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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  1. WWI Historical Fiction

    Thanks. I recently watched the Birdsong and Parade's End television adaptations, and they were okay, and of course I've read A Farewell to Arms. I'll look at the others, but mainly I'm looking for more action-oriented fiction. I've really enjoyed John Buchan's 1916 spy novel Greenmantle.
  2. WWI Historical Fiction

    I am still interested in knowing if anyone had recommendations for any historical fictions set during WWI, even though I am not allowed to mention the book I recently read myself because someone thinks its too promotional for me to mention its title.
  3. What are your top three classics?

    1. Middlemarch by George Eliot 2. David Copperfield 3. Lord of the Rings (someone else listed that as a classic so I will too, but I'm not sure it fits the category) I love the ending of Middlemarch and find it very inspiring: "the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
  4. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

    I liked Wolf Hall pretty well, but not nearly as much as the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. On the other hand, having also seen the Showtime series The Tudors, I enjoyed that more than either of the books
  5. Sharpe by Bernard Cornwell

    I don't think Cornwell is a very good author compared to, say, Patrick O'Brian, but I truly enjoyed the whole Sharpe series. I also watched the series (from the library) as there are a few episodes that are not based on particular books and because Sean Bean is excellent as Sharpe. These books are easy to read, light-hearted, and very enjoyable.
  6. Captain Hornblower by CS Forester

    I personally enjoyed the first couple Hornblower novels, but after that it began to pale for me in comparison to the Aubrey-Maturin books. The writing seemed antiquated and, quite frankly, Hornblower as a character became less likeable.
  7. Patrick OBrian Aubrey-Maturin series

    I really enjoyed the entire series. O'Brian was a magical writer, but there's always a matter of taste. I'd suggest watching the Master and Commander film and, if you like that, you'd love the books.