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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…     

Alexander the Great

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About Alexander the Great

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  • Birthday 07/04/1991

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    Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French
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    Belgium
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    My greatest passion is the written word - but I also need these: running, spinning, coffee, music (metal, mainly Epica and Lacuna Coil), writing. My other interests include history, law, crime, well-written TV shows and films, photography, psychology and sociology.

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  1. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman I'd heard so much about this book, and while it was a good read, I had expected more. I'm fairly convinced I read it at the wrong time, though. I had to read it in bits and pieces. Sometimes it drew me back in, but not enough. I started out great, but then I felt like it became a collection of short stories and dream sequences. I'm not a fan of either. I don't regret buying the book though. I will give it another try in the future
  2. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Crazy, right? I'm happy I've been able to read 16 books already this year, not easy with a full time job, working overtime and sports four times a week. I'm sure I'll have a great time, I can't wait! I will have to restrain myself and not go into any bookshops at all. I'm traveling with Ryanair so I have to keep my luggage very light, since it's going to be hand luggage only (if that's a word).
  3. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    After much contemplating, I've decided to leave Wolf Hall for later and start Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Next week (the week starting April 9th), I'll be traveling to Ireland and the UK to see Epica shows. I'll only have time to read in short amounts of time and I want to take my time for Wolf Hall and its sequel, because I get a feeling these are the kinds of books you need to be able to really concentrate on
  4. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Saturday Requiem + Sunday Morning Coming Down review I'm bundling these two because at this point in the series, it's too hard to say anything without revealing too much. I can only repeat what I've said in previous reviews of Frieda Klein novels and add it only gets better, more complex. We dive deeper and deeper. I've become severely attached to Frieda Klein. I totally have a huge crush on her even though she's a fictional character. I am suffering from a terrible book hangover at the moment. Next up should be Wolf Hall, but I worry it might be too heavy a read when I'm still so emotionally attached to the last seven books. Anyone read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel?
  5. Muggle Not - 2018 Books Read

    I read it and I absolutely loved it - my review's in my topic somewhere. I bought the first two books in paperback, so now I want this one in paperback as well. But I couldn't wait until the release to read it! Odd how paperback is always published so much later than the hardback. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I frankly (hehe) can't imagine putting it down almost halfway through. It's signficantly shorter than the previous two books, too. I'd start on another book. You never know how slow the reader before you is! Maybe take a light book, or a short one, so that you have enough time for Robichaeux. Is it in French? We can keep library books for four weeks and lengthen that twice (unless someone's made a reservation I believe), first for another two weeks and then for a few days.
  6. Frankie reads 2018

    It sounds like everything's changing for you, but I'm happy that it's for all the right reasons! Sounds like you're moving forward. Happy reading this year!
  7. Muggle Not - 2018 Books Read

    We can also suggest books to our library, but I really try to be selective about it as well. I try to think if many people would enjoy it, or if it's too much niche. Our library doesn't notify us, but then I don't usually request them officially A friend of mine works there - I went to London with her in December, talked about a bok there, she said she'd ask her colleague. Sure enough, that same week the book was on the website as being in the process of being ordered! The book I asked for was A Column of Fire And I went ahead and requested the other two books as well, so everyone can read them all
  8. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Friday on My Mind review In this instalment, the central crime hits very close to home for Frieda Klein. She quickly becomes the main suspect and has to go on the run. It's interesting to see a character so set in her ways, so attached to the order her world is in, be completely taken out of it. Suddenly, she has to go underground while trying to find the real killer. It's a very interesting and different read from the other books, but I loved the character growth. I also thought it was very realistic to see who stood by her and who didn't, and how people didn't simply take her side or the side against her, but were often caught somewhere in the middle.
  9. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Thursday's Children review In this book, we dive deeper into Frieda Klein's past. It was a very interesting journey, which brought a lot of insight into the main character of the series and why she is the way she is. The development of the other characters was very nicely built up as well. Of all the books in the series so far, this was the most personal/psychological one, but I truly loved it.
  10. What are you listening to?

    I'm seeing Kamelot at a festival this Summer and am seeing them in Tilburg in September for the concert where they will record their DVD. I don't know many songs by them, so I'm getting to know them a bit. I really like Citizen Zero, Ravenlight, Liar Liar, The Haunting - and this one, Sacrimony, is my favourite so far.
  11. Hayley's Reading in 2018

    Last year, I bought Rivers of London, Moon over Soho and Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch and I look forward to reading them. Is the book you read part of the same series? The cover looks very similar to that of Rivers of London.
  12. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Waiting for Wednesday review The next instalment in the Frieda Klein series. I feel the same about it as I did about Tuesday's Gone, only that it was even better. The characters really grow on you.
  13. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Thank you, @bobblybear! I wish you the same I haven't seen the movie yet, but I sure will - I look forward to Kathy Bates' portrayal of Annie. Tuesday's Gone review Unexpectedly even better than its predecessor. I read this book in maybe three days, having had to work the majority of the day. The same characters from Blue Monday return. Their experiences have changed them, but not altered their personalities completely. I like how the story is well-paced - not too slow, not to fast. How the plot keeps going on and how we gain insight into different people's points of view. At the same time, the personal lives of the main characters are more slowly built, making it very realistic. I expect to finish Waiting for Wednesday soon!
  14. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Thanks @Athena and @frankie! Blue Monday review I read this book in 2012 and gave it a very low rating then as I didn't enjoy it at all. I'm not entirely sure why I wanted to reread - I think it had to do with the protagonist being a psychologist and me wanting to read the other books in the series. Surprisingly, I'm glad I gave it another go. I almost didn't start, remembering my previous bad experience. Reading my review from six years ago, I can't relate with it at all. But to be honest, at that point in my life, it's what I would have felt about it. So much has changed since then, I have changed so much as a person, and it's life a different person read this book again. I found it much more agreeable. Atypical, maybe - but I enjoyed the main character, the pace, the oddness of it much more. I look forward to reading the rest of the Frieda Klein series and have started on Tuesday's Gone.
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