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  3. Different Names For the Same Thing ~ Death Cab For Cutie
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  5. Different Drum - linda Ronstadt
  6. What's the difference between a cat and a comma? btw, this joke and the previous joke I copied from a book, Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden. Arden is the author of the great "Winternight" Trilogy that was probably the best books that I read last year.
  7. I really goofed up with my joke by using "one" wrong word. The correct words in the joke are: What did the frog say "about" the book So, with the correct telling of the joke it would not necessarily mean that you are near a bookstore when you hear the frog say reddit, reddit.
  8. It's his worst novel by some distance as it happens.
  9. I think the ended reflected the sort of people that they were.
  10. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    I have the Victoria Holt on my tbr list. Is that set in a similar area to the fictitious Vesper Sands, which I assume (going by the book's references to shipwrecks) is in reality the Goodwin Sands?
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  12. I finished The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). I quite enjoyed this and will be looking for the rest of the series at the library. Now reading All That's Dead by Stuart MacBride.
  13. Willoyd's Reading 2020

    Reading Update Two more books finished in the past couple of weeks: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy Charles I, An Abbreviated Life by Mark Kishlansky Both good reads (the former excellent), and reviews will follow in due course - it's all a bit frantic at the moment. I'm currently reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for one of my book groups, but whilst I like what I've read so far, I'm struggling a bit to get into it - too many distractions, and bit daunting (750+ fairly densely printed pages). A few more book acquisitions in the past 10 days - partly because I succumbed to the temptation of a local library sale with some quite nice condition hardback volumes going for silly (50p) prices (and not ex-library either) - these marked *. The rest from an Oxfam raid. Particularly pleased with the JB Priestley whose writing I'm definitely getting into, whilst the Maigret's were pristine - surely unread. Fiction All Among the Barley - Melissa Harrison* Festival at Farbridge - JB Priestley Maigret's Patience - Georges Simenon Maigret and the Loner - Georges Simenon Maigret and the Wine Merchant - Georges Simenon Non-Fiction The Other Side of Eden - Hugh Brody* Lawrence in Arabia - Scott Anderson* Wartime Britain - Juliet Gardiner* This is London - Ben Judah
  14. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Great review of The Five. I read it around Christmas time, and it was a real standout book (my non-fiction runner-up for the year). I only managed a brief review, which I hope is of interest, and that you don't mind my copying below. As you'll see, I pretty much concur with everything you say in yours! I gave it 5 out of 6 stars ('excellent'); I'm still contemplating upgrading to the full six. In a field completely swamped by various takes on the murder narrative and/or whodunnit, the author brings a completely different and fresh perspective to the Jack the Ripper story. In this absolutely fascinating history, Rubenhold focuses on the lives of the five murdered women and brings them vividly to life. All too often virtually dismissed as 'just' prostitutes and victims, here we see something completely different, that they were just as much victims of prejudice and an ill-informed media (nothing new there then!), and that in reality most had nothing to do with the sex trade, and that whether they did or didn't, they were above all "daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and lovers. They were women. They were human beings, and that surely, in itself, that is enough." What I found almost as equally fascinating was the social history that their varied lives reflected, going way beyond the streets, alleyways and dosshouses of the East End. Of the murders themselves there is very little mention - Rubenhold leaves that for others, concentrating instead on their lives not their death (apparently much to the disgust of quite a few Ripperologists, but IMO absolutely spot on). It was very easy to see why this won the Bailie-Gifford Non-fiction Prize this year, being one of my best reads, fiction or non-fiction, in 2019.
  15. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    Knives out. A semi comic crime romp with Daniel Craig.
  16. Check.out Dombey and son by Charles Dickens.
  17. Funny story & Joke Corner

    @muggle not so, when I hear a frog reditt reditt, does it mean I'm near a bookstore?
  18. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    It is excellent Vodkafan; not sure if there is a connection though. Folk by Zoe Gilbert This is set in the fictional village of Neverness, located on an island loosely based on the Isle of Man. Folklore and tradition is at the heart of the novel and there is a re-working of traditional themes. Although it is billed as a novel, it is really a linked collection of short stories. One of these stories won the Costa short story award in 2014. Interestingly there is no religion and religious imagery in the traditional sense. There is plenty of superstition, which is culturally important and a careful adherence to ritual. These are fairy tales, with no fairies in sight. There is also a strong sense of nature and the natural world. Hares, kites and bees all play starring roles. Neverness is on an island and the narrowness of belief reflects real life concerns. In one tale a woman perceived as a witch and scapegoated. There is no easy chronology here and some natural rules are suspended. A sentence like "Verlyn Webbe has a wing in place of an arm" will immediately put some readers off. There is a shared geography and some shared characters, although major characters in one tale become minor ones later. The stories do build a sense of place and there is violence in the mythography: nature really is red in tooth and claw. Tradition, ritual and a belief in a story seems to make it true. Gilbert is also good at setting a scene: “Listen, for the beat that runs through the gorse maze. It is an early twilight, the opening between last sun and first star, the door of the day closing until, soon, night will seal it shut. There are feet thudding in the gorse’s winding tunnels, hearts thumping in time. Above them the breath of boys hisses. Puffs of their steam are lost in spiny roofs.” One reviewer has referred to this as a map rather than a novel or collection of stories (and there is indeed a map of Neverness in the front of the book) and this certainly makes sense to me. A map of British mythic imagination with a core that repels and entices at the same time. It is vaguely reminiscent of Angela Carter. The boundaries between nature and human life are blurred; there are water spirits looking for female companionship, people able to leave their bodies and soar with the kites (a bird of prey) at night and maybe decide to stay up there forever. It's not a demanding read and if you like myth and folklore you are likely to enjoy it. There is plenty of fluidity of roles, but Gilbert maybe could have extended that fluidity to gender and sexuality as well. 7 out of 10 Starting Liza's England by Pat Barker
  19. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    The Five sounds very worth a read. My daughter at school has been researching Annie Chapman for a dramatic play they are doing, I am sure she would also find this interesting. Just out of curiosity, has the author any connection to Jake Rubenhold?
  20. Shelving books

    I arrange the books by size as well, and then by color and author, according to what feels best.
  21. What are you listening to?

    Not bad, good lyrics and vid.
  22. What are you listening to?

    It's excellent. Essence of Numan. Saw a couple of live vids of her. She's young and sylph like.😊
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