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NPR's SF Virtual Book Box - and we're off!

I'm following up on a great suggestion by Minerva101, arising from bookstogive's thread asking for people's choice of bookbox themes. The idea is that the books to be exchanged would all be drawn from NPR's science fiction and fantasy collection. This is based on NPR's preliminary list, published in early August, before voting narrowed it down to 100. Here's the link:
http://www.npr.org/---/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists

So my local sf book store is having a sale, and I just came back with a nice bagful:

- I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
- Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Cetaganda (Vorkosigan series), Lois McMaster Bujold
- Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
- Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Robert H. Heinlein
- Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan
- His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire series), Naomi Novik
- Mindkiller, Spider Robinson
- Steel Beach, John Varley
- To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

These aren't journaled yet, and there will be more as soon as I do a little digging in the stacks here, but it may whet your appetite and, I hope, entice you to sign up. If interested, please post here, and also say whether you prefer real or virtual, or are equally happy with either. Personally, I always love getting a real box of books, seeing their condition, reading a few chapters, etc. But recent experience with the Medicine Chest impresses me with how much easier it is to skip a name on a list than to hope someone halfway through the route is willing to create a new boxful (thanks again, Gory!). If we go with virtual, I may shamelessly steal bookstogive's great idea and ask people to contribute a seed book or two.

Sign-up, and voting on format, will be open until midnight GMT on Friday Sept. 23. That will give me the weekend to get the box organized and on its way. Obviously, mailing cost will limit a real box to the US & Canada, but a virtual box can go farther if there's interest. So if you're voting for virtual, please also list your shipping preference.

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I'm following up on a great suggestion by Minerva101, arising from bookstogive's thread asking for people's choice of bookbox themes. The idea is that the books to be exchanged would all be drawn from NPR's science fiction and fantasy collection. This is based on NPR's preliminary list, published in early August, before voting narrowed it down to 100. Here's the link:
http://www.npr.org/---/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists

So my local sf book store is having a sale, and I just came back with a nice bagful:

- I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
- Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Cetaganda (Vorkosigan series), Lois McMaster Bujold
- Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
- Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Robert H. Heinlein
- Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan
- His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire series), Naomi Novik
- Mindkiller, Spider Robinson
- Steel Beach, John Varley
- To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

These aren't journaled yet, and there will be more as soon as I do a little digging in the stacks here, but it may whet your appetite and, I hope, entice you to sign up. If interested, please post here, and also say whether you prefer real or virtual, or are equally happy with either. Personally, I always love getting a real box of books, seeing their condition, reading a few chapters, etc. But recent experience with the Medicine Chest impresses me with how much easier it is to skip a name on a list than to hope someone halfway through the route is willing to create a new boxful (thanks again, Gory!). If we go with virtual, I may shamelessly steal bookstogive's great idea and ask people to contribute a seed book or two.

Sign-up, and voting on format, will be open until midnight GMT on Friday Sept. 23. That will give me the weekend to get the box organized and on its way. Obviously, mailing cost will limit a real box to the US & Canada, but a virtual box can go farther if there's interest. So if you're voting for virtual, please also list your shipping preference.
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In all honesty, I looked at the list just to see if some of the ones I have read and am looking to move along were on there, planning to donate them to your cause but not sign up. After all, I said to myself, I don't really read much SF/fantasy. But the list has quite a few books that I have read and enjoyed and quite a few more that I have been wanting to read. So, I'm in either way -- and I have some seed books for a VBB, if that's what you decide. I'm willing to ship anywhere -- including alternate dimensions or other worlds, given the theme of this book box. :)
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Had some trouble with your link, so I did a search and found this:

http://www.npr.org/---/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists

NOTE: if the part of the link between "org/" and "/science" turns into "---", it should be "2011/08/07/138938145"

What, no Z titles? Looks interesting: I'll take a longer look later, after work. :p
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I'm game for whichever format you choose. If you go for a VBB, I can provide a seed book or two, and I'm willing to ship anywhere. For a real book box, I'd prefer to ship within Canada but am willing to send to the US also.
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Count me in!

