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      June Supporter Giveaway   06/01/2019

      For the June giveaway I chose the theme 'The Gift of Reading.' One that I think we can all appreciate! The winner will receive four books, including:     The Gifts of Reading by Robert MacFarlane - 'An essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book.'   plus three little short but (hopefully) thought provoking reading gifts...   The Reckoning by Edith Wharton - 'Two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chroniclers of nineteenth-century New York life.' Create Dangerously by Albert Camus - 'Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others.' It Was Snowing Butterflies by Charles Darwin - 'A selection of Darwin's extraordinary adventures during the voyage of the Beagle.'    As always, supporting members will be entered automatically into the random draw at the end of the month. If you want to be entered into the draw but don't support yet, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum   Good luck   


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  • Birthday 03/26/1956

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  1. Chris Carter

    yes yes yes.....I have not looked into bookclubforum for a while spending all my time on goodreads....but must reply to your posting...I have read all CC's books and would love to discuss them all...can I recommend some??
  2. Charlie Parker Series

    For anyone who has read and enjoyed the Charlie Parker Series of equal mention is a trilogy by Michael Marshall....The Straw Men...The Lonely Dead and Blood of Angels...all brilliant with a touch of the "dark"
  3. Charlie Parker Series

    I am a number one fan of John Connolly and here is a little pic of me meeting him at Toppings Book Sellers last April.....
  4. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

    I loved Doctor Sleep and here is my review over at goodreads..... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1413265135?book_show_action=false
  5. Well your list is def missing one of the best horror/crime authors of the last 20 years the great John Connolly! I met him recently at a book tour, this was in Toppings book store in Bath...and here is the pic to share with you...
  6. opinions on Clive Barker books

    As a great horror fan I have always been intrigued by Clive Barker yet never managed to read any of his books....however soon to be put right as I have ordered Books of Blood vol 1-3 as it is always highly recommended
  7. Serial Killer book ?

    Read all, the latest The Death Sculptor is brilliant (well not the latest I believe he has a new book out I have not read yet) here is my review on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3T923T9KDQU9P/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0857203029&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=
  8. Joe Hill - NOS4R2

    I loved it and here is my review at Amazon.....http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R35TV337QHQXVO/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0575130679&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag= Had the privilege to meet Joe Hill on his UK tour in May...and here is a pic of me and Joe as you can see he was a lot of fun and a great night was had by all
  9. Dan Simmons

    Keep thinking about buying The Terror I know I will either love or hate..it is such a long book I believe you will really get into the story and continue reading...or give up exasperated after 100+ pages...ah what to do...
  10. I love a good serial killer :)

    Awful as in very poor story...found it really boring..just about managed to finish...and in contrast like you said American Psycho was unputdownable. I actually won 88 killer in a competition organised by the author and have a signed copy....I wish he had signed American Psycho
  11. I love a good serial killer :)

    I loved Ameican Psycho but thought the followup 88 killer was awful....
  12. I love a good serial killer :)

    American Psycho is one of the most horrific books I have ever read...the dialect and matter of fact way the killer tells his story is both totally absorbing and deeply upsetting. I read this book when it first appeared and had to destroy for fear of my younger daughter finding and wondering what sort of depraved person her dad was ....but I thought about this book for a long time and some day if I am brave enough I will reread.....
  13. I discovered this book by Northern Irish author David Park last week. I heard his name mentioned in a throwaway line on Mariella Frostrup's Sunday book programme and I am simply stunned by what I am reading. In essence this is a story about childhood and family life and how our futures are affected by what happens in our younger years. I don't want to talk too much about the plot but the emotions this book is creating within me are difficult to describe. I am amazed and ashamed that before reading this book I had never heard of David Park and equally astounded that he is devoid of any book awards....please..please...do read this book and lets talk about it on this forum....I need to talk about it, it is probably the greatest book I have ever read....
  14. A good horror book/author

    I am at the moment reading The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon and it is truly amazing...this is the third book I have read by Robert McCammon and I cannot rate him highly enough..he is a truly amazing story teller. The Wolf's Hour is some 700 page long and yet the pages fly past...I am just over the 500 page mark and have loved every word....do read some McCammon!
  15. What is it about crime writers that they just do not seem to be able to keep me the reader entertained for the complete read??? I have read all Mo Hayder's books and even enjoyed the stand alone's ie Pig Island...but here in this read we have a real dilemma..( The first 300 pages is enjoyable and the plot/storyline is a little different...and our two heroes Caffery and Flea are once again on the case. I particularly enjoy "The Walking Man" which in essence is a "sounding board" for Caffery, a man who lives by his wits under the skys and although he and Caffery share a related/sad past for the most part The Walking Man is a way for Caffery to take stock and introduces a nice touch for the reader...we should all have a walking man to bounce our ideas off. Living in Bristol I enjoy the setting for this series with the mystical surroundings of Somerset playing a major part...however this all falls apart if the story becomes somewhat pedestrian and predictable. Someone is kidnapping young children..why?..when it becomes known the answer is somewhat bizarre...who is doing this?...someone with insider information...any amateur reader/detective will soon have worked the solution out by page 300..and then there is the question of Flea??? What exactly is her role in this story, she is a police diver by trade....and well does what she is best at...eh..diving...why...not sure?? She's gets into a little trouble and blow me down the killer tracks her down..will our hero Caffery rescue in time!! Of course he will, this is a series, and so we plod along for some 200 pages...killer dies...Flea lives...what a surprise!! Dear author please try not to bore us the reader, this book was too long by some 200 pages, fine if the story merits it but if not it is a real struggle to finish...but finish I did. I started off giving this latest Hayder book 5 stars....but it became so utterly predictable by the final page I was tempted to award one star...however on reflection and given that I have great respect for the author I decided to award two stars...but come on Miss Hayder if there is no further life in this series and the storylines become even more boring and bizarre...perhaps it is time for Caffery and Flea to do themselves a favour and both retire.....