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    Reading(!) - anything not too scary, and mostly fiction/historical/sci-fi. Also into Spiritual healing for people, creatures, and our world through the White Eagle Lodge, and likewise subjects in books. Handcrafts - cross stitch, embroidery or tapestry, mostly.

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  1. Those who don't like horror...

    I was a "stay clear of horror" person till my late twenties, when I opened "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice. My quick scan turned into me reading the book from cover to cover, glued to the story despite occasional protests from my scary cat side!😀 That led to more Anne Rice books, all of them enticing me into the stories of characters who just happened to be un dead at the time. Strangely, for the most part I found none of them frightening, but chilling certainly, and that was worse, they stayed with me longer. What a gifted author. I'm still cautious about trying new authors in the "scary" sections, not many have the Rice deft touch. Reluctant too, about trying anything about seemingly normal folks turning out to be gruesome murderers, or other scary types. On the other hand, give me the homely ta!e of a shapeshifter, vampire, werewolf or like, and I can cope much more easily with any of their doings. So - if anyone has any suggestions on those lines I'd be glad of knowing them. Aren't we human beings so strange?! I denied this part of myself for years. Now, I've e found it can almost be fun😀 Happy to All.
  2. Charles Dickens

    Oh, refresh yourself with a re-read Chrissy. ☺A familiar story will help get you back into the mood, again. What about Oliver Twist? The story of a lad, but still an eye opening tale of how it really was back then. For Oliver it ended well. He was just one of millions of children left to live or die by their own efforts, though. Times to remember so we never repeat them. Always a favourite of mine, David Copperfield too - great characters there!😀 (Oh crikey - allright, I'll add them on again ) Happy All
  3. Maeve Binchy

    I've got it - the Glass Lake. ☺ That took a bit of sniffing out! Sounds just right, perfect for relaxing into, with a hint of mystery. It's next up, though I'll probably sneak a page or two while I finish my current read. (By the way, I've just noticed your "Book Wyrm" Poppy. I've just finished "Nevernight" by Jay Kristoff (just a little fantasy thing about teenage assassins in training) There's a library, there's bookworms. The books are very safe. The bookworms are monstrous creatures prowling the endless aisles eating unwary humans who cross their paths! You wouldn't go for a mooch around those shelves unless you were bristling with weapons!😁!) Happy All
  4. Charles Dickens

    Yes, I have to say it's one that I found very - with apologies - boring! Whether it was the change of country, the characters, the subject, the executions themselves not a topic for Dickens usual irreverent humour. I couldn't bond with it at all. Even the message of "making a sacrifice for love" had an edge - the most unkind one! Still, there are bound to be one or two out of the choice available which we will dislike. That leaves plenty of Dickens novels to love! Happy All.
  5. Maeve Binchy

    Thanks Athena. The tribulations we bookworms go through dithering over that next choice. I know I'm just marking time, till I zoom in on it Happy All
  6. Maeve Binchy

    Well, how weird, I've searched and can't find anything.?? So I'll ask here. What's your favourite Maeve Binchy novel? Don't tramp!e me in the stampede!! I've read and loved Whitethorn Woods and the Copper Beech, meaning to read further but you know how it is, loadsa books out there. Now it's time to choose from the ranks again. I feel so at peace reading these novels, as if they're part of me. I'm just dithering about which to carry on with! So Help please! ☺ Happy All.
  7. I've done it again - I've re-bought Brent Weeks Night Angel trilogy! (3rd time now?) I really must keep it this time. I just don't know why I'm so fascinated with the story of this assassin. Should I worry about this trend?? I'm currently reading the Maria Snyder "Poison Study" and already have the rest of the series to follow, snapped up as a Charity shop bargain. Another assassin, female this time. I think my friends are getting a little alarmed, they don't browse among my bookcase as much as they did! ☺ Well, it makes a change from historical novels dunnit? Happy All (and stay alert!)
  8. A Game of Thrones

