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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. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

    10 days has been on my 'to read' list forever. I will have to add 72 days, I was not aware of that one.
  2. I have read 24 so far, aiming for 50. Best books so far of the year: Y: The Last Man - Brian K Vaughn A book that has been on my list of books to read since about 2003-2004, I waited until i was able to buy all 5 volumes in hardback and I am glad I waited. Probably the best written comic I have ever come across it. This is probably my favorite thing I have read all year. 5/5 How to get away with murder in America - Evan Wright A fairly short but never the less disturbing read, from the same author as 'Generation Kill' which I read last year. This book tells the tale of organised crime, murder and the CIA in the 80's and 90's 4/5 The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors and One Woman's Fight for Justice - Kathryn Bolkovac Eye opening story from inside the world of the UN and its private security contractor and the kind of things that people get up to when they are dumped in war torn places and are above the law. 4/5 books that were a bit me Executioner Pierrepoint - Albert Pierrepoint An autobiography of a historically very interesting man, who came from a line of executioners. This book was equal parts interesting and tedious. Albert is clearly from a time where men did not express their feelings and really struggles to talk about his work at times. 3/5 Star Man - The right hand of rock'n'roll - Michael Francis Another autobiography, this is the life story of a man who spent his adult life protecting the likes of Cher, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson. he has a lot of wild stories but the book trundles on just a little too long and becomes, much like I imagine touring does becomes tedious. 3/5 clunkers: Kicking the Habit - Jason Marriner yet another autobiography, this one is of a man who was one of England's most notorious football hooligans. Shows no regret or shame in his past actions, comes across as a horrible man. and proud of it. all in all the good has far outweighed the bad
  3. Show your bookshelf

    The Bill Hicks book is good, I dont remember him writing one of his own, unless it was a written collection of his material. Rik Mayal book I did not even finish, I think he tried way too hard to be funny rather than tell his story and for me failed on both fronts. The Bronson book was good, The Bronson film was pretty accurate to his book, a window into madness.
  4. Show your bookshelf

    You can see a gallery at: http://www.linux.me.uk/books
  5. Show your bookshelf

    I just had a new book shelf before Xmas, I am planning to extend it 6 feet to the left but as it stands at the moment I have this:
  6. Self Help Books

    I'm not sure if it classes a 'self-help' but I recently read a book all about memory techniques and it has helped me a fair bit at work with things like names as well as being able to memorise lists. I think it has helped me feel better at work as there are lots of people who knew me by name and I had no clue and I always felt a little awkward but now I can remember their names and feel more comfortable.
  7. I use Book collector and also anobii Both worth a look for diff reasons.
  8. Computer Help Thread

    Does it happen when its plugged in or on battery? I know my desktop does a similar thing as we experience lots of brown outs at home (mini power cuts that don't last long enough to fully cut off) and it flickers from time to time. Total pain.
  9. It still is up as far as I am aware? Just it usually is empty

  10. beef! What happened to the IRC channel? Can I reach it again? :(

  11. Sort of, Parts of that book were used along with The Corner and as well as the experiences of co-writers of The Wire were use. Homicide did have its own HBO series (called Homicide, creative chaps at HBO!). Both The Corner and Homicide are well worth reading if you enjoyed The Wire as there are a lot of similar characters including some of the real people from the show (Jay Landsman is in Homicide).
  12. I have read The Road too, it was given to me by a friend at work who highly recommended it. I thought the book was very good but was also pretty dark and depressing (much like the movie based on it). Well worth a read though as its a good story and I hope to read more of his stuff in the future.
  13. I would suggest the following: The corner by David Simon - Follows a small area of Baltimore and the drug addicts/dealers that live there, this is not got a LOT of gang content but it has lots of the social effects drug gangs have on inner city areas with high drug usage Redemption by Tookie Williams - The life story of a founding member of the Crips gang, one of the biggest gangs in the world. Street kids The story of 7 kids from a run down estate Mafia Enforcer by Cecil Kirby This book combines motorcycle gangs and the Mafia as the author was a President (may have been Vice president its been a long time since I read it) of a MC then became a hitman for the Mafia in Canada Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh An academic walks into gangland, is taken hostage overnight and then freed, only to return the next day with a 6-pack of beer and some questions. One of the best insights into a working gang that you will find even though its not a 'crime' book. Gaspipe by Philip Carlo The life story of Casso, a man who rose through the Mafia ranks to become head of the Lucchese family lots of info about crooked cops etc and how criminals use them. Befriend and Betray: Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods by Alex Caine - The story of one of the most successful undercover law enforcement workers ever, he infiltrated multiple gangs/organisations including the Hells Angels, Bandidos and even the KKK No Angel by Jay Dobyns - Jay Dobyns is an ATF agent who goes under cover into the world of the Hells Angels, this book has lots of information about the inner workings of a MC Under and alone by William Queen Another story of an undercover agent infiltrating an MC again has lots of information about the inner workings and the day to day of being in a MC
  14. Not to everyone's taste but I thought West End Girls was a decent enough read and is right in your time period. I know its not a novel but worth looking into you.
  15. how to selected books?

    I would have probably said up until recently I read 'selectively' but when I take a look at my bookshelves there are lots of books on subjects that prior to reading I had little to no interest in. I have found over time that if a book is written properly almost anything can become interesting. A perfect example would be the 'Freakonomics' books, I am *terrible* with number and usually avoid them, thus economics has never been high up my list but those books put it into a fun and entertaining way which allowed me to really enjoy a book based round number and statistics so I would say I am willing to read extensive topics but only after careful selection
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