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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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    Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
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  1. It's been a day short of a year since you were last here. I hope all is well with you. X

  2. Yesterday's haul from the local bookstore and a few I ordered from amazon. Takes a deep breath. Okay, here it is: Centuries of June - Keith Donohue The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky Demons - Fyodor Dostoevsky House of Silence - Linda Gillard The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth Wildfire at Midnight - Mary Stewart War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy My Christmas shopping is done.
  3. National Book Awards 2012

    Oh, oh, OH...A Land of Decoration looks so good. It has been added to my wish list. I am looking forward to reading The Snow Child, too.
  4. I hope you enjoy Storm Front, chesilbeach. It is such a fun series. I'm almost done with The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks and it's okay. It's fast paced and keeps my interest, anyway. Nothing deep, though. Tomorrow I will be starting on Virconium by M. John Harrison. I hope it's not as intimidating as it looks.
  5. What are you listening to? (part 3)

    Thick As A Brick - Jethro Tull, the Steven Wilson remix.
  6. I will be reading this one soon, I'm so glad to hear you thought highly of it. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy finally arrived today. I'm almost 100 pages in to The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks and enjoying it. It's an easy read, and I have a good idea of where it is going, but it's a page turner nonetheless. The prologue made me cry.
  7. I was supposed to receive a book today. Tracking says "delivered". No package in the box. :(((((

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    2. Pixie

      Pixie

      No, it's the US postal service. Our local delivery sucks!

    3. Pixie

      Pixie

      Yay! It's finally here, a day later.

    4. Janet

      Janet

      I'm glad it arrived safely. :)

  8. Thanks, frankie. I will certainly share my thoughts, when I get to it. But who knows when that will be? I finished Grave Peril today and will be starting The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. This is my first attempt at reading one of his books. I hope I enjoy it.
  9. Pixie's Perusals and Riveting Reviews

    Grave Peril by Jim Butcher Description: In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself. My thoughts: Jim Butcher's Dresden series are just loads of fun to read if you like vampires, ghosts, faeries, wizards, demons, etc. mixed in with suspense, mystery, and action. This is the third book in the series, and I found it to be a page turner just like the first one. The second installment dragged a bit for me, but this one has you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next fun twist in the plot. The characters lack depth, and yet you can't help but find Harry and those he often works with lovable. There are amusing moments, and even touching ones. The plot is simple, and yet keeps your interest. It did mine, anyway. If you are looking for a fun, light read that will relax you and you enjoy fantasy and light horror, you should love this book and the prior two. I am looking forward to my next Harry Dresden read. I notice I used the word "fun" three times or more. Well, I guess that is because this series is just that. The books always leave a smile on my face. 4/5 stars from me.
  10. I prefer to have the entire series, but I won't read it straight through. I'll usually read a book or two between each installment. Is this weird?
  11. Abandoned books

    I think Don Quixote is supposed to become ridiculous or absurd, but I've never read far enough in to make my own judgment. I agree with you about Game of Thrones. Boring, too many characters, and I didn't really care about any of them.
  12. Was at the local B&N today with my gift card, and picked up: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Pevear and Volohonsky translation). I have the Constance Garnet translation, but I didn't like her version of Crime and Punishment. The Magus by John Fowles. This one looks very intriguing. The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair. I picked this one up on a whim. The cover is beautiful, and it seems to have fantasy elements and a secret garden, so it can't be that bad.
  13. Brian's 2012 Book Log

    Hi, Brian. I'm glad to see you enjoyed Lolita. Nabokov's command of the English language is extraordinary, and this beautiful novel is a brilliant but disturbing character study. It's one of my favorite books, so I just wanted to make a comment.
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