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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. I think it's time to bomb you guys with my opinions ( really, really personal opinions) I hope you'll enjoy them, because I will start with a Stephen King book, of course. Also, I will add the romanian covers for each book I’m writing about; also if you have a copy in another country I would love to see it’s cover ! The first book I’m going to write about is Gerald’s Game. In romanian it’s Jocul lui Gerald (game = joc) and I have to admit that I first read it when I was about fourteen and I was shocked at first. Now, at 21, I feel like it’s one of the most underappreciated books King wrote; it’s about some sort of Fifty Shades gone wrong (You should read it if handcuffs bed play sounds appealing to you, just in case) The main character is Jessie Burlingame and we’re following her attempt to escape from her own bed and get rid of her demons at once. It’s a different bedtime story, or that’s what the cover says. At first I didn’t understand it, but in the end I have to tell you, that’s one hell of a bedtime story. The inner fight of the character is so well written I actually identified with her since the beginning. This time, King’s accent is on thoughts, imagination and terror ; he brought Jessie to life in my head, beyond fiction; she stood in my mind for days after finishing the book and I couldn’t start reading anything for a week afterwards. There are some quotes that kept coming back to me, making me see different angles of life, love and mind. I was able to identify the demons in the end and it was like a reward. It’s a bit different from an usual King novel, but it’s great. Have you read it? What’s your opinion about it? (If you didn’t, you should give it a try) Also, a quote: Sometimes it takes heart to write about a thing, doesn’t it? To let that thing out of the room way in the back of your mind and put it up there on the screen. PS: the same books will be on my blog as well, but for different reasons.
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