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    Rajah Book Club

    Rajah book club club it is.

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    GBF - Book 1, Lord of the Barnyard
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    The rules of Rajah Book Club Club:

    1. We fight to the death. With books.
    2. Nominator selects three books.
    3. We use 72 hours to vote ranking each book 1-2-3.
    3b. Book with most first place votes is the one.
    3c. In the event of a tie, nominator selects the book.

    Anyone is welcome to participate for each book chosen, or sit it out for the next one. If life gets in the way that's understandable.
    Setting some guidelines will also encourage me to read quicker than I do.


    Book 1. Lord of the Barnyard with 32 points.
    Start date TBD
    Last edited by Smeagol; November 13th, 2017 at 7:53 PM.

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    https://forums.rajah.com/showthread....hlight=reading

    We did have a thread about what people are reading...

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    Thought this was going to be a thread about how we all start a book at the same time and discuss it, that would be pretty neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAle View Post
    https://forums.rajah.com/showthread....hlight=reading

    We did have a thread about what people are reading...
    Searched for BOOK, that's what I get.

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    I am in a bookclub, I also read ALLLLL the time. I am currently reading "The Secret Life of Introverts."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Thought this was going to be a thread about how we all start a book at the same time and discuss it, that would be pretty neat.
    Actually I thought the same thing. Maybe we can turn this thread into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTR View Post
    Actually I thought the same thing. Maybe we can turn this thread into that.
    Votes yes. I was fooled by the way I searched and ended up not seeing that thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Melly View Post
    I am in a bookclub, I also read ALLLLL the time. I am currently reading "The Secret Life of Introverts."
    I thought this is the book I had, but it's actually "Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking". Have you seen or read that one?

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    we had a book club at one point. I believe the Rosk led it but I don't know how much traction it ended up getting.

    I seem to remember that the first book that was chosen was On the Road And it was so god-awful that I think we gave up after that.

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    I would be way down to try a book club again. I really do need to get back on the reading horse.

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    A couple years ago, when I was still at my last job, I read I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and loved it. I ended up passing it around the warehouse and at least 7 or 8 guys read it after me. We'd end up laughing about it once another guy finished it. At one point one of the guys, an ex-con and current OG Crip, says, in the middle of the warehouse "yo, we should all read the same book at the same time so we can talk about it during the day."

    Another guy speaks up and says back "like a book club?"

    The Crip immediately changed his mind and that was the last time he agreed to read any book.

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    I read Star Trek novels and fanfiction. I spend hours in my car every week and listen to books on an app on my phone. I am on my 26th book. It is so much better than listening to the same radio songs or sports radio for hours on end.
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    Reading Jericho's new book. Pretty good so far.

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    I am in for book club.

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    I've been really enjoying the Jon Ronson books. So far I've read "The Psychopath Test", "Frank" and "So You've Been Publicly Shamed". Highly recommend them.

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    Hillbilly Elegy. Great read but kind of a downer. Not as depressing as The Glass Castle but, still, not uplifting at all.

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    Shit yeah. Love the idea of a book club, as long as the books aren't boring.

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    Well the interpretation of boredom is obviously subjective isnt it...
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    Sure. Which is generally why things like this are tough to get off the ground. I'm game for whatever though.

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    To make this work I can just update OP for who's participating in said book club ..... club. I can't commit to reading anything new just yet but I think once we gather a list of participants, let one person start to nominate a book. I suppose that would go to the first person to mention the idea in this thread. With any number of people having different interests in what we're reading even if we get like 3 or 4 people reading the same book it can be a thing. Or nominate a book, have a vote and go from there.

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    Can we include graphic novels in this?

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    Let's nominate a book and vote on it. I'll probably skip the graphic novels as I have no interest whatsoever in them but I am all in when the regular books win the vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Votes yes. I was fooled by the way I searched and ended up not seeing that thread.



    I thought this is the book I had, but it's actually "Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking". Have you seen or read that one?
    I have, I didn't like it too much at the time.

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    I'm down for a book club.

    I'm currently reading "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck." I'm enjoying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judas Iscariot View Post
    I'm down for a book club.

