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  2. Raven's Reads

    Great review @Raven! I read The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and really liked it, but for some reason never got any of the other books relating to George Smiley. You've made me want to get this one now though!
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  4. Seasonal Reading

    I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out with The Pale Horse now! The Corset is really good.
  5. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
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  7. Have you considered adding the humble Kiwi swandri to this fetching ensemble so that not only the head, but the rest of the chassis is kept dry?
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  9. Seasonal Reading

    I've got The Pale Horse lined up, also the Corset by Laura Purcell.
  10. Seasonal Reading

    Wow, I just looked up those books and they all sound brilliant! I feel like crime is a good genre for autumn too, there's something about the darker and more rainy days that makes a good atmosphere for them I think!
  11. Hayley's Reading 2019

    First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde 4.5/5 I just love all of these books and I loved this for the same reason as the others. Fforde has a ridiculously fantastic imagination, combined with a brilliantly sharp and witty writing style. Throw in the fact that this series is written for book lovers and what is there not to love? I knocked off half a star purely because this wasn't my favourite book in the series. For the first time we jump forward in time a lot (by fourteen years, if I remember correctly) and that felt a little bit weird when I started reading, because the main character has developed a lot without us seeing it. The time gap was necessary to the plot though and in the end I felt like it was quite nice to see how Thursdays life is going over a decade later. Now I'm only a couple of reviews behind! I've read 22 books so far this year, so I have a long way to go if I'm finally going to meet my 50 target for the year, but you never know!
  12. Ah well, I suppose it's not that much longer. It could have been worse!
  13. Kindle and ebooks deals

    All of the Narnia novels are all 99p on Amazon (Kindle) today.
  14. According to Aaronovitch the book is finished, his publishers just wanted a little more time. Release date is 20/02/20.
  15. This was recently recommended to me on here, and now you have mentioned it Raven. I will have to shove the title closer to my 'Don't just wish it - Buy it!' list.
  16. Attached to one's head perchance?😆😁
  17. Seasonal Reading

    Yes! I always try to read horror/mystery novels through October. I'm excited to read The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie and Muse by James Renner this year. If I get through them quickly and have some October left over, I might add The Boy Who Saw True: The Time-Honoured Classic of the Paranormal by Cyril Scott, which sounds fascinating. I can't wait to get started! I tend to read more mystery/crime in autumn through winter in any case.
  18. Hi Alena, I'm guessing there was meant to be a picture here but we can't see it. Have you tried looking up the publisher? Sometimes there are small changes in a publishing company name over time and that lets you narrow down the dates. I love finding interesting old books in charity shops and David Copperfield is one my favourites, I hope you manage to find out more about it .
  19. We've had some discussions about winter reading in the past but I don't think we've ever had a thread about the other seasons! So, do you have any books that you like to read in autumn? Maybe spooky themes for Halloween? I think I might finally get round to reading The Woman in Black in October, as well as The Book Collector by Alice Thompson, as I think they're really the only books I own that could be considered horror. I'm really tempted to look for some kind of gothic short story collection too. I definitely don't need more books but it's still tempting...
  20. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna This is quite a hefty tome with a lot going on. Some of the publicity describes it as A Suitable Boy meets The Thorn Birds meets Gone with the Wind. It spans the years1878 to 1936. It is set in the south Indian province of Coorg, in the Sahaydri Mountains. The author comes from this area and it is easy to see that as the landscape is the strongest character in the book. It is also a love triangle (that usually makes me run several miles in the opposite direction, but this is part of a reading challenge), which charts the lives of childhood sweethearts Devi and Devanna and their families. Unfortunately it is more soap opera than historical fiction and raised a number of issues for me. Does those that are abused automatically turn into abusers? One particular incident plays out through most of the book and for me that just didn’t fit. There also seemed to be an almost total lack of a political context until the last one hundred pages. Even then the nationalists were portrayed as more of a nuisance than anything else. I did learn a certain amount about growing coffee and how to deal with the coffee borer beetle! Despite the beauty of the setting the tragedy is pretty relentless and the use of coincidence stretched my credibility somewhat. Some of the characters lacked a little believability and the last third of the book was much weaker than the rest and felt rather rushed. The descriptions of Coorg are beautifully written and makes up for some of the problems with the human characters. 5 and a half out of 10 Starting 69 things to do with a dead princess by Stewart Home
  21. So, is the rain hood attached to anything or is keeping the head dry the only concern?
  22. Oh no! I wonder what happened. It seems quite close to the planned release to change the date.
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