Title: Angels and Demons
Author: Dan Brown
Length: 608 pages
Summary: An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target.
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization -- the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth...the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.
Title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Author: Gregory Maguire
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: 406 pages
Summary: When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Title: Mists of Avalon
Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: 912 pages
Summary: Arthur sits on the throne of Britain, and it is his task to maintain the uneasy balance between the old ways and the new. But although the knights of Camelot owe their first allegiance to Arthur, the king himself is held in the sway of several powerful women, each of whom is determined to bend his authority toward her own ends. In The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley spins a familiar tale, but lends it a refreshing quality... for it is not the story of Gawaine, Arthur, or Launcelot. Instead, it is the story of Gwenhwyfar, Viviane and Morgaine - the women relegated to the shadows by legend and history, but who ply their invisible influence nevertheless.
As stated in the community info, you don't have to read all three if you don't want to (or are unable to get a copy). I'll* post the entries for the books in the next couple of days. I don't want them to get lost in your friends pages, and I'd like to give people (read: myself) a chance to actually get a hold of those books, because I don't own them. But I won't take too long, because I know some of you do own and/or have read those books and would like to get going. So yeah. Just thought I'd let you know which three we're focusing on. So when that happens, you're free to discuss whatever you like. Woo.
*I'll do it first, I guess. Just so you guys can get an idea of how to set it all up. After that, you guys can post entries. Sound good? Good. [/dictator]