    There's a lot to handle reading your way through the whole series of "Thrones" so very well done Plot (I hope you don't mind the liberty?) I struggled myself a bit occasionally, and I love history - real or fantasy. In this case the tv series is great, and the actors seem to fit the characters well, but as you say, there are great chunks of story left out, and that's a shame for the reader, and the author who has put years of his life into the series. , I well know it's difficult to let go of old school memories, they haunt us all, but try to keep in mind you're reading voluntarily now, and for entertainment. You won't get detention for putting the book down for a few days. Maybe now you've watched the series you could take a stroll back through the books sometime, feeling on more familiar ground? Read other things in between, and you'll start each one fresh again for the drama! Reading for pleasure is just that - if it isn't relaxing and entertaining, I'd pack it up and move on to the next. Happy All.
  9. Charles Dickens

    Actually, you're not too late finishing "Carol" this week Raven. We had 12th Night on Sunday 6th (Epiphany) and it's the Baptism of the Lord day on the 13th, so actually you were still within the traditional Christmas period.😀 It's only in what we call "real life" that everything disappears with new year. 😕 Yes, give C.C. another read a bit earlier maybe, next year. I read it, or watch at least one of the films every year. Scrooge may be a miser but he's courageous too, and honest enough to acknowledge the worst in himself, and actually do something about it when the Spirits shake him out of his rut. Dickens dropped a hint to his readers through the story for us to care more for each other in life. Like back then, it seems to work mostly in spasms nowadays, too. Happy New Year everyone!
  10. Best vampire stories

    I suppose it's the same with many authors, an initial "rush" then readers get used to the style. It helps to leave a year or two and then have another go, I've often found my interest in certain authors reborn Hence my habit of hoarding books while waiting for the "flow" to return. 😊 Happy All
  11. Best vampire stories

    Ahem!! Who has forgotten Anne Rice then?. Take a hundred lines the whole bunch of you! Have recently had the urge to buy a few of her Vampire books, heaven knows when I'll get to read them, though. Happy Christmas All.
  12. If you enjoy medieval fiction

    If you like historical novels with lots of battles, bloody and violent in 'em, you'll like the series, muggle not. I do like it, but take lengthy rests between books as I get weary of the violence in between the developing story. Happy All.
  13. Violence

    How are you getting on with the Shannara books Kevin? The Book Peop!e have a fantastic offer of 4 trilogies of the series at the mo. I 've had a paddle in the series between a bit of a book and a bit of series one, so I indulged in the first 3 trilogies. Christmas is a time of magic, after all! 😀 Happy All
  14. A Game of Thrones

    My grumble with the price thing is the first part costs what it does and then there's a second part costing more. Frustrating the fans who wait for the second part and probably costing £25-30 for both, expensive for many of us, whether as gifts or a treat for ourselves. The sad fact is in the everyday world, books are luxury items, excepting educational ones. Actually maybe I'm grumbling in the wrong direction here? Shouldn't an authors publishers keep a weather eye on the author and their doings? OK, only part of the blame to Mr. M. then. I can understand an author having trouble with their plot, especially in such a character packed story, with each one determined to go their way despite the word count. That's why it's best not to leave them unattended too long, I bet they resent the restriction of being channelled into a storyline again. It'll be a headache to wrestle that lot back into order. We're all behind you Mr. M. - Happy All.
  15. A Game of Thrones

    Having posted the same grumble in the wrong place, I shall now grumble in a right place about the length of time we are waiting for the GoT series to continue. The years have slipped past, I've gained silver threads among the auburn and creaks in places I don't want them and still we wait. (I wonder what sort of state George Martin is in?!) It's time we at least had a publication date to countdown to. Everyone say Aye!! Next - the 2 part story of the Targareyns. First part to be released on Amazon at over £12 soon. second part probably similar in price next year. Then of course the Starks, the Lannisters ... Prepare to sell your cars people, the Winter of Expense is Coming! In brief, Mr M. stands to make a fortune from his series 'cos as fans we'll pay eventually even if we wait for a price drop. So, wouldn't it be nice if he shared his good fortune with the people who are providing it - and dropped prices a bit for us first? Or am I being too unworldly for even fiction? Happy All