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      Late Autumn Supporter Giveaway   11/27/2020

      I know that winter is well on the way, but I'm sneaking the autumn giveaway in here, right at the end of the season...     I thought this giveaway seemed particularly appropriate for this year: Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink.  I'm sure some of you will have heard of this book. It came out in September and has had brilliant reviews. It's been described as a love letter to reading and I think all of us have truly appreciated 'the comfort and joy of books' this year.  It is also a really beautiful hardback. Please excuse my picture-taking skills, it's really hard to get a good picture of something that's shiny!   As always, patreon supporters will be automatically entered into the draw. If you're not a supporter but you'd like to join our patreon you can do so here:  bookclubforum.co.uk is creating a book community | Patreon


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  1. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Please use this thread to inform members about deals, including free books and price reductions. NB: This is for established members to tell us about genuine deals, it is not for new members to promote their own books. You must have over 30 posts to post on this thread, and if we believe anything to be promotional, it will be removed.
  2. Shakespeare

    I have to admit, my only experince of Shakespeare is Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, which I studied at school. I know that some of his works involve killings, but I didn't realise that he'd written a play such as Titus Andronicus... Globe warns over 'gruesome' play Has anyone read or studied this one? An what about his other plays.. which have you read or seen? Favourites?
  3. John Wyndham

    The Chrysalids was one of the books I read whilst doing my English Literature GCSE, and so when I saw a chance to buy it as part of a box set from Kell, I jumped at the chance. I've just finished it, and have now started looking at the rest. These include Chocky, which I've almost finished, The Day of the Triffids (which I remember seeing on the TV when younger, and loving it!), and The Midwich Cuckoos, which was mde into the film Village of the Damned. They are fairly short books (Chocky, for example is 152 pages), and very readable. I'm not sure who he intended these for, but would think they would appeal to both teenagers (remembering my GCSE years!), and adults alike. Obviously Kell enjoyed these, and I'd like to hear more for her. Has anyone else read them?
  4. Charles Dickens

    I started reading A Christmas Carol last night, ready to discuss in the December circle.. and I'm really enjoying it. For anyone else who's read a few of his books, where would you suggest I go next, as I'd like to try something else of his..?
  5. I thought it was time for a new DW thread.. just in case anyone is still watching..?! I for one have been quite disappointed with the show for a while.. I wasn't a huge fan of Clara, nor Capaldi's doctor. I've continued to watch, but I can't say that I remember much of it. However, the trailer for series 10 does look a little more promising. It will be good to no longer have such a focus on Clara, and they do look like more traditional, fun and exciting episodes. I honestly hope that it's a good series, and Capaldi has a good finish. As for the new doctor, I've been following some of the chat on Gallifrey Base, and there is a lot of hope for a female Doctor.. I'm not sure the BBC will take that risk, but I have to say I would LOVE to see it. Thoughts....?
  6. Ok, I have a tough one for you - as we're 10 years old in July, I want to know your Top 10 books... of all time! To make it easier, you don't have to give them any order, you can include a series as one selection, and it's up to you what criteria you use. So the challenge is set - tell us your Top 10 books!
  7. I've added this poll, partly because of general interest, but also for me to gauge if it's worth having any small adverts on here, and if so, for which stores. So, which do you tend to use?
  8. If you don't like horror, what is it in particular you don't like? Do you maybe avoid gory stories, but are ok with something a little creepy.. or is it maybe it's those creepy aspects which put you off more? Is there a particular type of book you wouldn't mind trying.. would you like some recommendations for the more 'gentle' ones?
  9. Meet the admins and moderators.... Michelle Janet Kat Kylie Athena
  10. Keeping up to date..

    I'm aware that some of you don't visit regularly - we make every effort to keep people up to date, and we post about expected changes and issues here in the announcements section. Sometime you may miss this.. the recent upgrade, for example happened quite quickly, as it was a security risk, and everything fell into place to do it over a short period of time. There are a few ways to keep up to date if you don't visit regularly. 1) Go to http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/index.php?/forum/7-announcements-amp-news/ and click on Follow. This will then send you notifications if we add a new announcement. 2) We have a Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21521956760/ - whilst the forum was closed during it's upgrade, this was where we kept everyone up to date. 3) If you're on twitter.. https://twitter.com/bookclubforum
  11. Best Horror Authors?