I love SF! I vote for a VBB.
As far as seed books, I could only dig up a few, since I've wild released some of my others. There may be more I haven't run into yet.
The ones I have found(not journaled yet):
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Frameshift by Robert J Sawyer (that I will be picking out of another bookbox I just received).
A second copy of i, Robot by Isaac Asimov. I can add later if your copy is taken early.
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so am interested in joining.

I am in China so a real bookbox is out of the question as it would be too expensive for everyone.

I would be happy to join a VBB. Obviously I am prepared to ship international, but it would depend on whether others wil too.

I am currently reading Flowers for Algernon, which I could offer as a seed book.
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VBB(will ship int`l) or a real bookbox (US/Canada shipping) works for me.
Can`t get enough sci-fi in my diet (grin!) Thanks for taking this on JudySlump612!
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I'd be willing to participate in this if it's a VBB. The thing is, you see, I've already read a lot of the books on the list, so it really wouldn't make sense to ship a random selection of them to me. I could provide a few seed books, no problem. I'm in the US, and am willing to ship internationally when I know the books are wanted.

-Tom Hl.
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This is based on NPR's preliminary list, published in early August, before voting narrowed it down to 100. Here's the link:
http://www.npr.org/---/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists


This link was broken on my computer. Is this the same?
http://www.npr.org/---/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists

I would be interested in joining, eitther VBB of real bb. It seems that VBB makes the organizer take a lot of the burden, so I am willing to go either way.
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Thanks for pointing out this list - I wasn't aware of it before. I did some "research" (going through shelves, stacks, and so on), and I'd like to participate.

In this case, I'd prefer a virtual box. I have quite a few of the books on the list on hand already, but most of them fall into one of two categories: TBR or permanent collection. So I'm hoping that being part of this box will motivate me to read some of those TBR books!

If it's a real box, I'd prefer to mail only within the US. For a VBB, I'll mail internationally if needed and as long as it's not *too* many books.

VBBs tend to move significantly faster than physical boxes, but either way, I'd prefer to be towards the end of the list so I can hopefully get some of the TBRs read first!

I do have one or two that I'd be willing to add to the starting bunch if you're interested.

I do have a few questions:

* Is it ok to offer books that are still TBR, or would you prefer only truly available books?

* Many of the items on NPR's list are actually sets of books: will you accept *any* book from a listed series, or only the first? (I've got some incomplete sets that I'd like to complete, but I also have some "orphans" that could move on.)

* If the first book from a series (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ender's Game, etc.) is listed, are you counting the entire series?
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* Many of the items on NPR's list are actually sets of books: will you accept *any* book from a listed series, or only the first? (I've got some incomplete sets that I'd like to complete, but I also have some "orphans" that could move on.)
* If the first book from a series (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ender's Game, etc.) is listed, are you counting the entire series?


I would be happy for a VBB that I was involved in to have other books from a series, after-all it may be one that I was looking for. Also, some people may have read the first in a series, enjoyed it but never got around to reading more - this would be a prompt to do so, e.g. I read Enders Game many years ago and have always intended to read more in the series but have not done so yet.

Perhaps if such a book is still present when the list arrives for the next round it should be removed and replaced to prevent the list getting clogged with unwanted books.
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VBB please!

I'd love to join a VBB -- there's a lot on that list I'd like to read. I'm in the UK and am happy to ship internationally (as long as it's okay to use surface mail). I can contribute a seed book or two.

Thanks for thinking of this, JudySlump612.
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So are the votes in for a VBB or real? Any idea on timeline?
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But now I'm back on track, and planning to begin on Oct. 1. First, thank you all for a very clear preference for the virtual format; that's what we will do. I wound up with 25 books, enough for a good start. But I appreciate all of you who offered to contribute seed books, and it will be more fun with more choices. If you still want to help out with any starters, PM me with a link to your journal(s) and I will include your books in the lineup. At the end of the route, anyone who put in seed books may choose an equal number of books in return from whatever is still in my hands (supplemented by some duplicates and extras).

