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Cozy Mystery for May: Agatha Christie

For May’s Cozy Mystery, Lludmila has chosen an Agatha Christie classic, The Seven Dials Mystery. The discussions will be held on Monday, May 30 at 11 am and on Tuesday, May 31 at 6 pm at the Bookstacks Pub.

When a practical joke involving eight alarm clocks turns into murder, the case is taken up by Bundle Brent and Jimmy Thesiger. With the help of Bill Eversleigh they discover that the Seven Dials Club is not only a nightclub but also the headquarters of a Secret Society. To track down the murderer Bundle must first decide just which side the members of the Society are on …

Start reading now so you can participate in the discussion!

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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in book discussion, Bookstacks News


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Podcast with sharon lee and steve miller is up.

Not the best sound quality we have had but its understandable and even fascinating. Even if I did ramble. So fascinating that we continued for longer than normalIf you were not there you missed out on a fascinating after podcast discussion. Its worth showing up in world.
Congratulations to Bebe who won a copy of the Saltation e-arc.

You can listen to Off the Shelf via any of the following methods:

Direct link to the show on, where you can listen to it as a stream or download the audio file directly
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this weeks music was

This Spy Surfs playing Spectre Swing

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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf


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Are you leading a book discussion?

I’d like to start compiling a list of book discussions taking place in Second Life. It often takes several days/weeks to complete a book in time for a discussion, so I think having a list would be helpful. If you have an discussion taking place, please contact me in world or by email at kghia.gherardi at

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Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bookstacks News



Cozy Mystery for June

Lludmila is on the ball, and she has already chosen the June Cozy Mystery for the reading group. Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency is on the schedule for June 15. This is your chance to (re)read it and chat about it.

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Posted by on May 21, 2009 in book discussion, book groups


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Bookstacks Events for the Weekend of May 2-3


Noon – Book Trivia: Summertime

For some outside of this virtual world, it is nearly Summer, and that is the theme of Saturday’s Book Trivia at 12 noon.  Summer holiday, summer title or anything that vaguely resembles summer Simeon will ask a question about it.  Bring your towel, sunscreen and flip flops and join both the Trivia and the Costume contest and have your chance to win 500L for each or even both. Googling is a must and it is fast and furious fun trying to be the first with the correct answer.

6:00 p.m. – Karoke

Jandai Writer is taking over Bookstacks on Saturday at 6pm and going to bring to you songs which everyday people in second life have recorded.  To submit one yourself, record your song on and submit it the link to Jandai Writer by 5pm on Saturday.  If you don’t want to sing, just come along to dance and listen to the fantastic efforts of the others.


11:00 a.m. – Book Discussion: Blogs, Twitter, Social Networks and Other Sources of Book Recommendations

We are all searching for the next “great read,” but were are you looking? Do you have favorite blogs providing great reviews or are you following publishers on Twitter to keep up with new releases? And how do you balance keeping up with all those online resources AND still find time to read? Share your favorite resources and thoughts on managing in the week’s book discussion.

3:00 p.m. Poetry Libre Open Mic

Our friends at Poetry Libre are once again hosting an open mic poetry reading, scheduled to span as many time zones as possible. So grab a poem or just a seat and listen to the work of your fellow SL poets.

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Posted by on May 1, 2009 in book discussion, events


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Bitten – April Paranormal Book Discussion Group

paranormal3I launched the Paranormal Book Discussion Group during horror fest, and I was really happy to see it so well attended.

The book under discussion for April is Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten. This work starts her “Women of the Otherworld” series. Here is the blurb from Publishers’ Weekly:

Elena Michaels is a self-described “mutt,” a werewolf who left her secretive pack in upstate New York for a life among humans. In the year since she relocated to Toronto, she’s embarked on a career as a journalist and begun a pleasingly mundane relationship with a decent man. All this is jeopardized when she agrees to help her old packmates hunt some troublesome mutts who are converting common criminals to werewolves and leaving a trail of conspicuous carnage. Reunited with her former lycanthrope lover and forced into brutally predatory confrontations, Elena finds the call of the wild subtly reasserting itself. Armstrong prepares readers for her tale’s twists with several key revisions of werewolf lore the werewolf taint is mostly hereditary, and werewolves can be killed as easily as any human or wolf. Her true achievement, though, is her depiction of werewolf nature in believably human context. Elena’s feral sensibility, like her psychological vulnerabilities, seems a natural outgrowth of her abusive childhood, and her relationship with the pack is that of any prodigal child to a close-knit family. The sensuality of Elena’s transformations and the viciousness of her kills mesh perfectly with her tough personality. Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice’s sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story.

This will be the first Kelley Armstrong I’ve read, and I’m looking forward to it. I hope you can join us on April 25 for the discussion.

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Posted by on March 22, 2009 in book discussion, events


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Paranormal Book Group Starting

Cover of Dead Witch WalkingAt Bookstacks we try to keep the book discussion pretty open-ended, so anyone with an interest can participate. I’m about to break with that tradition and begin a new book discussion group — this one focuses on paranormal fiction. Trust me book lovers, this is NOT going to be your emo/angst/teenage Twilight discussion. Vampires, werewolves, witches, big teeth, magic, blood, sex, adult angst, mystery, romance, Fun stuff!

I’m going to choose the first book, and we will decide on the next one as part of our first discussion.

First up is Dead Witch Walking, the initial book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. We will discuss the book on March 8 at noon in the Bookstacks Pub.

I hope you will join me for a fun discussion.

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in events