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About vodkafan

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

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    Deepest England
  • Interests
    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.
  1. New to writing

    Hi Winston, first off welcome to the forum! That is one humdinger of an intriguing introduction. I wish you well as a professional poker player. Can one make a living from that? It seems such a nerve wracking endeavour to be able to handle the ups and downs so calmly. Your modesty about your writing skills is noted. There are some published writers on here and a few would be writers (including me) so I would be interested to see what you got. But this is mainly a reading forum. Everyone is nice here.
  2. Hi Mrs Wentworth, welcome to the forum. Your list leans heavily towards the fantasy side so I would recommend The Lyonesse Trilogy by Jack Vance. And some of the books by China Mielville which seem to straddle SF and Fantasy might suit.
  3. Vodkafan's Reading Blog 2018

    A Ticket To Oblivion 2/5 Edward Marston A quick read in the popular "Railway Detective" series. Detective Inspector Colbeck this time has to solve the mystery of a young lady and her maid who have disappeared seemingly into thin air after boarding a train but not getting off at the destination. These books are a formula but they are enjoyable simple stories. I like the setting and it makes one think of how world-changing the advent of the railways was back then. I have read four of them now.
  4. Vodkafan's Reading Blog 2018

    Thanks Frankie hope yours is good too!
  5. Vodkafan's Reading Blog 2018

    I have had a small purge of books and a few DVDs on my shelves. About 40 books to go. Sadly most of them only recently acquired that never even made it onto my official TBR list, so I don't even have the satisfaction of seeing that go down significantly. Then the same day I promptly walked into Oxfam and bought 4 more books! They are all about Victorian subjects so I could not resist them. One is a history of Regent Street in London published in 1975 , complete with many old photographs and reproductions of original architect's plans etc,.
  6. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    I saw the trailer for this, and at the beginning I thought it was a Science Fiction film, but when I saw it was just going to be another Superhero film I lost interest.
  7. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Went with the kids and exwife to see the remake of Jumanji. It was actually OK, a good teen movie, some funny parts .
  8. Vodkafan's Reading Blog 2018

    No I will have to add that one to my list thanks.
  9. Vodkafan's Reading Blog 2018

    The American 5/5 Henry James I loved this book! By Golly that is the way to write a story! Create some characters then make them real so that the reader starts to care what happens to them. Create a simple central scenario that gives them all motivation to move the plot along. Then contrive a set of events that tests all the characters to their very limits and beyond. None of the principal characters remains the same by the end of the story. I really like that in a book.
  10. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2018

    Hi Little Pixie, I thought that I was not understanding your book log, as it showed 52 books for January, but everyone's posts have confirmed it: I am in awe. I was going to wish you good luck with your reading but I don't think you need it!
  11. Vodkafan's Reading Blog 2018

    Thanks Little Pixie you too! The American has been fantastic, I am near the end and at a most critical turn of events!
  12. Trevor's Reads 2018

    Yes I grew up reading Andre Norton and had no idea "he" was a she. Certain of her SF books were very formative to me as a teenager. The Dane Thorson books, the two Janus books (Judgement On Janus and Victory On Janus) spring to mind. Very much YA reads, although the term wasn't known then. Also of course, a diet heavy in Asimov, Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. Then at 15 I discovered Jack Vance who just blew everything else I had read out of the water.
  13. Trevor's Reads 2018

    I noticed you are reading an Ursula K. Le Guin novel Trevor. I read Left Hand Of Darkness as a teenager and then revisited it again a few years ago , it was a n interesting slow burn novel with a thoughtful main character. Not read anything else by her though. Oh no TBR and Wish List are quite distinctly different things. You have it right sir!
  14. Hayley's Reading in 2018

    Agreed. I think I will have to re-read it and get hold of the other books too.