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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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Athena

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On ‎30‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 9:41 PM, Onion Budgie said:

 

I liked it too!  I enjoyed Malkovich's take on Poirot.  I couldn't quite believe that twist in his personal history, though.  (Have you got to that bit yet?)

 

Yes, I prefer Malkovich's characterisation of Poirot rather than the usual pompous little guy. Interested to read even Christie was sick of him by 1960 and described him as " insufferable and a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep", although I wouldn't quite go that far :lol:

No, I've only seen flashbacks to what I assume is his escape from Belgium during WW1?

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On ‎31‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 1:38 AM, Madeleine said:

Yep Beecham House was a bit wishy-washy, OK for Sunday nights but makes Downton Abbey look like Chekhov!  And the dialogue was atrocious.

 

A bit eye-rolling really, wasn't it, but you kind of wanted to see what happens in the end. I wonder if they'll make another series?

 

I watched the first episode of Wild Bill and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm becoming a fan of Bronwyn James, I like her in The ABC Murders and she's excellent as DC Muriel Yeardsley, a very smart and intelligent cop who is also kind.

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I quite enjoyed Wild Bill, although it didn't seem to be able to decide whether it wanted to be a comedy or a drama, as it didn't really work as a comedy/drama!  Great setting though, and I agree that Muriel was definitely the best character. I thought I'd seen her in something else, so must have been the ABC Murders.

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Nearly finished The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix. 

 

Still not sure where this is heading, but if you are a fan of the original film - or animation in general - this is a must watch series. 

 

More when I'm done.

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