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  1. Does anyone have a recommendation of what order to read the books in? Are they best read in the order they were published?
  2. 1. Did you like the book? What was it that you enjoyed? If you didn't like the book, what were your reasons for disliking it? I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the way the main characters were presented, and the world of Dune itself was fascinating. I enjoyed the threads of religion, mythology and mysticism too, although they did make me wish I knew more about those in our own world as I found myself recognising parts but realising there was much more I could have identified with if I only had the requisite knowledge! 2. Did you have any expectations about the book before you started reading it, and if so, were they correct? For some reason I expected this to be a bit of a dry, unenjoyable read - maybe I had read a bad review when I was young, or did the film with Sting maybe get poor reviews? But I thoroughly enjoyed it and got through it in a few days. 3. Who was your favourite character...? I liked Jessica a lot, and Chani and Alia too. I felt quite sorry for the Princess Royal, although she did volunteer for the marriage-to-be. 4. ...and your least favourite? I didn't really have a least favourite character, the "baddies" all served a purpose. 5. Was there a particular part you enjoyed more than the rest? I really enjoyed the whole book, so it is hard to pick one part out. I enjoyed the slow reveals of the powers of the Bene Gesserit, certainly. 6. Was this the first book you've read in this genre / by this author, has it encouraged you to read more? I used to read quite a lot of Science Fiction, but don't read so much now. I haven't read anything else by Frank Herbert. 7. Were there any parts/ideas you struggled with? Not really. I started skipping over the songs and poems as they didn't add anything to the book for me, and I could have lived without the quotations too. 8. Overall, was reading the book an enjoyable experience? Yes, it definitely was. 9. Would you recommend the book and if so to whom? I would recommend the book, to anyone who already enjoys Science Fiction or who would like to try the genre. 10. Will you read the sequels/prequels? While I was reading the book I thought I would be happy just to read it as a stand-alone novel, but now I have finished it I do want to know more the worlds and mythologies that were created. I can feel an Amazon search coming on!
  3. On the Beach by Nevil Shute

    1- Who was your favourite character? Were there any characters whom you disliked? I liked Dwight and Moira the most; Dwight because of his honourable nature and faithfulness to his dead wife, and Moira partly because she respected this and didn't push him but also because of her spirit. 2- Was there a particular part you enjoyed more than the rest? I enjoyed the end of the book the most as it was probably the only part I felt quite engaged with. 3- Did you like the writing? What did you think of the way the story was told? I do quite enjoy Nevil Shute's style of writing, but I find it quite dispassionate and so I often don't really feel engaged with his characters. Given the apocalyptic nature of the story, I found the calm relating of people living their everyday lives up until the end quite touching. 4- Was this the first book you've read by this author, has it encouraged you to read more? I read The Pied Piper for a previous Reading Circle and, like this book, I did enjoy it but didn't feel terribly engaged by it. I would read more, but wouldn't rush to get hold of another. Funny enough, I had been sure that I had already read this book as my parents definitely owned it, but didn't remember a single thing about it so I must have been mistaken. I think I must have been mixing it up with another book, particularly since there was a scene I was (mis)remembering with a young woman walking towards an older man on a beach and he was thinking that many young women made the mistake of wearing black thinking it made them more sophisticated. So the beach must have fooled me! (I wonder if it was a scene from The Pillow Fight by Nicholas Montserrat? This is going to drive me mad now!) 5- Were there any parts/ideas you struggled with? The way that poor baby was referred to and treated! "It"? Really?? And not even holding the baby as she died; I know how ill she was feeling was given as the reason for that, but I found it inhuman and inhumane. 6- Overall, was reading the book an enjoyable experience? Yes, it was by no means one of my favourite books, but a good read nonetheless.
  4. Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) - Level 42
  5. Pump up the Jam - Technotronic
  6. Medical Books

    I have the Oliver Sacks book but haven't read it yet, I'm looking forward to it. I read the columns by both Max Pemberton and James le Fanu in the Daily Telegraph, and enjoy them a lot, they both seem to cut through a lot of the confusing things that are fed to the public day in day out and give sensible recommendations and advice. I have thought about looking to see if Dr le Fanu had published a book but hadn't got round to it yet, so thanks for the recommendation!
  7. The last book to burn

