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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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  • Birthday 04/25/1992

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    The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
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    Birmingham (UK)
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    Apart from reading, I like playing the guitar and writing sometimes :)

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  1. I still don’t know what it is but that does help, thanks I hadn’t really thought about the type of car!
  2. The high price of cheap books

    Oh, sorry, I thought you had specific people in mind . It would be interesting if a book could be entirely crowdsourced using something like patreon. I wonder how well that would work.
  3. The high price of cheap books

    I’ve mainly seen musicians on patreon. What authors do you know of on there?
  4. It is hard isn’t it! Addictive though. I think it depends on what you mean by ‘help’ . Can you give a clue for the car? Is the book modern or classic? I have no idea for that one.
  5. The Gaming Box

    Yeah you will, the next part you've got to play is really good . I'm not a very fast player either, I like to explore and find all the hidden things!
  6. It's that time of year again! https://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/hiddenbooks/?competition=14 I love playing the Hidden Books game. I think the chances of actually winning a years supply of books from it are probably extremely low, but it's still a lot of fun. Who else is playing? How many do you have so far? I'm on 10, but now I'm stuck on basically the whole right hand side of the picture!
  7. The Gaming Box

    You had me fully convinced at 'whizzing around like a gleeful mad thing'! I just need to check that my laptop will run it ok, since the graphics are particularly spectacular. I think it should be able to though. I got Shield too! The intro is really long for this one isn't it? Have you set up a camp and cooked yet? I managed to make a toast curry, which sounds a bit... weird
  8. Read-a-thon 2019

    Hope you have a great holiday @karen.d! @Athena might be the best person to answer this but, as far as I understand it, it’s basically signing up to focus on reading for those three days. By checking in here and updating the thread with how much you’ve managed to read it’s just a little extra motivation, a fun challenge to yourself to see how much you can read in that time. I like it because it gives me an extra excuse to read! When I might normally feel guilty about reading instead of doing something else I meant to do, I can think ‘well it is the read-a-thon’ and treat myself to extra time!
  9. Raven's Reads

    I’ve heard bad things about the Benedict Cumberbatch version before. You’re definitely not alone in thinking it was a poor take! I’ll have a look at the Rathbone one then, thanks @willoyd how brilliant that your dad led the walks for the London Appreciation Society! I spoke to someone recently who used to work answering the letters sent to Baker Street. I think it’s great that people love the books so much. Not many books, even classics, get that kind of attention!
  10. Kindle and ebooks deals

    That's really good! Laura Purcell's The Corset is 99p too apparently and I'd recommend that if anyone's looking for a spooky /psychological sort of book.
  11. The high price of cheap books

    I've actually been thinking about this recently so it's interesting that someone bought the topic back up! I do think people in general would be more likely to pay full price for a book if they knew how the money for that book was divided, and how much the author actually ended up with. I agree. I honestly hate that we have no independent bookshops where I live. I don't mind supporting Waterstones, because it is at least a physical bookshop with knowledgeable staff, but it's just not the same. On the other hand, I do believe that second hand bookshops and charity shops are important, for various reasons, and that neither publishers, authors or readers would be better off without them. I've also noticed (since joining twitter last year) that authors are keen to promote their books being 99p in the kindle daily deal, and I suspect that has a lot to do with the increase in buyers pushing that book up the kindle chart, so it ends up in a prominent position on Amazon. As annoying as amazon is in many ways, it definitely has huge advertising power, so I think even heavy discounting like that has its place too. I think it would be a really nice idea (although I seriously doubt it would ever happen, it's just something I was thinking about a few days ago) if readers could give more money to the author through their e-reader. Along the same lines as ko-fi, which has a button to buy the creator a coffee, you'd get to the end of the book and, if you really enjoyed it, can click a button to 'buy the author a coffee.' Realistically though, Amazon would probably get 50% of the 'coffee', the publisher would get 40% and the author would end up hardly benefitting at all...
  12. What's the weather like?

    I don't want to jinx it, but the sun is actually out again here. It's really cold, but I quite like cold and sunny. I hear some parts of the UK got snow yesterday, did anyone here see snow? My dog is terrified of fireworks so it's a nightmare having them go off every night. This might be an interesting topic for the debate section actually…
  13. Raven's Reads

    I've actually never seen a TV adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, would you say the Basil Rathbone version is the best one? The only TV Sherlock Homes I've seen is Jeremy Brett and I don't know if he did Hound of the Baskervilles. I hope you enjoy the rest of the collection, if you can find it!
  14. The Gaming Box

    I've never heard of this game but I just looked it up and it looks amazing! I'm already a big fan of just wandering around open world RPGs, picking flowers etc. so I feel like this would be my kind of game . I was watching the reveal trailer for Planet Zoo the other day and, even though it's not the type of game I usually go for, I'm really tempted. Less than a week left until the new Pokémon game too!
  15. Online Book Subcription Clubs

    Well it's very nicely presented! I like the personalised book plate. It will be interesting to see, once you've read the book, how accurately they chose a suitable book for you based on your favourites!