Participants will go in the order of signing up, as follows:

- 6of8
- mathgirl40
- Kally93
- bookowl1000
- Minerva101
- hyphen8
- TomH
- quietorchid
- Vekiki
- Nell-Lu

Of course, if you want to move to a later spot on the list so you can polish off a few TBR's, or for any other reason, that's fine - just PM.

PROCEDURES:

1) I will PM the person whose turn it is a list of current availables. You may choose as many books as you like, replacing them with an equal number. You do this by PM'ing me with the books you've chosen, plus links to your replacement books' journals, so I can update the list. You also send me your mailing address.

2) In the interests of keeping a variety of choices, please no more than three books by any single author.

3) Please make your selections and replacements within one week. You may ask to be moved down the list if your turn comes at an inconvenient time.

4) As soon as I have confirmed that you do have the replacement books, I will PM the current owners of your chosen books with your mailing address and the books they are to send you.

5) When you receive a book you've chosen, please journal your catch promptly so the sender will know it's arrived safely.

6) I will PM the updated list to the next participant, and continue the cycle.

7) When a book of yours is chosen, I will send you the address of the person requesting it. Please be as prompt in mailing it as you would like others to be!

8) If you run into any kind of problem, by yourself or with another BookCrosser, please contact me so we can try to work it out. This should be fun for everyone!

QUESTIONS:

1) The biggest question is about serial books, since there are so many sets on the list. I intend to be very inclusive about a series. For instance, NPR lists 'Old Man's War' by John Scalzi as one book, but in fact it's followed by two or three more books, one of which will be on my offered list. But, what we're swapping here is individual books. They may well be part of a series, since as hyphen8 and bookowl1000 point out, many of us want to complete a collection. Your journal entry for such a book should state that it's part of a series, where in the series it falls, and how important it is to read the series in order.

2) Shipping by surface mail is expected. The list you choose from will show the current owners, so you can check a book's location and get an idea of shipping time.

3) I prefer that the books you offer be truly available, rather than TBR. After all, we'll have to wait a few weeks for books in many cases due to international shipping. It only seems fair to start them off promptly.

4) Books' condition: some of these books have been read and loved for many years, and it shows. Personally, I like the feeling of sharing the reading experience with another fan. But I'd expect the cover to be intact, and the book to be complete and easily legible. Ask yourself how you'd feel about picking up that book, or getting it in the mail. If in doubt, describe its condition in your journal entry, and prospective readers can decide for themselves.

Okay, now off to start doing all my journal entries. Please post here with any more questions or comments, and thanks again for signing up!

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Welcome Back!
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I just went to a book sale today and bought 28 books for $20 and at least 10 of them are from the NPR list - Squeeeee!!
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List of books (32!) just went to 6of8. Also, hyphen8 was moved down the list as requested. Anybody else want to change position?

Hope you're all as excited about this as I am (have a hunch Minerva101 might be) :-)
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What an impressive line-up! I see a couple in there that I've been wanting to read for some time, so I will pick them:

Gunslinger (Dark Tower series), King (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10182373/

To Say Nothing of the Dog, Wilis (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10184587/


In return I will add:

The Road, McCarthy (6of8)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5536468/

The Mote in God's Eye, Niven and Pournelle (6of8)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9861760/

Stranger in a Strange Land, Heinlein (6of8)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8538738/

Fountains of Paradies, Clarke (6of8)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8425556/


Thanks for letting me participate!
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auf Deutsch?

Gibt es einen Teilnehmer in Deutschland? Würde ich Bücher auf Deutsch aus dieser Liste nehmen - egal, ob ich schon gelesen habe.
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Are there any participants in Germany? If there is any possibility, I would choose books from this list in German, no matter whether I had already read them in English! German language science fiction is very difficult to find in the US.

-Tom Hl.
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Absolutely love the flow chart, thanks for sharing.

