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      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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Has anyone read Titan by Stephen Baxter or any of his sci-fi novels?

 

Not Titan, but have read Flood and quite enjoyed it.

 

 

Has anyone read cross stitch by Diana Gabaldon? I'm starting it after I've finished memoirs of a geisha and looking forward to reading something a bit different

 

I have read it, but as Outlander. :) I have read the entire series, and loved it. Some are better than others, and occasionally there is drag in each book. But in the final analysis, the information imparted in the "draggy" sections is necessary to the story, not wasted space or words at all.

I can safely recommend it highly.

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Has anyone read Titan by Stephen Baxter or any of his sci-fi novels?

Yes, I have. It's very good, but I did prefer Voyage, which is one of my favourite 'hard' sf novels. It's about what might have happened to NASA's space programme had JFK not been assassinated, and the first manned-mission to Mars that came about as a result. I'm into all Apollo era stuff, so I was like a pig in the proverbial when I read it :lol:

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Has anyone read Titan by Stephen Baxter or any of his sci-fi novels?

 

 

I have read Flood and started Ark but wasn't really enjoying it, the problem I had was that though I enjoyed the concenpts in the book I found it hard to really like any of the characters and the way they developed.

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hi what is the relation of cross stitch to outlander? What it turned into a series? X

 

I have read it, but as Outlander. :) I have read the entire series, and loved it. Some are better than others, and occasionally there is drag in each book. But in the final analysis, the information imparted in the "draggy" sections is necessary to the story, not wasted space or words at all.

I can safely recommend it highly.

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Habeebi...Cross Stitch is the same book as Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander is the U.S. name for it, Cross Stich is the U.K. name. :)

She has written 7 books in that series.

 

Outlander

Dragonfly in Amber

Voyager

Drums of Autumn

The Fiery Cross

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

An Echo in the Bone

Plus:

 

The Outlandish Companion....catches up readers a little more than halfway through the series.

 

Plus:

 

Another series about Lord John, a character from the original series.

 

You might want to read the wiki article on her. http://en.wikipedia..../Diana_Gabaldon

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Has anyone read The Turnaround by George Pelecanos

 

Yes I have. I have read all his books and enjoyed them all so I would recommend his books to any crime fiction fan.

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Has anyone actually completely read War and Peace by Tolstoy? I was considering adding it to my summer reading list (no way I'd have time for it right now) but I wanted to see if it was really worth my time.

 

I did read this back in 1989 during a 3 month stay in hospital with little to do but wait so spent all that time reading. It is quite an amazing piece of work but definitely not a weekend read! Worth the effort if you like the family saga type of book.

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Has anyone read Lesley Pearce 'Charity' I have started reading this book, never read such a heartbreaking book, this afternoon I was in tears, when I was reading she gave her baby up for adoption, that is only part of the story.

 

I wondered if anyone else has read this book, first of Lesley Pearce books I have read, got another two to read Camelia and Ellie

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I have just finished a book called Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk,

 

It was a very good read, at times confusing, but well worth it, I didnt see the ending coming though,

 

Has anyone else read this and what did you think?

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Has anyone read 'Let the right one in' by John Ajvide Lindqvist? I just finished reading it and it was gripping from start to finish and wondered if anyone else liked it? I'm going through a phase of reading books by swedish or classic authors although the book I am currently reading is very much about psychology as I want to study that eventually, so its mentally stimulating as well as a good read!

 

Also I was wondering if anyone else has read the House of Night series? I just finished Marked the first book in the series and I am wondering if it is worth buying the next book...

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Yay :) Thanks! And yes definitely read it, it is a refreshing alternative to the vampire novels that are out there at the moment :)

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I read Marked and some of the others. Generic and terrible, almost a parody of itself. Not worth the time, in the end. And that's coming from someone who takes a guilty pleasure in the genre.

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Has anyone read The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley?

 

It keeps popping up on amazon's list of books I might like, and it looks interesting.

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Has anyone read any books by Peter Lovesey. I confess I had never heard of him but he is quite profilic and his genre is crime (mostly taking place in the Bath area). He is coming to give a talk at our local Library tomorrow evening and I wondered how popular his books are.

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Has Anyone read Theodora by Stella Duffy? I Haven't read anything of hers before but it sounds interesting, just strange that it never made much of an impact on release.

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Has anyone read anything by S J Rozan? Any thoughts as to what they may be similar to?

 

I have read a couple of S J Rozan books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am having a hard time thinking what I would compare them to (so I'm maybe not being very helpful!), but I found they had good storylines, characters that I was interested in, and some humour sprinkled in too.

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I have read a couple of S J Rozan books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am having a hard time thinking what I would compare them to (so I'm maybe not being very helpful!), but I found they had good storylines, characters that I was interested in, and some humour sprinkled in too.

 

Thanks, saw a couple in the local charity shop so will give one a go

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I wonder if anyone has read this author books, and if they are worth reading, thank you for your help

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Oops, I merged this from a new thread started and can't remember who the author was! I'll PM Vanessa and edit later!

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Hi Janet

The Author I was asking about was Penny Vincenzi if her books were worth reading

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Thanks Vanessa - sorry about that! :)

 

I've not read any of her books, but she's a popular author I believe, so hopefully someone can help.

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I've read a couple of Penny Vincenzi books, I really enjoyed them the only thing about them is their are often quite a few characters in them!

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