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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. The Gaming Box

    I know that a few people at least on here play video games, and although there is a thread for favourite games, I thought it might be fun to have a more general discussion area. So... for a start, since we're all book lovers here, what about games with a literary theme? I know there's a pc game based on Terry Pratchett's discworld novels called 'discworld noir' (which I own but can't get to run... still waiting on boyfriend to fix it!) Today I tried 'Alice the madness returns' on xbox, which is based on Alice in wonderland, but has a freaky twist to it (at the beginning I thought a little too freaky but it got better). It's very good so far though, I love finding all the links to the book, it's very cleverly done. I also just found out that Terry Pratchett's daughter is behind writing the upcoming tomb raider game, which I already thought looked like it had a really interesting story line. Does anybody know of any more? And what do you think of books as games? (feel free to throw in any other game related topics by the way! )
  2. I still don’t know what it is but that does help, thanks I hadn’t really thought about the type of car!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. The high price of cheap books

    I’ve mainly seen musicians on patreon. What authors do you know of on there?
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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…
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/what-happened-booker-prize-ellmann/amp/?__twitter_impression=true This was it
  18. Maugham anyone?

    Done I haven’t personally read Maugham though so I can’t help with that part!
  19. Which online bookstores do you use?

    I ordered from a new place I discovered on Friday, Bert's Books (probably not hard to find but the website is https://bertsbooks.co.uk/ ). I actually saw it a while ago and thought that it was a book subscription place, but it is a shop (you can get book subscriptions from them though, which is obviously where the confusion started!) I only ordered on Friday, had an email later in the day to say the books had been shipped, and I've just had an email from Hermes to say they've been delivered. Which seems particularly good since postage was free! Both the books I got are signed too I'll definitely be using them again.
  20. Hello - just joined

    I like a wide variety too. I'm not really a fan of romance but, other than that, everything goes! I have 'Far from the Madding Crowd' on my shelf so it's good to hear you're loving it
  21. Read-a-thon 2019

    I did actually. I don't usually read horror but it wasn't quite what I expected, in a good way! I did finish Tales of Unease last night too, so I managed to read the two books I wanted to finish in the read-a-thon That is big! I actually don't think I've ever read a book that long. I hope it's a really good book You managed to finish three books in the three days then didn't you? That's really good!
  22. Read-a-thon 2019

    I finished The Woman in Black yesterday and I've just got three short stories left in Tales of Unease so I should be able to do that! That's really good! How many pages does Judas Unchained have?
  23. Did you see the article the publisher of Ducks, Newburyport wrote about it being nominated for the Booker prize? It was really interesting, I'll have to find the link for you if you haven't! I'm very near the end of both Tales of Unease and The Woman in Black. I am starting to think that my copy of The Woman in Black is haunted though... I read a chapter of it before I went to bed on Halloween, put it down next to my bed and fell asleep. I was woken up in the middle of the night by a weird noise next to my bed. My laptop had turned itself on and, even though it was shut, the fan was whirring noisily. Then, this morning, just as I finished the chapter titled 'Spider,' I reached for my bag and there was a spider on it! The last chapter is called 'The Woman in Black,' so I'll let you all know if I see any suspicious women in dark clothing later .
  24. Hello - just joined

    Hi, welcome to the forum! What kind of books do you like to read?
  25. Read-a-thon 2019

    Oh well done! That was quick! This and also the feeling of being completely immersed in a book. I was reading about the damp, misty atmosphere in The Woman in Black this morning and was slightly surprised when I looked up and remembered it was sunny in real life! One book in a day is still really good! I only got through two short stories yesterday, 'How it Happened' and 'Playing with Fire' from Tales of Unease. I read four chapters of The Woman in Black this morning and only have four chapters left, so there's a good chance I'll finish that today.