Thursday, February 21, 2013

Announcing! The Live Like Fiction Book Club!

I decided it would be fun to host a book club as part of this blog! But instead of what you may be thinking, which is memoirs and farm books, I want to do something different. I want to share the works of fiction that inspire and created Cold Antler Farm. These will all be fantasy novels, and if you are new to the genre you won't be disappointed.

Here's how it'll work. I announce a book and then we all get a hold of it. All LLF book selections will be available in three formats for accessibility: paper book, e-book, and audiobook. If you are like me you love a good story but don't necessarily have the patience (or time) to sit and finish a novel in a month - listening is a fine option. Audiobooks are wonderful, and they sure as heck count in this club. You can listen at the gym, in your car, or through a speaker in your kitchen while doing the dishes.

Everyone has a month to finish the book, and then we discuss it here on the blog. It'll be a long string of comments or possibly something like a Google hangout if you want to tune in for a live streaming conversation.

The first pick will be a favorite I heard about through you, the readership of this blog: S.M. Stirling's Dies The Fire: A Novel of the Change. It's wonderful, and the reason I am both an archer and a Mackenzie in the SCA. The book is about modern America, roughly around the late 1990's. The story takes place in the Willamette Valley of the Pacific Northwest. If you live around Bend, Eugene, Corvallis, and such areas of Oregon you will really be able to devour this book, as that is where it takes place. One day around dinner time a huge bright light flashes and all electricity shuts off. But this isn't just an EMP or act of international war. All engines stop working, batteries stopped working, all gunpowder stops exploding, and the world's level of technology is thrown into the Bronze Age. Chaos ensues, but two scrappy groups emerge…

One is lead by a singer songwriter and single mother, in her early thirties. She's at a college bar the night this happens and has to escape a city in flames with her friends to her home in the mountains of Oregon. The other is a young pilot for hire, who is caught in the air in a small transporter plane when it starts to crash into the Idaho Mountains with some wealthy clients…

We follow these two people, along with their fellow church members and neighbors start new societies where agriculture, archery, hand-to-hand armored combat are the norm and horses are the only mustangs on the open road. It's post-apocalyptic fictional fantasy, emphasis on the fantasy and not the horror of a dying world

Why I think you guys would love this? Because in this fantasy novel it is the homesteaders who take over! The only folks who still know the skills to farm and create are folks who restart society. They, and the people who went out of their way to practice hobbies most "normal" people felt were archaic before "The Change" happened. It is folks in the SCA, fencing classes, martial arts, that know how to protect themselves without guns. It is the dairy farmers, leather workers, carpenters, weavers, knitters, chefs, ranchers and cowboys…these are the people who inherit the earth. And all the while trying to be whole again and peaceful while a man who decided to turn Portland into his very own kingdom becomes more and more maniacal. Drama!

This book has adult language and situations. Not a lot of intense sexual content, but a fair amount of violence and choice words. It's one of the books I really think thrives as an audiobook, too, since so many accents are involved. I think its worth starting that audible.com membership, folks. You can get a 30-day free trial and download Dies The Fire for FREE if you click this link here.

So whose in?

99 Comments:

Blogger Karen Talamantez said...

I want to play! Count me in.

February 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Totally! Love the genre, and the theme of this book. Ordering now...

February 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger J.D. Collins said...

I'm in.

February 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger J.D. Collins said...

I'm in.

February 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger alphabeticals said...

I've been reading your blog but never really commented (have your books too!) anyhow I'd love to join. This looks super interesting and I'm going to pick it up and (most likely) devour it within a few days!

February 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger MarikoMS said...

Sounds great! I'm in :D

February 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Kati said...

I'm in! :) Harry Potter is about the closest I've gotten to fantasy, but I'll give it a shot :).

February 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Tigersmom said...

I'm in! Just downloaded the audio book :)

February 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Paul Molnar said...

HmmmM... let's see... An excuse to reread (Okay, I'll probably opt to listen this time) a great book and discuss it with cool people? Heck yes, I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I am in!

February 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Janine said...

I'm gonna go ahead and say count me in!

February 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Dee Anne said...

Me! I've been meaning to read this for ages, so it'll just move to the top of the pile. :-)

February 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Me - it's been on my list.:))

February 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Me, me, me!!

