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  1. Michelle's Reading Adventures 2017

    Quick catch up.. Lost Boy by Christina Henry - I do love this author.. and I enjoyed this retelling of Peter Pan. There's an interesting thing here, the US cover tells you exactly what the book is about, whilst the UK one doesn't - and I think it's far better without that spoiler. So if you're interested, avoid the US cover! Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan - this was very much a YA book, but one I sped through quickly, with some interesting ideas. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - this has been all over twitter recently, and I managed to get a review copy.. proper review to come, but overall, not good! The Explorer by James Smith - hmm.. on the whole, I did like this, but it went on a bit too long. It wasn't what I expected.. the story I expected from the synopsis is over fairly quickly, and there's confusion at the end of part one. The second part was a little too long, and I skimmed slightly, but the ending pretty much explained things. 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt - I've been looking at this for some time now, and I'm glad I finally got round to it. Another YA one, but I found plenty to enjoy, and will try book 2 fairly soon.
  2. The end of the era of personal car ownership

    I have a Ford Fiesta, it's hardly a status symbol! ;-)
  3. Michelle's Reading Adventures 2017

    I have had the strangest thing happened - I decided to give my kindle yet another try.. and this time it's worked! I suddenly find myself actually preferring picking it up to a book! It's much easier to get the occasional review book I want, holiday will be easier, and I can get cheaper kindle books! I'm so pleased.
  4. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    I re-watched it again recently...
  5. Noll's Reading Log 2017

    Ah yes, I agree - as much as I like his books, he often draws things out, and then goes a bit crazy at the end!
  6. pontalba's 2017 reading list

    I'm excited about the film.. which also means I'm nervous about it too! @Nollaig - I love the idea of a black screen for 90 mins!
  7. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    Have you not seen that episode?
  8. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    Here's the problem with a show which has stretched over 50 years.. nothing is really set in stone, and it tends to change, or be handled differently by different writers. I'm not an expert, but I've been following some discussions on Gallifrey Base - apparently some Time Lords seem to have control (Romana apparently 'tried on' a few different ones before choosing), but the Doctor doesn't seem to have this control. He did choose to be a 'War Doctor' at one point, but that was helped by.. whatever the 'sisterhood' was he visited, I can't recall details off hand. In The Doctor's Wife, he talks about Corsair, a Time Lord he knew well, and he mentions that he kept the same tattoo.. even during the odd occasion he regenerated into a woman. So in that case, it appears to be a case of usually male, but occasionally female.. so maybe they have a tendency to one gender in particular, but it's just that, a tendency? Also, he's past his usual 12 regenerations, so maybe this set are different?
  9. Kitchen Gadgets

    Amy makes a lot of fruit smoothies, and we have a simple blender. I don't know about veggies though.
  10. very unique, one of a kind book

    We tend to be simple book lovers and readers here, we're not experts in any way... sorry!
  11. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    Well that doesn't surprise me, we're often the opposites! ? See if you like the the sound of Ex-Heroes. I've listened to them as audiobooks, and they're up there in my all-time favourites. Hmm.. which might mean you won't like them.....
  12. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    I'm not even thinking about it as being done for PC reasons. For me, if you think about the character, why should The Doctor always be male? If any thing, I think it's been done because the show needs a change. I know far too many people who haven't enjoyed, or watched, the last few series, despite everyone saying what a great actor Capaldi was. I've watched, but I couldn't think of one male actor who would have made me excited about a new Doctor.. but this has! The Master became Missy.. it worked for some, and not for others, but it wasn't seen as a huge deal. I'm happy to wait and see how it's handled in the show, bu the pointers were all there, especially in the last two episodes.
  13. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    14 took me a while to get into, but I ended up really liking it. Have you read his Ex-Heroes series? I LOVE them!
  14. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    The companion can be anyone.. it's only NuWho which has been mainly male Doctor / female companion.
  15. Michelle's Reading Adventures 2017

    My quick thoughts on I Am Behind You: So, I am aware that this book is not going to suit everyone, but I for one got very caught up in it, and loved it! If you like a story where you get all the answers, and everything is nicely wrapped up at the end, then you are probably not going to get on well with this book. It's very much character driven rather than plot driven, which I wasn't expecting. We are presented with a set of caravans which have apparently been moved overnight.. or maybe everything has been removed from around them? It's not clear at all what has happened, and we are as confused as the characters. Thankfully they explore their surroundings quickly (otherwise I would have given up on the book!) but there appears no where to go. There is threat, and strangeness, and a plot-as-such, but it's the characters who play centre stage. Some are likeable, others not so much, but all found their way into my head. This is a book which wasn't as I expected, but I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it!