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  1. Your Book Activity - April 2021

    Currently reading Nightshade by E S Thomson
  2. The Limerick Game

    There once was a camel named Rascal Who loved watching Dalziel and Pascoe
  3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

    I'm just going to quote Amazon here : Often cited as one of the great novels of twentieth-century American fiction, Carson McCullers' prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of John Singer, a lonely deaf-mute, and a disparate group of people who are drawn towards his kind, sympathetic nature. The owner of the café where Singer eats every day, a young girl desperate to grow up, an angry socialist drunkard, a frustrated black doctor: each pours their heart out to Singer, their silent confidant, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways the could never imagine. Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter explores loneliness, the human need for understanding and the search for love. I'm not in a position to judge greatness but it was a great novel and I'd recommend it.
  4. The Drinker

    This was written, allegedly, in an encrypted notebook while incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum and only discovered after his death. It's the story of a man's journey into alcoholism and what becomes of him. That's an over simplification, of course, but any more would spoil the story. It's superbly written and well translated and while not an easy read - the protagonist does suffer - it's absolutely incredible to read. Recommended.
  5. Presumed Dead

    Presumed Dead is the fifth and last book in the Carter Blake series. Amazon put it better : 'What do you know about the Devil Mountain Killer?' THEN Adeline Connor was the Devil Mountain Killer's final victim. After she was gunned down, the murderer disappeared and the killing spree ended. NOW Carter Blake has been hired to do what he does best: to find someone. But this time he's hunting a dead girl - Adeline Connor's brother is convinced she's still alive. But this town doesn't want an outsider digging up old business. And as Blake gets deeper into the case, it starts to become clear that the murders didn't ju st stop fifteen years ago. The killer is on the hunt again. A satisfying crime novel that's well written and interesting. I guessed the protagonist fairly early on but that didn't spoil the story and the story is a good one. Well rounded characters, a good plot and plenty of action. Recommended.
  6. Presumed Dead

    No, not at all. I was told that his name was chosen to appeal to the American market because it doesn't sound Glaswegian. I thought that you might not have heard of him because he's Glaswegian.
  7. The Limerick Game

    In the good old days of yore It could not be said life was a bore
  8. Presumed Dead

    You're welcome. Despite his name he's a Glaswegian author so that may be why.
  9. Do You Mark Your Books?

    That's exactly what he calls me :-)
  10. Do You Mark Your Books?

    I say : it's your book and you're free to do as you wish. I don't mark my books, very probably because my mother discouraged me from writing in books when I was a child - we still have some books that I scribbled in and I can see her point. That said, I did fold down the corners as a child to mark my place, not now. My father uses day-glow highlighters in his self help books, which I find distasteful, not least because we donate a lot of books to charity and these ones can't be, which I think is the waste of a book. He says that he's using the book (but then invariably throws them out). My brother, on the other hand, thinks that my habit of breaking the spine so that I can read the book is book murder. So, each to their own. I think that everyone should explore all the options open to them in order to enjoy their reading and enjoyment is the most important thing.
  11. Luna's Reading 2021

    Being new here I'm not entirely sure how this works but here's what I've read so far. 1 The Dollmaker, Harriette Arnow - completed (paperback) 2 Small Spaces, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback) 3 The Seagull (Vera Stanhope, eight) - completed (paperback) 4 History of a Drowning Boy, Dennis Nilsen - completed (e-book) 5 Dark Voices, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback) 6 The Shape of Darkness, Laura Purcell - completed (hardback) 7 Bel-Ami, Guy de Maupassant - completed (paperback) 8 The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope 9), Ann Cleeves - completed (hardback) 9 The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers - completed (paperback) 10 The Desolations of Devil's Acre, Ransom Riggs - completed (hardback) 11 The House of the Dead, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback and e-book) 12 Presumed Dead, Mason Cross - completed (paperback) 13 Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking, S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport - completed (paperback) 14 The Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Novel (Discworld Novels), Terry Pratchett - completed (paperback) 15 The Drinker, Hans Fallada - completed (paperback) 16 The Four Swans, (book 6 Poldark series) Winston Graham - completed (paperback) 17 Nightshade, E S Thomson - completed (hardback)
  12. Luna's Reading 2021

    This year I've read three books about men who were incarcerated : History of a Drowning Boy, Dennis Nilsen The House of the Dead, Fyodor Dostoevsky The Drinker, Hans Fallada This was unintentional. Obviously I knew Dennis Nilsen was in jail but I had no idea that the other two were stories about men who had been jailed. I wonder what lead me to that?
  13. Luna's Reading 2021

    Holding post in case I run out of space for the above
  14. The Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Novel (Discworld Novels) is the first in a series of five Discworld novels aimed at 9 -12 year olds. Tiffany wants to be a witch but doesn't know how to learn. Her brother gets kidnapped and Tiffany embarks on an adventure to get him back. I normally enjoy children's fiction and have been eager to read Terry Pratchett for a while. I didn't dislike this book and finished it but do not know what all the fuss is about. Perhaps I need to read a book aimed at grown-ups.
  15. The House of the Dead

    The house of the dead that Fyodor Dostoevsky is referring to is a Siberian labour camp and the book portrays the horrorific life of the convicts. The book is based on Dostoevsky's own experiences in just such a labour camp. Despite the fact that the prisoners suffer horribly it's not a particularly horrific book to read, imho. It is extremely well written and very well translated - as far as I can tell - and is very well worth reading.
  16. Your Book Activity - April 2021

    Unfortunately, the nearest bookshop is in a different council area to where we live and, here in Scotland, we are not allowed out of our area. *sigh*
  17. The Limerick Game

    There was a young man from Glasgow .......
  18. The Limerick Game

    Wilhelmina would just stand and stare At something that was barely there On closer inspection She's admiring her reflection Which was stunning, to be fair
  19. The six book in the series of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children and according to Amazon the last one. I'll just quote form Amazon because they put it better : The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face. Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned. After a narrow getaway from a blood-thirsty hollow, Jacob and Noor reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children in Devil's Acre. The Acre is being plagued by desolations - weather fronts of ash and blood and bone - a terrible portent of Caul's amassing army. Risen from the Library of Souls and more powerful than ever, Caul and his apocalyptic agenda seem unstoppable. Only one hope remains - deliver Noor to the meeting place of the seven prophesied ones. If they can decipher its secret location. Jacob and his friends will face deadly enemies and race through history's most dangerous loops in this thrilling page-turner, the final adventure in the beloved Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. I saw the similarities with Harry Potter in this one but I would heartedly recommend it. Riggs started the series with a box of unidentified photographs and wove a story around them. He's managed to create a six book series out of it.
  20. Best stream-of-consciousness novels

    I like stream-of-consciousness and would recommend Thomas Bernhard, Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground (be aware that this is also existentialism) and Dorothy M Richardson to name a few
  21. The Limerick Game

    Wilhelmina would just stand and stare At something that was barely there
  22. The Limerick Game

    A time when there was no war.. So peaceful it would make you snore
  23. The Limerick Game

    There once was a lad at the zoo Who very much liked the Gnu
  24. Rest in Peace

    His Royal Highness, Prince Philip
  25. The Limerick Game

    A grumpy old soldier named Billy... Looked down in his trousers when chilly But what he saw there.... He just couldn't bear