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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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A few favourites of mine include:

 

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

Terry Pratchett, any Discworld book (Wyrd Sisters, Soul Music and Maskerade are the best I've read so far)

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (+ 4 sequels, but not to worry, they're all fairly short & you can get them all in one book)

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The Jeeves and Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse are great fun, especially Right Ho, Jeeves and The Inimitable Jeeves. The Blandings Castle stories are hilarious too!

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Yes! I would suggest those books

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Confessions of a Reformed Dieter by A.J. Rochester is funny

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Anything by Danny Wallace - he makes everything seem light-hearted and fun as well as coming across as someone you could really have as a mate! :irked:

 

Not fiction, but still incredibly funny. :roll:

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I'd second Bill Bryson - particularly Notes From a Big Country.

 

Tom Sharpe - Porterhouse Blue etc.

 

H.E. Bates - Darling Buds of May (maybe not laugh out loud, but should put a smile on your face :blush: )

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If you want something light but very funny, try Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. I'll third P.G.Wodehouse, The Darling Buds of May and Bill Bryson (although Bryson is a non-fiction writer).

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Bill Bryson (although Bryson is a non-fiction writer).
Technically so is Danny Wallace but I'll still second him :blush:!

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I'm sure we've had threads like this before but I did a search and couldn't find any.

 

I'd recommend (in order):

 

Who Goes Here - Bob Shaw (comic sci-fi)

The Tin Men - Michael Frayn (set in an office)

The Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend (teenage angst)

High Fidelity - Nick Hornby (male angst)

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding (a female journalists silly adventure)

 

There are probably loads of others but I can't remember them.

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The Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend

The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett

Around Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. :blush:

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Dittos from me on Nick Hornby and Bill Bryson. Also anything by Jasper Fforde since I'm always continually laughing out loud at his wonderful works :blush:.

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Also anything by Jasper Fforde since I'm always continually laughing out loud at his wonderful works.
I'd second, third and fourth anything by Jasper but would affix the clause, if you've got a smattering of classics - I've heard from people who were every bit as confused as I was delighted, because they didn't get any of the jokes.

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How about the Adrian Mole books? They never fail to make me laugh.

 

Another book which made me laugh out loud loads of times was Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom. Don't go into it expecting it to be similar to the movie - it's very different, but very funny too.

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How about the Adrian Mole books? They never fail to make me laugh.

 

Up to and including The Wilderness Years I agree, I think she should have stopped after that one. Just got far too crazy IMO.

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hello guys,

 

i got 2 comedy books, one by a New Zealand writer called 'Two Little Boys' and have read over half the book now, it is absolutely hilarious and i got 'Rock Bottom' which is about a rock band who failed miserably to get famous and are making a comeback its by an author called Michael Shilling... not read any of the 2nd book yet but will let you know how it goes... thanks for the advice at the mo am staying with a friend in Denmark so am a little unsure where to get books lol. these 2 look good for now!!!

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A few favourites of mine include:

 

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

Terry Pratchett, any Discworld book (Wyrd Sisters, Soul Music and Maskerade are the best I've read so far)

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (+ 4 sequels, but not to worry, they're all fairly short & you can get them all in one book)

 

Basically everything I would say too.

 

I've only recently read Hitchhikers Guide and since, I have been recommending it to absolutely everyone I know! I am yet to read the 3rd book onwards but can't wait!

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Up to and including The Wilderness Years I agree, I think she should have stopped after that one. Just got far too crazy IMO.

 

That's interesting, as I haven't read past that one. It's a shame sometimes when a great series just gets dragged on for too long. I'm sure there's a new Adrian Mole book out too - unless I've imagined that.

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That's interesting, as I haven't read past that one. It's a shame sometimes when a great series just gets dragged on for too long. I'm sure there's a new Adrian Mole book out too - unless I've imagined that.

 

There were two after that I believe. I read the first one and was disappointed - okay the whole series is basically farce, but she'd taken it too far. She had him basically 'getting over' Pandora, with a lovely new girlfriend....and then she tore him to pieces again. Made me think...does she really hate this character or what?:D

Dunno if there will be any more, considering, isn't she registered blind now?

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