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  2. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Sounds good!
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  4. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    The Leeds International Film Festival programme has come out in the past week, and it looks excellent, so much so that I've bought a full pass that allows access to pretty much every film. The Festival runs from November 1st to 16th. There are four main threads, of which the most interesting to me looks to be what they call Cinema Versa, basically documentaries, or at least the equivalent of the non-fiction section. There's quite a few others though that also appeal. It could be a hectic fortnight!!
  5. Just finished Claire Harman's Jane's Fame (all about how Jane Austen's books became such a cult) - an excellent read with 5/6 stars - and have turned to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, part of my United States Challenge, and apparently John Steinbeck's favourite book.
  6. Christmas planning and chat

    Decorations are going up already in London?! That *is* early. My reading is all sorted too, Madeleine. This year it's The Man With a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes, and Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh. Both are murder mysteries.
  7. What's the weather like?

    Yes we had that too. It got really dark as well - almost like when there's an eclipse. I wish I had taken pictures of it now.
  8. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    I finished The Haunting of Hill House. Ugh, what a huge disappointment it turned out to be. No chills, no scares, no nuthin'! (Apologies for double negative...) 2/5 I posted on another thread about the all-round greatness of The Fantastic World of Kamtellar by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, so that's what I'm going to (re)-read next.
  9. What's Up in October 2017?

    That's a bit late - I suppose better late than never though!
  10. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    Strictly Bake Off The Apprentice Black Lake - quite a good little swedish ghost series. 2 eps in so far Liar
  11. Strictly Come Dancing

    Still leaves Simon and Brian though, both of whom are pretty hopeless, and at least one of them should have been in the dance off last week. Charlotte wasn't as bad as either of those two.
  12. Strictly Come Dancing

    Ok, I will join in. Favourites are Alexandra and Aston, though Debbie McGee is very good too. We seem to have disposed with the comically bad dancer already (Rev Richard) - probably because he was just bad and not funny or entertaining.
  13. Word Association

    Guitar 🎸πŸ₯
  14. What's Up in October 2017?

    We had our latest ever delivery of post last night - just before 7.00!
  15. What's the weather like?

    Thanks to the remnants of the hurricane we had that weird orange sky yesterday afternoon, it was like being on Mars. Apparently it smelt pretty as well. Nice and sunny so far today.
  16. Strictly Come Dancing

    We're the only ones so far!
  17. Raven's Reads

    Way to go!
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  19. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    Up to S8 of Stargate SG 1 Hurray, New shows this week : Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Shannara Chronicles S2. Still watching Professor T, a Flemish police procedural. The first ep was a bit wobbly, but it's now one of my favourite shows. Also watching repeats of Beck on BBC .
  20. Raven's Reads

    You've done better than me....
  21. Star Trek Discovery

    Glad I'm not missing much, and a bit sad that it's not brilliant. I saw that Fox has bought The Orville ; no air date yet, but yay.
  22. Book 33: The World according to Garp by John Irving. This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the 'person of dubious parentage' son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes--even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow"; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries--with more than ten million copies in print--this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases." (Taken from Goodreads) My Thoughts. Perhaps inevitably with such a long book, I found some of this really easy reading, and other parts quite heavy going. Plus, as I said above, I wasn't always feeling 100%, so I sometimes found I was reading a page, but none of it was sticking; I had to read it again. This is a really clever book. It manages to be both tragic and laugh out loud funny, sometimes in the same sentence. The characters are both frustrating and endearing in equal measure - and all of them are damaged in some way. The initial chapters, about Garp's mother and him at The Steering school are excellent. It was the section set in Vienna and when he returns to America that I found more difficult to read. One of the problems that I used to have with "serious" fiction was trying to understand the books meaning. It took me a while to realise that there are no real right or wrong answers. What you think a book means, is what that book means - to you. However, I finished this and thought " What was that about?" Fortunately, my copy of this book was a 20 year anniversary issue with an afterword by the author, in which he admits that he's not sure himself what it's all about. If the author himself doesn't know after 20 years, I'm not going to give myself a hard time! Be warned, there is plenty of both sexual comedy and sexual violence in this book. Both are handled very well, but if you don't want to read about such things, best give this book a swerve. 4/5.
  23. Thanks everyone - I think I was just feeling a little under the weather. Once I was beyond that, I found my reading bug came back.
  24. Lily's Library

    I have to say I simply adore your reviews. They are concise, yet crystal clear. The vocabulary is rich, but not overly so. Most importantly: from your short reviews, it's very clear what sort of book to expect!
  25. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I'm watching Bake Off for the first time ever -- and liking it! Also enjoying Grand Designs. It has a lot of wtf? moments, which is v. entertaining.
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