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  3. What's the weather like?

    Oh wow, we've not had any snow yet but it's got much colder, sunny today but a very cold wind
  4. Book Titles A to Z

    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  5. I'm currently reading lots of books at once (it's my ADD, my brain does this from time to time. Usually I prefer to just read one book at once). I did manage to finish 2 short books though (while still reading the other ones). Mel Wallis de Vries - Fout This is a YA thriller novella about a teenage girl who finds herself tied to a tree when she wakes up. It was an enjoyable read. Anna Woltz (ill. Maartje Kuiper) - Haaientanden This is an illustrated children's book you got for free in "children's book week" (2019) when you spent over €12,50 on Dutch children's books. I found it at the charity shop and bought it. It's about a girl who's on a bicycle adventure (for more serious reasons than you'd maybe think) and she meets a boy who has his own reasons for running away. I enjoyed it. The other books I'm reading, are: Peter F. Hamilton - The Void Trilogy 1: The Dreaming Void (re-read) Candice Carty-Williams - Queenie Rosanne Hertzberger - Ode aan de E-nummers (borrowed from my parents who were gifted it, not sure if they want to read it) Tomi Adeyemi - Legacy of Orïsha 2: Children of Virtue and Vengeance Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott - Can You See Me? Sharon M. Draper - Out of My Mind Deb Caletti - A Heart in a Body in the World Sigrid Landman - Moederen met Autisme Dorothy Koomson - The Flavours of Love Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
  6. What's the weather like?

    It snowed here last night!!
  7. Oooh.. I loved them in Hot Fuzz!
  8. Book Titles A to Z

    Venus in Copper - Lindsey Davis
  9. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    All of a Winter's Night by Phil Rickman - strange happenings in the Shropshire village of Ledwardine after Merrily Watkins, priest and deliverance expert (ie exorcist) conducts what seems to be a very plain, rushed funeral for a young farmer killed in a road accident. The night after the internment however, Merrily and her daughter witness some strange activities at his gravesite, which are later confirmed by her boyfriend, Lol, and gravedigger Gomer, who are reluctantly drawn into the case as it looks as if the young man, Aidan Lloyd, may have been deliberately targeted. An old feud is re-opened between his family and that of another local landowner, who seems to have a strange hold over many people in the area. When a female priest from a neighbouring village is murdered, the net widens, and Merrily, whose job is already under threat, finds herself in real danger. I haven't read one of these books for a long time, but enjoyed this one, with it's wonderfully sinister and macabre atmosphere, even thought the plot was a bit convoluted at times, it was still a good, slightly spooky read. 8/10
  10. I dunno. Not to sugar coat it; do you know if he likes sucrose?
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  12. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

    Yep I read they were developing it for TV.
  13. London. Girls are disappearing. They've all got one thing in common; they just don't know it yet \. Sixteen-year-old Lily was meant to be next, but she's saved by a stranger: a half-human boy with gold-flecked eyes. Regan is from an unseen world hidden within our own, where legendary creatures hide in plain sight. But now both worlds are under threat, and Lily and Regan must race to find the girls, and save their divided city. This is not so much a review, but some of my thoughts. Overall, I really enjoyed this - Regan could have become rather stereotypical, especially to someone like me who's a bit cynical about romance and male characters in YA, but he was written at just the right level.. ie I ended up with a bit of a crush on him myself, but he wasn't annoying! ;-) I love the London which Lucy has developed, there were some great ideas and creatures, and having them set in a city I know is always a bonus. However, I did feel that all of these ideas and creatures were rushed, and not developed to their full potential. The story also kicked in rather quickly, I would have liked to have seen a slower build up, with some mystery around Regan and his world. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I actually wanted a trilogy or series, which is quite unusual for me. I usually like to see everything rounded up in one book, but in this case, I think Lucy had so much more to share, that I wanted it spread out and developed more. There were things I wasn't sure about in the book, but also aspects which I loved, but I don't want to give anything away. If anyone else has read this, I'd love to have a spoiler-tagged discussion. Overall, I would recommend it, especially to those who like the idea of an other London lurking in the shadows, and those who like a fast paced read. I have Crow Mountain by the same author, which I will certainly pick up, and I'm also tempted by her Georgian History book. Please let me know if you read it, I'd love to know your thoughts.
  14. Yes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost own the production company that are working on it, if memory serves!
  15. Willoyd's Reading 2020

