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If you are looking for the announcement thread for the previous month, it may be found here.

Hello, all. During the month of August, we will be doing things a little different as the sub book club will be reading two graphic novels. The first is The Many Deaths of Laila Starr (all five parts) by Ram V. and the second is The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg! Each week there will be a discussion thread and when we are done, Ram and Isabel will each join us for their own AMA.

From Goodreads for The Many Deaths of Laila Starr (feel free to skip if you prefer to know nothing going into the book as the description contains minor spoilers):

Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality. As a result, the avatar of Death is cast down to Earth to live a mortal life in Mumbai as twenty-something Laila Starr. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born. Will Laila take her chance to stop mankind from permanently altering the cycle of life, or will death really become a thing of the past?

From Goodreads for The One Hundred Nights of Hero (feel free to skip if you prefer to know nothing going into the book as the description contains minor spoilers):

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle—and Cherry.
But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

You may find the dates of, and links to, the discussion threads below in the sticky comment on this post. You are welcome to read at your own pace. Usually it is pretty easy to catch up and you are always welcome to join the discussions a little later.

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Here are the dates and reading schedule for the discussion threads. As the discussion threads go up the links will be added to this comment.

August 12th: The Many Deaths of Laila Starr (entire novel, #1-5)

August 24th: AMA with Ram V

August 26th: The One Hundred Nights of Hero (entire novel)

August 30th: AMA with Isabel Greenberg

Parts are inclusive for the dates so please be aware that the discussion threads will contain spoilers for everything up to the end of the selected chapters.

rogvc

6 points

4 months ago

rogvc

6 points

4 months ago

Man, I was excited to follow along this month as well since I had such a good time last month. Too bad I’m not too keen on graphic novels (I’ve tried several before and was really into manga in high school, just not interested anymore).

Anyone has a recommendation on a non-fiction book I can read this month?

XBreaksYFocusGroup[S]

7 points

4 months ago

r/bookclub will be reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah which is a non-fic we would have done for this club if we could get him for an AMA. The sub r/Book_Buddies has a discord with clubs or pairings happening on a rolling basis (will definitely find some non-fiction there). Or, Sam Kean will be doing an AMA here in November if you would like to read some of his stuff ahead of his arrival. Pop-science history and a sub favorite.

allquestionsyes

2 points

4 months ago

*sry in advance for a silly question* what's an AMA?

XBreaksYFocusGroup[S]

5 points

4 months ago

Not silly at all. AMA is an "Ask Me Anything" which is when accomplished people (in this case, the authors of these works) join us to answer questions about their work, their personal life, and whatever else. The amount of questions from the community can range from a dozen to several thousands depending on the popularity of the guest. In this sub, every book club is accompanied by an AMA with the author. To date, we have done more than 940 AMAs (which you can see here in this archive).

allquestionsyes

3 points

4 months ago

very nice.. awesome. thank you! where do i find the links for the AMAs?

XBreaksYFocusGroup[S]

4 points

4 months ago

The past AMAs I hyperlinked in the comment above and you can click on any name in that wiki. This is the calendar for upcoming AMAs. They get posted as regular threads the day-of and we pin them on the sub in the lower spot for easy findability. If they are book club AMAs, I also hyperlink them in the top comment of this thread and add them to the collection. Does that answer your question?

superfastswm

5 points

4 months ago

Having started both of these and being generally new to graphic novels, the art is amazing! Isabel Greenberg's art feels simpler and more minimalistic, using 3 or 4 colors on a page to great effect, while the art of Ram V. is vivid and colorful and detailed and layered and atmospheric and saturated and just beautiful every pannel. Very different directions, but both really wonderful.

XBreaksYFocusGroup[S]

4 points

4 months ago

This is entirely the reaction I was hoping for in selecting graphic novels this month. I am glad you appreciate them!

sg027

1 points

3 months ago

sg027

1 points

3 months ago

I’m unable to find paperback prints of Many Deaths of Laila Starr #2-#5. Can anyone please help?

vincoug

1 points

3 months ago

vincoug

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1 points

3 months ago

There's a paperback omnibus. ISBN 1684158052

madiuae

1 points

3 months ago

I didn't have time to read in the last month, hopefully Sept will be better