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Poll results: Do we need a book review forum on Cyburbia?

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Thread: Do we need a book review forum on Cyburbia?

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    Cyburbian Wannaplan?'s avatar
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    Do we need a book review forum on Cyburbia?


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    Huh???

    Books....what are these books you speak of.....? Like I have time to read with three kids......... The only reading I get done is from books on tape or short stories + magazines, journals and other "quick" reads.....
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    That would be a GREAT forum! I'd be a willing volunteer...
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    In fact, it would be nice to have two forums under the heading.

    "Planning/Urban realted" and "recreational reads"

    within each forum could be a number of threads, each thread heading could be the name of the book and author. And each reivew or impression of the book could be posted within the thread.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Cyburbian GeogPlanner's avatar
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    Maybe even a little book club?
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    No, books are trouble. Just ask the government.
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    A book review/Book clube forum is an interesting idea and would make an interesting forum i'd be willing to participate in.

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    I trade book recommendations with TN and SC all the time. I 've been trying to get this into our work newsletter, but the editor is a nazi. I think it would be fun.

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    Honestly, my first thought was "no i dont have time for that". But on reflection, if our members are willing to spend the time to be serious and critical on a book review, why not? It might actually draw me to read things that I would pass on first glance.

    I say go for it.

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    If folks are really interested in a subforum for a book club or book review, and it's not going to fade away after a few posts, I can create a child forum underneath the FAC, much like the fantasy football club.
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    OK...so if this is going to happen...is it just reviews...or do people want to participate in a book club in a sense...or both? And would this just be focused on planning-related books? Or is anything game?
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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    There could be a few up-sides to this. A discussion thread on planning books might attract more users from the academical world. Also, ALL BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THE FORUM SHOULD BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE CYBURBIA LINK TO YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE, AMAZON(dot)COM. Sorry to shout, but hey, if we're going to start buying books, we should help out Cyburbia with a portion of the proceeds.

    We can all suggest a book or two, select those that seem to be the most interesting to everyone, and then run a poll to pick the book we start with.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    ALL BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THE FORUM SHOULD BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE CYBURBIA LINK TO YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE, AMAZON(dot)COM.
    That, or a local independent or small chain bookstore if there's one in your area; Tattered Cover in Denver, Powell's in Portland, Joseph-Beth in Cleveland, and the like. Supporting small and medium-sized businesses will ensure that they'll be there in the future.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    I can create a child forum underneath the FAC, much like the fantasy football club.
    Thanks Dan! This is great!

    Just so everyone knows, this poll closes out in 9 days - on Christmas Day, I suppose. Right now, it looks favorable for this new subforum. After then, we'll get a chance to see how strong the poll really was as an indicator for a new Cyburbia-book-nook. Perhaps we'll soon be able to pay homage - literally - to the old "Cyburbia Cafe" of yesteryear?!!!


    Quote Originally posted by GeogPlanner
    OK...so if this is going to happen...is it just reviews...or do people want to participate in a book club in a sense...or both? And would this just be focused on planning-related books? Or is anything game?
    I would say anything that is specific to books and about any book that interests planners and Cyburbians is fair game. I know, that's a wide-open scope, but I think "books" is specific enough for broad-based appeal to keep this subforum alive for the long-term. But that's my opinion and I am not making the rules here. We can keep it specifc to planning books, but then how do we find the latitude to accept books like "Devil in the White City" which is only tangentally related to planning, but because of its historical context of Chicago during the Columbian Exposition of 1893, it is quite appealing to planners, historians, and urbanists alike.

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    Moderator note:
    Poll closed. Welcome to the new subforum.
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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    Perhaps we'll soon be able to pay homage - literally - to the old "Cyburbia Cafe" of yesteryear?!!!.
    Sure! I can turn on threaded mode, and allow users who aren't registered to post here.

    Uhhh ... maybe not.

    My thoughts for a book club -- and you don't have to follow it -- is to have two books of the month; one built-environment related, the other a "civilian" book. Devil and the White City could be considered built environment-related; it's not a dry APA Press technical publication, but it does hold a lot of appeal to planners and urbanists.

    Right now, I'm reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr.
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    Maybe we should move the "neverending what are you reading now" thread into this subforum to provide for non-planning related stuff? Probably best to move it here in any event - I'll get right on it.

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    We definitely need separate threads for favorite Mysteries, favorite hostoricals, and favorite chick books. Trust me, TN, SC, and I could keep these going for a long time!

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I 've been trying to get this into our work newsletter, but the editor is a nazi. I think it would be fun.
    Beat her down and let her know that you are a Goddess and she is a mere mortal.

    I think this would be great fun. However, reading is something I haven't been able to do in so long especially not with a toddler and 2 jobs. Short stories are great.

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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    Also, ALL BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THE FORUM SHOULD BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE CYBURBIA LINK TO YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE, AMAZON(dot)COM.
    Sorry, I'm a "library" kind of gal. I purchase very few books, but read 4-5, at least, a week.

    Does that mean I can't play??

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    Cyburbian Rem's avatar
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    Can I suggest when a review or discussion is started, the thread name must be the book name. It will make later referencing easier, limit duplicate threads and make choosing to join in (or not) quicker.

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    IMO, this is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally posted by BIH80
    IMO, this is a good idea.
    Yes it is.

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    Thanks.

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    Moderator note:
    Obviously, we now have the Book Club forum. Thread closed.
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