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  1. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    The Infirmary by L J Ross - although this is the 11th book in order of publication, it's actually a prequel and the events of the official 1st book - Holy Island - follow on directly from the end of this one. So it felt a bit odd to be reading it after 10 books, which often refer to events in this book which meant there was no suspense as I knew how it ended. Having said that, it was still hugely enjoyable and it was interesting meeting DCI Ryan and his team in early days, although I think there is still a lot of back story which is hinted at in the other books (Ryan's time with the Metropolitan Police in London for example) which could be explored further perhaps? Anyway it was a fairly gripping read, a standard serial killer police procedural which also carries on into the main series for several books, and the ending in particular was a rollercoaster, with a foot chase through an underground tunnel system (not a spoiler as it's on the cover!) and the inevitable, shattering finale. One of the best books in the series so far. 8/10
  2. I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
  3. Totally agree with Wuthering Heights, I still can't see how anyone would find Heathcliff attractive, but each to their own!
  4. Christmas planning and chat

    Trees all up, most cards written and posted, couple of presents to parcel up and go to the Post Office, not looking forward to that!
  5. Late Autumn Supporter Giveaway

    Well done Athena!
  6. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    Yes I found CoK a bit clunky but it does build up to a great finish. Book 3 is much more fast paced and readable. I haven't read The Guest List yet but have read her first book The Hunting Party which follows pretty much the same structure that you describe and is also very readable.
  7. Yes messages can cross over. I do have a genuine problem with this computer, in that it can suddenly pull something across from another screen and insert it (happens at work too, it's already been sent back twice for repair and is still doing the same thing) - in fact it seems to have happened on my book list thread as another list suddenly appeared so if that could be deleted (it's the one that only goes up to July or August rather than the up to date one).
  8. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths - things have moved on quite a lot since we last met Ruth Galloway, it's now 2 years since the previous book and she has moved from her beloved Norfolk to Cambridge, where she is a senior lecturer at a Cambridge college and living with her partner Frank. Just back from a writing retreat, her old life comes crashing back in the form of DI Harry Nelson, when a convicted murdered insists that Ruth excavates a site where he claims to have buried more of his victims. Reluctantly she agrees, and when it's discovered that there is also a connection to the writing retreat which she just attended, she is once more back with Nelson and his team. This was another enjoyable read, although I felt it did sag slightly in the middle, and taking Ruth out of her old familiar environment gave it a slightly disconnected feel. I did wonder occasionally if the series was starting to run out of steam a little, but the ending points to yet more developments. I did think it was a shame that the old team had been broken up - one of the other detectives has also moved on, although he does appear briefly in this story, but hopefully the gang will continue investigating. There is a great chase across the marshes though, which is very atmospheric, albeit slightly predictable as to how it plays out. 7.5/10
  9. Christmas planning and chat

    I decorated the small tree yesterday lunchtime, as it's metal and a bit gothic looking I thought I'd stick to a theme and have decorated it with blue, white and silver baubles. Work permitting, I will try to get the main tree out today, and maybe start decorating it. You're right about the decs Chrissy, when I was looking for the blue/silver/white baubles I came across some others that I'd forgotten about!
  10. Christmas planning and chat

    Well I've put up my Advent tree, and also my new miniature tree made from Venetian glass which is gorgeous but I am of course petrified of touching it as it's so fragile! Have also put up a new small metal tree which I will try to decorate, the larger tree will probably have to wait until the weekend.
  11. What's the weather like?

    Yesterday was lovely and sunny, but cold, back to dreich today!
  12. What's the weather like?

    We had some redwings in the garden a few years ago, haven't seen them since but apparently they are regular winer visitors here. Yesterday was very grey and drizzly, today so far is cold but bright and sunny.
  13. My Eyes Adored You - Franki Valli
  14. always look on the bright side of life - Monty Python
  15. What Are You Watching Now? - 2020

    "The Undoing" - big reveal tonight!
  16. What's the weather like?

    We had thick frost yesterday - killed off my remaining busy lizzies! But it has been mild lately, and was much milder today,
  17. What's the weather like?

    We finally have the first real frost of the winter, lovely and sunny though.
  18. Christmas planning and chat

    Thanks Poppy, I usually get them gift cards but that's harder this year not knowing if the shops will be open in Jan or even still trading, sadly, though I know most are on line now anyway - I've had a couple of close shaves in the past when HMV were in trouble! But yes I think you're right, saying that after this year we should go back to just buying each other something sounds a good idea.
  19. Take Me Home - Sophie Ellis Bextor
  20. Reading Very Long Books

    I've left off reading long books for a bit, normally I'd have a shorter book on the go as well so maybe that would help if you needed a break from Clash of Kings (which does get better as it goes on, and the 3rd book is a real page turner!) and wanted something a bit lighter (literally as well as psychologically).
  21. Christmas planning and chat

    It's getting near that time of year again, I have a question which I suppose could be described as a Christmas Etiquette dilemma. It is this - for many years now I've been buying xmas presents (usually in the form of gift vouchers/cards) for an old school friend's 3 children, however as they live quite a long way away and the eldest has now left uni and the youngest has just started, I feel the time might be right to stop buying the children presents, and go back to just buying for my friend, or maybe no presents at all. My question is - how do I put this to my friend without sounding mean/tactless etc?