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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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Blast you both and your speediness!* Can't I, like, borrow a tenth of your respective switness?

* I love you really.

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You may have already read this (and if not you will almost certainly already be aware of it!) but I heartily recommend the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. It's been about 10 years since I read it (really? that long!) so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details, but I remember them being the most thought provoking, beautiful books I've ever read. They are truly the only books I have ever read that I felt actually changed how I feel about the world.

 

Failing that, I recommend The Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen). These are young adult books so nothing disturbing, and they really are very good. Once again it's been a while since I read them so I can't remember details, but I do remember them being wonderful and magical.

 

Hope you find something you enjoy :D

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hi Bookjumper have you read Umberto Eco? the books of his that I have read are so good.

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I'm afraid I find Eco to be presumptious and tedious:lurker: sorry! He's obviously very knowledgeable but I don't think he has the knack or even the desire to make his books intellegible and accessible.

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re: Umberto Eco: yes some of his books are very difficult to understand.

 

The Island of the Day Before - I didn't understand at all.

The Name of the Rose - I thought that was quite good.

Foucault's Pendulam - I really loved this one. I thought it was a very powerful book in some way. I read it several times.

Baudolino - I think this was a romp but I must read it again to really see what it was all about.

 

these are the only books of his that I've read and on the whole I like his style of writing. of course they are the English translations so I'm assuming the translator got it right.

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The lines below my picture actually tell fibs, my copy of American Gods was stranded home after Christmas (wouldn't fit in the suitcase :)) so I had to leave it there unbegun; I've recently started Alphabet of Thorn so I really should finish that first before I start on AG. I have been told - after having already bought it, clearly - that there's explicit bits in AG and am now dreading it as much as I'm looking forward to it. Evil Neil.

 

It's not just a matter of not standing the explicit bits I'm afraid, and scanning them doesn't really help - first of all because I'm a 'read-every-word-including-the-copyright-page' kind of girl, and second of all because just knowing they're there would trigger upset. I don't even need to read them, it's gone beyond that.

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You'll be happy to know that Neverwhere (my favourite Evil Neil book) has absolutely no evil bits in it at all. Stardust has just the one but it's just a couple of parapgraphs at the very beginning - even I survived; Anansi Boys has a few annoying allusions but they're also survivable.

 

Incidentally, I know precisely why I get upset too, and you're right, it doesn't exactly help. And you weren't that off-topic, so I won't be exercising my Modship anytime soon :).

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Always glad to provide comfort :) let me know how you like it, it's one of those rare books I finished thinking 'Man, I wanted to write that.'

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