Archive for October, 2012

Happy (almost) Hallowe’en, everyone!

It may (or may not!) come as a surprise that Hallowe’en (All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain) is the favorite holiday of all the Three Nerds. Well, maybe except Christmas. Just because we like getting presents! In honor of our favorite holiday, we’ve decided to put up a list of a few of our favorite scary reads to share with all of you. Feel free to share yours in the comments!

This is also a friendly reminder that you’ve got just a couple more days until we finish The Casual Vacancy, so be sure to discuss it! We also start The Handmaid’s Tale November 1st! And we will most likely be taking votes on how long we should dedicate to reading it.

Hecate’s Picks

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula – one of the original vampire stories…no he does not sparkle. He dies in the sun, like a real vampire.
  • Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting at Hill House – ghosts, demons, and crazy people. Always a win.
  • Peter Straub’s Shadowland – A young magician learns the art of dark magic at the cost of lives of people he cares about.
  • Richard Matheson’s Of Man and Woman – JUST GO READ IT
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – One of my favorite books ever. Science vs religion. Morality vs mortality…all of it is so much fun.
  • Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak (series) – yes, it’s a teen book, but I loved it growing up. And the end is worth the 12 book power through.

Isis’s Picks

  • Isis did an amazing thing for the month of October. She reviews a short story, a movie, and talks about a superstition in honor of all things that give you “Chills and Thrills”  . So check it out!

Scatty’s Picks

  • Scatty is a buttface and doesn’t like scary stories. (<–THAT IS NOT WHAT I SAID! I JUST HAVEN’T READ ANY RECENTLY AND THEREFORE DON’T HAVE ANY!)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz

Also! In honor of our favorite holiday, we’ve decided to share our inner geeks with you by posting our Halloween costumes (after the continue reading)! If you’d like to share your costume (or pumpkin carving or anything else that’s Halloween related for that matter!), feel free to email us at three.nerdss@gmail.com (remember, there are two “s”s in there!) and we’ll update this throughout the day. Be sure to give us your name (or whatever name you want to be called!) and what you are…It’s not that we don’t care, it’s just that the Three Nerds are horribly oblivious to a lot of things. It’s not our fault, we swear!

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Hello, my fellow nerds, this here is my friend, Botato. He’s very cross with you! He wants you to discuss The Casual Vacancy in our discussion pages. He promises it will pay off in the long run. We’ve got some very big plans for all of you. But he won’t tell you. Spoilers!

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We just wanted to remind everyone to join in the discussion on The Casual Vacancy, especially now that we’re getting closer to the end of the month. We would very much like to hear everyone’s thoughts and to get an active and lively discussion going with everyone. Each of the discussions are by the individual parts of the book, so if you haven’t read everything, no worries, because you can just discuss what you’ve read so far without fear of spoilers!

Here are all of the discussion pages:

Part 1

Olden Days

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Parts 6 & 7

Please come and join us in the discussion! We really would like for all of you to participate. 😀

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In a crazy, random happenstance, there was a little blurb in the LA Times today about Margaret Atwood. They did a live chat this morning with her, the video recording of which (along with accompanying article) can be found here:

http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-video-chat-margaret-atwood-oct-23-11am-pacific-20121018,0,5447212.story

Atwood is also writing a “serial novel” called Positron being published on Byliner, and which can be found here: http://byliner.com/margaret-atwood. According to the article, she is taking reader input for the story.

So, you guys should check it out because it sounds cool.

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By a mere one vote, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood has been chosen for our November read.

“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining fertility, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now… Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.”  (Summary from Goodreads).

We still have 12 more days until the end of October so don’t feel like you need to rush into finding a copy of this book and start reading! Thank you all for the submissions you sent as well as participating in the voting process! 🙂 Discussion pages will be made for The Handmaid’s Tale early November.

Happy Reading!

~ Scatty

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November Book Pick!

Thank you all for your suggestions! Please vote in the poll below for our November book. The poll will close at 11:59 pm (PST) tonight. There is a synopsis of each book below the “continue reading” link so that you can see what each book is about.

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Hey everyone! I hope you’re enjoying reading The Casual Vacancy! Don’t forget to talk about it in our discussions section as you read along so everything stays fresh in your mind.

This is just a friendly reminder that submissions for next month’s book (remember, one per follower, please!) are due by 11:59 PM PST. Then you have all day tomorrow to vote on what we’ll read next. I’ve seen some of the selections we’ve gotten, and they all seem really awesome!

Also, we’ve added a “Community Announcements” section on our sidebar for members of “Three Nerds and a Book Club” to share exciting news with the rest of us. It can be something you just found out, or something you need help finding, or whatever tickles your fancy. For instance, I am trying to get back into roleplaying – I’ve done it for years and I feel like I want to get my creativity flowing – so I’ve set one. If you have any news for us and you’d like to share it with your fellow “Nerds”, feel free to email us at three.nerdss@gmail.com (remember there are two “s”s in there). Also, please let us know how long you’d like your announcement on the feed.

I suppose that’s all for now. Happy Readings!

– Hecate

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