    I'm currently reading "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck." I'm enjoying it.
    Just read it, very good book!

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    I am in and second GBF's suggestion of a vote for each book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judas Iscariot View Post
    I'm down for a book club.

    I'm currently reading "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck." I'm enjoying it.
    I bought this and couldn't get that deep into it. I thought it was going to be something slightly different and was disappointed.

    However I'm totally down for a book club, I love to read but I tend to get stuck on certain authors and never read anything else. Mostly King, Joe Hill and David Wong.

    PM me if this ever gets going

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    I updated the list of participants judging by responses in the thread thus far. If I missed anybody let me know. I thought I'd use the OP to keep track of participants, books nominated/read, and who suggested which ones.

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    I too shall read.

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    This is awesome. My only fear with this (and I think this might have been what happened last time), is that people read at a different pace and we should probably set up some kind of realistic timeline.

    Maybe 2 weeks or 3 weeks per book depending on the length and then everybody writes thoughts and recaps. we could obviously discuss it as well during the reading using spoiler tags although I am not sure if people will really want to click those before they have finished the book.

    Also for some etiquette points, I think it would make sense to reinforce that people should not be dicks. If we are having a discussion on chapter one for instance, the people that have read ahead should not get involved in speculative parts of the discussion.

    I do think we should figure out a way that this will keep momentum while remaining organic. Maybe I'm overthinking it but I really hope this thread thrives.

    Getting back into reading has been on my resolution list the past three New Years and hasn't happened.

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    My first nomination is:

    Lord of the Barnyard by Tristan Egolf

    I haven't read it but the wife thinks it will be perfect for this and she is an avid reader and also hot. It sounds like this would be a good book for chapter discussion as well.

    I don't own it either so I will have to acquire it along with everyone else.

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    I'm also down to read whatever. Was just starting nominations.

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    We could just be clear about how far in we should be. Like if we start on a Monday, Wednesday we can talk about up to chapter 3, Friday up to chapter 6, etc. Something like that, anyway.

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    Smeagol, you are the book club boss. Time to organize The sick book club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLDBERG'S BEST FRIEND View Post
    My first nomination is:

    Lord of the Barnyard by Tristan Egolf

    I haven't read it but the wife thinks it will be perfect for this and she is an avid reader and also hot. It sounds like this would be a good book for chapter discussion as well.

    I don't own it either so I will have to acquire it along with everyone else.
    I'm a garbage man IRL. I second this nomination

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    I hear people mention the book sapiens all the time too. I plan on reading it at some point so it may be worth a nomination too. It's non fiction though

    Tribe as well is a non fiction book I plan on getting too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLDBERG'S BEST FRIEND View Post
    Smeagol, you are the book club boss. Time to organize The sick book club.
    I'm not the boss of you now.....

    I was thinking each person nominating can provide three book titles that we each rank, and then decided on which one has the most first place votes is the one we go with. So since you named one, if you want to add two more start there. I'll update the participants of the royal book rumble list in a bit as I see V6 has joined in and Donald, are you also doing this to yourself?

    Someone asked about graphic novels, a little busy with work to check right now who. While not my thing, if there are enough people interested then it's included. Just no magazines shit. GBF get two more book titles named and either we have a vote in by Friday or for Monday.

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    Yeah I'll be in. Can we give people time to get the book before we start reading?

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    I'd be up for this.

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    I like a lot of what GBF said as far as guidelines. We can tweak things as we go for sure but defintely good guidelines and a good start

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    I may join in, I have a in life bookclub too so those books would come first Sorry!

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    I used to have an app, it was called ReadMe or something, and basically you would look up a book by ISBN number, and you put the page the book begins on, and the page it ended on, then you would start the clock in the app, read and at the end of your session you hit stop on the clock and plug in the number you finished at. It would then calculate how many more sessions you'd need to finish the book etc. It was really fucking cool and then they decided to stop the app and I got a new phone and can't find a similar app like it.

