Darmstadt Book Club

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This is the first post in a new thread attempting to start a Darmstadt Book Club, interested people please post here, the initial idea is to meet sometime next week and possibly decide on a book/frequency of meeting/location/etc.

 

The more the merrier!

 

-Martina

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Thanks Martina for taking the initiative!

 

Next Tuesday after 8pm or Wednesday the whole day would be fine with me.

 

Some of the Cafés I know and like are Habibi, 3klang, Carpe Diem or Bellevue.

 

A meeting in Herrngarten would be fun too:)

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After 8 p.m.??? I'm working folk, I get up at 5.30 in the morning!!! (Okay, 6 during school vacation.)

 

Which, for me, cuts out the option "all day on Wednesday" :D

 

How about Wednesday evening anytime from 17.30h onwards, any takers?

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Yes, sounds good. I'm in!

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How does next Wednesday the 21st, 6pm at Cafe Habibi sound to everybody?

 

Link to Cafe Habibi: http://www.cafe-habibi.de

 

Why don't we all suggest a couple of books here so we can pick one as our next read when we meet on Wednesday? Alternatively, you can also bring to the meeting descriptions or reviews of the books you'd like to read.

 

My suggestions:

 

The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood

 

"...Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners--a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life--has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible..."

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6080337-the-year-of-the-flood

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junto Díaz

 

"The hero of Junot Díaz’s first novel is an overweight Dominican-American man named Oscar, a “ghetto nerd” from Paterson, N.J., and a devotee of what he somewhat grandly calls “the more speculative genres.” He means comic books, sword-and-sorcery novels, science fiction, role-playing games — the pop-literary storehouse of myths and fantasies that sexually frustrated, socially maladjusted guys like him are widely believed to inhabit..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/books/review/Scott-t.html

 

Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp

 

"...Here you can meet Nicholas, a man who believes he has been cursed to be slapped every day. And Cicely, Nicholas's love interest, who is convinced that the fate of the world depends on never putting the tennis ball down. Together they seek out other victims of the curse, and confront the malevolent Pete. Cursed is like an episode of Seinfeld as written by Chuck Palahniuk: a clever, funny, meaningful and dark comedy that will take you by surprise..."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/jul/16/bizarro-fiction-terribly-good

 

Looking forward to Wednesday!

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@em8chel: in principle your idea sounds great. Really, fantastic!!!

 

But, and there had to be a "but", right?? ;) if you had clicked on your own link to the cafe you would have found this:

 

Leider muss das Café Habibi vom 13.7. - 26.7.2010

wegen Arbeiten an der Hausfassade geschlossen bleiben!

 

The rest sounds great, the time suits me, now we just need an alternate location, any suggestions?

 

Anybody else going to be there?

 

-Martina

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I've just arrived in Darmstadt, but would love to participate. Not sure if the location has been decided on but keep me posted!

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I guess the location hasn't been decided yet as the suggested one is closed for renovations...

 

Considering the heat wave and the cooler weather that is forecasted starting Thursday, how about meeting then??

 

Location: good question. I guess it depends on whether this will be a meal or just drinks.

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Welcome to Darmstadt and our book club bonnies76.

 

Good that you followed the link, Martina, and saved us from staring at a closed café on Wednesday!

 

How does Carpe Diem sound? They don't have a Website but you can read a bit about the place here

 

http://www.qype.com/place/43363-Bistro-Carpe-Diem-Darmstadt

 

The biergarten right in the Herrngarten is quite nice too.

 

Would Martina or Slaut77 like to pick a place of us?

 

If everyone's OK with it, let's make it Thursday 6pm then.

 

Again you're all invited to post your book suggestions on the forum, or just bring them to the meeting on Thursday.

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Carpe Diem works for me (mostly because according to my new German Iphone, I can walk there in 5 minutes! :)

 

Thursday 6pm unless i hear otherwise! (Should we all wear plaid and carry a red rose to recognize each other! - kidding, really, I don't currently own plaid...)

