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  1. The Machine by James Smythe

    Sounds really interesting, definitely going on the wish list!
  2. Is Gravity Science Fiction?

    I haven't seen it, but from what I know about it I would agree with you that it seems more disaster film than sci-fi. Sci-fi is usually more of a futuristic fantasy, Gravity (as far as I know) is just about a normal modern astronaut.
  3. The Gaming Box

    To be honest I pretty much want it because I like the other elder scrolls games too. I never play mmo's. I know it might sound a bit weird but I think having other real players in the game stops it from being really immersive. I've just played it pretty much as though it's single player. I want to know the end of the story now too . Did anybody follow the games BAFTA's yesterday? Here's the winners if you missed it http://awards.bafta.org/award/2014/games. I'm quite surprised Tomb Raider didn't get anything, and that call of duty doesn't seem to have even made it to the list of best multiplayer . I found another book related game too. A point and click 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth', which I started a few days ago. Personally I'm finding it very annoying to play, and far less like the book than I expected. In fact, apart from the idea of going down a volcano to the centre of the earth where dinosaurs still exist, it's nothing remotely like the book. It also makes you run backwards and forwards a lot. Even when you saw something at the beginning that was clearly going to be useful, you have to play another half an hour to trigger a conversation to get the ability to pick it up, then run all the way back to get it, and run back to where you got to again. And in some cases if you do something in the wrong order (even though the order shouldn't logically matter), or leave a screen without picking something up, the game breaks or becomes unwinnable. After about an hour it feels a bit like . But if you want a good test of your patience, definitely try it
  4. Hayley's Book Bundle Challenge

    Thank you Athena I've decided to go for The Light Between Oceans, not for any particular reason really, I just read the blurbs of both books and felt like reading this one. Here's what the blurb says... 'A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.' So I thought that sounded pretty intriguing! It reminds me a bit of a book I finished recently, Half Broken Things, although that took more of a psychological, slightly creepy angle. The front of the book says 'This is a story about right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same...'. I think that's an interesting issue to explore so I'm hoping this book will do it well .
  5. The Gaming Box

    I thought it would be, but they're trying a lot out on the new consoles now so you never know! Star Citizen does also look amazing. Unfortunately it also looks like it might make my laptop explode if I try to run it I bought Thief for my boyfriend for Valentine's day (not at all because I also wanted it myself... ) I've watched him play a bit and graphically it looks incredible, it's actually really difficult too, I think it will take a lot of patience! I am looking forward to ground zeros, I'm happy they lowered the price for it too! I just hope this and Phantom Pain will be as good as the others, there's a lot to live up to! From the trailer it looks like Kojima has gone quite controversial on this one. Less than a month for Elder Scrolls Online too! I still wish it wasn't monthly subscription, but at least it's been reduced to about £8, which I think is pretty good. I don't usually play mmo's, but the beta got me addicted . Will anybody be getting it?
  6. Underrated series

    I used to really love Faerie Wars and The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan (actually I think there might be more books in this series now, but this was all there was when I read them). I've only ever met one other person who's read, or even heard of it.
  7. Hayley's Book Bundle Challenge

    I've just finished the first book of my challenge, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and it was brilliant. I genuinely never would have picked it up in a shop just out of interest, it's not a genre I'm particularly interested in, or set in a time period I would usually enjoy. But it was really, really good. There's such an air of mystery, of things not quite understood or fully revealed, that you feel the need to really absorb every sentence, to try and work out exactly what is happening. There are even quite long sections of the book where nothing exciting is happening at all, but you still feel that these mundane things are important in some way, it's still gripping. There are a few surprising twists along the way too which are so cleverly done, it is an amazing piece of writing. Also the introduction to the penguin modern classics edition (written by William Boyd) is a really good addition. Although the ending of the book isn't in any way misleading, the literal facts are easy to understand, the introduction (not to be read until after the book) explains some fine details which I didn't pick up on myself, and which make the ending of the book just fit perfectly. I'm going to choose my next book tomorrow, but I think it's between The Light Between Oceans and Paper Towns, based on Chaliepud's recommendation
  8. The Paradise

    I didn't watch the whole series but I did watch a couple of episodes with my sister and it seemed pretty good, the era seemed well represented, there were a few obvious references to things that were becoming popular at the time for example. I couldn't say for definite, since I only watched it a couple of times, but it seemed to be more focused on romance than anything else, which did put me off a little bit. On the topic of Victorian series', did anybody watch Ripper Street and is that any good? (and Vodkafan, did you watch Victorian Pharmacy? Think it was done by the same people who did Victorian Farm, it was really interesting too)
  9. When do you pay for your "import duties"?

    I'm pretty sure it means they can charge you extra if they need to (if customs do apply extra charges), but they might not need to. To be honest I never order from anywhere that has this warning, just in case! Do you live in the UK? I just had a look on amazon and you can get a new copy of that book for £13.24 plus £2.80 delivery, from a UK seller. I think this would end up about the same price, considering delivery, wouldn't it?
  10. Hayley's Book Bundle Challenge

    Yay that sounds promising I did like the look of Paper Towns as soon as it came actually, I might make that my second read. I thought that too, but then I suppose it is a good way of getting you to buy the rest of the series! Did you enjoy the series Michelle? Thank you As it comes so highly recommended, I decided to start with The Spy That Came In From The Cold. I've only read a few pages so far so I cant say much about it, but I do want to keep reading and find out what happens next so that has to be a good sign! Blurb for anybody interested.... The Spy Who Came In From The Cold: Alec Leamas is tired. It's the 1960's, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, it may prove the worst thing he could ever have done. I'll probably have limited reading time over the next couple of weeks. I'm supposed to be going to Pembrokeshire for a few days (so really hoping the flooding isn't too bad by then!), and then the week after I have a pretty big chunk of work to finish. So many books, not enough time!
  11. Hayley's Book Bundle Challenge

