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29 November 2005

Vote Now! For the MeCha book club book of the December![More:]

The Nominees are:
Sinclair Lewis' Babbit
Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
Kazuo Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow
Yann Martel's Life of Pi
Ralph Edney & Craig Callender's Introducing: Time
Toby Young's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Lisa Goldstein's The Alchemist's Door
John Barth's The End of the Road
Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (tracicle, I'll forgive you for not trimming the Amazon link this time.)
John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany

All great choices, I think, and plenty of reading for months to come!

Voting will be by 'secret' ballot. Please e-mail me at with your selection. Please indicate your MeCha username in the e-mail; I promise not to tell anyone. You're on the honor system here, kids. Honestly, though, if you feel the need to stuff a book club ballot box, you've got bigger problems.
posted by gaspode 29 November | 10:21
Are you allowed to vote for your own? I emailed you with 2 choices just in case.
posted by selfnoise 29 November | 10:24
What are we voting for?
Are we voting for the book we think other people should read or the book we want to read?
posted by seanyboy 29 November | 10:25
Done and done. And I do mean done.
posted by tr33hggr 29 November | 10:26
Sorry this was late; I had to do some HTML wrangling. Apparently we're not allowed to use Unordered Lists or Horizontal Rules. At least I remembered how to do a mailto: link from before spammers made them Bad Ideas to use!

I've stripped the names of the nominators for each selection to prevent a popularity contest effect (or at least diminish it). Voting will be open for approximately 24 hours. I will announce the club's selection around noon EST tomorrow so that you folks have time to run out and grab the book before your various birthdays/plane flights/etc.

Also note I plan to adopt a co-moderation style with the person whose book was selected (the first person to nominate that book). We'll be discussing the book in January, probably around the 7th (rather than the 1st, because of its holiday nature; we'll give everyone time to get home). We'll also be doing nominations about a week in advance of the month's end for December (though this will be interesting as I'll likely be out of the country at that time). I think three days for nominations and then three days of voting with the book being announced on the last day of the month will work from now on. You can always e-mail me with feedback and suggestions (as some of you already have) about what you like and what you'd change.

ON PREVIEW: Selfnoise: you're absolutely allowed to vote for your own. I wasn't sure I'd need to stipulate that, but ok. It's hereby stipulated.
Seanyboy: On the book the whole club will read. Interpret that any way you want.
posted by Eideteker 29 November | 10:28
I didn't put my username in the e-mail. I'm lame. My subject line was: Like a half vote?
posted by safetyfork 29 November | 14:29
done too
posted by amberglow 29 November | 19:20
posted by seanyboy 29 November | 19:43
Voting is CLOSED.
posted by Eideteker 30 November | 11:12
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