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TravisMcGee

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I have three books I could nominate and now I feel like I should hold off to see if any of them are picked by someone else.   Anyone else facing this same dilemma?  My nominee would be between Walter Mosley's Charcoal Joe, Craig Johnson's An Obvious Fact and Harlan Coben's Home.  Can I pick whichever one isn't nominated by someone else?


Gishgali, the only regular that has not nominated so far is Keys. I've private messaged her so hopefully she gets my message. I would like to close nominations relatively soon. Let's go with 1/25/17, the middle of next week. You're welcome to wait until then to name your pick. 

I think people should feel free to start reading nominees now. I have 2 to read so far and plan to reread at least 1 or 2. Final voting will be late April as it has other years. Current picks are:
Betty- Redemption Road, John Hart
Tiger- Disposable Souls, Phonse Jessome
mysticpt- Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
jackmeister- The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, MC
mhughes- Abnormal Man, Grant Jerkins
TravisMcgee- Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
MikeO- Goodbye To The Dead, Brian Freeman
jbenham- Rules For Revenge, Ian Graham
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awesome list so far,   excited to see a new member to nominate this year.
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I have three books I could nominate and now I feel like I should hold off to see if any of them are picked by someone else.   Anyone else facing this same dilemma?  My nominee would be between Walter Mosley's Charcoal Joe, Craig Johnson's An Obvious Fact and Harlan Coben's Home.  Can I pick whichever one isn't nominated by someone else?


They all look good. Throw a dart or something. :)
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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

http://alicehoffman.com/books/faithful/synopsis/

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Yay! Keys is in! Now we just need Gishgali's pick and we will have our 10 nominees. I better get busy reading the 3 or 4 books I have not read yet.
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Thanks Keys!

Betty- Redemption Road, John Hart
Tiger- Disposable Souls, Phonse Jessome
mysticpt- Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
jackmeister- The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, MC
mhughes- Abnormal Man, Grant Jerkins
TravisMcgee- Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
MikeO- Goodbye To The Dead, Brian Freeman
jbenham- Rules For Revenge, Ian Graham
Keys- Faithful, Alice hoffman
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This is from Travis on the other thread- Obviously you are not required to vote for your nomination during the final round. In the finals we'll stick with 2 points for your favorite and if you desire, 1 point for 2nd place. We have a lot of good stats on combining our top 10 books for the 5 years so I may ask for that again but it would be in addition to and separate from the new revamped Golden Post.


Just because I had forgotten. :)
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I've never taken part of this thread and I don't know how it works In case you miss just one vote I cast mine to Home by Harlan Coben.
(don't worry if I don't get listed, keep the vote as a lifebelt)

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I added you anyway and Travis can decide. It will give  us 10 nominees. If Gishgali replies back with a nominee, you might have wait until next year for an entry. You would still be able to vote this year, though. 

For those that are wondering, the Gospel According To Travis. Everyone can vote! Your favorite nominee gets 2 points and your second favorite from the list gets 1 point. PM Travis with your choices. Deadline will be in May, date to be announced. Voting this year allows you to submit an entry next year.

Just throwing this out, because it is a departure from the rules- What would you think about not being allowed to give your 2 points to your own entry?

Betty- Redemption Road, John Hart
Tiger- Disposable Souls, Phonse Jessome
mysticpt- Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
jackmeister- The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, MC
mhughes- Abnormal Man, Grant Jerkins
TravisMcgee- Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
MikeO- Goodbye To The Dead, Brian Freeman
jbenham- Rules For Revenge, Ian Graham
Keys- Faithful, Alice hoffman
Tassone- Home, Harlan Coben
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Just throwing this out, because it is a departure from the rules- What would you think about not being allowed to give your 2 points to your own entry?



I was thinking about that as well.  if we all vote for our own picks, it kind of negates the process so this is something I agree with I think.....
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I'm going to go with Walter Mosley's Charcoal Joe.  The plotting got a little too complicated by the end but no book this year gave me more joy.
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Excellent, so we now have 11 books and nominations are closed!

