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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. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

    I read this a few years back, it was given to me by an ex boyfriend who highly recommended it - IT'S BRILLIANT. As well as being a good story the text adds so much to the suspense, I've only come across one other thing like it, which was a pair of Russian films (Horror / Thrillers - for anyone who likes vampire type things like 'Underworld' you might like these films) which were subtitled but every now & again they would fade or drip down the screen or zoom off to one side, interesting films to watch just for the subtitles! Great book - don't be put off by the fact that it's a brick, I've never seen one standard book size only ones as big as a hardback. Sorry forgot to say the films are called 'Nightwatch' & 'Daywatch'.
  2. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

    The book is good I read it a few years ago, also saw the film a couple of days ago really good - well worth seeing.
  3. Accents

    I'm from Wigan but don't think I have much of an accent (in that most people need to ask where I come from. I love an Irish accent.......yes yes I know join the queue! and I also really like an east Lancashire accent as in Burnley / Blackburn it's the rrrrr sound - I once went to a football match at Accrington Stanley's ground & fell in love with the announcer's accent!
  4. Stephen King

    I've just read Dreamcatcher which I enjoyed but you're right Michelle earlier ones are better, personal favourites being The Stand / Green Mile / The Shining.
  5. Five facts...

    *stares in shock* I could never do that! The remaining week i do wear sandals but feel sooo vulnerable! Then can't wait to be back in the boots again.
  6. Five facts...

    1 I have a degree in maths (sadly have never used anthing I learnt & now can't remember any of it - was 20 yrs ago though) 2 I can drive a forklift truck 3 I have never placed a bet or bought a lottery ticket 4 I hate shopping (except for books of course!) 5 Never wear make-up & live in army boots for about 11 months & 3 weeks of the year
  7. What magazines do you read?

    Can I be nosy and ask what Broken Pencil is? I read Sight & Sound (film) and The Ecologist
  8. E. F. Benson... Any Luciaphiles out there?

    I read these years ago, borrowed them from a friend who recommended them. Am I right in thinking they were set around Rye which is where his parents were living at the time, they were great to read. Until I read these books EF Benson was better known to me as a ghost story writer.
  9. Do you take notes as you read?

    I always take notes if I'm reading for a book group, quite early on I realised I had a problem with remembering plots with any reliability (same with films - must be something to do with how the brain works 'cos I'm fairly good with facts). And I take notes if I'm reading something factual that I want to just 'remember' and will at a later time probably look up said interesting fact & find out a bit more.
  10. Janet just a bit more encouragement from me... don't give up, I think in a couple of years time when you look back at your list and see a few (many) more filled in you'll think with pride "I've read some books I wouldn't normally have picked up". Maybe there are a few more you can fill in now have you read any Coelho (Brazil), Garcia-Marquez (Columbia??), ROhinton Mistry / Aravind Adiga / Arundati Roy (India), Mgt Atwood (Canada)? Anyway good luck with it.
  11. Aloha!

    Hi ProzacKitteh and welcome
  12. CSI New York *SPOILER ALERT*

    Excellent thats me sorted for tuesday then
  13. CSI New York *SPOILER ALERT*

    I love CSI too (original & NY - never liked Miami though) Gil Grissom is great, anyone know when the original CSI is coming back?
  14. What are Everyone's Favourite Films?

    The Shining Shawshank Sense & Sensibility LOTR trilogy Westerns!! I love westerns... Peckinpah / John Ford / John Sturgis / Clint Eastwood - grew up watching them on saturday mornings mixed in with Laurel & Hardy + Charlie Chaplin films.
  15. Worst ever film from a book?

    Thanks for the link child.of.god I now know that my 'worst film of the year' Elegy was based on a book called 'The dying animal' by Philip Roth
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