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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…     
~Andrea~

Andrea's reads of 2009

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Books read:

 

Informal Logic - (03/12/08 - )

Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (17/12/08 - 01/02/09)

Music theory for Dummies (27/12/08 - 24/01/09)

The Five people you meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom (01/02/09 - 10/2/09)

The Vampire's Seduction - Raven Hart (10/2/09 - 17/3/09)

 

Haunted - James Herbert (17/3/09 - 24/3/09)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo (25/3/09 - 30/04/09)

Marley and Me - John Grogan (07/04/09 - 07/05/09)

Misery - Stephen King (14/05/09 - 22/05/09)

Emotional Geology - Linda Gillard (24/05/09 - 04/06/09)

 

King Lear (05/06/09 - 25/06/09)

Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination - Helen Fielding (25/06/09 - 03/07/09)

Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K Dick (03/07/09 - 15/07/09)

A Certain Justice - P D James (20/07/09 - 20/08/09)

The Shack (21/08/09 - 28/08/09)

 

The Book of Lost Things (30/08/09 - 16/09/09)

The Taking - Dean Koontz (16/09/09 - 30/09/09)

Any Way you want me - Lucy Diamond (30/09/09 - 14/10/09)

The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene (02/10/09 - 11/11/09)

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (27/10/09 - 15/11/09)

 

Strange Places, Questionable People - John Simpson (16/11/09 - 03/12/09)

Star Gazing - Linda Gillard (8/11/09 - 28/12/09)

God has a dream - Desmond Tutu (27/12/09 - )

 

books attempted:

Lucy's Monster - R L Royle (07/05/09 - unfinished)

There is a God - Anthony Flew (16/07/09 - unfinished)

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Books on the bookshelf:

 

OK I really must make a dent in these this year - and it must NOT grow!!

 

1 Minnette Walters - The shape of snakes

2 Minnette Walters - Acid Row

3 Quantum - Manjit Kumar (2009 xmas)

4 Wilkie Collins The Woman in White

5 Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (modern translation)

6 From the Holy Mountain - William Dalrymple

7 Man and Boy - Tony Parsons

8 Joanna Trollope - The men and the girls

9 Justin Cartwright - The promise of happiness

10 Damaged - Cathy Glass

11 The Essential tales of Chekhov

12 Othello

13 The Merchant of Venice

14 The Soldier's return - Melvyn Bragg (bought June 2009)

15 Julius Caesar

16 Twelfth night

17 A Winter's tale

18 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle

19 Mister God This is Anna (bought November 2009)

20 Pet Sematary - Stephen King

21 The face - Dean Koontz

22 Logic - A very short introduction

23 ShadowFire - Dean Koontz

24 The Making of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr (2009 xmas)

25 Strangers on a train - Patricia HIghsmith (2009 birthday)

26 About Time - Paul Davies (2009 birthday)

27 The Magic Cottage - James Herbert (2009 birthday)

28 The seance - John Harwood (2009 birthday)

29 The Secret of Crickely Hall - James Herbert (2009 birthday)

30 It's not what you think - Chris Evans (2009 birthday)

31 Collected works of Tennyson (2009 birthday)

32 Plot and Structure (2009 birthday)

33 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge (2009 xmas)

34 God has a dream - Desmond Tutu (2009 xmas)

35 It - Stephen King (2009 xmas)

36 The Great Turning points of British History (2009 xmas)

 

 

Begin year size: 37

Max size: 39

Min size: 24

End year size: 36

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Wish list:

 

The House on the Strand - Daphne Du Maurier

The Secret Garden

Superstition - David Ambrose

LOTR - Tolkein

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

Something Wicked this way comes - Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

The Time Travellers Wife

Chocky - John Wyndham

The Kraken awakes - John Wyndham

Winnie the Pooh - (complete short stories and poems) A. A. Milne

Rumble Fish - Susan Hinton

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Stuck in neutral - Terry Trueman

The Oyster House Siege - Jay Rayner

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah

The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean Auel

Orthodoxy - G K Chesterton

Weaveworld - Clive Barker

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Boy A - Jonathan Trigell

The Third Man & The Fallen Idol - Grahame Greene

Footprints in the sand - Sarah Challis

The Heaven Tree - Edith Pargeter

The Haunting of Toby Jugg - Dennis Wheatley

Just Courage - Gary Haugen (IJM)

Savages - Shirley Conran

The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova*

The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

Microserfs/JPod - Douglas Coupland

White Fang

The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Angel's Game- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Authors to try:

 

Anthony Horowitz

David Baddiel

Anne Tyler

Kelley Armstrong

Tess Gerritson

Sam Hayes

Jonathon Coe

John Updike

H P Lovecraft

Edited by ~Andrea~

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You have some great looking books on your bookshelf! I'm jealous! I want to read:

Marley and Me

Anyway You Want Me

The Book of Lost Things

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I look forward to hearing what you have to say about them!

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Authors to try:

 

Kelley Armstrong

Tess Gerritson

 

Oh you are in for a treat with Tess Gerritsen, start with 'The Sinner' and you'll be at the beginning of a great series! :D

I'm wanting to try Kelley Armstrong myself, trying to get some of my TBR pile down first :D

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You have some great looking books on your bookshelf! I'm jealous! I want to read:

Marley and Me

Anyway You Want Me

The Book of Lost Things

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I look forward to hearing what you have to say about them!

 

Thank you. I'm lookng forward to reading these. I'll certainly be posting my thoughts.

