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About peterjmerrigan

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  • Birthday January 7

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    Leeds, UK
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    Reading and writing fiction

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  1. Hellooooo

    Sounds like we have a winner! I'm going to have to check it out now... well, not now, I'm at work, but... shhh!
  2. Anyone Read The Disenchanted Widow?

    I've just started reading The Disenchanted Widow by Christina McKenna (think she's most famous for The Misremembered Man, but I haven't read it). I'm beginning Chapter 3 now and it seems pretty good so far. From Amazon:
  3. Am I the only one who enjoyed Les Miserablés?

    Yes, as far as I recall, it's around 1400 or 1500 pages. But definitely a rewarding read
  4. Hellooooo

    Very true, muggle, but it's finding them that's the issue . I hate paying through the nose for ebooks / Kindle books and so generally end up reading those self-published, apparently-non-edited, written-by-neaderthal-man novels that go for 99p or £1.99 lol. There are some gems, but mostly not!
  5. Am I the only one who enjoyed Les Miserablés?

    Thanks Frankie. I guess I should have done a site-wide search rather than just the Classics board, although this was the obvious place to look lol
  6. What are you watching now? - 2013

    If only there was a "like" button! Haha!
  7. Am I the only one who enjoyed Les Miserablés?

    I haven't heard the audio version, but if it's just a "reading" of the novel and the abridged version, I can picture it . Thanks for linking me to your review, I've read the first couple of paragraphs but thought I'd come back here and reply before I got sucked in lol. I'll go back and read your full review now. As for the abridged version cutting out 46 hours of the story, I can say there's a lot the written abridged version cuts out that was integral to the original story - ie: Things like that make me decide never to read abridged versions of novels - it's best to read them as the author intended
  8. Stephen King - Doctor Sleep (The Shining Sequel)

    I did enjoy The Shining, and hated the film version for getting it so wrong. Looking forward to reading Dr Sleep, but I'm reluctant to pay £9.50 for the Kindle version when I know (as an author myself) that there is absolutely no production costs involved in an ebook. It doesn't matter, to me, how famous or popular you are, you don't have to set an ebook price more than £4 or £5 unless you're just being greedy! (IMHO)
  9. Never Have I Ever...

    Neither have I... as much as I have wanted to! Never have I ever been in a fist fight
  10. Everyone has 6 names....

    Your real name: Peter J Merrigan Your detective name: (Main character's last name of the book you're reading and your birth month) Wharton January Your soap opera name: (middle name and name of your first best friend) John Tony Your star wars name: (first three letters of last name, first two of middle name) Merjo Your Superhero name: (color of your shirt and the weather outside) White Star Your Rockstar name: (Your favorite color and favourite animal) Green Dog
  11. Looking for a novel I read at uni

    as with GardenGirl, I too cannot help with naming the book. However, maybe a little extra clues might help someone identify it. What genre was it (crime, thriller, romance, etc)? Any plot key points that might help identify it? Do you remember what the cover looked like (I know it sounds silly but when you've worked in book shops, the amount of "it has a blue cover" queries you get are phenomenal)? Anything that would help spark someone's memory or recognition of the book...? Oh, and welcome
  12. Hellooooo

    Haha, that actually sounds quite interesting from what you've said! I don't really do fantasy novels any more, but I'm willing to give one a go if it's good. I guess all the old fantasy novels/series I read in my teens all became a bit samey and staid. Something new might just be what I'm looking for
  13. What are you watching now? - 2013

    I'm not actually sure if it was made for children or not, maybe "family viewing" would be more appropriate. It ran late 70s / early 80s and was about a homeless/ownerless dog who seemed to drift around from one town to the next, helping those in need. Perfect viewing for dog lovers
  14. Just scanned through every page of topics in this Classics sub-forum and can't believe no one has mentioned Victor Hugo's Les Miserablés. Am I really the only one who read and enjoyed this epic novel? Set in the early 1800s, it follows the trials and tribulations of ex-convict Jean Valjean following his release from prison (serving something like 18 years (forgive me if I got that wrong) for stealing a loaf of bread) and the offer of redemption he receives from a clergyman after he tries to steal the church silverware. Valjean goes on to turn his life around, helping (and being helped by) various characters along the way, all the while being hunted down by Javert, a member of the gendarmerie (police). The whole story culminates, rather meaningfully, in the June Uprising in the 1830s. I'm sure everyone here has either seen the stage show, seen one of the many films or made-for-TV movies, or at the very least, heard Susan Boyle sing her rendition of one of the stage-show's classic titles, I Have a Dream... But how many of you have actually read the novel? For me, I started with the Penguin Classic - abridged and chopped down to around 200 pages or so, which I picked up for £1 or £1.50. I consumed it within two days and was hungry for more. I felt like the story had so much more to give than was offered in the abridged version, so I immediately hit the bookstore for the complete and unabridged version. I admit the first third of the novel was a bit of a hard slog. There were French words I didn't know, place names I couldn't get my tongue around, and descriptive passages that oftentimes seemed to meander meaninglessly, but I can assure you, if you're tempted to read it, get through that first 500 pages or so (I know it sounds like a lot, but trust me, it's worth it!) and you won't be able to put the book down.
  15. The Picture Of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

    Must add my love and appreciation of Dorian Gray. I loved it so much so that I even wrote my uni dissertation on the book! (Not much point in elaborating on that here - suffice to say my aim was to show modern relevance to classics and that minimal modernisation of classic literature can make said novels meaningful and pertinent to today's societal expectations.) I have the complete works of Oscar Wilde, falling to pieces now as I've leafed through it so often. It's probably the only anthology or "complete works" collection that I have actually read cover to cover. In fact, if I dig it out, I'm sure I'm holding parts of it together with Sellotape!