Gave me an interesting insite into what books I prefer while following the route to the ones I have read.
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LoL! I was just on my way here to post that link! Isn't that chart great?
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6of8 has made her choices and placed new ones on the list, so it just went to mathgirl40. Here's the lineup:

- 6of8
- mathgirl40
- Kally93
- bookowl1000
- Minerva101
- hyphen8
- TomH
- quietorchid
- Vekiki
- Nell-Lu <-- VBB is here

Thanks, hyphen8, for the link to the flowchart. That was fun! Also, there are lots of other national broadcasting corporations around the world. Have any others done a survey like this? It would be interesting to see what the differences are between countries, and maybe do some future rounds based on those points of view.
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Thanks for the list, JudySlump612! I'll try to make my choices within the next couple of days.
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Nice list -- so many I'd like to read! However, I'll limit myself to these two:
Hyperion, Simmons (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8343442/
Mists of Avalon, Bradley (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10184283/

I'll replace them with the following:
Snow Crash, Stephenson (mathgirl40)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10195420
Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut (mathgirl40)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10195410

Thanks, JudySlump612, for organizing this VBB!
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... continues speeding across North America! Thank you, Mathgirl40, for being so prompt. The list went to Kally93 today.
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Ooh, I like that name. :)
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I have decided to take:
Childhood's End, Clarke (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10182350
The Diamond Age, Stephenson (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8602743/
Watership Down, Adams (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10184602/

I will add:
Foundation by Isaac Asimov (First in the series I think. Prelude to Foundation must have been written afterwards.) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10159395/
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (First in the series)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10159391/
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Third in the Outlander series)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10204161/
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Fourth in the Outlander series) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10204168/
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Yes, foundation is the first one in the trilogy.

Prelude to Foundation was written many years later as an afterthought, and to be honest was not that great. Foundation should definitely be read first.
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Your books will have to wait until tomorrow, because today is a postal holiday (Columbus Day) in the US, but they're sitting on top of the computer ready to go. And I wish you, mathgirl40 and Minerva101 a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, with plenty of great family, friends and food.

The VBB moved to bookowl1000 today. Wonder who will be lucky enough to have any of their books sent all the way to China?
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Even though there were a few I fancied I decided to limit myself to two books during this round

Snow Crash, Stephenson (mathgirl40)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10195420

Steel Beach, Varley (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10184467

and will replace with

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (bookowl1000)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10188689

I am Legend by Richard Matheson (bookowl1000)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10188692

These are both fantastic, thought provoking reads.
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I mailed your book this afternoon, being careful to include the whole address as you specified. Also, you write wonderful journal entries - it will be interesting to read what you have to say about Steel Beach.

The list has now moved on to Minerva101.
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Very nice list, too!

I have made my selections. I would like to take out 4 books:
Altered Carbon, Morgan (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10182297/

Last Colony (Old Man's War), Scalzi (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10184305/

Cetaganda (Vorkosigan series), Bujold (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10186617/

Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan series), Bujold (quietorchid)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10173532/

And I will replace them with the following 5 books:
Titan (Book #1 Gaea Trilogy) by John Varley
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10208988/

Hominids (Book #1 of The Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J Sawyer
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10091151/

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (this is a fairy tale - not horror - and it is very good!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4620774/

Dune Messiah (Book #2 in the Dune series) by Frank Herbert
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10206254/

On Basilisk Station ( Book#1 of the Honor Harrington series) by David Weber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10206258

Full ahead, Warp 10, Ms. Slump!

;-P
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Thanks for the compliment about my journal entries. I have never thought of them as anything special.

When it comes to the description of the book I usually copy and paste bits from sites like wiki and amazon, as I feel it is important to give people who may be trying to decide whether or not to choose it information about the plot, context, author etc.

Then my personal journal entry is a reflection of the quality of the book. If it is thought provoking, good or bad, then then it is easy to write about my thoughts. If it is just a standard, unoriginal story, then what is there to say?
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... especially for that super-fast response. Wow, since we nicknamed this box 'The Superluminal' it has really picked up speed! Wonder what might happen if I started calling it 'Judy Wins the Lottery'?

