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  1. Currently reading Castle Dor, Daphne du Maurier
  2. Your Book Activity - June 2022

    Just bought The Social Distance Between Us: How Remote Politics Wrecked Britain by Darren McGarvey
  3. Book Sales!

    I snapped it up right there and then, 10 books for a ridiculously low price. I've read three of them so far.
  4. ORIGIN!

    Hello and welcome to the board. Origin isn't Dan Brown's latest book, it's the fifth in a series of seven - so far - featuring the character Robert Langdon. I haven't read it so can't comment on the book itself but whether or not you should buy it or borrow it is a question that only you can answer, I'm afraid.
  5. Book Sales!

    I love these! I bought a box set of Daphne Du Maurier a long time ago and still haven't read them all.
  6. Your Book Activity - June 2022

    Just bought The Thief's Journal by M. Jean Genet
  7. Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (one of only four to be shortlisted) this one is about a real person living his alleged life in 17th century Scotland. The action takes place mainly in Edinburgh. Greig successfully gives the flavour of the epoch without it being too difficult to understand - although the politics got away from me at times - and uses Scots dialect with a glossary of Scots words at the back. He renders the dialect in modern terms otherwise it would simply not be understood and he manages to do so effectively. I found myself chuckling at words my mother and grandmother used when I was growing up but haven't heard for a long while (a dress will forever be a frock, for example) and I still had to use the glossary at the end for some others. William Fowler led an active and varied life and died at the age of 52, which I imagine was fairly average for the time. A thoroughly enjoyable book, I looked forward to getting back to 17th century Scotland to find out what happened next. Recommended.
  8. Your Book Activity - June 2022

    Currently reading Intruder In the Dust, William Faulkner Just bought Mysteries: Classic Edition by Knut Hamsun.
  9. What's the weather like?

    Is that not getting towards dangerous, being outside in 41 degree heat? I start getting suicidal when it gets to mid twenties and climbing towards 30, I just can't imagine 41 degrees
  10. Too Hot To Cook

    I'm type II diabetic too. My blood sugar was just high enough to be so diagnosed but I brought it down again by diet. I have to stay that way for a year and then I'm signed off. I get tested again in September, so plenty of time. I absolutely loathe hot weather and am thanking my lucky stars that the heat wave occurring in England just now is not affecting us here in Scotland. I go off my food in the extreme heat too. And pretty much everything else. I really need to work harder at losing weight (the cause of my diabetes) and the heat is a valid reason to do that. I like healthy food too but I eat when I'm bored and it's usually what I can get my hands on. Best of luck to you.
  11. Your Book Activity - June 2022

    I just bought The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin, who finished it for him. Supposed to be Detective Laidlaw's first case.
  12. Anyone read Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir?

    As far as I know, the hardback came out 4 May 2021 and the paperback 6 Oct 2022
  13. Ningen shikkaku

    Hello NoLongerHuman and welcome to the forum. Thank you for your introduction it's good to see and your english is very good. I hope that you'll be very happy here.
  14. I Miss...

    Yes, I see what you mean. I was on another forum that's just shut down through lack of interest and I had invited an online friend of mine to that forum. She told me that it was too big and seemingly complicated for her to navigate and as a result she posted very rarely. We also debated about whether or not to put a like button on the posts and voted no because we felt that it would not lead to debate. We have just closed down so perhaps that was the wrong decision. Loved the Count of Monte Cristo btw, I hope you're enjoying it too.
  15. I Miss...

    Ironically, I was on a lockdown book club on Facebook and it was so sparsely attended I came out of it.
  16. Your Book Activity - June 2022

    Currently reading Pincher Martin, William Golding. ETA Have abandoned this to read Rose Nicolson, Andrew Greig
  17. Castle Dor

    This is classed as by Daphne du Maurier but it was originally started by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch who died before he finished it. It was passed to DdM to finish it and she did. It is a re-creation of the legend of Tristan and Iseult, transplanted in time to 19th-century Cornwall. I could tell the difference in the prose but then close to the start of the book was "Doctor Carfax considered a moment, as though endeavouring to recapture an experience blunted by time, whose fragrance now lay stored in memory's labyrinth like a flower pressed between the pages of a book" (page 153 in my copy) so not complaining at all. It's always nice to spend some time in Cornwall either with Daphne du Maurier or Winston Graham and his Poldark novels so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Recommended.
  18. luna's Book Blog 2022

    29 so far, Muggle
  19. luna's Book Blog 2022

    1 Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood - completed (paperback) 2 Pere Goriot, Honore De Balzac - completed (paperback) 3 The Angry Tide (Poldark 7) - completed (paperback) 4 Demian, Hermann Hesse - completed (paperback) 5 The Scarlet Sword, H E Bates - completed (paperback) 6 The Leviathan, Rosie Andrews - completed (paperback) 7 Água Viva, Clarice Lispector - completed (paperback) 8 Viktor Halfwit, Thomas Bernhard - completed (Hardback) 9 The Sanotorium, Sarah Pearse - completed (paperback) 10 Golden Hill, Francis Spufford - completed (paperback) 11 Goethe Dies, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback) 12 Sacred, Dennis Lehane - completed (paperback) 13 Serotonin, Michel Houllebecq - completed (paperback) 14 Workin' It!: RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style, RuPaul Charles - completed (hardback) 15 The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill, C.S. Robertson - completed (hardback) 16 The Veldt, Ray Bradbury (short story) - completed (PDF) 17 The Continental Op, Dashiell Hammett - completed (paperback) 18 Pierre and Jean, Guy de Maupassant - completed (paperback) 19 NOS4R2, Joe Hill - completed (paperback) 20 Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke - completed (paperback) 21 Satantango, László Krasznahorkai - completed (paperback) 22 Dark Waters Katherine Arden - completed (hardback) 23 King Rat, China Miéville - completed (paperback) 24 The Premonitions Bureau, Sam Knight (hardback) 25 Impatience of the heart, Stefan Zweig (paperback) 26 Chasing Homer, László Krasznahorkai (hardback) 27 The Iliac Crest, Cristina Rivera Garza - completed (paperback) 28 The Gambler, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback) 29 Castle Dor, Daphne du Maurier - completed (paperback) 30 Rose Nicolson, Andrew Greig - completed (paperback)
  20. The Big Jubilee Read

    I have heard about it but nothing interested me so I'm not participating
  21. I Miss...

    I understand your heartbreak fully. And thank you - everybody - for making us so welcome, I certainly feel at home here and it has cushioned the blow.
  22. I Miss...

    Yes, and we had better get it done PDQ. The forum I came from has just closed (today, sob) as a result of absence of members and we didn't know how to fix it.
  23. Your Book Activity - June 2022

    What I do is that I keep my list of books on the first page of my blog and copy the URL into my About Me section of my profile so that I can just add my latest read to that. If I write a review I put it on the main forum as we do on BGO. This saves me scrolling through my personal blog to find out what I've read this year. I offer this as a suggestion only and hope it might be helpful.
  24. 2021 Updates and Improvements

    I think you joined when it looked like this forum would close. It is sad that it's over but for the last year there have been only 5 or 6 of us actually turning up/posting and then only occasionally so mostly everybody had moved on and we haven't been a community for a very long time.
  25. Your Book Activity - May 2022

    Just bought The Karamazov Brothers, Fyodor Dostoevsky. No, I'm not joking, it's the Constance Garnett translation, complete and unabridged (it sez on the back) by Wordsworth Classics.