    I'm wondering how many names would crop up if you were asked to come up with the best horror writer. If there aren't a massive amount, I'll run a poll during October, and announce the winner on Halloween. I briefly considered doing the same with best horror books, but decided the list would be too loooooooong!
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  13. 2007 - 49 2008 - 85 2009 - 47 2010 - 43 2011 - 61 2012 - 61 2013 - 69 2014 - 62 2015 - 59 2016 - 47 My adventures in graphic novels and comics can be found here, started 2016. 1. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor 2. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 3. The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan 4. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (audio) 5. The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan 6. Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans 7. The New Hunger by Isaac Marion 8. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (audio) 9. Doctor Who:Engines of War by George Mann (audio) 10. A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab 11. The Burning World by Isaac Marion 12. The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek 13. Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (audio) 14. Torchwood: The Conspiracy (audio) 15. Ink by Alice Broadway 16. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 17. Girlhood by Cat Clark 18. Alien - River of Pain (audio) 19. Aliens by Alan Dean Foster (audio) 20. Doing It: Let's Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton 21. Genesis by Bernard Beckett (audio) 22. John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Selection (audio) 23. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 24. Alien 3 by Alan Dean Foster (audio) 25. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone (audio) 26. Skitter by Ezekiel Boone (audio) 27. Dead Men Can't Complain and Other Stories by Peter Clines (audio) 28. Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon 29. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (audio) 30. I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist 31. The Gender Games by Juno Dawson 32. Lost Boy by Christina Henry 33. Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan 34. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins 35. The Explorer by James Smythe 36. 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt 37. Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 38. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James 39. Alone by Scott Sigler (audio) 40. Monster by Michael Grant 41. The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp 42. Gone by Michael Grant 43. Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behaviour (audio) 44. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (audio) 45. The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World (audio) 46. Invasive by Chuck Wendig (audio) 47. Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead by Paul Vigna 48. I Still Dream by James Smythe 49. Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons 50. Below Zero by Dan Smith 51. Christmas Dinner of Souls by Ross Montgomery
  14. Although this is being classified as a YA book, I wanted to post it under Fantasy, as I feel it has plenty to offer all readers, and isn't specifically YA. Gilded Cage This is the start of a trilogy and I fell in love with the world. For me personally, I loved the world building from the author.. often I find there can be a certain amount of jarring until you settle in, but this alternative present-day England immediately felt real to me, and I dived straight in. It tells of a world where there is a small ruling class, the Elite, but their power comes from the magic they hold. All other citizens live normal lives, aside from the fact that they have to give up ten years to become slaves, many in heavy industry, some serving the Elite. The Elite live in their own blinkered world, with their own power struggles, whilst the decade of slavery turns out to be worse than could be thought, with many being affected by it for their whole lives. The other great thing for me was that the author doesn’t focus on just one of these groups, leaving the other ignored, but she shows us the depths of both, with fascinating characters throughout. Abi, a citizen, makes a decision to try to keep her family together during their decade of slavery, by getting them all into the service of an Elite family – something she almost achieves. Most of her family are sent into the service of a powerful family, and her and her younger sister find themselves wrapped with the families world in ways they didn't expect. Her brother, however, is separated from them, and sent to a brutal factory town, where he starts to believe in revolution. Meanwhile, the three brothers within the Elite family have their own stories, struggles and relationships, and they are more complex than you would expect. This first book moves at a fast pace, and it certainly has plenty for both YA and older readers. It wraps up this particular story enough, whilst opening the way to the next volume. Thankfully the gaps between books is short, but also far too long, because I’m excited to get back into this amazing world! A contender for my book of the year!
  15. 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.
  16. The end of the era of personal car ownership

    I have a Ford Fiesta, it's hardly a status symbol! ;-)
  17. 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.
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  19. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    I re-watched it again recently...
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    Have you not seen that episode?
  23. 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?
  24. Kitchen Gadgets

    Amy makes a lot of fruit smoothies, and we have a simple blender. I don't know about veggies though.
  25. 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!