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        "If you look the right way you can see that the whole world is a garden."   In honour of spring, the April giveaway is a print of this wonderful quote from The Secret Garden (thanks, once again to www.thestorygift.co.uk) along with a Secret Garden tea (Victoria Sponge flavoured!) from the  Literary Tea Company! (You can find them both at their own website theliteraryteacompany.co.uk and at their etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany ).   As always, patreon supporters will be entered automatically and if you don't support but want to be included in this month's giveaway you can join the patreon here: www.patreon.com/bookclubforum A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month!

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  2. Your Book Activity - April 2019

    I just finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, and I really liked it. But it was definitely also a hard read - not just because the book was very long, but also the topics. If you've read it, you know what I mean. But definitely worth it
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  4. Thanks vodkafan! I have just finished reading 'A History of Capitalism according to the Jubillee Line' by John O'Farrell. It's a short fiction novel that uses a story of being trapped in the london underground to explain the idea of capitalism. It's brilliantly written and hilarious. You can easily read it in a day and I would highly recommend it to anyone who just needs a bit of a laugh (and to learn a bit about capitalism as well). I've got my eyes on 'How we Think' by John Dewey which I might read next. I've got a few novels on my TBR which I've been wanting to read for a while so it's a bit of a balancing act deciding what to read next. On the other hand my writing is coming along nicely. I have just had another article accepted for publication in a journal which was a nice confidence-boost and am just finishing an article for a magazine which has an upcoming themed issue entitled 'What is the purpose of having children?' which made for some fun writing!
  5. Mostonian's Reading List 2019

    I think White Nights is my favourite of the Shetland books. Yes Douglas Henshall is very good in the role but nothing like her description of Perez! And for some reason they never adapted White Nights for TV, although they've done most of the earlier books (in the wrong order too and for some reason they also made Cassie much older than she is in the books).
  6. Your most recommended books -list

    I'm new to the site, so here's what I've remembered and trawled from other lists of a few of my favourites. Fiction Katherine Neville – The Eight JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit Ian Serraillier – The Silver Sword CS Lewis – Narnia books Clive Barker – Weaveworld Jeff Noon – Vurt Iain M. Banks – Consider Phlebas Iain Banks – The Crow Road LJ Ross – DCI Ryan series Ian Rankin – Rebus series Colin Bateman – Empire State Joseph Wambaugh – The Choirboys Frederick Forsyth – The Odessa File Alastair MacClean – Where Eagles Dare Alastair MacClean – The Guns of Navarone Alastair MacClean – Bear Island Jack Higgins – The Eagle Has Landed Dan Brown –The Da Vinci Code Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials JK Rowling – Harry Potter series Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy Katharine Kerr – Polar City Blues Stephen King – The Stand Stephen King – It Louise Wener – Goodnight Steve McQueen Gregory Benford – Timescape Mike Duff – Lowlife James Hawes – A White Merc With Fins James Herbert – ‘48 Roald Dahl – James & the Giant Peach Grant Naylor – Red Dwarf series Jeffrey Deaver – The Bone Collector Martin Cruz Smith – Gorky Park Alan Garner – The Moon of Gomrath Roddy Doyle – The Barrytown Trilogy Nick Hornby – High Fidelity Lionel Davidson – Kolymsky Heights Eric Ramsey – The Kummersdorf Connection Robert Harris – Fatherland David Nicholls – One Day Ben Elton – The First Casualty Murray Davies The Drumbeat of Jimmy Sands Len Deighton – SS-GB Non-fiction Steve Hill – The Card David Niven – The Moon’s a Balloon John-Paul O’Neill – Red Rebels: The Glazers and the FC Revolution Peter Hook – Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division Spike Milligan – Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall Fred Eyre – Kicked Into Touch Duncan Hamilton – Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough Deborah Curtis – Touching From a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division Danny Sugerman – No One Hear Gets Out Alive Howard Marks – Mr Nice Brian McClair – Odd Man Out Adam Ant – Stand & Deliver Joseph D. Pistone – Donnie Brasco TJ English – The Westies John Frost – A Drop Too Many Toby Harnden – Bandit Country Cornelius Ryan – A Bridge Too Far Terry Christian – Reds in The Hood Robert Brady – An Undividable Glow Stephen E Ambrose – Pegasus Bridge
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  8. Mostonian's Reading List 2019

    Lined up on my Kindle I have: White Nights - Ann Cleeves Next Girl To Die - Dea Poirier Truth & Lies - Caroline Mitchell The Bat - Jo Nesbo I'll carry on with the Ben Hope and Tom Caton series and have pre-ordered the new LJ Ross book.Yet another detective series I read has a new book out soon, the DI Nick Dixon books by Damien Boyd. But I'll be looking on here for titles that take my fancy. I've heard a lot about the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, so will give them a go at some point too.
  9. Mostonian's Reading List 2019

    No it won't Madeleine and as I said it's a good read, it's just that it'd be better reading it first off. As for Shetland, I purposefully didn't watch the television programme as it looked like something I'd read. It's taken me a while though. So without seeing the programme I can't really comment other than fair haired Douglas Henshall seems an odd fit for Jimmy Perez of Spanish descent!
  10. What's the weather like?

