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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…     

Tristan

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About Tristan

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  • Birthday 09/30/1987

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  • Reading now?
    Bodyworld - Dash Shaw
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  • Location:
    Belgium
  • Interests
    Cinema (in every shape or form), music, literature ( mostly horror and sci-fi ), playing guitar, history, comics, manga..
  1. Tristan's Log of Logorrhea - 2011 Edition

    Leiningen verus the Ants - Carl Stephenson A relatively straightforward man versus nature tale but, by golly, what a riveting one it was. By using his intellect, a plantation owner tries to save his life (and those of his 4OO labourers) from a killer ant species, heading his way. Self-assured, he makes ready for battle, only to find out that his opponent is just as clever as he is. A definite winner, this one. The Minority Report - Philip K. Dick Having seen the adaptation, I didn't think this one would surprise me as much as it did. Conceptually ( the idea remains absolutely brilliant ) and in actual execution one of Dick's better works. Maybe the best I've read of his ( Upon the Dull Earth is a close second ). I'll start on his novels very soon. Oh yeah, I bought some books online also. The Stories of Ray Bradbury (all his pre-1980 short stories), Animal Farm and 1984 (double package), Lord of the Flies and Frankenstein. So excited.
  2. The Last Film You Saw

    Finally saw Some Like it Hot last night. Great fun, I have to say.
  3. What are you listening to? (part 3)

    And It stoned Me - Van Morrison
  4. The Last Film You Saw

    That's some sick, hardcore stuff. I'm surprised to see it mentioned on this forum, actually. I haven't seen it myself( if it's just for shock value, I've no interest in seeing it ), but it's quickly growing in legend for its distastefulness. Or so I've heard. I saw White Noiselast night. Intriguing concept (Electronic Voice Phenomenon, now who wouldn't want to watch that?), and it was actually pretty decent.. that was,until the ending came. What was left was a bland, mediocre film that could have been so much more. Still, I had some pretty good scares.
  5. Tristan's Log of Logorrhea - 2011 Edition

    Local - Brian Wood You know, admiting (as a grown up) you read comics is a hard thing to do. It still happens that someone looks at me funny when I mouth that oh-so-horrifying C-word. No matter how many accolades respected critics chose to bestow the 'graphic novel' medium, no matter how aptly the medium shows it's every bit as good as the other media, there are still some misguided people that reject it for mostly irrational reasons. Oh, how I pity them. For they will never know the joy of reading Local, one of the most personally affecting comics I've ever had the pleasure to delve into. In 12 issues (which can all be read as stand-alone stories), we follow Megan, a troubled girl that lacks direction in her life. In every story we see her trying to build up a life, subsequently taking it apart, and starting again somewhere else. A lot of people around my age feel like this. The feeling of isolation, not belonging anywhere, and I'm no different. It's mostly a fleeting feeling as one gets older, but it's definitely there. If someone recognizes him/herself in this short description, read this book. It's simply beautiful and evocative, in content and in artwork. An excellent example of what the medium is truly capable of.
  6. What about 'classical classics'?

    When I was in high school, I must have read a shitload of Latin texts. Ovidius, Cicero, Homer, Julius Caesar,.. ranging from poetry/mythology to socio-political works. There's a lot in them to appreciate, even to love. Still, I wouldn't even dream of reading them in the original language though. I'm afraid my Latin is a tad too rusty these days.
  7. Tristan's Log of Logorrhea - 2011 Edition

    The Most Dangerous Game - Richard Connel A man, survivor of a shipwreck, finds himself to be in good luck indeed when he manages to reach a nearby island. This momentary happpiness quickly dissolves when he is being hunted by a master-hunter and his terrifying henchman. A thrilling chase ensues, and makes for a more than worthy contribution to the still staggering anthology 'Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural'. I recently picked up a worn - don't really care though - copy of the rather awesome 'The Elephant Man and other Freaks', so I've read a couple of stories contained therein as well. The Elephant Man, a true account of John Merrick's trials and tribulations in his life, is a wonderful start to the anthology. Not so much horrifying as touching, the tale clearly distinguishes itself in tone from the others. The Bird Woman, a negligable tale lenghtwise, doesn't need any real explanation. Woman looks like a bird, scares some other woman, end of story. The Reptile Man is an oddity. strangely enough, the title does not refer to any exterior attributes, but to a ploy a man uses to wreak revenge on the man that tried to murder him. The latter has a devastating fear for reptiles, it soon turns out. It's a simple revenge story, but oh what a gem it is! Simply wonderful. Still good, but not as masterful as his predecessor, is Bal Macabre, detailing a night of some good old fashioned mass-poisoning. So far, this collection hasn't disappointed me yet, so I'm hopeful for what's to come.
  8. What are you listening to? (part 3)

    Lateralus, by Tool.
  9. The Last Film You Saw

    The Cell, starring Jennifer Lopez. After an odd 10 years or so, the main concept remains utterly interesting. Visually, the film is spectacular. And for once, Lopez didn't bother me at all.
  10. The Last Film You Saw

    It would,indeed.
  11. The Last Film You Saw

    I didn't see the John Wayne version and I haven't read the book, so I'm not drawing any comparison between them. I merely try to judge the film on its own merits. I really loved the film, btw. Just the ending bothered me. The reason why it didn't do it for me was because it was -to my taste- too medodramatic, too obvious in trying to convey the theme of the film. It wasn't exactly subtle - I would even go as far as calling this your typical Hollywood ending - while the Coen brothers excell in making subtle films. It's the primary reason why I adore their filmmaking. This effort was just very a-typical for them, and as a result very disappointing. It didn't mesh with the overall tone of the film at all. I would love to see a fan-edited version of this, ending the thing with the scene in the snow. Bridges saves the girl, redeems himself, and the girl has -at least partially - completed her process of growning into adulthood. Conveys the theme in a much more eloquent, more symbolical way. No voice-over required.
  12. What are you watching now?

    Seen it, scared to death by it, loved it. But still, Blair Witch reigns supreme
  13. The Last Film You Saw

    True Grit. Bit of a misfire, and it didn't have to be. The ending (a mere 5 minutes) ruined the entire flick. Rare mistake for the Coen brothers to make. Better luck next time, fellas.
  14. What are you watching now?

    The Blair Witch Project. One of those films I revisit once in a while. Don't really know why..
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