    Thank you! I was tempted to read it straight away, but since it's the only book I actually wanted to buy anyway it felt a bit like cheating, so I'm going to try and save it for a while Thanks Janet, I don't know why I didn't think of pasting it from word, seems obvious now! Athena, you have quite a lot of these book on your TBR! It's good motivation to hear positive things about them! I didn't even notice that The Daylight War was the third in a series, I'd definitely appreciate you letting me know if it can be read on its own I think I'm going to start with either Storm Front or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, since it's crime and thriller month! I'll see which one I feel most like reading later on...
  12. Show your bookshelf

    Athena, I know your picture post was ages ago but I missed it and wanted to say I love the fact you have a companion cube and a chocobo on your bookshelves, two of my favourites . Also my sister collects giant microbes too, I've never met anybody else who has them Everybody has really impressive bookshelves, mine now feel very boring! I do have 2 small shelves with all my 'special' books on (either old or signed) that I love, but I might have to think of something to make the others more interesting!
  13. I've only read 2 so far! Although I don't count the factual books I'm reading for uni, since a lot of the time I only need to read certain sections, so that's my excuse (Just realised as I posted that I haven't changed my 'reading now' status since the beginning of January.... oops! )
  14. Nineteenth Century Epistolary Novels

    deb I absolutely love the nineteenth century, it was an incredible time for literature (even if they did go off the epistolary novel a bit ). If you like collections of real letters I would recommend the letters of Lewis Carroll (or his diaries actually), he met so many interesting people during his life and has such an interesting personality, they're really addictive!
  15. Edgar Allan Poe, anyone?

    I've read a few of his short stories but none of his poetry, I do really want to read The Raven though. I have it in an anthology of American literature, so eventually I will get around to reading it!
  16. Hi everyone!

    Hello, I like your profile picture, it's very cute!
  17. I just finished this book and I really can't decide whether I actually liked it or not. My only real thought when I put it down was 'wow, that was depressing'. And in a way it should be depressing. The book is basically about the flaws of human nature. But I think it takes this too far. Even where there is goodness, the book seems to suggest it makes no difference. At one point Pohl literally states that no matter what you do, in the end you just die. (I should probably point out this isn't a spoiler, it's not about characters dying, it's meant in a general way). The other thing I disliked about the book was the amount of attention given to sex. It was becoming ridiculous. It really seemed like it was just there for the sake of it most of the time, it had no real plot value and often didn't even seem like realistic behaviour. But then it did have it's good points. And when they were good they were very good. There were certain moments that really tugged at your heart, you almost feel personally guilty for the way humans behave at times. There's part of you that thinks 'yeah that was stupid, but we really would do that, I can see it happening'. The non-human creatures are believable and the way future politics is represented is quite clever too (although there were certain aspects I thought didn't necessarily make sense). It certainly makes you think. Mostly about the way people behave towards each other, how we react to morally questionable situations, and generally how we can be incredibly stupid. I really don't know on this one. I can at least say that, having read this, I would definitely be willing to try another of Pohl's books. I just hope some of them are a bit less pessimistic!
  18. True that everybody does die eventually, but not true (in my opinion anyway) that what we do during our lives is irrelevant, and making good (or bad) choices makes no difference to the world. I thought the social criticism generally was very good in a lot of the book, even at times when it made you feel almost uncomfortable. But I just think this was a really bad message to end on. I'll have a look at Gateway though. I got the impression Pohl really is a good writer, so I would like to try something else by him. Thanks for the suggestion
  19. Nineteenth Century Epistolary Novels

    A couple more I can think of are Lady Susan by Jane Austen and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Speaking of Frankenstein, isn't that an epistolary novel too? It's been a pretty long time since I read it but I'm sure it's at least partly made up of diaries.
  20. W H Smith Book Bundles

    Thought I'd come and point out these book bundles are on sale at the moment. The 10 book ones are £7.99 instead of £12.99
  21. Bargain Books!

    The Works are having a big stock liquidation sale, 6 for £10 on fiction books, and a 20% discount code on their website. I've had some really nice hardback books from there. Not good for the tbr pile...
  22. Classics in translation

    I think they're definitely still worth reading! There are excellent translations of original texts now. And if you're really worried about missing something in translation, it might be worth trying to buy an annotated edition, these usually point out words or phrases which could possibly be translated differently. Most people would find it impossible to learn enough languages, in enough detail, to read all the great classic authors in their original languages. And I don't think we should miss out because of that. So read them
  23. The Gaming Box

    Karsa that No Man's Sky looks amazing! Any idea what platform('s) it's expected to be on? I got some really good PC games in the sales this month. So far I've finished 2 of them. Violett, which was really fun, and really pretty, and also the first Deponia, which was amazing, I can't wait to get the next one! I also got this game called Miasmata, it was completely made by just two brothers and it's really interesting, I've never played a game like it. It's actually really hard to explain exactly what it is. I'll put a link to the trailer.... Has anybody else played it? I'm not very far into the game, and it really freaks me out sometimes, but at the same time I really want to play to see what happens
  24. Has anyone read...?

    Has anybody read The Distant Hours by Kate Morton? I got it on sale in The Works as a bit of a random buy when I was ordering another book, I've never read anything by the author before but I'm sure I heard somewhere that it's meant to be good?
  25. Soft toys are hard to wrap... why can't everybody want books?? :D

    1. Devi


      That's where you trick them! Grab any old box and stuff it with filling and hide the soft toy inside! :)

    2. Signor Finzione

      Signor Finzione

      Great tip! I spent about twenty minutes trying to wrap a dressing gown before getting fed up and just tying a ribbon round it. :D