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Mon, Mar. 24th, 2008, 02:05 pm
athaena: "After The Seige" by Cory Doctorow

If you've had the chance to read our Badger Short Story selection # 1 - "After the Seige" by Cory Doctorow, you can now share your thoughts on the subject over on facebook!
If you haven't had the chance, you are still welcome to read and discuss!!

Here is the link to the discussion thread: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=18483090299&topic=4423

Hope to see folks there!

Also drewmg, be thinking about the Tobias Wolff story you'd like us to read next!

Mon, Mar. 24th, 2008, 12:17 pm
athaena: Book # 16

Book # 16 - A Traitor To Memory by Elizabeth George

This is the 11th in the series of mystery novels featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sgt. Barbara Havers.

Here's a brief description from Elizabeth George's website (http://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com ) :

"A hit and run on a nighttime rainy street in north London...a virtuoso
violinist who loses his ability to play and his memory of music in a single moment...a horrifying crime buried twenty years in the past...a father and son enmeshed in each other's life...a chance for redemption for everyone concerned, including the detectives."

So we have a hit and run, classical music, a bit of cybersex and the interesting an complex characters in very British settings that Ms. George is so good at. While I enjoyed the book overall, I found the continual getting to an interesting point with one set of characters and clues and then switching the narrative over to a completely different set of characters and/or clues to be irritating this time around. I was also a bit puzzled as to what exactly happened at the end of the book - although one mystery was resolved, another appears to have picked up and I wanted to know what happened there - it would appear that this thread isn't going to be continued in later books which is a disappointment, but I am not disappointed enough to discontinue reading the series ... despite being more than 700 pages long this book fairly zipped along in terms of how quickly I read it.

One big, fat spoilery question for anyone else who happens to have read this one ... what do YOU think happened at the end? And who do YOU think killed Sonia Davies?

Tue, Mar. 18th, 2008, 09:43 am
athaena: Photo Contest?

I am cross-posting the email I just sent out on Facebook for them as don't check there:

Hi all -

Lorna had an interesting idea for a photo contest where members send in one picture they have taken based on a chosen theme. When everyone has submitted pictures, we would then vote on our favorite and whoever got the most votes would be The Winner and could be smug about it for the whole month! (Maybe at some point I could even contrive to rustle up some small form of prize ... I don't know?)

Anyway, if people would be down with this, I think we will choose

"color" as our first theme...

So go out and hunt for things to photograph that fit and choose your favorite of what you take to post here in the Photos Section of the Badgerboard by ... say ... April 19th. We can then vote on favorites for the next week or so and the person with the most votes will get kudos and posting in the news section of the board (plus bragging rights) on April 26th.

Hopefully this sounds like a plan and a lot of folks will choose to participate!

Here is a link to the Facebook thread on the Facebadgerboard:


and here is a link to the Facebadgerboard itself:


Wed, Mar. 12th, 2008, 10:21 am
athaena: Book # 15

Book # 15 - No Sweetness Here by Ama Ata Aidoo

A collection of short stories by a Ghanaian writer that I first heard about on NPR. Here's the link to that story if you're interested: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18142470

It's an interesting collection set in the Ghana of the late 1960s/early 1970s after the country has achieved independence. The stories are about characters balancing between old and new and/or urban and rural. They look at things like consumerism and Westernization as well.

I found the language a bit hard to deal with at times due to there being many terms/ways of speaking I wasn't familiar with, but the book was most definitely a rewarding read!

Fri, Mar. 7th, 2008, 12:17 pm
athaena: Badger LibraryThing

I've just been entering books people have read over in the Badger LibraryThing - we have 282 books there in total! Pretty spiffy!

Check it out:

And add your name in the comments "Read by" section if you've read something and aren't there! :-)

If you need the username and password, let me know and I shall email it to you!

Fri, Mar. 7th, 2008, 11:44 am
athaena: Book # 14

So here I am talking to myself again, but I bring you:

Book # 14 - Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum is back for a third installment in this fun series set in Trenton, NJ. Bounty hunter and former lingere buyer Stephanie runs afoul of neighborhood popular opinion when she goes after a beloved candy store owner who has failed to show up for a court appearance. Of course things never run smoothly for Stephanie, and so she finds herself beaten up by vigilantes and with a rising body count in regard to local drug dealers - and she is, as always, both helped and hampered by her family and various cohorts. This is a funny, light read and worth checking out if you like mysteries.

Cross posted in the usual places.

Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2008, 01:19 pm
athaena: Books # 12 & 13

Book # 12 - The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama


Book # 13 - The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap by Ralph Nader

So my 2 most recent reads are political candidates most recent books. Both read like the cadidate in question wrote them (or at least collaborated with good ghost writers who could ape their style).
Both were quite interesting to read which sort of surprised me but didn't surprise me considering that Nader and Obama are both pretty good public speakers (in their own ways) and these books read like extended speeches to some extent.

