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  1. Matt Haig

    Matt Haig has a new book out: How to Stop Time. Synopsis from Book Depository: 'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.' Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.
  2. Yes, indeed @bobblybear! It's very sad. I hope you're enjoying Persuasion. I dearly love all of Austen's books and really want to re-read one soon. So glad you enjoyed TCotGF. I bought it last year but haven't read it yet (or anything else by Crispin). In my last piece of book activity for July, I finished reading The Gruen Transfer, which I've been dipping in and out of for many months. Quite an interesting look at the advertising industry.
  3. I started and finished Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth over the past weekend or so (lots of pictures; small amounts of text). I've had this book for a while and was inspired to push it up the TBR pile when I saw an interview with Gore on TV last week. Very interesting read, although it's a little dated now that it's 10 years old. Apparently the term 'global warming' was still used instead of 'climate change' back then, and obviously all the stats were missing 10 years' worth of data. I wonder if he'll update the book now that he's made a sequel to the original documentary? Oh, I just looked it up and the answer is 'yes'. That led me to read Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, which I've heard great things about. I started it yesterday and have read around 50 pages. It's a fascinating read so far.
  4. Game of Thrones

    Yes, I watched it! I enjoyed it all, and yes, that opening scene was brilliant!
  5. It sounds like those of us who don't love social interactions should get together for a Silent Reading Party. I've been having a woeful reading year, but I've managed to pick it up a little in the past few weeks by rereading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams. At least, I thought I'd read the second book before, but none of it was familiar. I'm now reading Life, the Universe and Everything by the same author. I'm also not sure if this is a reread—I thought I had read at least part of it before, but again, nothing seems familiar. I know I definitely haven't read the next two books though, so I'll be continuing on with them next.
  6. Rest in Peace

    Very sad, and such a young age.
  7. The first Harry Potter book was published 20 years ago (yesterday...I'm a little late!) To celebrate, I thought we could get a discussion going about the books and movies...it has been too long since we had a good HP discussion! Favourite and least favourite Harry Potter books? Favourite and least favourite Harry Potter movies? Which house do you think you would be sorted into? Which house did Pottermore sort you into? Favourite and least favourite characters? Favourite and least favourite professors? What would your patronus be (have you received details from Pottermore, or do you have your own idea)? What would your wand be made of? (Pottermore) Favourite spell? Favourite subject at Hogwarts? Favourite thing/s about Hogwarts? What would your post-Hogwarts occupation be? Was anything left out of the movies that you really wanted to see? Was anything you would cut out (or down) in the movies? Favourite shop in Diagon Alley? Favourite place in the wizarding world? Feel free to expand the list!
  8. Black Mirror

    I recently finished watching this series and loved every minute of it! Very thought-provoking. Apparently Charles Brooker is going to publish three 'Black Mirror' volumes of novellas written by different people. These will go on my wish list for sure.
  9. I think it's bizarre that you (David James) could think anyone would think weirdly of someone reading Lolita near a school, or of reading a book about a serial killer in public, even a recently deceased killer. In the latter case, the subject would obviously be of interest to people at the moment because it's currently in the news. Do you think that somehow means someone reading a book about Brady actually condones what he did? Because that's the only logical conclusion I can come to when reading what you wrote. That's laughable and ridiculous. For the record, I once read Lolita on public transport. I can't be bothered Googling the cover to include it here, but it has a cartoonish image of a young girl in a bikini. Not the most provocative Lolita cover out there, I'm sure, but it was distinctive. I had the book sitting on my lap (front cover up) while I was doing something else, and a gentlemen next to me engaged me in conversation about the book. He turned out to be a big fan of Nabokov and a few days later he arrived on the train with a couple of spare copies of other Nabokov books and gifted them to me. We ended up becoming great friends and stayed in touch for several years, discussing art and books (he remains the most well-read person I've ever met). At the time I was in my mid 20s and he was probably in his early/mid 60s. Based on what you've said, you would probably have thought him some kind of sicko and advised me to stay well away. Luckily I'm not so judgmental!
  10. We're nearly halfway through the year! What's your book activity today? I've sadly done very little reading lately, although I ordered a few books online in the last day or two.
  11. I'm interested in your thoughts on this. I know it's about Richard Dawkins, who I have great admiration for, but I'm not sure if the book just makes fun of him?
  12. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    I haven't read the book, but I've watched the first couple of episodes and like it well enough so far.
  13. I loved If On a Winter's Night a Traveller! It blew my socks off. I hated Miss Smilla though. Those books are so pretty! And so ridiculously cheap!!
  14. The Buuracombe novels

    Are you a member of Goodreads? If so (or even if you're not a member), you might be able to find an answer there. Someone might have addressed it in a review, or you can post a question on the page of the relevant book and someone might be able to answer it.
  15. Have you read Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden? That's quite a good one about North Korea. I've had this on my TBR pile for years and finally picked it up the other day because I've seen it in the news so much. I've probably only read half a dozen pages so far, and it seems good, but I'm not sure I'm in the right mood for it at the moment. I'll keep going for a while. SaveSave
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