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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. This was recently recommended to me on here, and now you have mentioned it Raven. I will have to shove the title closer to my 'Don't just wish it - Buy it!' list.
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  3. New name, new me.

    Hello Quinn, lovely to see you here again. Glad that you are well enough to be here again.
  4. I have been reading and enjoying EJ Stevens series 'Ivy Granger.' Just the kind of read I need to keep things ticking over! Alongside the series I have also been reading David Almond's 'Skellig'. Since university (many years ago) it is a rare thing for me to have two books on the go, but I am loving this story as it gently unfurls.
  5. Reading political books in public

    Well said! People take less notice of others than we believe. If I see what someone is reading my thoughts are "Have I read it?", "Should I read it?" and "I wonder if they are enjoying it?"
  6. Guess what? I am Happy Pat :)

    Hello Pat, and welcome to the forum.
  7. Your Top 10 books!

    I developed such a headache the last time I attempted a top 10, and ended up feeling guilty toward all the great books that I didn't place in my top 10! I may leave it awhile before I make another attempt. Some excellent lists here though!
  8. Your description does sound (sort of) similar to the JB Priestley play 'An Inspector Calls'. You said that you didn't find a matching synopsis though. It's a tough one, and so frustrating when you know the story / book is out there!
  9. Chrissy's Reading 2019

    Definitely read them in order muggle not, they won;t make much sense otherwise. And you post any Dolly you want to in the thread - she is always welcome! They are a lovely trio of books, and are thought provoking without being pious.
  10. Iain here and thanks for having me.

    The subject matter looks fascinating Iain. The Battle of Waterloo is one of 'those' battles that we think we know about, but there is always more to learn about it. Welcome to the forum.
  11. I would recommend the Lincoln Rhyme series by crime writer Jeffery Deaver. There are about 14 books so far in the series, all really good crime thrillers, well paced with good characters. Here's the start of the synopsis for the first book in the series, The Bone Collector, Lincoln Rhyme, ex-head of NYPD forensics, was the nation’s foremost criminalist, the man who could work a crime scene and come away with a perfect profile of the killer, frozen in time. Now, Lincoln is frozen in place — permanently. An accident on the job left him a quadriplegic who can move just one finger, a great mind strapped to his bed, mulish and sarcastic, hiding from a life he no longer wants to live. Until he sees the crime-scene report about a corpse found buried on a deserted West Side railroad track. A stand alone novel, also by Jeffery Deaver that is a firm favourite of mine is A Maiden's Grave, a hostage taking / FBI negotiation setting. A school bus stops at a car crash on an isolated road. The two teachers and their deaf students are immediately captured by three escaped convicts.
  12. Would it be wrong to say yes to that question?
  13. Chrissy's Reading 2019

    He does include a lot of interesting 'nuggets', almost like asides to the main plots, into his books, and the locations he has passed through in his books have made me think, "If I ever go to.....I would check that out". Holiday reads might be a way to describe them. If you do ever read the Philip Pullman books I very much look forward to reading your thoughts on them.
  14. Introverts & Extraverts

    I had clicked the poll button, but not the submit! This is an interesting subject to discuss. It makes you consider who you are as a person. I use to be apologetic for needing alone time and quiet time etc. but as I get older the more I recognise my own deeply felt needs and the less I care about what others think of them!