February 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Count me in!

February 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

I'm on the last book in the series, and dragging my feet to make it last!

February 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Helois said...

I'm in!! Love this idea, I keep a book review blog, so this is right up my alley.

February 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Elaine Parker said...

Awesome plan! What do you think the "due date" will be?
Consider seeing if Audible would sponsor your blog - they advertise on many podcasts I follow.

February 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Jones said...

Just downloaded the audiobook...

February 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Lorie Hyten, adult services said...

Me me me!!!! I'm a librarian and really interested in how the Internet can be used for purposes just like this! Thanks Jenna!!

February 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

Brilliant idea. My lib has it on its shelves! Thanks for the fun.

February 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Donna Lovesthe Farm said...

Sounds great! I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

You know I'm in. I've completely lost count of how many times I've listened to this... maybe I should read the print version (e-book variety) to shake it up a bit.

Excellent first choice.

February 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

I just started the third book in the series, which I started after you mention them on your blog! They're great and I would love to discuss them with this group!

February 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger kbrow said...

This sounds great, and I am thinking to join you. I do love a good dystopia, and while I'm not a farmer, I do a fair bit of kitchen witchery, preserving and am a knitter, spinner and dyer. I am all about developing the post-apocalyptic skillset.

I was wondering, if you are on Ravelry, are you part of the Outlander fans group? It's a pretty active forum that does a huge "sporran" type swap each year - basically members send each other care packages of items that are connected to or reminiscent of the books. There's ongoing read-alongs, crafting challenges, puzzles, and it's a fun community. Our swap is going on right now, but you could expect another one to start up in late fall or winter. I bet the MacKenzies (or other clans - you may be sorted, a la Hogwarts into a clan) would welcome you! Check us out! I am known as Annabella Beauchamp (our motto of course is Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!) - Beauchamps not really a Scottish clan, but in honor of Claire's family. My real heritage is Scots, Clan Kerr. Anyway, do consider joining up with us at some point down the road - I know you're busy as all get out...

February 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

All in!

February 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM  
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February 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

I just started the third book in the series. I started reading them after you mentioned them on your blog. I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Sam Murray said...

ok, I'm in for a re-read! I loved the book!

February 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

I've had e-books of a good bit of this series kicking around for awhile now. It will be good to finally get to them, so I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger melody_cir said...

Funny- I just read it this month. Why? You mentioned it on your blog. I think I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Normal Mom said...

Count me in!! Sounds very "Revolution"!

February 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Tams said...

I'm in...

February 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Count me in. :)

February 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM  
OpenID nobohomestead said...

Think the closest I've read to a fantasy book is the hunger games but this sounds fun! Great idea Jenna

February 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Count me in!

February 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Rosalyn said...

Sounds great!!! I am totally in and that novel sounds super fun. :)

February 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

I'd love to join in! Goint to see if I can order it on my kindle now.

February 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

I'd love to join in! Goint to see if I can order it on my kindle now.

February 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Deltaville Jamie said...

I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I love this book. I have read all in the series and the 1st in the other series around the Change as well.

I'm in for the book club. I can (re)read along.

February 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Sam Murray said...

ooh... I've never tried an audiobook before today. Might just be my new favourite thing! I've mixed up a batch of dough, cleaned my kitchen and swept my floor, and not with the normal grimace-and-get-it-done attitude of housework. And I'm three chapters in already! Woohoo!

February 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Fernleaf said...

Sounds Great, I'll find it at work tomorrow!

February 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Alicia-Marie said...

I'm in!!! I downloaded the trilogy on my Nook a month ago. What perfect timing!!!

February 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger time4trees.mb said...

I'm in! I grew up along the McKenzie River and the Willamette...sounds fun!

February 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger time4trees.mb said...

I'm in! I grew up along the McKenzie River and the Willamette...sounds fun!

February 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Cool ! A great idea all around, but the husband already has dibs on the audible credit for the month....maybe I'll manage to read it on kindle?

February 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

Ooooh, fun! Count me in :)

February 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Oh, this sounds great. I wish I was in, but I have so much to read, lately, for a certification program. Have fun and I'm going to put this on my TBR list.:)

February 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Just got the e-book! Great idea.

February 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Us said...

What a great idea! Count me in, please. I LOVE your blog.

February 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Us said...

What a great idea! Count me in, please. I LOVE your blog.

February 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Me! I'll get it from the library tomorrow. Excellent idea.

February 21, 2013 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Sooz said...

I'm in too. Just bought both the Kindle and Audible versions (WhisperSync so I can read or listen as needed). The only prob is that I'm right in the middle of the Outlander series, can't wait to find out if Claire and Jaime get caught up in the Revolutionary War... but I guess they'll wait until I get back to them.

February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Ms. Brenda said...

Good idea, Jenna. I just finished the latest book in the series and am waiting for another.

February 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Ms. Brenda said...

Good idea, Jenna! I've just finished reading the latest book in the series. I'm in.

February 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I loved this series, which I learned about here. I was sorry when they ended, and look forward to finding out about other good reads.

February 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Count me in! Just ordered the book from the library.

February 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Count me in! I just ordered the book from the library.

February 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Oh man, I'm in!

February 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I'm in, I already have the book.

February 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'll give it a shot! Picked the book up from the library today.

February 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger City Girl said...

I adore your choice of books! I am definitely in!

Diana

February 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger CallieK said...

I'm in but I think I'll sit this round out since I already read the book and didn't like it at all. Unless of course you think having a dissenting opinion might be good for the discussion!

February 22, 2013 at 4:45 AM  
Blogger Stormy said...

I live in the very mountains the "Dunedain Rangers" call home. The geographic accuracy of the books are amazing! I am in.

February 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

Sounds fun so I'm in. :)

February 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Frank Vacha said...

I'm in.

February 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Of course you can still join in, we need a discussion!

February 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

That raverly group sounds awesome!

February 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Count me in! This sounds fabulous! Any thoughts for a non-fiction book club as well (more along the lines of homesteading, herbs, gardening, etc?) A chance to talk to others in a live forum would be great for learning new tips and tricks and you know, just inspiration in general :)

February 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Myers said...

im in! sounds like fun.

February 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

Awesome! I've never done an online bookclub thing but I love your blog and this is a favorite book of mine. I'm in!

February 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger J.D. Collins said...

The book arrived today!

February 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

I'm in!

February 23, 2013 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Sophie - The Joy of Farming said...

Fresh off World Made by Hand and The Witch of Hebron, I'm happy to travel along this post-apocalyptic road a while longer. Count me in!

February 23, 2013 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Oh I am in! I recently read the first three books of Stirlings. Really liked them.

February 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I'm in! I just recently read Stirlings first three books. Really liked them. Is Diane Gabledon by any chance ever going to be in teh que?

February 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Bitha said...

So excited! Getting the book from the library today!

February 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Karen from CT said...

I'm in-just what I needed to boot me out of the late winter funk!

February 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm in

February 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm in

February 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm in

February 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm in

February 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm in

February 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Just saw this, have the book already, I'm in.

February 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I am putting it on my GoodReads list right now, looks great!

February 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Deb Naydan said...

Just downloaded it to my Kindle. I'm in.

February 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Jenna, I don't think I can play the game, but I really want to read the book. So, I will, on my time. I will check if there is a digital version. Looking forward to more selections.

February 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger sloejennfizz said...

I'm in!

February 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger cschoer said...

I downloaded it to my Kindle; count me in also.

February 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger cschoer said...

Just downloaded to my Kindle; count me in!

February 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger cschoer said...

I downloaded it to my Kindle; count me in also.

February 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

My first audiobook ever - I downloaded it and am already a couple hours in. Plus, my kitchen's really clean. :)

February 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger oukay said...

Already read it and enjoyed it up till the end (which I will not give away) at which point I thought "You have got to be kidding - all this interesting work and still you couldn't come up with something a little more original than what the ending was leading to?"

February 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger KariG said...

I'm in!

February 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

was thinking you should check "the fifth sacred thing" by starhawk, cool read...

February 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM  
OpenID jabberwockyjo said...

This is my first comment. I was going to wait until I caught up with the posts (I've read every one up 'til now!), but I wanted to ask when the due date for this month is. I'm a quick reader--literature student ;) I can't wait to read this book. I received a Books-a-Million gift card, and I think it will go towards this...if they have it.

March 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM  

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