 

Oh you are in for a treat with Tess Gerritsen, start with 'The Sinner' and you'll be at the beginning of a great series! :roll:

I'm wanting to try Kelley Armstrong myself, trying to get some of my TBR pile down first :blush:

Me too! I wonder if I'll be able to make it through 2009 without buying any more books. Hmm, I think I know the answer to that question :lol:

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OK I really must make a dent in these this year - and it must NOT grow!!
Wish list:...

Hehe! :D I know what you mean though - I keep thinking I won't buy too many books and will try to make inroads into my huge 'to read' pile, but then something catches my eye...

 

You have some great books on your 'bookshelf' list. :D Othello is brilliant - I hope you enjoy it.

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The five people you meet in heaven - Mitch Albom

For One More Day - Mitch Albom

 

 

I found both these books amazing and read them both easily in a day. I definitely recommend them!

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Hehe! :D I know what you mean though - I keep thinking I won't buy too many books and will try to make inroads into my huge 'to read' pile, but then something catches my eye...

 

You have some great books on your 'bookshelf' list. :D Othello is brilliant - I hope you enjoy it.

 

I know - I'm trying to keep track of the TBR this year - with a starting size, a finishing size and low and high 'tide marks'. Its already grown :D

Looking forward to the Shakespeare. I think King Lear will be first in the queue, Othello has been on my wish list for ages.

 

I found both these books amazing and read them both easily in a day. I definitely recommend them!

Thanks I'm looking forward to '5 people'. I intend to read it next I think.

 

I have these on my TBR list :)

Look forward to comparing notes then :)

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Well I am tearing through the music theory book, so much so that I am now thinking of buying a keyboard and learning the piano :D I will give it a month or two though - I have been known to do things on a whim and then get bored after 5 mins :)

 

Informal logic has taken very much a back seat, even though I was enjoying it, it just can't compete with the other two I'm reading.

 

Far from the Madding Crowd is great, though I feel I am making slow progress with it. I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew having 3 books on the go ;)

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What am I doing way down here on page 3?? Oh well time I updated I guess. No time to read lately ;)

 

However I did finish Music Theory for Dummies which was fab, very accessible and enjoyable. OK I did skip one chapter which was so referential I thought I'd come back to it later when I need to.

 

3/4 through Far from the Madding Crowd (It's great!) and I haven't touched Informal Logic for weeks. I won't start any more fiction til FFTMC is complete and no more non fiction til IL is complete.

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What am I doing way down here on page 3?? Oh well time I updated I guess. No time to read lately ;)

 

Isn't it amazing what your silly pride and vanity makes you do? I recently simply HAD to update mine, just because my thread was also down on page 3... So it's 'no more school work until I can update my reading blog!'

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Isn't it amazing what your silly pride and vanity makes you do? I recently simply HAD to update mine, just because my thread was also down on page 3... So it's 'no more school work until I can update my reading blog!'

 

That's me :blush:

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Lol F&C, but that is so NOT you :)

 

Awww bless you Poppy :blush:

 

Well, there's reading pride and vanity...

 

Yea that's all it is - I didn't just myself spending 5 minutes faffing in front of the mirror when I went to the loo just now - honest.

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Yea that's all it is - I didn't just myself spending 5 minutes faffing in front of the mirror when I went to the loo just now - honest.

 

Of course you didn't!

 

*laughs*

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Hurrah - I finished Far from the Madding Crowd and I loved it. I loved the language, and the characters and the setting. The story dragged in places but overall I thought it was excellent.

 

Then I started Mitch Alboms The Five People you meet in Heaven. Having just finished FFTMC I am finding the language extremely plain in this. It's enjoyable enough so far though - apart from the annoying little twirls at the beginning of each section :P

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Hmm - The Five People you Meet in Heaven is bugging me so far. It feels a bit like an outpouring of worldly wisdom about life and death - I don't know why but it's annoying me, it's almost like I'm being preached at.

 

Perhaps it irks me that an author would take it upon themselves to 'teach' us their view of the afterlife - something no-one knows what's like.

 

Yes, I KNOW it's fiction.

 

But still...

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Finished Five People you meet in Heaven last night. I wasn't overawed by it. I found the language too plain. There were lots of short sentences and at times it felt like I was reading a children's story. I didn't really think the characters had much depth either. I found the pearls of wisdom a little patronising and for those reasons overall I was disappointed. I did like the overall concept though, and in more skillful hands it could have been a good book.

 

Then I started The Vampires Seduction by Raven Hart. Only the prologue so far, but I think I will enjoy this :blush:

 

PS Haven't touched Informal logic for an age.

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Then I started The Vampires Seduction by Raven Hart. Only the prologue so far, but I think I will enjoy this :blush:

Oh I can't wait to hear what you think of this once you've finished it. It sounds like something I'd definitely love to read :blush:.

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Oh I can't wait to hear what you think of this once you've finished it. It sounds like something I'd definitely love to read :lol:.

 

There are a few Raven Hart fans on the board - Michelle and Nici definitely. I think Michelle wrote a review of the Savannah Chronicles on the BCF blog.

 

So far I'm thinking - why am I reading vampire book when I'm squeamish about blood? :D I've already had to skim read a few sections - just like I had to when I read Dracula.

 

The first chapter is also quite raunchy :):tong:, which is not something I normally go for in a book. However, I'm liking the writing so far. It's a promising start all in all.

Edited by ~Andrea~

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