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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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    TBR now out of control
  • Birthday 01/27/1961

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    London: The Novel Edward Rutherford
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    Deepest England
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    Jack Vance, George Gissing, Sarah Waters, Victorian England, Old sailing ships, anything about Norway, anything about London, sci fi films, what makes women tick, going to the gym, swimming, walking, travelling, art galleries,drawing, buying something really good cheap from a charity shop, theatre, writing my first novel.

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  1. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    Well done Onion Budgie!
  2. One of the best time travel books ever written is Up The Line by Robert Silverberg.
  3. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    It is a great idea!!
  4. Hayley's Reading 2019

    Ah good answer! I think I must put Folk on my list then..
  5. Vodkafan's 2019 reading blog

    If I Stay 1/5 Gayle Foreman A YA book I picked up from the daughter's bookshelf. I skim-read this, because the flashback parts were too sickly and twee for me to stomach to be honest, and I just concentrated on the parts where she was a disembodied spirit stuck in the hospital near her body. The ending was what I expected. I give the author credit for staying away from any religious content though.
  6. Vodkafan's 2019 reading blog

    Normal People 2/5 Sally Rooney I was conflicted reading this one , and even now a month later I find it hard to know how to explain my feelings about it. I guess the most honest thing to say is it left me uneasy and unsatisfied. And yet, there are some things about the book I like, so I don't want to trash it completely. On the plus side, the early awkward teenage interactions of Connell and Marianne are quite charming and believable, I believe we could all easily put ourselves into their shoes. The flip that happens to Connell when they move away to university is the most interesting. We see that Connell is actually just as much "not normal" as Marianne, in fact he may be the weaker of the two. He was just able to disguise it in his familiar home surroundings. That kept me reading. The reasons for Marianne's treatment by her family wasn't really explained, so although that is sort of dangled as a reason for why she is like she is it is a bit clunky and left it up in the air for me. Maybe the author wanted it that way, because in real life it is hard to untangle and unpack a person so easily; so I give Sally Rooney that one. Although there is a sort of resolution for them both, I was unhappy for Marianne even at the end of the book.
  7. Hayley's Reading 2019

    Wow Hayley you have got some interesting books under your belt this year, I want to read most of them! I have a question about Folk , would you say the style is similar to Angela Carter?
  8. Vodkafan's 2019 reading blog

    It's been a long time since I did a review. I will do a couple tomorrow!
  9. Hi!

    It's really very odd to be in the position that GRRM is in... people are going to moan whatever he writes...if he writes anything that is much different to what has now been on the TV show some are going to say "what???" and yet at least one of my friends who is a big fan of the books said that he didn't see any hand of GRRM in the last season, it didn't jive with where he thought the books would go... Martin is like a victim of his own success. But if he doesn't ever write the last two books, what can they do to him anyway? presumably they can sue him for any advance he has received, but he is an old man, what does he care?
  10. New name, new me.

    I did write for a while, It's been paused for a good bit though, I intend to get back to it..
  11. Have I introduced myself yet?

    What kind of books do you like to read? Who are your favourite authors?
  12. Hayley, you bring up a good point about the editor's choice of stories if it is a pick and mix of different authors. It is worth mentioning that in passing when writing a review, I will try to remember that. I do like it when the editor writes a short note on each story and his/her mental connection to it (or the author)- that's always interesting. I think it is permissible to write the review about the whole collection as it is, because after all another person who picks up that print edition will get exactly the same mixture. But as Madeleine observed, you could give more mention to the short stories that jumped out at you . On the other hand, nothing wrong either with writing a separate review on a short story that really floated your boat ! I have never done that yet but I would.
  13. New name, new me.

    Hi Quinn, I remember you too. Glad that you are on the mend, hopefully your reading ability will improve and help make new neural connections along the way? Anyway glad you are still with us, welcome back
  14. Hi!

    Welcome Eli, ever read any Jack Vance? He is one of GRRM's influences.
  15. Have I introduced myself yet?

    Welcome! Why do you call yourself Loser, do you tend to misplace a lot of your books?