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Do we want to continue with Book 2, Living Dead in Dallas?

  • Yes! Can't wait to see what happens

    Votes: 7 36.8%
  • Yes! Although I've already read it on my own time

    Votes: 7 36.8%
  • No. I'm in the middle of three other book klubs and don't have the time

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • No. And I bought this stick for nuthin'.

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Maybe. Can we revisit the idea in a month?

    Votes: 3 15.8%
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Howdy everyone!  Since we will finish Dead Until Dark this week, I thought I'd see if anyone is interested in continuing the series.

There's not really a minimum number of people that I'd like to continue with, I'd just like to not be talking to myself....more than usual.  And, I'd be interested in hearing your comments on chat vs. questions.  Don't worry about giving your honest opinion, I don't own a stick.  But I would love to know if you would like to continue holding weekly chats, or if you're more interested in posting your answers in a thread so you can come back and read everyone else's answers at your leisure, or if you feel like you're getting back your investment of time with the chat and the posted chat transcripts.

In any case, Dead Until Dark has been real fun, and I have completely enjoyed our little talks.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  (Even those people who participated by sitting on their hands so they wouldn't accidentally spoil the book for new readers.  You guys are the best.)

Remember:  Vote early, vote often.

 

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Ann Von Hagel said:
Well, robin, I'll be honest. This is not normally my kind of book but I gave it a try. And, I'll admit, it didn't totally suck (just a little vampire humor :) ) but I don't see myself reading any of the rest of the series. I didn't hate it. . . .there's just so much else I'd rather read. But I hope we can still be friends. :D

Ann
Well, since you were nice about it. ;D I appreciate that you jumped out of your comfort zone on this one, b/c vampire novels (like so many other specific genre novels) aren't for everybody. And I hope you learned something from the experience, even if it was "I REALLY hate vampire novels" lol. Will you still stop in on chat and visit us sometimes?
 

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Cool!  Next week, lurkers, don't forget to lurk on the Living Dead in Dallas thread.  lol, there won't be a reason to lurk here anymore.
 

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You know, Anju, it's never bothered me to read any of these books and drop immediately off to sleep, but I have a confession to make.

We had a story-tellers festival here down by the river last year, and I drug my mom out in the middle of the night to hear Kathryn Tucker Windham, the ghost story writer from Alabama speak. We had heard her speak before (no lie) 25 years ago when I was like 9 years old at a similar festival when we lived in Alabama. So, we both thought it would be fun to go see the oldest living woman in the universe tell ghost stories down by the river one Saturday night. So we got tickets, and bundled up, and I found one of her books and a silver sharpie (no way I was passing up her autograph this time! BTW, if you ever see any of her "13 <insert southern state here> Ghosts and Jeffrey" books for sale anywhere, please buy them and send me a bill. I will pay whatever anyone is asking, but I'm having real trouble completing my set. Don't get me started.). Then we hauled off to downtown in the middle of the night, and there were two other story tellers who were good but not great, then Kathryn got up and spoke for two full hours....

I didn't sleep for a week.

It was just like when I used to check out her books and read them in elementary school. Her stories scare the crap out of me.

But not vampire books. Not werewolf stories. Not zombies.

But southern ghosts? Where's my flashlight?
 

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I hadn't actually checked to see if her books are on kindle, but I would be surprised if "Jeffrey's Favorite 13" didn't show up soon.  It was a recently published work that drew from several of her other books and included one new story.  lol, I say it's recent, I think it actually came out four years ago.  It was a nice little book, about the size of the Series of Unfortunate Events books.

Hi Krissy!
I have 13 Alabama Ghosts, 13 Georgia Ghosts, and 13 Mississippi Ghosts.  So I'm missing the Tennessee ghosts, and all of the 13 More ghosts set, plus 13 Southern ghosts (where she didn't have enough to make a full book.)  But I'm looking for the hardback set published in the late 70s/early 80s.  Some of them were re-published as paperbacks in the 90s, but imo, they don't have nearly as much character.  My brother has an off-campus bookstore here in town, and I made him call the University of Alabama press for me about them.  He stills says I owe him big, b/c not only did he have to call the University of Alabama (we're Auburn fans), but he had to call and explain himself five different times to people in varying degrees of authority, the last of whom finally said they lost most of their originals in a fire, and had he tried amazon.
ah well.
 

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I know!  I wish they'd set up a bundle of the Southern Vampire stories.  They sold a nice box set of the paperbacks.  But honestly, the Sookie books all have titles that are so much alike that it's hard for me to keep them straight.  lol, I always have to go look for the one that has 2 in the description.  Wonder if that's a matter they'd have to take up with the publisher?  B/c really, if they'd sell me the whole shebang for just the added up total (which would be $56.72 if you include book 8, which for some reason is still $11.99) I would buy it to not have to keep looking up which ones I have and which ones I don't.  lol, I'll pay extra for convenience every time.  ;D
 

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Discussion Starter · #26 ·
Fantastic!  Welcome!  We'll let you slide on the "required reading"  ::) if you'd like to come join us in chat tonight!  (9 pm eastern, please subtract an hour for each western time zone between you and the eastern time zone.)

We're glad you're here!

robin
 

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(I've already read them all.)

Actually, a lot of people in the book klub have already read them. We don't have any formal policies in the book klub (Beyond the no sticks policy, that is.), but generally we just ask that you try not to give away in spoilers if you want to read ahead. That's all. See how easy that is? Okay, chobitz doesn't think it's all that easy, but she's also read all of the books.

In fact, there's a discussion over on DIA about why so many fewer people are answering the questions on DIA than did on Outlander (yes, I realize that was a very poorly constructed sentence.). Gertie's answer was that so many people were so taken with the series that we've gone on reading, breezing past the requirements, sometimes into the next book and beyond. I believe she is correct.

See, if I was really smart, I would go ahead and post all the rest of the Living Dead in Dallas questions next week, and we'd just try to do one book every two weeks or so. Especially since these are a lot shorter than the Outlander books. But, I don't want to leave anyone behind. But maybe we can put up a poll to that effect? See if there's any interest in shortening the window on these book klubs? That way we'll be closer to done when the new book comes out in May.
But I'm glad you're enjoying the series, and hope you'll come chat with us next Wednesday!
 

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Discussion Starter · #31 ·
;D  Why thank you!

I'll go post a poll.  See if everyone would be into making the book klub for the SVM books shorter.  There's no way that the Outlander klub can do it, but these might lend themselves well to that.  Thanks for the idea!
 

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Poll is up on the actual Book Klub thread.
 

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No problem!  I post the questions, so you can answer there if you like.  I just hope you enjoy the series.  Also, if you're cooking, may I come eat at your house?  I don't keep food at my place. It just attracts bugs.  ;D
 

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Discussion Starter · #38 ·
Have the comments persuaded you to buy either book so far?  I promise, if you want to stop lurking and comment, nobody here bites.  I mean, unless you invite them too, I guess.  ;D
 
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