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June 2017 Meeting

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Clinging on to the disc : Sandra, Sharon, Anne, Katie, Ros, Lynette, Trish, Gabrielle and Heidi

Lost over the rim : Catherine, Mary, Heather

Business : Gabrielle reminded us that this meeting marks our 10th anniversary and she kindly provided cake, sparklers and cinematographer (Thanks Dom) to celebrate.

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(We have to ‘upgrade our plan’ to be able to show this as a video – I will send via email to those who are not on Facebook)

Discussion : So this is what was said of the Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

“Irreverent and silly | Without plot | A hoot | Funny and full of references | Light and easy to read”

The book scored 3 out of 5.

Next meeting : The Good People by Hannah Kent at Ros’ house. PM or email me for address details should you need it – H

Happy Birthday everyone!

Meeting May 2017

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51FTZVHot2L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_In the groove : Catherine, Sandra, Trish, Mary, Sharon, Gabrielle, Ann and Heidi

Missing a beat : Heather, Ros, Katie

Business : Heidi working on an updated contacts list for distribution.

Discussion : The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, while not universally loved by those who read it, provoked an excellent discussion.  In fact, it may surprise and astonish those who weren’t there to hear that almost all the couple of hours of the meeting was taken up with actual discussion of the book!!

The Gustav Sonata scored 3

Next meeting : The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett at Lynette’s.

Meeting April 2017

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facebook-banner-size-templateEnjoying the hospitality at Mary’s new pad : Louise (a blow-in), Ros, Sharon, Ann, Sandra,  Katie, Lynette, Mary, Trish, Heather, Heidi

Missing in Action : Gabrielle, Catherine

Business : Heather has changed her book choice to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  We’ll discuss it in December.   Lynette realised that her initial choice, The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett, is the second in the Discworld series so has also changed titles and we will now be reading The Colour of Magic for June.  Ann’s choice, The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood will be our February 2018 read.

The full list of 2017/2018 choices can be seen here.

Discussion : The very few (3) who had been able to read sufficient of the book to score it, enjoyed the book.  All agreed the start is very disjointed but those who persevered found it an intriguing tale with a strong sense of the period it is set in (from early 1800s).

The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox scored 2.8

We also shared some reading recommendations:

December meeting cancelled

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Going by the replies I’ve got, and chatting with Catherine and Sandra, it seems it might be better to forget about having a December meeting and postpone the discussion on Under the Skin until February. None of the dates would have had more than a few in attendance and I know neither Catherine nor Sandra have had time to get their hands on the book.

If you want we can have a chin wag at my place this Friday – or Fish & Chips out at Hawkesbury Heights???

 

Our next meeting date to discuss Under the Skin by Michael Faber will therefore be Friday 3 February 2017 at Katie’s at 78 Meeks Cres.

November Meeting

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At the ceilidh – Heather, Ros, Ann, Heidi, Catherine, Katie, Trish, Sharon, Lynette and Sandra

At hame – Gabrielle and Mary

Business :

  1. Please have your reading choice  for 2017 chosen by the next meeting so that Christmas wishes can be fulfilled.  Trish is happy to continue with our tradition of having a Faraday choice instead of her choice so bring a back up title to put into the hat for the Faraday month, whenever that may end up being.  You can see what has been chosen so far on the Reading Lists page of this blog.
  2. Think also about the January meeting. Traditionally we have gone to Glenbrook Cinema and taken pot luck on the first Friday of January.  Last year, however, we had a BYO movie night at Lynette’s when the film at Glenbrook was too dire even for us.  What do we want to do this coming January?

Discussion: Basically, those who’d read the book found it hard to get into initially, wondering where they were being taken, but then enjoyed the lovely writing.  No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod scored 3.5. (The title, by the way, comes from Gen.James Wolfe’s assertion in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Canada, that Scottish soldiers should be sent into battle because “they are hardy, intrepid, accustomed to a rough country, and no great mischief if they fall.”)

Next meeting : The next meeting is on Friday 9th December at 7:30pm at Katie’s. We will be discussing Under the Skin by Michael Faber.  NB this is the second, not the first, Friday of the month.