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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. Ulysses by James Joyce

    It gets better the more you read it. That's when you find the little gems within the blur. I'm biased, of course.
  2. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "I saw her when I ran outside to dig my bleeding fingers into the snow." Stephanie Victoire; The Other World, It Whispers
  3. What's the weather like?

    Snow yesterday, cold with a bit of a drizzle today. I think spring has made a false start.
  4. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure might be something for you, though it's not exactly recent.
  5. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I'm struggling with it, reading little bits of it every so often but it's not exactly gripping me. So far, the narcissism doesn't get any better. I've now finished the McCall Smith book and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Started a new book as well: The Bothy by Trevor Mark Thomas, it's very dark but I'm liking it a lot. My new audiobook is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it'll be short and trippy. I also have The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy lined up on audio but not quite ready for that yet, maybe next week. I haven't finished Lucia yet, not because I don't like it, it's just not the easiest book to read and can get a little uncomfortable at times.
  6. Not entirely sure what to go for if you haven't got a go-to genre. Are you looking for short stories specifically or also novellas? Either can be quick to read and easy to fit into a long day of work. Try the short stories by Saki if you're looking for something easy to read and (mostly) light-hearted. I've recently read Cassandra Parkins' New World Fairy Tales which is a collection of re-imagined fairy tales though not quite as rosy as the originals, I had fun trying to figure out which fairy tale was the basis of each story. Simon Kinch's Two Sketches of Disjointed Happiness not a short story, more of a novella, it's a quick read and easy to fit in between work. Guy Ware's The Fat of Fed Beasts is, well, very different. Avoid if not a fan of cursing. I loved its weirdness. O and because I think everyone should read James Joyce, read Dubliners.
  7. HELP FIND A TITLE

    Holly Seddon, Try not to Breathe ?
  8. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I had to read A Passage to India at some point for uni, thoroughly disliked it. I'm now reading several books as I've never have been one for sticking with just one book at a time, I prefer to have several which are suitable depending on my mood or where I am. I've got Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man on audiobook for my bus trips have read it before but now have Colin Farrell in my ears doing the reaing for me which is pleasant. I've also read a good bit into Ilja Pfeijffer's Grand Hotel Europa which is a Dutch book written from a first person perspective, the person haing the same name as the author but I really hope for the author's sake he isn't quite as narcissisticly inclined. It's gotten rave reviews in a lot of Dutch papers which I can only partly understand as it's about half very lofty and exuberant prose and a lot of very crude sex scenes which are quite off-putting to be frank. It reminds me a little of the film "The Grand Budapest Hotel." At some point I also started reading the however-manieth instalment of the Number 1 Ladies' Detective by Alexander McCall Smith which is very light-hearted and more of a bed-time sort of book. Lastly, I'm reading Alex Pheby's Lucia which is (very) loosely based on the life of James Joyce's daughter, Lucia. It's not an easy read and has a few rather disturbing aspects to it I think.
  9. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Must find some reading for during the flight and while waiting for it.
  10. What's Up in February? - 2019

    February is my renewed fight with my washer which has recently become quite temperamental. Bad timing for it as I'm flying out on Monday and really like having clean clothes and not coming back to a pile of washing.
  11. new here!

    Hi! I've been looking for a new book forum to join and this seems like a nice and active place. That and I saw a thread on Ulysses when first browsing the forum. About me: I'm currently researching James Joyce's Finnegans Wake as part of a Ph.D. Aside from my Joyce-related reading I don't really have one specific genre I stick to and tend to read a little bit of everything. I enjoy the odd crime novel but when I have the time for it I also like reading the classics and am currently debating whether or not to give Proust another go.
  12. new here!

    Not in particular to be honest. I enjoyed reading Virginia Woolf's works, Mrs Dalloway in particular. I've recently read two novels by Guy Ware which were both excellent (Reconciliation and The Fat of Fed Beasts). I like to think I read a little bit of everything. Conversation starter and ender depending on the audience, I get a lot of blank stares. I suppose that comes with this level of nerdiness. I still enjoy reading, yes, though sometimes I can get a little carried away when a passage in a book which I'm not reading for my research reminds me of it. With the Joyce books themselves: at the moment I read them for research more than anything, so when reading them I tend to go into the allusions a little too much I think. Maybe some time will help remedy that. I've just got A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man on audiiobook though and have managed to just listen to it without overthinking things.
  13. Best stream-of-consciousness novels

    William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury is one of my favourites, it can be a bit of a challenge though.
  14. Ulysses by James Joyce

    Aloud and in an Irish accent seems to be the way if going down that route. Personally, the first time I read Ulysses I didn't use a guide as I wanted to form my own opinion first of all without being guided by someone else's interpretation. I did use guide books on subsequent readings. As to which guide you'd be looking to use wholly depends on how much time you want to spend analysing allusions made throughout.Stuart Gilbert's James Joyce's Ulysses is useful and as an added bonus is written by a personal friend of Joyce, under his guidance. A more general guide is Harry Blamire's The New Bloomsday Book which gives neat summaries of each chapter. If you're looking to go on a Joycean treasure hunt, try Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford & Robert J Seidman or Weldon Thornton's Allusions in Ulysses: An Annoted List: An Annotated List.
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