The list is now with hyphen8.
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'Judy Wins the Lottery'?

Who knows, try it!
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"Chewie! Make the jump to light speed! "

I decided to splurge and choose a bunch of books: hope that's ok.

I am choosing the following to take out:
(notes: media mail is absolutely fine; real stamps preferred if it's not too much hassle)

Fountains of Paradise, Clarke (6of8)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8425556

Wizard (Gaea trilogy), Varley (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10134974
* I have the other two books in the trilogy TBR, so this is perfect

The Good, The Bad, and the Undead (Hollow Series), Harrison (quietorchid)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10164937

Lucifer's Hammer, by Niven & Pournelle (quietorchid)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10174478

On Basilisk Station ( Book#1 of the Honor Harrington series) by David Weber (Minerva101)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10206258

Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker), Card (JudySlump612)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10135294

And I'm offering these:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10050405

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Old Man's War #2)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10190830

Dawn by Octavia Butler (Lilith's Brood #1)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10203110

Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler (Lilith's Brood #2)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10203114

Imago by Octavia Butler (Lilith's Brood #3)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10203121

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10201040

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10201028

When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6764986

Venus on the Half-Shell by Kilgore Trout
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10201049

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."
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I haven't succumbed to an e-reader yet, but I see that some of the books on the list are available through the Baen Free Library - http://www.baen.com/---/books.asp

The ones I spotted quickly:

1632 by Eric Flint
The Deed of Paksenarrion Book 1: Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon (don't need this because I'm keeping my omnibus brick)
On Basilisk Station by David Weber (just claimed this from the VBB)





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The SS Superluminal has now warped, jumped, and gone through the stargate to TomHI. BTW, I don't recognize that quote you closed with - what's the reference?
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what's the reference

Heavens to Murgatroyd, it's got to be Back to the Future. My husband and I play quote the movies all the time.
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When Doc comes back with the re-vamped flying DeLorean.

Now I have to "make like a tree and get out of here" - back to work. :p
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Snow Crash is on its way to bookowl1000. I hope you enjoy it!
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Tom Hl has made his choices, and the VBB has moved on to quietorchid.
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Oh Boy!

I would like
Hominids (Book #1 of The Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J Sawyer (Minerva101)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10091151

The Road, McCarthy (6of8)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5536468

Will replace them with

Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10214382/

Swords in the Mist by Fritz Lieber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10211525
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The VBB has now zipped across the pond to Vekiki.
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Hey, could I get on the list for round 2?
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Vekiki has decided not to take any books, and the list has gone to Nell-Lu.

So, Round 2?

I'd love to do it. You all have been so wonderful (responding promptly, putting terrific books up to share) you make me wish I were a teacher so I could give you all A+ and send nice notes home to your parents. But it will wait a bit.

Most of our books are still in transit. Since they're traveling long distances, and going through customs, we know they'll probably take a few weeks to arrive. There's no point in starting round 2 before we even get our round 1 books, right? So we wait for that, and then we're up against the great Christmas Mailing Crunch, which makes every trip to the PO a time-consuming ordeal. We can avoid that by waiting until January. Also, my local bookstore has a big pre-inventory sale between Christmas and New Year's, a restock opportunity too good to miss.

So my plan is to start round 2 at the beginning of January. I'd like to keep people in the same order, because, as bookowl1000 suggested, I'll be removing unclaimed books that have been through the full circuit, which will be easier that way (when that happens to a book of yours, I'll PM you so you can remove it from your reserved shelf).

Of course you don't have to repeat, but if you're unsure, why not give it a try? All it takes is a few keystrokes for me to send you the list, or for you to say no thanks. New people can be added at the end, and I'll PM MyaStone about this. Even if you choose not to repeat, I hope you are willing to keep your offered books in the VBB.

So post here or PM me as to whether you'd like to stay in for round 2. Also, if you have requests or suggestions for improving the VBB, please share them. You can help me get an early start on my 2012 New Year's resolutions!

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Waiting until January will give me a chance to get some quality reading done :)
As for the VBB itself - we might be able to broaden the scope of the box by allowing all books written by the authors on the list, not just the specific titles mentioned on the list itself. For example, Robert J Sawyer has his Hominids Trilogy on the list, but he also has a whole lot of other titles that are also very good that I would love to add to the VBB. Same with Richard Morgan and bunch of the other authors. What do you think?
Thanks so much, JudySlump612.
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we might be able to broaden the scope of the box by allowing all books written by the authors on the list, not just the specific titles mentioned on the list itself.


I agree with one caveat; the journal entry on the added book should mention why the reader thinks it is as good, if not better than the book/series that was nominated.

Also count me in for round 2, I'll also PM you.
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I'd love to stay on for round 2, and a January start is perfect for me!
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Keep me on the list for round 2 in January, please.

I was near the bottom of the list, and the couple of books I added were not seen by most participants - so I'll just set them aside and not trade them away for a few months. Their identity will remain a mystery to most of you until then. Bwahaha.

As for expanding to any book by a finalist author, that would be ok with me. Or not. I'll go with whatever the consensus is.
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Thanks for starting this VBB! It motivated me to read 4 books that had been on my TBR shelf for years, so I'd definitely like to play again.
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I've just made my picks for round 1 -- thanks, all! Please keep me on the list for round 2.

JudySlump612, would you consider leaving books in even if they've gone around everyone? I certainly didn't take out everything I wanted to read: there were at least 10 still in the box I would love. I didn't take them all because I didn't have enough books on the list, that weren't already in the box, to offer as replacements.

The suggestion of including other books by the same authors would help to make it easier to find new books to offer.
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JudySlump612, would you consider leaving books in even if they've gone around everyone? I certainly didn't take out everything I wanted to read.

Yes, the same goes for me. I'd be happy to have leftover books stay in a second round. I only had two books finished in time to offer, so I chose only two from the VBB, but there were several others I would have liked to read.

Also, I would gladly swap places with any of the new people starting in round 2, so they don't have to wait so long to have a turn.

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by that time I should have some more read. Heck, I may even have finished the ones I received from Round 1 and be able to add them back to the pot for others who might be interested. And I would be perfectly willing to swap places with a newer person who is lower on the list, or have them added in front of me, or what have you.
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Also my three requested books arrived yesterday; Childhood's End, The Diamond Age and Watership Down. Thanks JudySlump612!
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Thanks 6of8!
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I definitely want to stay in for the next round. Jan seems like the perfect time to begin as it gives time to read.

I would agree to leaving in books for another round; there were others that I would be happy to read but I did not choose them as I did not have replacements at the time, and I did not want to overload myself with reading straight away.
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I would be ok with leaving my books on the list through the end of Round 2. :)
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Hyperion and The Mists of Avalon arrived yesterday. Thanks, JudySlump612! I'm looking forward to round 2 in January.
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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Thanks for sending it my way
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Thank you to JudySlump612 and quietorchid!

I am looking forward to round 2 in the new year
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Thank you Minerva101: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10206258

I believe all of my other selections from this box are traveling together via media mail, so they may be a while yet.
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Thankd Minerva101, I'm looking forward to it.
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The rest of my choices arrived today:

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10164937

Lucifer's Hammer
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10174478

Wizard
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10134974

Seventh Son
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10135294

And also thanks to bookstogive - the original contributor of two of the books!
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Thanks JudySlump612 for sending Steel Beach all the way to China.

I have an annoying habit of not providing my name with my address. That does not go down well in China and the package was held for about a week and a half before I was able to get the correct red stamp on the correct piece of paper to prove my identity...package did arrive in China very quickly, I was impressed. Thanks
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I would like to participate. I have a current preference to maintain national rather than international mailings, however I have no preference whether the box is real or virtual.

Thank bunches.
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is currently scheduled to start in January.
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I would like to participate. I have a current preference to maintain national rather than international mailings, however I have no preference whether the box is real or virtual.

Thank bunches.

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