02-04-2010 12:51 PM
Our February "Goremet" selection of The NEW Eerie Coterie may appeal to book groups because the plot revolves around a murder in a publishing house. We are now announcing our "Goremet" selections on the First Thurdsday of the Month so it is easier to keep track of what book we are featuring for a new month. We will continue to leave all older "Goremet" selections up for discussion, even if it is not the featured selection. Not everyone reads a book at the same time and if you are new to the online group then you can go back and read older titles and still comment and ask questions we can respond to.
New questions and thoughts will be added to this thread for the month of February in regards to this featured book. If you are looking to comment to an older selection, there are threads for them seperately. Original Sin was one of the first books by P.D. James that I ever read and remains one of my favorites. From page one you are in for a well-written thrill ride with all the signature trademarks of a James mystery.
Check back soon for topics and questions to discuss.
02-10-2010 07:27 PM
Since the discussion questions won't really come until the last week of the month I wanted to take this opportunity to ask some questions about Dalgliesh. The Private Patient being our first "Goremet" selection, how does Dalgliesh differ from that book from Original Sin? Thirteen years apart in publication, how has the author kept these mysteries fresh and exciting? Is Adam the same in every book or is he slowly growing in depth with each entry?? Original Sin was also the first Dalgliesh novel after The Children of Men. Do you feel P.D. James' books are just Detective stories or do you look at her books as literary novels with a larger canvas and scope?? Let us know what your thoughts are on our featured author P.D. James.
02-10-2010 07:35 PM
02-15-2010 04:52 PM
This whole experience is ever positive. This initiative is more than just a simple bookclub. I started The Eerie Coterie over 5 years ago and it was dedicated to Horror and Thrillers since our stores have no Horror sections any longer, but our customers wanted Horror. We had a display of all new books and fan favorites and I developed the website to let people comment on what they were reading and watching. After successfully reaching many people and continuing to display all the new titles in Horror I wanted to go in a new direction. The Eerie Coterie was also used to show how Horror books are as much a part of our culture and many of the authors popular in the genre are of a higher literary standard than they are given credit for. 2010 brought a new year and a new idea. "ONE AUTHOR, ONE YEAR" - dedicate the site to just one author who was obviously a genre writer, but has also achieved something many genre writers never do - literary accolades. I shifted the spyglass from Horror to Mystery (not too far apart really!) P.D. James is one of only a small handful of authors who have gained renown for their work while also writing within a genre not normally considered to be "Literary". My point was to get people involved in a discussion group that took that foundation of entertainment with the deeper themes of literature.
Original Sin remains one of the best in the series because of its look at, well "sin". We all commit them and we all feel traumatized or are trapped within the guilt of our "sin" and James takes that and lends it to the detective novel. And of course it takes place at a publishing house. In the early part of the book an interesting lesson in English society was given. Gentleman's Clubs - The Cadaver Club from the book - are still a part of British society. This particular club's members must be interested in murder. Enter Adam Dalgliesh!!
I hope everyone is enjoying the book and look for specific discussion questions in about a week. Also the word TURIN is the clue to the identity of the March "Goremet" selection. Good Luck and Great Reading!
02-18-2010 03:33 PM
This is a poem read by Gabriel Dauntsey in the book Original Sin. How does this poem make you feel?? What is James (and Gabriel) trying to say with this poem, especially in relation to Sonia's death?? Intriguing!!
by Wilfred Owen
I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair.
Along the wharves by the water-house,
And through the cavernous slaughter-house,
I am the shadow that walks there.
Yet I have flesh both firm and cool,
And eyes tumultuous as the gems
Of moons and lamps in the full Thames
When dusk sails wavering down the pool.
Shuddering the purple street-arc burns
Where I watch always; from the banks
Dolorously the shipping clanks
And after me a strange tide turns.
I walk till the stars of London wane
And dawn creeps up the Shadwell Stair.
But when the crowing syrens blare
I with another ghost am lain.
02-20-2010 06:32 PM
A run of questions will be coming next week as the Original Sin discussions begin. But for the moment I wanted to ask: How important are the sins of the past. A recurring theme in a James novel is how much the past affects the present, and even the future. In Original Sin this is even more so. How do you like Daniel Aron?? Does his character represent more than just a new face in an old series?? As lover's of books, does this novel's inside view of publishing shock or surprise you?? Just a few tidbits here to tempt you as you read this wonderful thriller.
02-25-2010 12:30 PM
What is the significance of the title? What were your thoughts as you first began the book and then after you were well into the book?? Title means so much and is the heart of the book, and in a series they can be as integral to the mystery as the plot, setting and characters. What does the term "original sin" mean to you?? Is it just a biblical reference or does it go even deeper? Have fun thinking about this topic and let us know your thoughts.
03-03-2010 03:55 PM
Since the March selection will be announced I wanted to say a few things about our February book Original Sin. This was the first P.D. James book I read, back in 1999 and I have been partial to this author ever since. It is really hard to classify an author who hits lots of marks in terms of what kinds of books they write. This is also a book where I truly sympathized with the murderer. Overwhelmed by grief and unable to cope any longer the murderer did what was necessary to equal the score. I do welcome any comments from past or future readers of this or any James novel. I notice lots of views of these posts which is wonderful - it is great people are looking at the topics, but no one really responding. I would appreciate any ideas to improve this and to get more particiaption in the program. I enjoy different points of view - good and bad - and love to talk books. These Threads will not get turned off so you can comment about a previous "Goremet" book anytime. I welcome anyone's thoughts.
03-05-2010 12:40 PM
I am hoping anyone out there who has read this book - Original Sin could respond to this question? Would you recommend this title or author to a friend or book group?? Would you consider reading other books by this author?? Let The Eerie Coterie know either way.
Our goal with this endeavor was to see how much people respond to recommendations and if bookclubs enjoy reading literary novels that may also be considerer "genre" books. More often than not book groups choose Fiction books that are not classified as mysteries, horror or romace, but that are full of these elements. How many out there have read a Jodi Picoult book?? She is just Fiction, but has many elements of suspense or mystery to her plot lines. It is an interesting topic and I hope to hear from you. Your feedback is most valuable!!
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03-05-2010 01:41 PM