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  1. Victober

    Interesting comments coming out! And I haven't even got started yet! Been sidetracked by matters medical and practical. Lady Audley's Secret sounds great. And also I thought I had read Dracula before but I don't remember actually reading it the way I can recall other books; so maybe I have just absorbed the basic plot through all the various films. In that case I MUST read it for this challenge!
  2. Victober

    That website seems a great resource, and it would be easy to dip in and read a bit from any of those. I would certainly take up that challenge as well as a bigger one or two
  3. Victober

    Challenge Suggestion 6: A memoir or life story of a Victorian person, not necessarily famous...
  4. Welcome to my very late 2021 Reading List! (k) denotes kindle ebook® denotes book read primarily for research purposes keeping the same simple rating system this year:1/5: I didn't like it2/5: It was okay3/5: I liked it4/5: I really liked it5/5: It was amazing! BOOKS READ IN JANUARY Zero BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY Zilch BOOKS READ IN MARCH Nada BOOKS READ IN APRIL Naff All BOOKS READ IN MAY Piranesi Susanna Clarke 4/5 BOOKS READ IN JUNE The Girl Who Wasn't There Kirk Slater 1/5 The Time Keeper Mitch Albom 2/5 Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana 1879 A Battlefield Guide Chris Peers 2/5 Orange is The New Black Piper Kerman 3/5 BOOKS READ IN JULY Magikind George Bakerson 3/5 Small Pleasures Clare Chambers 2/5 BOOKS READ IN AUGUST The Triumphs of Eugene Valment Robert Barr 4/5 Young Miles Lois Macmaster Bujold 3/5 BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER Once Upon A River Diane Setterfield 3/5 Self-Made Man Norah Vincent (re-read)
  5. Vodkafan's 2021 Reading Blog

    I really have to start doing some reviews...
  6. Victober

    Sorry been out of it for a few days. I haven't really put any thought in yet , I just saw Lady Audley's Secret mentioned and knew it was a well known example of the genre. The book I was going to put forward was A Victorian Family 1870-1900 by Molly Hughes but that was before I saw the categories, and it won't fit any of those mentioned, being a memoir. (and it is a trilogy!) Back to the drawing board...
  7. Vodkafan's 2021 Reading Blog

    Thanks Angury and Andrea. It's ramping up slowly.
  8. Victober

    I'm in by the way
  9. Victober

    I second Lady Audley's Secret! That is supposed to be the most shocking sensation novel of it's time. And I doubt any of us have read it yet.
  10. I am a trans-millionaire

    I saw this: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/man-transracial-white-florida-filipino-rachel-dolezal-philippines-ja-du-adam-a8053731.html And then I saw clearly what my problem has been all my life. I was born poor but I am in the wrong body. I always knew that I should have been a millionaire. Someone help me please!
  11. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    Has anybody else read this yet? Reading Daughter bought it for me and I read it in one day, I enjoyed it very much. Totally different to Strange and Norrell.
  12. Vodkafan's 2021 Reading Blog

    The Girl Who Wasn't There by Kirk Slater 1/5 This was the book that was funded on the Kickstarter platform, way back before the Pandemic hit us. It is only fair I have to separate the actual book review and my experience of the Kickstarter. I went for the Full Monty reward which included some sort of an extra, large Limited Edition book which I think was illustrated with maps or something? I cannot now say, because I never received it. The actual paperback came, and I think an email notification from Kickstarter that the other package was on it's way. But, a pandemic was on and my mind was on other things like keeping our family safe. So, by the time I realised that the Limited Edition had never arrived, months had gone by and it was too late to do anything about it. I forget now exactly how much I paid up front to the Kickstarter, but it was very, very expensive for the slim paperback that was all I got. For sure I will never buy a book this way again. Having said all that, Whatever went wrong with Kickstarter, the book is going to be judged on it's own merits. So, much later I actually picked up the book and hoped for something good. Unfortunately, the book was a very big disappointment. The writing was pretty bad. The characters didn't make any sense or achieve any life in my head at all. The plot just seemed to be recycled from bits of popular ghost films (and at the end had very big nonsensical holes in it you could drive a horse and carriage through.) The research was poor. For instance at one point the Housekeeper tells the servant girl to get sheets from the "Lining cupboard" and this word is actually used twice. It should obviously be linen cupboard. Then the main character of the servant girl got completely destroyed when the author had her use the expression "she could care less". Of course no English person would ever use that expression; it being a very modern American derivative corruption of "could not care less." . Again, poor research that stopped me getting into the mind of the main character. So, I didn't like it.
  13. Summer Supporter Giveaway