 

Cheers

Bonnie

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sorry guys can't do thursday, thought we had agreed on wednesday. i can do either this week or next week wednesday but sorry, not this week thursday as i have a friend visiting. there's heaps of nice cafes and restaurants to choose from, if we want something central we could go to cafe extrablatt right on the marktplatz or next to it 'ratskeller'. they have both inside and outside seating in case the thunderstorms are actually coming ;-) let me know if we can still change back to wednesday or otherwise what book you decided on. i'm generally interested in everything, but shouldn't be too religious as i found out that opinions on that are often too extreme and i don't enjoy discussing it.

 

cheers, steph

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Sounds like a great idea. I am definitely interested in the club. see you all there

 

Will

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Oh no, I was afraid this would happen...slaut77, please accept my apologies :( ; that really wasn't a clever thing to do to change days on such a short notice. If we went back to Wednesday now (which is today!) it would probably incur even more confusion...

 

Would you still like to drop by on Thursday, even if just for 5 minutes, with your visitor? This is really just a chance for everyone to meet and say hello to get things started. We won't make any major decisions except for maybe the book we wanna read for our first *real* book club meeting. Assuming it'll take place sometime in September, are there days which you definitely can't make it?

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Sorry, this is my fault, I suggested moving to Thursday because of the 35° weather that is forecasted for today :(

 

slaut77: my apologies are much more in order; sorry!!

 

All the same I'm glad there's so much interest!

 

I guess it's too late to change anything, so is the current plan: Thurday the 22nd of July, 6 p.m. at the Carpe Diem??

 

I don't own plaid, but I think I'll recognize em8chel, so we'll be the 2 speaking English.

 

(Feeling really bad for causing this confusion...)

 

-Martina (who really doesn't do well in hot weather)

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no worries guys, it will always be hard to find a date which suits everyone! i'll try to make it tomrrow. if not keep me updated ;-) cheers, steph

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Steph, glad there are no hard feelings :)

 

So, just to keep a list, the possible attendees are:

 

slaut77

em8chel

wsch

bonnies76

martinamr

 

Of course that doesn't mean you're not welcome if you haven't posted here; you know when and where we're meeting so feel free to join!

 

-Martina (American despite my name)

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Wow. The first meet-up was a success :)

 

For the time being we have decided:

 

 



  • meet-up on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m.
  • location of next meet-up to be decided at the one before

 

So the next meet-up will be

 

7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7th at Riwwelmaddes, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 24

 

http://www.riwwelmaddes.de/

 

The book we will be discussing is:

 

Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp

 

And we've already decided on the October book:

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

 

It was great meeting everybody this evening!

 

-Martina

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@bonnies76: I mentioned the Oxfam Book Shop in Darmstadt - the address is Schulstraße 16, and as I mentioned they have a section with (used) English books

 

http://www.qype.co.uk/place/175112-Oxfam-Buchshop-Darmstadt

http://www.oxfam.de/shops/darmstadt-buch

 

And of course http://www.bookswapper.de is great for swapping books.

 

A similar site, that has plenty of English books, but the site itself is completely in German:

 

http://www.tauschticket.de

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Really enjoyed the evening too; aren't we a fun bunch of people :)

 

You might want to start thinking about asking your favorite bookstores to order a copy of Cursed for you now, as the availability seems to be low; if you order the book from amazon.de, shipping will take 2 to 4 weeks. When I'm done reading the book, I'd be happy to lend it to anyone who might need it.

 

There's also a local city library with a small but eclectic collection of English books. Membership is 10 Euro for one year (if you want to take books home to read), and free if you have a student ID:

 

http://www.darmstadt.de/leben-in-darmstadt/bildung/stadtbibliothek/index.htm

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For cheap books in Darmstadt have a look in Karstadt every now and then when they have 'Restposten.' I picked up around 20 books last week all of which cost between €3-€5 each. Check out Jokers as well, just inside the window as they have a limited selection of cheap English books. Thalia have a good selection but at normal prices and Buch Habel isn't too bad.

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