    Life Without Diabetes by Roy Taylor *** I've been getting a bit bogged down with my reading, as trying to tackle The Luminaries for one of my book groups has coincided with my annual report writing binge on local birds, which means the book has stuttered somewhat. Have finished the report now (thank goodness!), but found this interesting looking quick read in the local bookshop, so read that this weekend - iinteresting to me at least as having been found to be prediabetic, I've been reading up on ways of tackling it to ensure it doesn't go any further. Anyway, the first few chapters on the research the author and his team have carried out at Newcastle University was as interesting as expected, both confirming some of my reading and challenging other parts of it. Unfortunately, the second half, when he talks about how to implement the results (basically to lose weight, whatever weight you were at to start with) was horribly wishy-washy and vague - and certainly no help for those who struggle to keep weight off once lost. So, 4 stars for the first 6-7 chapters, and 2 for the rest, averaging out at 3. Definitely worth reading though if this is a topic you need or want to read about - it's important stuff (and by odd coincidence, it's cropped up in the papers today). Am going to move on to Emma for now. We went to see the film last week, and both loved it, and want to reread the book asap, not least because a little uncertain in some places as to how book and film tie in, and want to review whilst fresh in the mind. Coincidentally, the film was scripted by Eleanor Catton....the author of The Luminaries. So at least I'm sort of sticking with the author! Other book acquisitions: False Value by Ben Aaronovitch The Beast, The Emperori and The Milkman by Harry Pearson Ground Work by Tim Dee Orison for a Curlew by Horatio Clare Belonging; the Story of the Jews 1492-1900 by Simon Schama (Kindle deal) The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Kindle deal)
  16. Funny story & Joke Corner

    Someone we know has been possessed by an owl.
  17. What's the weather like?

    And another very windy, and quite wet weekend, not quite so cold though.
  18. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

    Apparently the series is being adapted for TV.
  19. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson This is an account of the 1854 cholera epidemic in London and of the work of John Snow who through his scientific investigations managed to establish that cholera was waterborne and that the source of this outbreak was the Broad Street pump. This was going against the scientific opinion of the time a miasmic theory which argued that air, small and conditions were responsible. The book covers a variety of areas: history, biography, detective work, epidemiology and scientific investigation. Johnson uses a Victorian novelist’s trick and takes a chapter to introduce each player. The first chapter introduces the city of London and then the main players, John Snow, Rev Henry Whitehead, Edwin Chadwick and William Farr. The account of Snow’s investigations is fascinating. The descriptions of the conditions in London before the sewer system was built was pretty stomach churning. I never realised that most basements/cellars were used as cesspits. Also the descriptions of the myriad citizens who in varying ways made a living out of the waste has its own fascination. It’s a great story and I knew a bit about Snow, but I was less aware of the role of Whitehead. He was working as a vicar in the area and knew and visited many of those who died. He did a good deal of the detective work that supported Snow’s thinking. Snow, of course, was already known for his work on chloroform and anaesthesia and would have had a place in the history of medicine just for that. Johnson’s introduction to the book is a good summation: “This is a story with four protagonists: a deadly bacterium, a vast city, and two gifted but very different men. One dark week a hundred fifty years ago, in the midst of great terror and human suffering, their lives collided on London’s Broad Street, on the western edge of Soho. This book is an attempt to tell the story in a way that does justice to the multiple scales of existence that helped bring it about: from the invisible kingdom of microscopic bacteria, to the tragedy and courage and camaraderie of individual lives, to the cultural realm of ideas and ideologies, all the way up to the sprawling metropolis of London itself. It’s the story of a map that lies at the intersection of all those different vectors, a map created to help make sense of an experience that defied human understanding.” The book is somewhat repetitive at times: and then there is the epilogue, which leaves the subject of the book and is much more speculative. Johnson looks at increasing urbanization, arguing we are becoming a city planet and looking at what might put this at risk. He focuses on various types of terrorism, individual with weapons and explosives, portable nukes, chemical and biological. Here Johnson is in a more reflective mode, but it is very speculative and not really on the mark with too much painting terrorists as pantomime villains and not enough analysis. Skip the last chapter. 6 and a half out of 10 Starting Exquisite Cadavers by Meena Kandasamy
  20. I finished The Case of the Gilded Fly, and didn't think too much of it (dull plot, odd motives, peculiar character interactions, and some misogyny to top it off). As it was the first in a series, I still might try another at some point, just to see if the author's style improves. I'm about to start Harold Lloyd: The Man on the Clock by Tom Dardis, which is a biography of the silent film star.
  21. Site "not secure"

    It's because if you have google chrome version 68 or later it shows a 'not secure' warning when the site doesn't have an ssl certificate. Not having the certificate means information that goes through this site isn't encrypted, so it wouldn't be safe to share card details here, for example, because it's less difficult for someone to access information shared through the site. The software we use does have it's own security to keep your accounts safe and, to the best of my knowledge, that includes the passwords you might se for your account (although I'm happy to look further into how they secure that information). An ssl certificate would cost an extra £60 a year, on top of the software, hosting and domain renewal costs, and I honestly just can't afford to do that right now.
  22. Site "not secure"

    Yes, it's showing in the address bar at the top. Left click on it and it tells you that the site is vulnerable to hacking. I use Opera.
  23. Site "not secure"

    Mine is showing this too. I use Google Chrome. It comes up in the address bar.
  24. What makes you think I'd have a clue about Bond's sugar predilection?
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