    I think I would make the last book to burn something long as it is going to have to keep me occupied again and again for a very long time, and if it's too short I will need to read it several times a week! Something like Gone With the Wind, or The Lord of the Rings; nothing I can make any claim for its intellectual merits, just a good long story that will bear many re-readings and could be read out loud to entertain others maybe?
  8. Best Author Competition

    What a good idea! I would like to nominate: 1. Edith Wharton 2. Hilary Mantel 3. Donna Leon
  9. Received the copy of The String Diaries that I won in the BCF competition today - it looks great! :)

    1. Inver

      Inver

      Got mine yesterrday...:)

    2. Michelle

      Michelle

      I loved it - really grabbed me :)

       

  10. Thank you very much for the birthday wishes everyone - the electricity has just come on for the first time since Friday morning so apologies for the late reply! :) x

    1. Athena

      Athena

      I wasn't online for a few days, happy (belated) birthday!!

    2. chaliepud

      chaliepud

      Happy birthday Ooshie, hope it's not been too miserable there x

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      Thanks! It was certainly the coldest birthday I have ever had; radiators are on at full now :)x

  11. Just found out student son in hospital - due to pic of him in hospital gown on twitter!

    1. Eleonora

      Eleonora

      Hope he's well.

    2. Kidsmum

      Kidsmum

      Kids eh!!! Don't they give you grey hair:(

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      He has a test at uni on Monday so not coming this weekend. But coming weekend after that which is my birthday, yay! Hoping he might be better by then. thanks everyone for your good wishes.xx

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  12. Happy Birthday, Laura, I hope you are having a great day :) x

  13. Got a bad cold. Or, can women get manflu? :(

    1. Athena

      Athena

      I hope you feel better soon!

    2. chaliepud

      chaliepud

      Hop enough feel better soon, I have a cold too so can sympathise, though not a bad one luckily!

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      Thanks everybody! Thank goodness for balm tissues, I say :)

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  14. Happy birthday, Steve, hope you have a great time :) x

  15. Have had to stop reading The Woman in Black. Last night I found a lamp on that I hadn't switched on, and when I unplugged it...it stayed on! :o

    1. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      I will try that next time! I plugged it in again and when I unplugged it for the second time, it consented to go out. :)

    2. frankie

      frankie

      That's really creepy :D Remember to mention that in the RC thread :))

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      It felt really creepy! :D But I'm looking forward to feeling brave enough to go back to a ghostly tale...

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  16. Happy Birthday vodkafan, hope you have had a lovely day :) x

  17. Happy 18th birthday to my lovely son! :)

    1. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      Thanks, bree and chaliepud! He came home on Friday from uni and left to go back this afternoon, but it was great to see him on his birthday! :)x

    2. Maureen

      Maureen

      Happy birthday! :)

       

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      Thanks Maureen, he has just posted a pic of himself on Twitter and seems to be having a good time! :)

       

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  18. A couple of chapters into my first book on a Kindle...

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    2. poppyshake

      poppyshake

      Never ever forget ;)

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      I fear I may never be able to poppyshake, whether I want to or not... ;)

    4. poppyshake

      poppyshake

      Yes we should have another support meeting .. it's obviously been too long ;)

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  19. My son goes back to uni tomorrow. I feel worse than when he first went away in September! :(

    1. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      Thanks, poppyshake, I definitely need them! x

    2. Chrissy

      Chrissy

      It is a tough one isn't it? But you have done great in enabling your boy to be independent enough to go to Uni. Big Hugs. X

    3. Ooshie

      Ooshie

      That's what I consoled myself with in September! Thanks for reminding me, Chrissy:)x

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  20. A bt late, but - Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope you had a nice day :)

    1. Devi

      Devi

      better late than never! Merry christmas to you too!

    2. poppyshake

      poppyshake

      Merry Christmas Oosh xx

    3. Chrissy

      Chrissy

      Or maye you're just being truly early for next year. : D

  21. Happy Birthday, hope you are having a great time :)

  22. Happy Birthday, Nollaig, hope you are having a great day! :)

  23. Happy Birthday, pickle, hope you are having a great day :) x

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