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    Yes, that looks like it, however they don't have an app on the Google store

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    Yeah, I tried looking for an Android one as well and couldn't find a similar one, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Yeah I'll be in. Can we give people time to get the book before we start reading?
    Sure could. I think if we have a vote set for Monday perhaps, Friday get the book? Just throwing some ideas around and seeing what sticks.

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    I’m in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLDBERG'S BEST FRIEND View Post
    we had a book club at one point. I believe the Rosk led it but I don't know how much traction it ended up getting.

    I seem to remember that the first book that was chosen was On the Road And it was so god-awful that I think we gave up after that.
    I definitely read that but Iím not sure if that was me.

    I did the Rajah Video Game Club in a similar vein, but did a game that was too complicated for everyone and everyone handed in their badges after the first month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judas Iscariot View Post
    I'm down for a book club.

    I'm currently reading "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck." I'm enjoying it.
    I would definitely be interested in this, a good boot up the arse to read more.

    Just finished the Audiobook of this and very much enjoyed it.
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    Updated on 1st page, posted here for convenience;

    The rules of Rajah Book Club Club:

    1. We fight to the death. With books.
    2. Nominator selects three books.
    3. We use 72 hours to vote ranking each book 1-2-3.
    3b. Book with most first place votes is the one.
    3c. In the event of a tie, nominator selects the book.

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    Oooh. Am I the first nominator?

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    I've got some work stuff to deal with but shortly I will post the rest of the nominations and I will either cut and paste or provide a link to the Amazon reviews of each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rosk View Post
    I definitely read that but Iím not sure if that was me.I did the Rajah Video Game Club in a similar vein, but did a game that was too complicated for everyone and everyone handed in their badges after the first month.
    YES. Thats right. didn't you pick some crazy retro game that was on NES?

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    No. I picked Legend which was fucking amazing and is still in my Top 20 games ever (probably).

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    Would be fun to see a Movie Club, or a Music Club pop up, where we make it a goal to see a movie or listen to an album by a certain date and we can discuss it.

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    We used to have this thing where you'd be drawn with someone and would have to give them something new to read/listen to/watch that was a pretty good thread, can't remember what the thread was now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Would be fun to see a Movie Club, or a Music Club pop up, where we make it a goal to see a movie or listen to an album by a certain date and we can discuss it.
    Love the movie idea.

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    Those are good ideas as well. Then again I look for any excuse to watch a movie

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLDBERG'S BEST FRIEND View Post
    Oooh. Am I the first nominator?
    That would be you. I figured I'd throw it back to give people more than one option on the book. I don't know a thing about the first one you mentioned but I'll get a look so I know what I'm doing.

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    1. Lord of the Barnyard
    2. Death is a Lonely Business
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    Should we just leave voting open to the end of the weekend? That should give everyone enough time.

    My votes

    1. Barnyard
    2. Death is a Lonely Business
    3. Beautiful Ruins

    Barnyard sounds awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Should we just leave voting open to the end of the weekend? That should give everyone enough time.

    My votes

    1. Barnyard
    2. Death is a Lonely Business
    3. Beautiful Ruins

    Barnyard sounds awesome.
    Yes, or until everyone votes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Would be fun to see a Movie Club, or a Music Club pop up, where we make it a goal to see a movie or listen to an album by a certain date and we can discuss it.
    I still have a list of movies from you guys that I need to get around to watching. Would love to do the Movie club one. Maybe then I'll finally get round to watching The Remains of the Day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post

    1. Barnyard
    2. Death is a Lonely Business
    3. Beautiful Ruins
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    Going to say

    1. Barnyard
    2. Death is...
    3. Beautiful Ruins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive Plasma View Post
    I still have a list of movies from you guys that I need to get around to watching. Would love to do the Movie club one. Maybe then I'll finally get round to watching The Remains of the Day.

    What a fine move the Remains of the Day is. One of my favorites. I'd love to read the book of it.

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    At this time vote totals are:

    18 points Barnyard (5 first place votes, 1 2nd place, 1 3rd place )
    14 points Death Is A Lonely Business (1 first place, 5 second place, 2 3rd place )
    10 points Beautiful Ruins (1 first place, 1 second place, 5 third place votes)
    Last edited by Smeagol; November 10th, 2017 at 2:23 PM. Reason: Updating point/vote totals

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    1. Ruins
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    Votes updated on previous page and first page also.