    I would go to Norway to hike about in the mountains above a fjord and at night would camp so I could sit by my fire and look out over the water and think my thoughts.....and of course to look for trolls.
  14. Welcome to my 2020 New Start ! What's new this year is that I have a kindle again after three or four years without one. I plan to re-read many old favourites , get my teeth into several old classics and indulge in the best of new fiction too. Let's get to it! (k) denotes kindle ebook ® denotes book read primarily for research purposes keeping the same simple rating system this year: 1/5: I didn't like it 2/5: It was okay 3/5: I liked it 4/5: I really liked it 5/5: It was amazing! January A Wizard of Earthsea 4/5 The Tombs of Atuan 4/5 The Farthest Shore 4/5 Tehanu 4/5 all by Ursula K Le Guin Convenience Store Woman 5/5 Sayaka Murata February The Butterfly House 2/5 Marcia Preston March April May June July In The Year Of Jubilee George Gissing (re-read) August Now and Then 2/5 William Corlett Our Friend The Charlatan George Gissing (re-read) September Eve's Ransom George Gissing (re-read) October November December
  15. Vodkafan's 2020 New Reading start

    Hi Chrissy, it certainly is. Hope you and family are well?
  16. Even with extensive accurate research, It's incredibly difficult to convey the feeling of being in Victorian times; some quite successful authors (in my opinion) have failed utterly and their novels feel like a stage play set in modern times. Do you think you have avoided that?
  17. My question got answered already! Kirk I can see you have put a lot of effort into the research. This tunnel book sounds like something I must have as well!
  18. Do we get to ask him questions?
  19. Vodkafan's 2020 New Reading start

    Oh My Garsh….what's happened to my reading? I have hardly read a thing in months.
  20. Welcome to my 2017 reading experience, Like last year, no reading challenges just a mass of books on my TBR to get through. Reviews are found buried in the following pages: sorry if that is confusing to anybody, I haven't mastered the link thingy yet. Last year was a funny year for reading; my mojo disappeared down a rabbit hole. It may have had a lot to do with my kindle dying and I never got around to buying another one. I intend to do better this year. (k) denotes kindle ebook ® denotes book read primarily for research purposes keeping the same simple rating system this year: 1/5: I didn't like it 2/5: It was okay 3/5: I liked it 4/5: I really liked it 5/5: It was amazing! Books Read in 2017 January The Paris Enigma Pablo de Santis 5/5 Snobbery With Violence MC Beaton 2/5 The Watcher Jane Palmer 2/5 Outsiders Study in the sociology of deviance Howard S. Becker 3/5 Close to Critical Hal Clement 2/5 Ports Of Call Jack Vance 4/5 February Lurulu Jack Vance (re-read) 3/5 Night Lamp Jack Vance 5/5 Medusa's Children Bob Shaw 2/5 Space Opera Jack Vance 3/5 March Maske: Thaery Jack Vance 5/5 Dead In The Morning Margaret Yorke 2/5 The Secret Of Annexe 3 Colin Dexter 2/5 April Songs Of The Dying Earth Anthology 5/5 Lies We Tell Ourselves Robin Talley 4/5 A Gull On The Roof Derek Tangye 3/5 Gone Tomorrow Lee Child 2/5 Killing Floor Lee Child 2/5 The 100 Kass Morgan 1/5 May Necropolis London and its dead Catharine Arnold 4/5 Mrs Jeffries Reveals Her Art Emily Brightwell 3/5 The 100 Day 21 Kass Morgan 1/5 StirFry Emma Donoghue 3/5 Man Walking On Eggshells Herbert Simmons 3/5 The Red Badge Of Courage Stephen Crane 3/5 The Houses Of Iszm Jack Vance 4/5 June Shooting Victoria Paul Thomas Murphy 4/5 The Sealed Letter Emma Donoghue 5/5 Heap House Edward Carey 5/5 July Foulsham Edward Carey 3/5 From Outside In (Anthology) edited by Nushin Arbabzadah 3/5 August The Art Of Being Normal 2/5 Lisa Williamson Inverted World 3/5 Christopher Priest In Search Of Shroedinger's Cat 3/5 John Gribbin September The Man From Maybe 3/5 Leo P Kelly The Housekeeper's Tale The women who really ran the English Country House 5/5 Tessa Boase Time And Time Again 4/5 Ben Elton Over A Hot Stove 2/5 Flo Wadlow Servants 3/5 Sarah Lethbridge Why Do People Hate America? 4/5 Ziauddin Sardar, Merryl Wyn Davies Guardian Of The Horizon (Amelia Peabody #16) 3/5 Sarah Peters November The Time Traders 2/5 Andre Norton December The Girl In The Spider's Web 3/5 David Lagercrantz
  21. Vodkafan's 2017 reading experience

