  1. I generally do not work on Sundays, but if I had to, I don't get out until 8ish - so I would probably miss the discussion. I want to make sure the space will be open for someone else if I have to take myself off the list. Can I be taken off the list if, closer to that date, my work schedule reveals that I will be unable to attend?

  2. @wumples - Hey you are the 2nd person who has said sunday might not work. Would thursday of that week work better for your time schedule? We are flexible and are open to trying to accompidate the most people. Other wise yea that's def not a probem.

  3. My problem is just that my work schedule is *incredibly* unpredictable, and I don't know what days I am working that far in advance. And since my shop closes at 7pm on the days in question, I don't get home until after 8pm usually and won't be able to just sit right down for the meet-up. On the other hand, I don't always have to close, so it's a 50/50 shot that the time will work regardless of the day, so definitely don't change it on my account! But I will sign up and get to reading, and if I find out that week I've got to work, I'll post here.


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