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  2. Ah well, I suppose it's not that much longer. It could have been worse!
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  4. Kindle and ebooks deals

    All of the Narnia novels are all 99p on Amazon (Kindle) today.
  5. According to Aaronovitch the book is finished, his publishers just wanted a little more time. Release date is 20/02/20.
  6. This was recently recommended to me on here, and now you have mentioned it Raven. I will have to shove the title closer to my 'Don't just wish it - Buy it!' list.
  7. Attached to one's head perchance?😆😁
  8. Seasonal Reading

    Yes! I always try to read horror/mystery novels through October. I'm excited to read The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie and Muse by James Renner this year. If I get through them quickly and have some October left over, I might add The Boy Who Saw True: The Time-Honoured Classic of the Paranormal by Cyril Scott, which sounds fascinating. I can't wait to get started! I tend to read more mystery/crime in autumn through winter in any case.
  9. Hi Alena, I'm guessing there was meant to be a picture here but we can't see it. Have you tried looking up the publisher? Sometimes there are small changes in a publishing company name over time and that lets you narrow down the dates. I love finding interesting old books in charity shops and David Copperfield is one my favourites, I hope you manage to find out more about it .
  10. We've had some discussions about winter reading in the past but I don't think we've ever had a thread about the other seasons! So, do you have any books that you like to read in autumn? Maybe spooky themes for Halloween? I think I might finally get round to reading The Woman in Black in October, as well as The Book Collector by Alice Thompson, as I think they're really the only books I own that could be considered horror. I'm really tempted to look for some kind of gothic short story collection too. I definitely don't need more books but it's still tempting...
  11. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna This is quite a hefty tome with a lot going on. Some of the publicity describes it as A Suitable Boy meets The Thorn Birds meets Gone with the Wind. It spans the years1878 to 1936. It is set in the south Indian province of Coorg, in the Sahaydri Mountains. The author comes from this area and it is easy to see that as the landscape is the strongest character in the book. It is also a love triangle (that usually makes me run several miles in the opposite direction, but this is part of a reading challenge), which charts the lives of childhood sweethearts Devi and Devanna and their families. Unfortunately it is more soap opera than historical fiction and raised a number of issues for me. Does those that are abused automatically turn into abusers? One particular incident plays out through most of the book and for me that just didn’t fit. There also seemed to be an almost total lack of a political context until the last one hundred pages. Even then the nationalists were portrayed as more of a nuisance than anything else. I did learn a certain amount about growing coffee and how to deal with the coffee borer beetle! Despite the beauty of the setting the tragedy is pretty relentless and the use of coincidence stretched my credibility somewhat. Some of the characters lacked a little believability and the last third of the book was much weaker than the rest and felt rather rushed. The descriptions of Coorg are beautifully written and makes up for some of the problems with the human characters. 5 and a half out of 10 Starting 69 things to do with a dead princess by Stewart Home
  12. So, is the rain hood attached to anything or is keeping the head dry the only concern?
  13. Oh no! I wonder what happened. It seems quite close to the planned release to change the date.
  14. Why certainly my dear Bron.Rain hoods are not as cumbersome; perhaps less embarrassing than an umbrella too?😆😁
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  16. Bad news, False Values has been pushed back to February 2020!
  17. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    I thought I'd just use this thread to let you all know that the very first seasonal giveaway will be happening on the second week of October. It's spooky and exciting and I can't wait to show you what it is
  18. Raven's Reads

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy By John le Carré George Smiley has been forced out of the Circus and a new order has taken charge, but when an agent delivers news of a high level mole at the very heart of the organisation, Smiley comes out of retirement to track down the traitor... This is the fourth le Carré novel I've read, and I find myself asking why have I left it so long since the last one? This is a meticulously written story, with an understated delivery that draws the reader in, but I think the thing that makes the book for me is the characters and especially Smiley himself; a flawed man trapped in a train crash of a marriage, but at the same time quietly brilliant when it comes to seeing what is going on in the world around him. A very British hero, in a lot of ways. Highly recommended.
  19. Looks like this is finally going to air this autumn now. From what I've read this had been due to screen last Christmas, but it wasn't ready in time. It got bumped to the spring schedule and then disappeared, but more information about it is surfacing now, along with some show footage.
  20. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
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  22. Have I introduced myself yet?

    Classics: Wizard of Oz (Frank Baum) Mystery: Goosebumps (RL Stine) Sci Fi: By His Bootstraps (Robert A.Helein)
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