    Time And Time Again 4/5 Ben Elton This book was a real surprise. Firstly, because I had to get over my prejudice against Ben Elton. I have no doubt laughed at sit coms he has written, but every time I have seen him in a stand up routine I am a bit turned off by his overtly political and rather sarcastic manner. I also tried to read one of his other books a long time ago (can't remember which one) but didn't finish it. However, this one was different. It's about Time Travel, which got me half hooked before I even opened it. It starts off as a sort of rip-roaring adventure, very light on the pseudo-science, but the last few chapters it is unashamed conceptual Science Fiction. Couple of good twists. The protagonist can be ruthless which is refreshing.
  22. I have not owned a car for about four years now, because living in a bedsit I have nowhere to park one. But I have had to hire cars quite a lot this year for essential family occasions. It was on the jam-packed motorway last week that I had a sudden lightning -bolt insight of what has to happen in the future. I believe that for the good of all, personal car ownership must end. I don't know how many cars there are in the UK, but I know that it is too many. The road infrastructure was not meant to hold this much traffic. And then of course there are all the pollution issues and the waste of precious resources. You can argue that electric cars will bring down the pollution problems, but the mining of lithium for the new generation of lightweight batteries (and disposal of same) will just bring another set of problems. My main bugbear is the huge waste: nobody drives their car for enough hours in a day to really justify personal ownership. Let's face it, even if you drive for an hour to get to work everyday, your car will sit idle in a car park for a third of the day before you drive it home and then it will sit on the street or on your drive another third of the day at night while you sleep. They really are just an awful expensive luxury most of the time. Imagine a world where streets were spacious tree lined avenues empty of parked cars. How would this be achieved? I would do away with 95% of the small cars on the roads. Instead, there would be a pool of vehicles buzzing around which you could apply in advance to have a car for a time. A bit like in the war maybe when only essential journeys were allowed. The cars would probably be highly robotized anyway, we are heading that way. If you needed one at short notice you would maybe just call for it with an app on your phone. So there would be far less cars on the roads, but they would be fully employed everyday. Imagine having your breakfast , getting the kids ready for school and then stepping out the house and a car would whisk you and them to school and drop you off. But then it would zip off somewhere else for another errand. I envision that only government officials would be authorized their own cars, or maybe private corporations would be allowed so many to distribute as needed to employees who needed to travel. I doubt that people would give up their cars without a fight. And insurance companies wouldn't like it, and the car companies.... What do people think? Could it work? If not , why not?
  23. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    I saw Dunkirk just before my holiday. I thought it was pretty good. I like the way time was jumbled up and the individual stories overlapped each other. The air combats seemed just a little bit too slow and relaxed to me compared to the extremely fraught life or death tensions of the landings! The stress of the old man on the little boat was also well acted. When things started going wrong he was only just equal to it, he kept going but the sadness was crushing him. The scenes of how quickly boats sank were terrifying. Water = death in this film. I don't follow teen pop groups so I didn't know which one was Harry Styles. I think he was the one who joined them under the pier? I think it was good the way it concentrated on a few individual stories. The way it was done it is a very British film. If Hollywood had done it the finished result would have been very different. It would be like the difference between watching "Casualty" and "ER". Thumbs up from me. I might watch "Weekend a Zuydcoote" tonight to compare. It's a 1964 French film showing the French view of events.