Obama takes a very sort of middle of the road approach to being a democrat and definitely highlights ways to bring people together be they democrats, republicans dissatisfied with the current administration or independents and he has an interesting take on the way things work in Washington and on reform therein.

Nader takes a bit more of a radical approach and does a lot more advocating for citizens groups uniting to keep an eye on Congress and do what they can to override corporate control of our government. Basic premise, true democratic government US style should be "of the people, by the people and for the people", not of by and for corporations which seems to be a disturbing trend in recent decades. Nader definitely highlights some important issues - like how corporatism has been slowly chipping away at people's rights - that the mainstream candidates seem loathe to talk about at best. A lot of what he says *needs* to be said and debated - I just don't know if he is always the right person to say them due to his rep as a "spoiler" in the 2000 election. Still, *someone* needs to say them.

I think both make good points actually. If I was to vote my conscience at this stage in the proceedings, I think I would prefer to vote for Nader over Obama, but as I don't think that Nader stands much chance of winning, I know which way I will likely vote come November. (However, the fact that a third party candidate bascially stands no chance in our present system highlights yet another important point that Nader makes, to wit, we need more political choices in this country. Two parties aren't really cutting it.) But I cannot BELIEVE how sick of the whole election process I already am and we don't officially have nominees for either major party yet! Sheesh. Even still, I am trying to be a Good Citizen and Informed Voter and am going to read up on as many of the candidates as I can this year just to keep an open mind and try to understand the issues, etc.

I may well check out some books from the bibliographies of both of these books as well to continue onward with my political education.

Fri, Feb. 29th, 2008, 10:59 am
violetvampire: Fun Meme

Ganked from athaena and adapted for Badgerboard goodness

15 Movie Quotes

The rules:

1. One person picks 15 of their favorite movies.
2. They go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. They post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Other members guess which movies they came from in the comments
5. The person fills in the film titles once they have been guessed.
6. The member who gets the most correct answers after a 24 hour period starts the next post with their 15 favorite movies, and so on.

NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters.

I'll kick this one off, since it's my post...Collapse )

Tue, Feb. 26th, 2008, 12:33 pm
athaena: Badger Short Story Club?

Apologies to anyone who is getting this twice! Want to maximize exposure n'stuff!

I know a lot of people feel like a Badger Book Club would be biting off a bit more than we can chew time wise and I was thinking about ways to perhaps mitigate this and came up with the wacky idea of forming a Badger Short Story Club.

Short stories are, ideally, supposed to be able to be read in one sitting (per one E.A. Poe anyway), which might help with the time constraint thing.

The general idea being that every month or so, we pick a particular short story and have everyone share their thoughts great and small on same by a particular day. (Or whenever you have time to share thoughts - this being the beauty of having such a thing online and being able to revisit whenever.)

Questions to ponder for stories could include things like:

1) How did this story make you feel?
2) Did you like it/hate it/indifferent it?
3) What character do you identify with most? Why? Least? Why?
4) What do you think of the author's writing style?
5) Can you compare the theme of this story with a political/social event or a popular movie?

(These are just a few ideas of things to spark discussion.)

I'd also be interested in peoples ideas for stories to read!

misplacedmind has already come up with one that you can download for FREE online (meaning there is as little trouble as possible getting ahold of it) which I figure can be our first try if people are interested.

The story is entitled "After The Seige" and is writen by Cory Doctorow. It is from his 2007 short story collection called Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present and is available for download here: http://www.craphound.com/overclocked/download/

I figure if people can have it read by the end of March - that would be a good goal to shoot for.

Other possible authors to explore could include
Neil Gaiman
Shirley Jackson
Flannery O'Connor
and a host of others ...
or even short stories written by people from within our ranks that they would like others to read!!
I really want people to make suggestions! Anything goes as long as it falls into the short story category! (I reckon good essays would be fair game as well!)

I figure this could be a fun and interesting thing to do ... and hope others among you will as well.

I've cross posted about this on Facebook and on mine own lj if you're happier posting there.

EDIT: Author suggestions from comments (and who suggested 'em)

- Tobias Wolff (suggested by drewmg)

Wed, Feb. 20th, 2008, 06:04 pm
athaena: Frustration - need help!

I am very seriously considering not renewing the ezbadgerboard seeing as ez was bought by Yuku which is now being bought by something else. It's not like anyone has posted much there in yonks anyway.

I would however, like to stay in touch with my badger friends both here and on facebook and am hoping that some clever clever person amongst you all can come up with a way to maybe port old ez threads somewhere so that they can be saved for posterity!

Please!!! Help!!

Post here or on the facebook group!

I don't want to lose people!! Even if we have all grown up n'stuff, there ought to be ways to keep this going in some form for free, right? It seems a pity to waste all the time and effort spent in the past after all!!!

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