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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

I ain't skeered

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 20, 2012 - 4:08pm

I hope not.  My sincere hope is that everybody in this battle be convinced that they're going to win.  It makes effort that much more triumphant, and it makes losing feel that much more like bloodshed.

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Jose F. Diaz from East Coast is reading short novels by various authors that change so much it isn't worth posting here. February 20, 2012 - 4:08pm

I am. I'm man enough to admit it.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 4:10pm

"My sincere hope is that everybody in this battle be convinced that they're going to win."

You just reminded me of American Idol.  You have to be in it to win it, Dawg.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 20, 2012 - 4:16pm

Oh.  Goodbye.

*blows own brains out*

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 20, 2012 - 9:39pm

If someone isn't dead by the end of this competition, you have failed! Hunger Games it up, winner's family gets a loaf of bread.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 9:40pm

You know every Hunger Games book is like 6 bucks at Wal Mart? Got em all today

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 9:44pm

You got ripped off - Kindle edition was even cheaper. 

 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 9:46pm

Yeah- call me old fashioned, but, I like the feel of a book in my hands. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 9:49pm

I want to own some books.  But others...like Hunger Games, the ebook is fine. 

When you get to the end, tell me, so we can be disappointed together. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 9:53pm

Haha, I am almost there, shouldn't take too long. Damn now I don't wanna finish it! 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 9:55pm

No, finish.

 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 9:56pm

Fine, Ill let ya know. Damn, gonna be disappointed! 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 9:57pm

I'm not saying the outcome will disappoint.  I am saying the writing will disappoint.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 9:58pm

Ah, yeah it does seem written for a 14 year old. But entertaining none the less. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 9:59pm

Not what I mean.  Just finish it, then we will talk.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 10:00pm

Roger wilco

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 20, 2012 - 10:10pm

I liked the ending.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 10:14pm

The outcome?  Or the actual writing?

Because *SPOILER  I felt like she just rushed though about five years of shit in one page.  It was crazy.  It was all telling.  And it was the first time i have ever seen that in a  book and knew what to call it.  I didn't feel anything about the end.  It literally said, "eventually me and Peeta grew back together".  Total rip off.  She couldn't have written at least one scene showing me an emotional connection?  Showing them growing back together?  It sucked.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books February 20, 2012 - 10:34pm

@Avery: Would you say that reading Hunger Games would be good education on how not to write?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 10:52pm

No. 

It's a good story, it really is.  And it is YA, so it is geared towards a younger audience.  I accept that.  The first book...it's sort of wonderful for what it is.  But the last couple chapters were just poorly handled.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books February 20, 2012 - 10:55pm

I see... I've been thinking of picking it up. But, and you'll be happy to know, I am reading The Road. It took me about the first 50 pages or so to get into it, though. I'm digging it now.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 20, 2012 - 10:56pm

I didn't care for The Road too much and the movie was awful. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 10:58pm

I think the prose in The Road were like dark poetry.  It was ugly and beautiful all at once. 

I wanted to swim in them.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books February 20, 2012 - 11:01pm

I think the prose in The Road were like dark poetry. 

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes AND Spent February 20, 2012 - 11:18pm

^wait, Hunger Games for $6? is that paperback or hardcover? been meaning to pick it up.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 20, 2012 - 11:22pm

Paperback listed for $5.30 HERE.  

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz February 21, 2012 - 3:39am

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 21, 2012 - 3:52am

What can I say?

I'm obnoxious, motherfucker, can't you tell? Run through little Havana yellin' Viva Fidel.

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Dave from Austin is reading constantly February 21, 2012 - 7:27am

Cool photos Chester.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books February 21, 2012 - 8:09am

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 21, 2012 - 10:21am

I love the vibe, guys!  Especially yours, Moon.  Teach 'em young!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books February 21, 2012 - 10:58am

Haha. .. the gun's bigger than him.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 21, 2012 - 11:09am

...

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz February 21, 2012 - 1:12pm

Thanks Dave.

Y'all hear about those nine-year-old suicide bombers. That is fucked up.

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Jose F. Diaz from East Coast is reading short novels by various authors that change so much it isn't worth posting here. February 21, 2012 - 1:17pm

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 22, 2012 - 11:57am

Bumping - because that is how I roll.

@Chester - yes it was!  Heart breaking.

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Jose F. Diaz from East Coast is reading short novels by various authors that change so much it isn't worth posting here. February 22, 2012 - 7:48pm

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 23, 2012 - 10:36am

What's your name?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 23, 2012 - 11:12am

Jonas

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Fritz February 23, 2012 - 5:55pm

Ive a question - and i speak for all nonsocial assholes out there (no i didnt ask their permission. U ever talk to those people?). Are the judges to be blinded (and no i dont mean physically or emotionally - (thats to the assholes who were thinking of posting things like that)). I mean - judging with no name - merit of the story alone - so as to protect against all the asshole discrimination. You may have covered this already, but im too lazy to check through the riff/raff. Hey! Dont discrimate against me! I will unite the lazy people world round and.... Oh... Wait. Nevermind. All the lazy people just looked at each other and shrugged. Where was i going with this? Ah hell... I dont guess it matters

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 23, 2012 - 6:02pm

@Fritz:  Judging will be done by poll that the site allows you to set up, by site members.  All the voting is blind.  As an example, check out:

this

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 23, 2012 - 6:13pm

I think Fritz brings up a good point.  There is always the concern that people will make this a popularity contest.  However, I feel that because the vote is blind (no one knows who you voted for unless you broadcast it) that relieves some of that.  Also the fact that for the most part the people doing the voting are serious about writing and want to be treated fairly, and will thus judge as fairly as they can. 

Anyone who reviewed your story before the final will know it is yours, even if we remove the names from the final stories when we post them in the poll.  I don't see a way around that.  It's a little bit about trust.  Also, the fact that there is no prize probably helps. 

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Fritz February 23, 2012 - 6:23pm

Got to be double blind. Format a way. You guys know each other. Preconceived notions will mess it up. I dont care who you are. You cannot be objective if you know the players

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 23, 2012 - 6:30pm

I don't think there is a way to make it double blind and still utilize the workshop to improve the stories and work on them as a craft.  I'd love a suggestion though.

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Fritz February 23, 2012 - 6:34pm

You need a keeper. A guy whose account u use as a blind. Contestants send stories to keeper via pm. Keeper posts on workshop for revisions. Contestants read revisions and revise. Easy peasy. Or am i simplifying

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading East of Eden, by John Steinbeck February 23, 2012 - 6:35pm

Actually, that's a fantastic idea. We should ask Kirk if we can have an anonymous full account.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 23, 2012 - 6:36pm

Shit.  That's almost easy-peasy.  You're onto something.  But one person would never have enough points to post all those stories.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 23, 2012 - 6:37pm

I don't know. 

The issue i have are the points we use to post our stories.  In order to post up a story and a revision, we are forced to review at least ...10 stories.  That way we are not forced to review anything. 

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Fritz February 23, 2012 - 6:37pm

Post them on a thread?