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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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Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil Millington. Made me cry laughing! I've read others of his, but nothing has matched this one.

 

I also laugh at Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels.

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Try Gideon Defoe's Pirates! books - hilarious! And they'll have you crying "Aaaarrrrrrh!" & talking Pirate-speak for a little while afterwards - LOL!

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One book that made me laugh out loud was Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure! It's hilarious, my husband thought I'd gone mad because I would burst out laughing as I was reading. If you want something to make you laugh this is definitely my recommendation.

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'Are you Dave Gorman?' is funnier, IMO. Also, I got funny looks reading Tony Hawkes 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' and 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis'.

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Dry by Augsten Burroughs. He is the same guy that wrote Running with Scissors. I loved Dry because it was funny, yet serious at the same time. I was not a fan of Running and perhaps I will try it again, but Dry made me laugh so hard.

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Also, I got funny looks reading Tony Hawkes 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' and 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis'.

 

Agree with both of those, especially the first! Books by Terry Pratchett and Sue Townsend make me laugh out loud. :smile2:

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I haven't read this one yet, but can't wait if it's funnier than Googlewhack Adventure!

 

I went to the live tour of Googlewhack and it was great, plus I got my copy of the book signed! That tattoo was so much worse in the flesh!

 

If you want to borrow 'Are you Dave Gorman?' just let me know (no ones wanted to borrow any of my books so far :smile2: )

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If you want to borrow 'Are you Dave Gorman?' just let me know (no ones wanted to borrow any of my books so far :smile2: )

 

Didn't I borrow a cat book from you a while back?

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After many moons and many reads of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole',I still laugh out loud...

 

I also laughed out at 'Everything you know' by Zoe Heller...

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I went to the live tour of Googlewhack and it was great, plus I got my copy of the book signed! That tattoo was so much worse in the flesh!

 

If you want to borrow 'Are you Dave Gorman?' just let me know (no ones wanted to borrow any of my books so far :smile2: )

 

Thanks alot Acesare. I have just got them out of the library.

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'Down Under' by Bill Bryson. Anything by him is hilarious. I'm looking forward to reading his latest 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid'.

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'Down Under' by Bill Bryson. Anything by him is hilarious. I'm looking forward to reading his latest 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid'.

 

I'll have to look for that, I really like Bill Bryson:)

 

I laughed all through Gideon Defoe's Pirate books, too. I also think Douglas Adams and Tom Robbins are funny.

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Ooh! It's ages since I read it, but yes, The Tin Men was hilarious.

 

It may not be to everyone's taste, but I found it hard to control my hysterics when reading Flann O'Brien's newspaper articles from the 30s and 40s that are collated in The Best Of Myles. And also At-Swim-Two-Birds by the same author, although that's slightly less "laugh out loud".

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Excellent choice, Ophelia. Also Past Mortem by Ben Elton - every bit as funny. :blush:

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This year, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer kept causing me to burst out laughing, usually swiftly followed by a little sob. Very funny, very moving - ever noticed how a lot of humourous books are usually both those things? What's that old quote, comedy is just tragedy plus time?

 

I think I mentioned elsewhere (Reviews board) that Angela Carter's Wise Children is very chortlesome. Bawdy in the extreme!

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'Dead Famous' by Ben Elton. A very funny yarn set in a 'Big Brother' type house. Made me laugh out loud. (Contains a fair bit of swearing, mind!)

 

Oh yeah! My dad had that as a present one Christmas, and I sat down and read it in about 3 hours. Compulsive stuff! The writing really seemed to reflect the 'trashiness' of it all.

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Bill Bryson is always good for a belly laugh or two..specially on audio-the guy has such a droll delivery!

 

How about The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle..Contains The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van..alll three are connected stories that center around a lower middle class Dublin family..the language is awful, but that's part of the humor. You'll swear you know these people!

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