    Must have rained over night, and raining now.
  11. What's Up in April? - 2019

    Thanks better for now. Hope yours has gone too!
  12. Travel Plans

    Glad you had a lovely break, the weather couldn't have been better could it!
  13. Mostonian's Reading List 2019

    I've got the Infirmary to read, I'm up to book 6 in the Ryan series so I suppose it doesn't really matter when I read The Infirmary! I love Ann Cleeves's Shetland books, very atmospheric, a good series to get into. The TV series has made quite a lot of changes from the books though.
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  15. I have borrowed Frankie's rating system for 2019: 1/5: I didn't like it 2/5: It was okay 3/5: I liked it 4/5: I really liked it 5/5: It was amazing I'm new to the site so here's a quick recap of my reading this year. Operation Certain Death by Damien Lewis 2/5 I don't usually read this type of book but as one of my friends was one of the soldiers captured in the tale I thought I'd give it a go. It tells the true story of a patrol of Royal Irish Rangers taken prisoner in Sierra Leone in 1999 and the combined SAS/SBS operation to rescue them. It's quite detailed and gives a lot of background on the history of the country and its political climate. It would be very good reading for anyone with a passion for the subject, but not for me I'm afraid. The Martyr's Curse by Scott Mariani 3/5 A troubled ex-SAS major, Ben Hope ends up sleeping rough in the French Alps before being saved by a secluded monastic order. Think Robert Langdon with guns, although I think Mariani is a better writer than Dan Brown. This is the eleventh outing for Ben Hope and whilst it could be read as a stand alone book I wouldn't recommend it. Bluebell Hollow by Bill Rogers 3/5 Another of the current serial books I'm reading, this follows the career of a Manchester police detective, DCI Tom Caton. Bodies begin to emerge on a former mining area and Caton and the team are tasked with finding the killer before they strike again. It's the fifth DCI Caton book and one of the better ones in the series. The characterisation is good and the development of the main players handled well. Longstone by LJ Ross 4/5 Another series I'm deep into (I really need to read a book with a beginning, middle and end soon!) and one of my current favourite authors. Another DCI saga, this one being set in the North East of England in and around Newcastle. LJ Ross is a much better writer than Bill Rogers in my opinion, and whilst I enjoy his books I suspect my bias is affecting my ratings as Rogers' Caton tales are set in my home city of Manchester. Longstone is the tenth of the DCI Ryan books and is set in the town of Seahouses. It sounds like a lovely place, but when a local academic is found dead shortly after announcing his long search for an almost mythical shipwreck has been successful, the locals are all suspects. A complicated family unit add to the muddle and Ryan and the team have to call on help from all quarters of the UK. A Trace of Blood by Bill Rogers 2/5 Number six in the series and a bit of an oddity. A distant cousin of DCI Tom Caton gets in touch with a seemingly tall tale. Niamh Caton lives in Manchester, New Hampshire and is seeing her family being bumped off at regular intervals. Her genealogy leads her to Tom Caton, a police detective in Manchester, England and a bond is forged. It's not a bad story, and is quite well told, but it's just all too far fetched. Billionaires, fourth cousins eight times removed etc. Not bad but... The Cassandra Sanction by Scott Mariani 3/5 The twelfth Ben Hope book sees him wandering aimlessly through Spain when a fight erupts in a quiet bar. Hope becomes embroiled in the suicide of a prominent scientist who became a media star (a female Professor Brian Cox was in my mind), a sinister gang chasing the scientist's brother and a billionaire with a private island. Now I know how far fetched it sounds, and how I criticised A Trace of Blood for the same thing, but I expect it in this type of book. I don't in a Manchester based detective yarn! The Infirmary by LJ Ross 3/5 This is a prequel to the DCI Ryan series and brings back a few characters no longer in the series. I would definitely recommend new readers to start with this book as you'll know the ending otherwise! I won't say too much here just in case others are starting in chronological order rather than published order. A brutal killer is stalking Newcastle and terrifying the city.It's a bit more gory than the rest of the series, but nothing too bad. I'd have given this 4/5 if I'd read it prior to the rest of the series. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves 3/5 A new author for me, the first in a good while. Not a new genre though. Another police detective and another location. Raven Black sees DI Jimmy Perez investigating the death of a young woman on the Shetland Isles. A reclusive old man with learning difficulties becomes the chief suspect when links to a missing girl emerge which saw him as the chief suspect. It's well written, descriptive and fast paced. I've got the sequel in my "to read" list and am looking forward to the characters developing. The Frozen Contract by Bill Rogers 1/5 Where to begin? An utterly implausible story with the most horrendous proofreading I've ever encountered! The tale concerns a fictional Premier League football club in Manchester and the death of their star striker in a cryotherapy freezer unit on the forecourt of the ground. Hmm. Fantastical enough before the deaths start to rack up. But the main problem is the proofreading. The names of characters are swapped about with a victim suddenly coming back to life as an agent with the National Crime Agency! Speech marks are scattered throughout at a seemingly random manner, numerous spelling mistakes and punctuation haphazard at best. Star of Africa by Scott Mariani 2/5 The thirteenth Ben Hope installment is also the most brutal. It's not the most violent book I've ever read, far from it, but it's a step up from this author. It's also a two parter. Anyway, Ben Hope is pulled from his wandering life again when his son is onboard a cargo ship that is attacked by pirates off the Somali coast. Or are they? It's not a major spoiler as the truth is unveiled very early in the book, as disparate groups attempt to get their hands on the glittering prize. It's probably my least favourite Ben Hope book up to now, but I'm only part way through. I've just started the second part so let's see. Backwash by Bill Rogers 2/5 Another DCI Tom Caton novel and another series of brutal murders hits the streets of Manchester. Caton and his colleagues are baffled by the murders of seemingly unrelated people. The murders are most definitely linked but the problem is finding out why before they can find out who. The characters are developing more with each book and thankfully the proofreading on this is much better. Stalybridge is incorrectly spelt and one of the victims has three different spellings of his surname, but it's a huge improvement on the previous book. As you can see, I'm a bit stuck in my ways at the moment. I'm also reading another DCI series but am up to date with those. I do intend to branch out when I finish the series or catch up with the authors output to give my brain a rest from DCIs, DIs, DCs and DSs! I've got a blog with slightly more content on the books I've read (link below) and a few more from the end of 2018 when I started it. Feel free to comment on her and there. All recommendations and help gratefully received! https://thebookbloke.home.blog/
  16. I've heard/read both good and bad reviews of The Priory of the Orange Tree (by people I know/follow). There isn't a medium size paperback available yet and the other paperbook options are huge (ie. hardcover or trade paperback), but I don't know if I'd want it or not as I'm not sure yet if I'd like it. That said the cover really intrigues me. I hope you enjoy the whole book @muggle not, I look forward to hear your thoughts on it when you've finished it . I finished reading Night of the Living Deed by E. J. Copperman yesterday (book 1 in the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series), but am thinking I might take a break from reading for a few days.
  17. What's Up in April? - 2019

