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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.

Titus Groan

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About Titus Groan

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    The Illustrated Man
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    Reading, Walking, Dogs, Alternative Rock Music, History, Politics
  1. How many books have you read this year?

    16 so far which is about average for me, I will hopefully have read more than 30 by the end of the year.
  2. I'm new!

    Hello. Welcome. I love your country. My grandfather is from Palermo so I have a small connection. Do you have a favourite book or author?
  3. Hello peeps

    Thanks for the support. Much appreciated.
  4. Are there any men who enjoy the Bronte novels?

    I am a Man and I really enjoy the Brontes. I Believe all of them are very good. With Emily being one of my very favourite authors ever. Strangely however I cannot stand Jane Austen in contrast. Obviously I am happy for those who can enjoy her work but for me she is almost unreadable.
  5. Your Top 10 Authors!

    After very careful deliberation I have come up with this list. In order of birth. i have written the dates from memory so some may be a little wrong but I apologise for this. Emily Bronte (1818-1848) Jack London (1876-1916) Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) William Golding (1911-1992) Brian Aldiss (1925-2017) J.G. Ballard (1930-2007) Ramsey Campbell (1946-?) Octavia Butler (1947-2005) Neil Gaiman (1960-?) China Miéville (1972-?) These authors really speak to me deeply and I treasure their stories. This is based on their overall body of work. I very nearly swapped out Emily for Oscar Wilde because her output is so low but she is too talented for me to leave off.
  6. Greatest love story ever written?

    I would say either Wuthering Heights or Great Expectations subjectively speaking. They are not perfect love stories and the couples are flawed but I doubt any real couple isn’t. Of course I feel I have never in my life really loved someone romantically as I have never met anyone with whom I feel I can properly connect so I doubt I have much author on this.
  7. Hello peeps

    Thanks. If if you don’t enjoy lots of purple prose and lots of descriptions you might struggle with enjoying them. They’re a slow burn. Also even among people who love the trilogy the 3rd one which is my favourite is always considered by far the worst one but I love it.
  8. Best vampire stories

    Fledgeling - by Octavia Butler
  9. Best Horror Authors?

    Stephen King Ramsey Campbell Clive Barker Shirley Jackson Robert Aickman H.P. Lovecraft M.R. James Paul Tremblay John Langan
  10. Favorite Poet?

    My favourite poet is Emily Bronte. I believe eve that she was uniquely gifted and the fact that her life was cut short is a topic I think about a lot. Also some of the poetry by her sister Ann is very good. A powerful American poet for me is Robert Frost. His talent seems to defy classification for me.
  11. Hello peeps

    Hi I’m a boring 20 something student of History. I’m from England and I’ve always been a reader. I have aspergers and my special interest has always been books and authors. I have a huge list of authors including their nationality and birth and death dates that I have to keep under my bed at all times. The list starts with Hesiod and goes up to Helen Oyeyemi. My favourite genre is possibly horror even though I will read any and all genres. Im a huge fan of Steinbeck, Ramsey Campbell, Octavia Butler, Mervyn Peake, William Golding, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Neil Gaiman. I would like to work in a bookstore store but my social skills and aspergers has made getting a job impossible for me so far. I read because I want to be taken away from where I am and I have always found it a way to ease the pain. I also read poetry and history. My favorite book of all of all time is Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake.