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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. I found your comment concerning talking to yourself very intriguing. And I just read your biography, truly you ARE a biography waiting to be written , oui?

    Any way have a good day and I am looking forward to reading more of your comments.

  2. Hey Oblomov, :welcome: back!

  3. Haven't seen you around for a while - I hope you're okay. :)

  4. For over 30 years I have been trying to find an alarm clock that plays the same tune as the one in the 1966 film Walk Don't Run with Cary Grant. In the film, the clock used to wake Grant up in the mornings with its crazy tune much to his irritation. I think it is some form of Japanese morning call and very catchy. Any ideas would be appreciated.
  5. In several ways. Your fingers get exercised by hammering on the keyboard; ;our facial muscles from constant scowling and grimacing; your arms from doing the Boris Becker fist shake each time you win something (or kill something?); and so on.
  6. I am closer to Avebury and there is a real mystic pub there called the Red Lion.
  7. You have not upset me at all. Quite the contrary in fat, realising that there is yet another like minded person. How about a drink sometime?
  8. I have come across countless books where the author has forgotten to compensate for the time difference, particularly if it is in the same country. For example, according to the book a flight from New York to Los Angeles departs at 11am and after a 5-hour flight, arrives in LA at 4pm; in reality, it would arrive at 1pm because LA is 3 hours behind New York.
  9. It depends on how you define a "mistake". Errors related to dates and times are usually typographical - at least we usually assume so. With historical events - like WW2 for example - most writers claim a certain amount of artisitic licence. For example, the German writer H H Kirst has written an excellent book about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler on 20th July 1944 - the book is called The 20th of July. In it, the chronology of someevents is slightly altered to suit the storyline where real-life characters mingle with fictitious ones. Some mistakes are very obviously due to poor research. I have seen the Titanic referred to as a "Cunard liner" in quite a few fiction books, whereas any serious student of the Titanic knows that the ship was built by Cunard's rivals White Star. I have seen some cheapo thrillers where the author tells us that The Koran is a holy book for Muslims as well as Hindus...and so on.
  10. I am sorry, but that is manifestly untrue. In fact, physical excercise is a very good therapy for stress and even depression to some extent. Games do help to focus one's mind a lot better and give that "feel good" feeling.
  11. Can anyone recommend some books...

    I would very heartily recommend World's Fair by E L Doctorow. It is written through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the Depression era of 1930s New York; his hopes and aspirations for the future, with the light at the end of his tunnel represented by the famous 1939 New York World Fair. A real classic.
  12. Here is the Abe Books link to the book and quite a few of the dealers are in the UK. It is occasionally available on e-Bay as well. http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Collins&sts=t&tn=The+Fifth+Horseman&x=57&y=12
  13. Of course you can; look! http://www.amazon.com/Fifth-Horseman-Larry-Collins/dp/0380547341