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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  2. Reached the halfway point, and can still thoroughly recommend it: the chapter on Margaret Thatcher (surprisingly one of the shortest) I found particularly illuminating, maybe because she's the first prime minister of my adulthood, so am now into the time period I'm most aware of.
  3. Please, Mr. Sun - Johnny Ray
  4. You too ... isn't that a band?
  5. What's the weather like?

    It was dry for most of yesterday but rained most of the night, has been dry for most of the day so not sure what will happen tonight, it is meant to rain again though. Hope you get your roof sorted out.
  6. Thanks for all the advice, I’ll start with LOTR when I get round to Tolkien.
  7. ^ I still mean to have a go at it one day, maybe next year...
  8. This looks great! Good cast too. I'm looking forward to it!
  9. What's the weather like?

    Heavy rain here. It's been like this for the past couple of weeks. And I have a leaky roof. Frantically trying to find an available roofer (they're all snowed under with work). In the meantime, a bucket has been strategically placed in the loft, catching the drips. Bugger this weather!
  10. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Yes the songs annoyed me as well in The Hobbit, haven't re-read it yet though. I have The Silmarillion but from what I've heard about it I'm not sure if I'll attempt it!
  11. Definitely. Definitively. Definite. You too?
  12. Last week
  13. What's the weather like?

    It is absolutely hosing down outside... Hope this clears before I have to go to work in the morning!
  14. Starts this Sunday, 9pm on BBC1. ETA: Just listened to an interview with writer Peter Harness on Radio 4's Front Row (broadcast on Monday if anyone wants to catch up with this on BBC Sounds) where he confirmed this is not a faithful adaptation of the book, even though that is the way the BBC are pushing it. It sounds like he has used elements of the book along with some aspects of Wells own life to tell the story.
  15. Have been intending to pick up the new Nightingale centred graphic novel Action at a Distance, but nowhere seems to have it (including Amazon who were listing a four to six week lead time yesterday!).
  16. Raven's Reads

    Started re-reading The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy, at the weekend. I first read this over 25 years ago now, and I remember enjoying it a lot (I really like the film version as well) but I'm finding the writing isn't as good as I remembered it to be (the Russians are coming across as being a bit hysterical at times, rather than passionate. as I suspect was the intention). It's also depressing reading for a couple of hours only for the page count to move on 5%!
  17. I agree with @willoyd on the first two books; if you are going to start anywhere start with The Lord of the Rings. I found The Hobbit to be a little Tolkien-lite, as you might say, when I tried to read it directly after LotR, and I put it down, but I went back to it several years later and didn't find it so bad (indeed, the last half of the book is quite a good read, but you have to get through the Dwarf singing in the first half first!). I have a friend who has read The Silmarillion and he described it as trying to read the biblical book of Numbers! (from what I understand it's one for the fans - if you really enjoy the detail of Middle Earth - more than an enjoyable read in its own right). In my book news, I picked up a free* copy of Haruki Murakami's latest, Killing Commendatore at the weekend. *Points from my Waterstones card!
  18. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

    so how the book was for you? did you manage to read it since 2016?
  19. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    The Steve Richard's book sounds interesting Willoyd. I have an interest in political history so I'll have to see if my library has this.
  20. The Last Film You Saw - 2019

    Currently enjoying the Leeds International Film Festival. So far, have enjoyed to varying degrees: Ghost Tropic Cleaner Khadija falls asleep on the last train home in Brussels. Insufficient money and unfortunate events means that it's quite a long and adventurous journey home. Gently enjoyable if not particularly memorable. 2+/5 The Kingmaker Documentary about the return of the Marcos family to Philippines politics. One I was uncertain about going to, but found it absorbing and quite disturbing - particularly some of the parallels with the move to the right in Britain. 4/5 Days of the Bagnold Summer Heavy metal loving teenager Daniel, looking forward to a summer with his father's new family in Florida, is let down at the last minute and has to get along with his retiring, librarian, mother Sue for the next six weeks. Some beautifully observed touches in this fairly gentle (a good thing!) coming of age comedy. 3/5 Fire Will Come Set in the beautiful mountains of Galicia, convicted arsonist Amador returns home having served his sentence and, tries to settle back into the rhythm of rural life with his elderly mother Benedicta, but simmering tensions threaten. Moves from the elegiac to the dramatic. Worth seeing for the scenery alone, and the poetic nature of the narrative. 4/5 Judy and Punch Black comedy based on (surprise, surprise) the story of Punch and Judy, with a strong feminist twist, a lot to say on some less savoury aspects of human nature and some real bite. Loved it. 4+/5 The Report Dramatised telling of the story behind the Senate investigation into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program that was created after 9/11. Almost, if not quite, a modern day version of All The President's Men. Riveting watching. 4+/5 The Fading Village A year in the life of a small, slowly diminishing, Chinese village, where only one inhabitant is under the age of 60, and the big city looms. This may be almost 3 hours long, but it's so beautifully filmed, people so sensitively portrayed, and the narrative so absorbing, that the time slipped past (felt a lot less than the next film anyway!). 5/5 The Cordillera of Dreams This film had some really important things to say, not only about the state of politics in Chile, but about broader political issues, but for me, whilst it superficially looked good, it failed to 'cut the mustard'. It appeared to start off as a film about the influence of the Andes in Chilean psyche, but then moved to focus on the Pinochet era and its effect on modern day Chile. Unfortunately, it relied primarily on just two 'witnesses' offering their own individual critiques, through extensive talk to the camera and archive footage shot by one of the witnesses (a professional film camerman and long term recorder of civil events), but little else. The issues were, and are, very important, but I found the arguments heavy on rhetoric (and some blindingly obvious truisms - 'the mountains have not moved') but with virtually nothing of any depth, however meaty they are in reality. Judging from the audience reaction at the end, I was in a distinct minority - most seemed to say how powerful they found the film- but for me this was all touchy-feely and no substance, in massive contrast to The Kingmaker, which was convincing as this one was not. 2-/5
  21. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Hi I absolutely loved th TV series Lonesome Dove. I am sure you will enjoy the books - though I've not read them.
  22. Currently reading Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, interspersed with chapters from Steve Richards's The Prime Ministers, so am in for the long haul (about a quarter of the way through the former)! Both thoroughly engrossing. I've borrowed the latter from the library, but I can see that I will want to go back and dip into it again - there's a lot to absorb, and I feel I'm gaining a lot insight into recent British political history - so may be after my own copy. The former is 'just' a really great read, everything it's cracked up to be in the numerous very positive reviews.
  23. I loved Lord of the Rings, mildly enjoyed The Hobbit (too much of a children's book for my taste), but found The Silmarillion dry as dust, and gave up after some pages (can't remember how many!). I definitely wouldn't start with it - it's one for the committed Middle-Earth fan.
  24. The high price of cheap books

    Some authors do have Patreon sites you can support them directly through.
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