    Thank you Madeleine . That sounds horrible ! I hope the refurbishing will be done soon. I'm sorry about your migraine!
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  21. I just started reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It is an epic of a book and is over 800 pages long. I am about 15% into the book on my kindle and am really enjoying it. It was rated a book of the month for February on Amazon. A review by Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Priory-Orange-Tree-Samantha-Shannon-ebook/dp/B07DDGX4KY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=samantha+shannon&qid=1556144284&s=books&sr=1-1
  22. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    Absolutely not! I'm reading them in publication order, but chronologically they are all over the place. Having said that, trying to put an accurage chronology on them would, I think, be nigh on impossible, although I'm sure I've seen it being tried somewhere.
  23. Travel Plans

    It certainly is. Coran and I had a fabulous weekend near Amesbury in Wiltshire over Easter, with perfect weather and it's 4 weeks this weekend until I am off to Bosnia. Coran hasn't been well of late, and I had to cancel a much needed trip to the Canaries in February hence the few short breaks we have had in between. She is still not good unfortunately, but I am not cancelling another trip - we will just have to find a way to make it work.
  24. Daphne Du Maurier short stories were favourites of mine. Strange and often with a hint of the supernatural or other-worldly.
  25. My reading mojo took a major nose dive shortly after reading Dead Drop for some reason. I managed to get my way through The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwtiz (3/5) and also listened to the audiobook of Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings (4/5) before it completely ground to a halt. It's been one of the longer lulls in my reading and it came about completely unexpectedly. Over the last 2 or so months I must have picked up over a dozen books but never made it past 20 or 30 pages before putting it back on the bookcase. It got so bad that I wasn't even reading during quiet times at work, something which I've always done. I've been spending a lot more time outdoors watching and photographing wildlife so I guess all is not wasted but it's still frustrating. I think that it's finally passing as I'm 3/4 of the way through The Mechanic: The Secret World of the Forumla 1 Pitlane by Marc 'Elvis' Priestley. Fingers crossed it continues well for the rest of the year.
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