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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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About Esiotrot

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    Mega Bibliophile
  • Birthday 12/29/1978
  1. Hope you've had a lovely birthday x

  2. Happy birthday Esiotrot! Haven't seen you around for ages. I hope you'll drop in and visit us again soon. :)

  3. Happy birthday - hope you're well and that you have a good day. x

  4. Esiotrot's 2010 reading list

    What Ever Love Means by David Baddiel ~ Abandoned Synopsis Like most people, Vic Mullan - once described by his best friend Joe as 'a man whose sense of social responsibility is exhausted by pulling over to let an ambulance by' - can remember where he was and what he was doing on the day of Princess Diana's death. Yes, he can remember it particularly well: he was at home, beginning an affair with Emma, Joe's wife. The opening sections of David Baddiel's second novel chart the history of an intense and passionately sexual liaison set against the background of the most hysterical time in recent memory. But as the months wear on, and life and love return to normal, so things become more complex between Vic and Emma. And then, tragedy - a real, local, small-scale tragedy, as opposed to a national, iconic, mythological one - intervenes. Part-satire, part-love story, part-whodunnit, and part-meditation on the nature of sex and death, WHATEVER LOVE MEANS confirms Nick Hornby's assertion that David Baddiel has 'gone straight into the First Eleven of young contemporary British novelists'. It takes a lot for me to abandon a book - I am very thrawn and get annoyed with myself for not completing things. I took this book out of the charity shop pile twice befor deciding but I just couldnt take it any more - there are too many good books out there waiting for me to spend time on this. The characters are uninteresting, the plot non existant (I ditched after 1/3) the writing over indulgently descriptive and I felt the author was very patronising to his readers. Sorry David but not for me, I hope the new owner from the charity shop likes it.
  5. Esiotrot's 2010 reading list

    Hi Diane ~ I have Emotionally Weird and Case Histories, will maybe try Case Histories first and see if I prefer the mystery type instead. K x
  6. Esiotrot's 2010 reading list

    Hi Diane ~ I am so relieved to hear I am not the only one who wasnt bowled over by 'Museum'. Have you read any more books by Kate Atkinson? I have 2 more in Mount TBR but am now unsure if they will ever make it to the top. k x
  7. Finished Lullaby by Claire Seeber ~ a good psychological thriller for her first novel. I have chosen Whatever Love Means by David Baddiel to read next.
  8. Esiotrot's 2010 reading list

    Lullaby by Claire Seeber ~ 4/5 Synopsis What should have been a happy family day out quickly becomes a nightmare! The chilling debut from a bright new talent. What should have been a happy family day out quickly turns into a nightmare for Jess Finnegan. One minute she is thankful for a few minutes' peace away from the demands of motherhood. The next she is frantically searching for husband Mickey and 8-month old Louis.They have disappeared, nowhere to be seen. As the police launch a massive manhunt, Jess's panic intensifies. Then Mickey is found, badly beaten - and alone. Where is Louis? Is he still alive? Could he be the victim of child trafficking or something much closer to home? Just how well does Jess know her new husband? And when her wayward brother turns up out of the blue, what is he after? As the investigation unravels, Jess discovers that the people closest to you are not always what they seem! Review
  9. Read 200 pages of Lullaby by Claire Seeber yesterday and really enjoying it.
  10. Sarah Waters

    I would highly recommend Fingersmith - I really enjoyed it, my favourite book this year so far! The devil is in the detail and Sarah Waters nails it ~ I love her writing style and the pace of the story is spot on. I cant say much about it the plot without spoiling it but suffice to say I think anyone interested should give it a go. I am now coveting the rest of her back catalogue despite promising myself not to buy any more books until Mount TBR is down by at least 25. Considering a TBR cull to make room.
  11. Esiotrot's 2010 reading list

    Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson ~ 3/5 Synopsis Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby...Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life. Review This book came very highly recommended to me and I feel almost sad to admit I wasnt bowled over. I enjoyed the main story but found the footnotes began to get confusing as I lost track of which generation was being recalled and who cousins, aunts, uncles were. This led to a lot of backtracking through pages (a family tree in the back of the book would have been helpful) which reduced my enjoyment and I had to really push myself to finish it.
  12. black potato ~ mashed or roasted?
  13. Loving Fingersmith - actually a bit sorry my daughter is off on school hols as I really want to read This is quite near the top of my Mount TBR so will be looking out for your opinion on it. k x
  14. Esiotrot's 2010 reading list

    Hi Heather ~ thanks for the reply - I hope you are well. I found We Need To Talk About Kevin quite tough going for personal reasons and had to read it in stages, with other books in between- in fact I still have a bit left to finish. I feel like I have under rated this book a bit as my judgment was clouded, I have friends who absolutely raved about it and I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy it and probably rate it higher than I have. Re. Martina Cole ~ I also have another 5 on Mount TBR ( http://www.librarything.com/profile/Esiotrot ) The Graft is the first MC I have read and TBH I have read better books but lots of the reviews The Graft mention its not one of her best so I will definitely try more. Have you read any MC previously? kx
  15. Weird Crush Corner

    Now I am worried ~ my crushes are so weird no one has even commented