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    1. Ruins
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    We used to have this thing where you'd be drawn with someone and would have to give them something new to read/listen to/watch that was a pretty good thread, can't remember what the thread was now.
    Fucking LOVED that thread. I found so much cool new music that way.

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    I am way too compelled right now by the fact that Beautiful ruins is making the huge comeback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cewsh View Post
    Fucking LOVED that thread. I found so much cool new music that way.
    Challenge thread

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    My aunt, a retired high school English teacher, referred me to "The Guardians Series"; it's a three novel set by Jack Whyte about Robert Bruce and William Wallace. I'm into the third book, it is real good stuff.

    I own Whyte's "A Dream of Eagles", a historical fiction series which deals with the creation of Camelot/Merlin/King Arthur/Lancelot; I fucking love it, have read the whole thing four times now...

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    And updated on page 1:


    Barnyard (5 1st, 2 2nd, 1 3rd) 32 points
    Death (1 1st, 5 2nd, 2 3rd) 22 points
    Ruins (2 1st, 1 2nd, 5 3rd) 18 points

    Somewhere along the way I missed a vote it seems but I totaled this up from all 8 people who voted: myself, GBF, Melly, Jordo, Donald, Slare, MTR, and BigAle and these appear correct and current. So at this time it looks like Barnyard will be the first book, unless some shit happens before morning.

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    Sounds good!

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    I've just started the Southern Reach Triology by Jeff Vandermeer. Once I get through that I'd be up for joining in on this if it's still going.

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    I've got my copy on order and should be ready to begin reading Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    And updated on page 1:


    Barnyard (5 1st, 2 2nd, 1 3rd) 32 points
    Death (1 1st, 5 2nd, 2 3rd) 22 points
    Ruins (2 1st, 1 2nd, 5 3rd) 18 points

    Somewhere along the way I missed a vote it seems but I totaled this up from all 8 people who voted: myself, GBF, Melly, Jordo, Donald, Slare, MTR, and BigAle and these appear correct and current. So at this time it looks like Barnyard will be the first book, unless some shit happens before morning.
    Missed my vote but wouldnt change the totals. I am in. Will pick up book this week.

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    So the first book isn't in the Kindle Store. Looks like I'm gonna have to actually order the paperback.

    EDIT: Ordered.

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    So Friday to... next Wednesday to read? Not the whole book, I'd have to see how the chapters are broken up, as the book is over 400 pages. If we went with something like first 100-150 pages or 10 chapters, whichever happens first, where it ends a chapter I think that would be a good point to begin discussion of it, unless anyone wished to do so beforehand.

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    We should maybe consider doing discussions every 3 or 4 chapters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLDBERG'S BEST FRIEND View Post
    We should maybe consider doing discussions every 3 or 4 chapters?
    That works for me. Usually by the 100th page or so I forget what the hell happened a long ways back if it seemed insignificant.

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    I like the thought of breaking it up. Especially since I am squeezing this in between novels I am reading for school.

    I requested my copy via the library. We didn't own it but some other libraries in the state have it should have it by the end of the week.

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    Same here, getting mine from the library and only day this week I can get over there is Friday. I'll know more about layout of the book then, so depending if it's 5 chapters in 20 pages or 10 chapters in 50 pages I'm for either. I don't know who else is willing to make time for reading over the weekend but I thought Monday would be a good time to begin discussion. If a larger number are for Wednesday, I'm expecting to be mostly unavailable then but I'll be around sometime.

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    Not sure I'll be getting this until Monday.

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    It magically showed up on my desk while I was at lunch. Figured it wouldn't be here until tomorrow. Cool

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    Does your copy have any damage to it or curious drawings inside? I figured since you got your book first we'll discuss that while we make you wait.

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    Just words on the pages

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rosk View Post
    Not sure I'll be getting this until Monday.
    My Amazon order still doesn't have a shipping estimate.

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    it JUST updated. Arriving Thursday. This book better be decent.

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    Didn't your wife have a copy?

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