Betty- Redemption Road, John Hart
Tiger- Disposable Souls, Phonse Jessome
mysticpt- Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
jackmeister- The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, MC
mhughes- Abnormal Man, Grant Jerkins
TravisMcgee- Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
MikeO- Goodbye To The Dead, Brian Freeman
jbenham- Rules For Revenge, Ian Graham
Keys- Faithful, Alice Hoffman
Tassone- Home, Harlan Coben
Gishgali - Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

I understand that is a lot of books to read. I can say that Wolf Hollow, Dark Matter, Abnormal Man and MC's were very fast reads for me. As for not being able to vote for our own book, I'm open to the idea that one of the 4 books I have not read will be better than my choice, so we may not all pick our nominations, also the pick for 2nd place adds more variance, we could add a 3rd place pick as well.
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Okay, got it. Nix the idea of not voting for our own  entry. I have only read 2 of the 11 and have ruled out at least two others as I do not seem to be as eclectic as most of you, Still, gives 7 books to read.
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One suggestion I might make for kindle readers out there. I believe most books you can download a sample for free that is the first 20 - 50 pages. So why not give them all a try? You might be surprised and decide to read the rest. For example, as I've said before Wolf Hollow was not written to be a young adult book, that was done for purely marketing reasons. Actually I've read a lot of criticism that the book is not appropriate for kids. I dare to say that if you like The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale than you will like Wolf Hollow. Never did I feel I was reading a kid's book.
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I've never taken part of this thread and I don't know how it works In case you miss just one vote I cast mine to Home by Harlan Coben.
(don't worry if I don't get listed, keep the vote as a lifebelt)


Thanks for nominating Tassone! The way it works is we all read as many of the 11 nominated books as we can/want and vote on our favorite. As I mentioned above, kindle free samples might be a good way to check a book out to see if you want to read the entire book. Voting will be about May 1, 2017. Exact format will be described soon, but I'm leaning toward pick your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. This is our 7th year of awarding the Golden Post, the distinguished past winners are:

2010 Steve Hamilton - The Lock Artist
2011 Michael Koryta - The Cypress House
2012 Roger Smith - Capture
2013 Tom Piccirilli - Last Whisper in the Dark
2014 Michael Connelly - The Burning Room
2015 Joe Lansdale - Paradise Sky
2016 ? by ?
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One suggestion I might make for kindle readers out there. I believe most books you can download a sample for free that is the first 20 - 50 pages. So why not give them all a try? You might be surprised and decide to read the rest. For example, as I've said before Wolf Hollow was not written to be a young adult book, that was done for purely marketing reasons. Actually I've read a lot of criticism that the book is not appropriate for kids. I dare to say that if you like The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale than you will like Wolf Hollow. Never did I feel I was reading a kid's book.


Great idea! It never even occurred to me.
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Abnormal Man is currently $2.99 for Kindle
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Time sure flies!

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Excellent, so we now have 11 books and nominations are closed!

Betty- Redemption Road, John Hart
Tiger- Disposable Souls, Phonse Jessome
mysticpt- Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
jackmeister- The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, MC
mhughes- Abnormal Man, Grant Jerkins
TravisMcgee- Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
MikeO- Goodbye To The Dead, Brian Freeman
jbenham- Rules For Revenge, Ian Graham
Keys- Faithful, Alice Hoffman
Tassone- Home, Harlan Coben
Gishgali - Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

I understand that is a lot of books to read. I can say that Wolf Hollow, Dark Matter, Abnormal Man and MC's were very fast reads for me. As for not being able to vote for our own book, I'm open to the idea that one of the 4 books I have not read will be better than my choice, so we may not all pick our nominations, also the pick for 2nd place adds more variance, we could add a 3rd place pick as well.
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You're right Jeff! We generally pick in late April, so let's make the start of voting by private message today and the deadline in a week on Friday April 28th.

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Oops, I thought we decided on May! How about a 2 week extension?

To be clear on the rules;

We give two points for our favorite book and we can vote for our own selection.
We give one point to our second choice. 

Right?
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No problem, I looked at last year and went with that date. Let's go with a soft deadline of May 1. I will start prompting people if I don't have your picks by then. Since many people will go with their own pick for 1st I suggest 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd. I need to get reading ;)
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I've read all but two, Rules For Revenge, which is up next but I ordered Faithful from the library in January and am surprisingly still waiting for it, was hoping to have it by now, must be very popular. My fingers are crossed for it to come in this week.
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Once you read Rules For Revenge, none of the others will matter. :)
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Sometimes you just have to say things out loud, Faithful has just come in to the library, I pick it up today, so I should get my last two reads finished soon. Rules For Revenge is pretty good so far Jeff! Go the Crows 5 and 0!!
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6-0! Go Crows! Do you go to any games?
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