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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Group Read: Tim Gautreaux - Waiting for the Evening News  Reply with quote

This is the place to discuss Waiting for the Evening News.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was suggested earlier that we should focus on just a few of the stories, but of course, until we have read all of them, it will be hard to pick which ones. I think I am about halfway through now, and the two stories so far that stand out for me are 'The Courtship of Merlin LeBlanc', and 'People on the Empty Road'. That is not to say that I could not find something to say about the others, just that those two made most impact.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case shall we start at the beginning and work our way through? If people haven't got time for the whole book they can pick and choose.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think most of us are reading more than one book at a time so I would prefer to read all the short stories, make a personal choice of the best half dozen, and then be ready for the discussion on July 7th or any date others find convenient.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd certainly be willing to read the whole thing.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I will read them in order, and see how far I get.  I have read the first one and am happy to read more.

It is good not to have the pressure of completing a whole book so as to avoid spoilers in the discussions.  But I expect to be able to read all the stories by 7 July.



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It just occurs to me that 7th July is the very day I head off to France. My online access will be very spasmodic for the ensuing 3 weeks, so I may not manage to join the discussion as much as I might have hoped. Never mind, I am enjoying the stories, and have discovered a new author, so much to be said on the positive side.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, let's discuss sooner than that, then. Does it make sense to aim for a particular date, or to post stuff as it occurs to us? Perhaps there would be a more lively discussion if we set a single date. We could perhaps bring it forward a week, or even two - Monday 23rd June, or Monday 30th? (7th July seems quite a long way off now - I only suggested it because at the time I thought Jen couldn't start reading the book until July.)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, I don't want the whole thing to be changed for my convenience. Maybe if I post something just before I go away, then try to read and maybe respond if and when I can, it will work out fine. We do have Wi-Fi on the campsite, but it can be a bit elusive!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am happy for the date to be moved forward as it would be good for Chris to be able to contribute.  

As they are short stories, it doesn't matter if we start discussing them before some of us have finished the book.  Perhaps we could start on 23 June, but only discuss the first (say) 10 stories, then on 30 June allow the next (say) 5, etc?   There are 23 altogether; if we leave discussing them until the end we might forget which is which!

I have read two stories, won't have much time for reading this weekend, but should be able to get to 10 by 23 June.




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