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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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  1. What about Neil Gaiman - Stardust? And I can confidently recommend this one becasue I've just finished it myself! The male protagonist doesn't get physically stronger but his character becomes stronger and he develops a better sense of who he is etc. throughout the book. Also includes romance. I think it would be a good one to try
  2. Ben's Reading 2011

    I though that was a really good way to describe The Shadow of the Wind as well, and it definitely deserved its 5/5 in my opinion The Angels Game is very good too, it's a bit darker and I think reading The Shadow of the Wind influences your reading of it a bit (but I'm sure you'll read it and find out what I mean for yourself) Love Carlos Ruiz Zaphon. Wish more of his books were translated to English!
  3. library cards

    Levens yes I am, it was the one in Acocks Green. Either they've added one since I asked or the woman I asked didn't actually know! :/ Good to know I have an extra option though for future reference so thanks!
  4. library cards

    My library does the same levens, you can't take out books from the adult section if you're under a certain age, which I always thought was stupid and restricts kids from challenging themselves. My Mom or my older sister would have to get books out for me if I wanted one from the adult section. And Chrissy you're so lucky! We can only take 7 books at a time out in my library!
  5. Thread of Good Vibes

    I think this thread is a really good idea When I first joined the forum I thought I'd end up feeling a little left out as everybody seemed to know each other pretty well already but you're all lovely and I'm really glad I found this forum! So thanks for giving me somewhere to post my ramblings on literature! I hope I can get to know all of you better and here's a hug for all of you from me
  6. Films from books...

    I barely ever think the film as good as the book version. I think it's because a film adaptation can never live up to our own imaginations. The Reader was one that disappointed me. It wasn't a bad film but I just didn't think it had nearly the same emotion as the book. I loved the Lord of the Rings films too but haven't read the books so I can't really compare (although I have read the Hobbit so I'm prepared for the next one)
  7. What do you think of?

    I don't think it's wrong but, depending what the person was in prison for, it might put me off reading it a bit.
  8. Judge a book by its cover

    Although this is traditionally the opposite of what you're supposed to do, I can't help being attracted to unusual covers when I'm looking for a book. Or even buying a particular edition of a book with no other difference than one has a nicer cover. I think the great thing about it is, once I've finished reading the book, it will look pretty on my bookcase until I decide to pick it up again Does the cover of a book matter to you?
  9. Hayley's books - 2011/12

    Thanks Also, while reading Stardust (and I really don't know how I missed this) I realised that it was the book the film was based on! I must be the only person who didn't make this link
  10. A good horror book/author

    I just thought of another one, Elizabeth Kostova's 'The Historian'. It's a bit of a mixture between horror and mystery and if your used to reading Stephen King, probably isn't going to seem very scary but its very well written and really keeps you gripped
  11. What are you drinking just now?

    mmm iv never heard of watermelon ale but it sounds lovely! I've got a much less interesting chocolate horlicks
  12. Dracula by Bram Stoker

    I know what you mean, and I could be wrong because it's been a while since I read this book, but doesn't Jonathan write the journal while he's actually at the castle? Meaning we don't actually know if he escapes or if the diary is simply found? I know after a point it becomes obvious but I don't think he's the only person we feel suspense for either, what about Lucy and Mina? Or what about the 'race' at the end? Or maybe I'm just easily held in suspense I completely agree that the use of diary entries make it seem more realistic and therefore scarier though
  13. What are you watching now?

    I love big bang theory! not actually watching anything at the moment but ended up watching 2 episodes of horrible histories with my niece earlier. It's pretty educational even when you're 19!
  14. Where can I get Flanimals the cheapest?

    You can get it for £1.48 plus £2.80 delivery from amazon UK (although I don't know if you live in the UK so sorry if that's useless lol) you can also get it for 99p from the works website (although I can't remember how much they charge for delivery) https://www.theworks.co.uk/search.asp?keywords=flanimals&x=0&y=0
  15. Dracula by Bram Stoker

    I have to disagree UCLGeogPhD, I think it does have a sense of overwhelming peril, particularly as it builds up Jonathan Harker's sense of entrapment in the castle. I think maybe to us as modern readers it lacks 'action' because we're less easily shocked than a Victorian audience would have been but, for its time, I think it would have been pretty action packed!
  16. I think it was called 'The Tigers Bride', I liked the ending of that one
  17. I haven't actually finished this book but I'm pretty sure it fits your description... what about Duma Key by Stephen King?
  18. Do you play a musical instrument?

    I've been playing guitar since I was about 14 and can't read notation either but I can read tablature, which I suppose is a start! The ukulele sounds like an interesting instrument to learn, I don't think I've ever met anybody that could play it!
  19. Hayley's books - 2011/12

    My thoughts on Terry Pratchett - Carpe Jugulum I finished this last night, another amazing Pratchett book. Its probably one of the Discworld books where it would make more sense if you've read previous books. For example I think some parts would only be funny if you'd read The Wee Free Men and possibly Witches Abroad. There's some beautiful imagery, as usual and of course a message or two that you could definitely apply to real life... "And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what sin is." (Granny Weatherwax) I always expect a lot from the Discworld novels, and I haven't been dissapointed yet, this one was no exception.
  20. I haven't read any of her other books but might have a look at The Magic Toyshop since a few of you recommend it And Pickle I didn't know The Company of Wolves was made into a film! I might have to have a look at that as well! I completely agree with what a lot of you are saying about her style too, she fits so much into such a short space just by using the right words.
  21. The Last Film You Saw

    I watched my first Indiana Jones film today. I don't actually remember what it was called though lol, something about a temple I think but I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would! It was a bit cheesy but I was very impressed when I saw the kid from the Goonies was in it I watched Paul not long ago as well and thought that was really funny, I love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
  22. I don't usually read short stories either, this was one of my A-level texts, I thought it was a bit strange at first but it really grew on me! She really is a brilliant writer and I liked the alternative fairy-story theme Happy this post inspired you to read it!
  23. Hayley's books - 2011/12

    I'm adding George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' to my list as someone just gave me a copy
  24. Hayley's books - 2011/12

    Haha, thanks Kylie And that sounds like a good course Ben, I looked at doing that as well but the university I wanted didn't do combined, I can definitely recommend English Literature though, can't complain about a class where you talk about books for two hours! I hope you enjoy it
  25. Favorite book of the year so far?

    It might be because I've just finished it, so its stuck in my mind more but I think David Copperfield because it really made me feel attached to the characters.. and nearly made me cry