Did you finish Roan?

Discuss the November 2016 Book of the Month, Roan: The Tales Of Conor Archer by E. R. Barr.

Did you finish Roan?

I finished it.
8
40%
I did not start it.
4
20%
I started it, and I plan to finish it.
6
30%
I started it, but I have decided not to finish it.
2
10%
 
Total votes: 20

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Did you finish Roan?

Post by Scott » 04 Nov 2016, 11:50

We discussed Roan for my 'real life' book club too. Most folks there did not finish Roan. Usually they do finish the book.

However, Roan was a quite a long book. It may have been the longest one we ever did. Do you think think Roan was long?

Did you finish it? If not, do you plan to?

If you are not planning to finish it, why is that?

In real life book club, part of the problem could be that there is a deadline. That's the great thing about OnlineBookClub: you can read and discuss books at your leisure, rather than having to make a specific meeting about one specific book at one specific time.
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Post by hsimone » 04 Nov 2016, 12:46

That's actually pretty neat that you discussed Roan for your 'real life' book club. I'm in the middle of it, and I don't find it long because I'm really enjoying it. I think it's the wanting to know more about Piasa and the legend of the 'Dark Ones'. Therefore, I do plan on finishing it.

(Although, next month's even longer! Oh boy!)

I love the BOTM discussion topics because there is no deadline, like you said You can keep participating all month long! I feel it makes each book more memorable since it can be a month-long discussion rather than a 1-2 hour one.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 04 Nov 2016, 23:32

I am in the middle too, I will finish in a day or so. These BOTM discussions are fun. I love this! ?

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 05 Nov 2016, 00:08

I started it and plan to finish! Certainly glad there is no deadline!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 07 Nov 2016, 16:51

I just finished it today, but it took me about three weeks. Life has been very busy for me lately, but I can usually read a book in about a week, in spite of whatever else might be going on. Honestly, I'm relieved that others had the same issue! I was beginning to feel like a slacker! :lol:
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Post by Gnome » 07 Nov 2016, 22:50

I keep going back and forth on this book. I want to read it and participate in the discussion this month. At the same time: it's a long book, I'm slowly trudging through NANOWRIMO, I have a back log of 12 other books to read, and, and, and...

"Roan" sounds like it's exactly the sort of book I'd love to read, I don't know if life will let me right now.

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Post by gali » 08 Nov 2016, 23:38

I started it and so far enjoy it. I sure plan to finish. I read longest books than this, so length isn't my issue. I don't have much free time recently or I would have got to it sooner. It is sure cool you discussed Roan for your 'real life' book club. Sounds like fun!
I agree that lack of a deadline is a bonus!
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Post by Amcdanel86 » 13 Nov 2016, 05:58

I am in the middle of it. I am going to finish it. I am enjoying the book I am finding it kind of long but good.

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 13 Nov 2016, 10:20

I finally finished this book. I though it was too long; there were a lot of things that were repetitive and could have been scaled down and tightened up. I enjoyed the story a lot, but found myself getting frustrated at the length and repetitive storyline. Had there been a deadline, I would've finished it, but it would've been difficult. I want to stress again, I really liked the story; and having had criticisms of my own to overcome as a new author, I hope my comments are taken in the spirit they are given.

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Post by ebeth » 13 Nov 2016, 14:39

I just finished it this morning. It took me a few weeks because of how long it is. I am glad that I finished it, but if their was too be a second book I don't think I would read it. If their is going to be a second one, hopefully it won't be as long for the other readers.
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Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 14 Nov 2016, 22:09

Scott wrote:We discussed Roan for my 'real life' book club too. Most folks there did not finish Roan. Usually they do finish the book.

However, Roan was a quite a long book. It may have been the longest one we ever did. Do you think think Roan was long?

Did you finish it? If not, do you plan to?

If you are not planning to finish it, why is that?

In real life book club, part of the problem could be that there is a deadline. That's the great thing about OnlineBookClub: you can read and discuss books at your leisure, rather than having to make a specific meeting about one specific book at one specific time.
I didn't find Roan to be too long, but then again, I am a sucker for a big long book! Each book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, or The Ways of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, for example, are some of the tomes I have tackled. I did finish the book. I started it when it first came in the mail, but only read the first chapter. I put the book aside for a few days and then put it on my "to do" list for this past three-day weekend. From Friday through until today, I read several hours each day. I finished the book about thirty minutes ago. I very rarely start a book and then not finish it. I am a little OCD about it, I guess. I want to know what happens to the characters. I don't like interruptions. Last night, for example, I had to stop and cook dinner with Conor hanging from the Tree. I always imagine my character, hands-on-hips, foot-tapping waiting for me to come back so that they can move on with the story as well. I have never been part of a book club before, online or in real life. I find that I enjoy the ability to share and read others' ideas. (Okay for those punctuation kings and queens out there - is it others' ideas or other's ideas?)

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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2016, 05:20

I finally finished this book today. I love long books, but this book was far too long. There were some repetitive parts that didn't advance the plot.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 15 Nov 2016, 07:37

gali wrote:I finally finished this book today. I love long books, but this book was far too long. There were some repetitive parts that didn't advance the plot.
I agree. As an author, I learned a lot from reading this book and will carry it with me.

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Post by Seamusberen1955 » 15 Nov 2016, 19:46

Seamusberen here, the author of ROAN.
Check comment #43 in the forum called "I'm on the fence" for why the book was long. Also, if you thought it was repetitive please give me some feedback as to why. Thanks much.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 17 Nov 2016, 09:18

I finished it - as far as repetitive, I can see how some could say that - as some of the mythology information was repeated in different formats to different characters. But, personally, I thought the information was mostly doled out in adequate amounts. It could be tightened up in editing, by looking for duplication and allowing some characters to already have certain bits of information that the reader finds out elsewhere. However, in my opinion, Roan was written in a manner more in line with real literature, rather than just a story someone is writing out. Consider the difference between Lord of the Rings as compared to Twilight - there is NO COMPARISON!!! Twilight is an interesting story, but terrible literature. LOTR is an epic story AND good literature. I would put Roan closer to the category of good literature rather than just an interesting story. I would have to read all of the series before I gave final opinion, however.
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