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  1. Edgar Allan Poe

    I haven't read a vast amount of Poe's work but I was impressed by what I have read, particularly his "detective fiction". I think maybe you have to consider it in it's historical context and in terms of how innovative his style was to really see the value of it. I don't think any of his horror is going to terrify any modern reader but it's certainly atmospheric. I'm not sure about having a drink with him though... knowing some of the scenarios that mind thought up I think I'd just like to view it from a safe distance
  2. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Well I'm glad to hear you both think it's worth reading I bought The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse a few days ago too and I'm looking forward to trying that but I feel like maybe I should wait until winter! I'm enjoying A Tale of Two Cities but my sister is reading The Cursed Child at the moment and keeps making shocked noises like "No! Really?" so I think I'm going to have to read that next to find out what's going on
  3. Hi, I've just had a look to see if I could find anything that might be useful to you and came across this page talking about an artist named AE Taylor being commissioned by Esso (then Pratts) for these maps. Do any of them look like the map you're looking for? http://www.petrolmaps.co.uk/essomaps/pratpict.htm If not then I at least hope that gives you another lead. Good luck with your search
  4. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    I agree, I loved Labyrinth! Have you read Citadel? I have that on my shelf too but it sounds quite different to the other two.
  5. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Sepulchre by Kate Mosse - Enjoyable, but with a "but" It's hard to review this book because it was a slightly bumpy read. I started off really liking it, then some things started to bother me a bit, then it got good again, then I wasn't sure I liked where the story was going, then it had me gripped again. I did enjoy it, I gave it four stars on goodreads which was my immediate reaction after I finished it. The book swaps between two time periods, which become increasingly interconnected (a style I have enjoyed before) and to be honest I think the problem was that I loved the older parts, but didn't really connect as well with the modern day sections. This is probably to do with the main characters of both sections. In 1891 we have Leonie, who's young, strong minded, stubborn, intelligent and curious. In 2007 we have Meredith, who manages to have a glass of wine with every meal and order cocktails at her hotel every evening even though she's meant to have no money. Aside from that slightly odd feature though I just didn't feel like Meredith had much depth. The only times her story was interesting was when it was focused on Leonie. Luckily though, that happens a lot and even if Meredith's story seemed a bit flat, Leonie's is mysterious and emotional enough to make up for it. I really couldn't decide what I felt like reading next. Earlier I picked up the 'Brother's Grimm Selected Tales' my sister bought for my birthday but now I'm thinking A Tale of Two Cities. It's a book I've read chunks of in the past but never just sat and read all the way through. Hoping to pick up my reading pace a bit now I don't have quite as much wok to get finished. I am 14 books behind target according to goodreads
  6. A-to-Z bookish survey tag

    It's interesting reading everyone's answers to these. I can't believe how many book cases some of you have! A — Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: Terry Pratchett B — Best Sequel Ever: Not sure. Maybe The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe C — Currently Reading: I'm still deciding what to read next but I'm thinking possibly 'The Brothers Grimm Selected Tales' D — Drink of Choice While Reading: Tea E — E-Reader or Physical Book?: Physical Book F — Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: No idea G — Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: A few actually from my book bundle challenge - probably 'Rivers of London' most of all. H — Hidden Gem Book: 'The Eyre Affair' - I don't know how I didn't try it sooner! I — Important Moment in Your Reading Life: Being taken to the library for the first time by my Granddad J — Just Finished: Sepulchre by Kate Mosse K – Kinds of Books You Won’t Read?: Chick lit / Romance L – Longest Book You’ve Read: I have no idea! M — Major Book Hangover: I'm sure this has happened lots of times but felt pretty lost after Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman! N — Number of Bookshelves You Own: I have two book cases and two shelves on my wall - all my other books are in boxes under my bed! O — One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland P — Preferred Place to Read: Bed because I like putting lots of pillows behind me Q — Quote that Inspires You and Gives You All the Feels: 'Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe n magic will never find it.' - Roald Dahl (It was printed at the front of the Roald Dahl anthology someone bought for me when I was little and was probably the first quote that really stuck in my head) R — Reading Regret: Not reading more S — Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish: The Rivers of London series - the next one can't come quickly enough! T — Three of Your All Time Favorite Books: It's so hard to pick favourites! Maybe 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll and 'The Wee Free Men' by Terry Pratchett. U – Unapologetic Fangirl/boy for: Books in general but for a single person it has to be Terry Pratchett V — Very Excited for this Release More than Anything: I feel like I'm repeating myself now but I'm really looking forward to 'The Hanging Tree' - the next Rivers of London novel. W — Worst Bookish Habit Buying faster than I can read! X — X Marks the Spot – Start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book off it: Based on the shelf that's in front of me at the moment, 'The Heroes' by Joe Abercrombie Y — Your Latest Book Purchase: I bought four books from a charity shop - Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse The Resurrectionist by James Bradley The Shakespeare Curse by J.L. Carrell (the sequel to a book I own and didn't know it had a sequel) Z — The Zzzzzzzzzzzzz Snatcher Book (Book That Kept You From Sleeping) This happens to me all the time . Recently the worst one was 'A Fever of the Blood' by Oscar de Muriel
  7. Athena's Reading List 2016

    It sounds like a really good dream - I went to library, there was a surprise sale and then they gave me a free book! - why can't that ever happen to me? Hope you enjoy all your new books
  8. Cross stitch

    I've never used a hoop but I think I remember reading somewhere that you can turn your design face down and iron the back to get the crease from it out. I'd like to get back to cross stitching, I found it really relaxing when I did it before. What pattern did you get? I always look at the ones in Hobbycraft when I go with my sister but some of them look a bit complicated!
  9. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thank you Erm... they may have already been full when I posted last In my defence though I didn't buy two shelves full of new books - it just means that now all the books that were in random places around my room have a home I have a couple of reviews to do at once today but they're only for short books so I'll keep them short too! How the Marquis Got his Coat Back by Neil Gaiman - Tantalising In Neverwhere Gaiman created a fantastical world that you really want to explore. This book gives you the chance to do that. You get to find out more about some of the Neverwhere characters, meet some new characters and explore some different parts of London Below. It's just so short! It's like a teaser for how brilliant a full sequel could be. It's still definitely worth reading but it's made me really hope there's more still to come from the Neverwhere world. The Portent by George MacDonald - Uniquely Haunting but Strangely Vague This was a bit of a random read. I put it on my phone because I wanted to check something work-related about it and ended up reading the whole book (it's only very short). I like George MacDonald but his other adult novels I've read have been quite dense and complex, whereas this short story isn't at all. It's hard to summarise without giving anything away. It has a lot going on. It has a romance at its heart but is more about the supernatural (and I suspect traditionally Scottish tales of the supernatural but I don't know enough about the subject to say for certain). My criticism would be that it has too much going on for the length of it. There are some really interesting events that seem like they're going to be really important but they don't seem to have really gone anywhere by the end. It's interesting and entertaining but it's not the best I've read from MacDonald. Since the last two books I've read have been new I thought I'd pick out one that's been on my shelf for a while and decided on Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. I've only read about 50 pages but it seems good so far
  10. (I got this idea from a twitter post I saw earlier and thought it would be fun to do here!) You have been transported into the book you are currently reading - where are you? Personally I'm in the middle of a battle in the Valley of Osrung (The Heroes - Joe Abercrombie) - it's pretty gruesome So, where are you?
  11. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Pretty Mythology I saw this book behind the counter in an oxfam book shop a while ago and bought it even though I had no idea what it was about because I'd enjoyed The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne, I like Victorian things and it was really really pretty . The edition is a hardback from 1914 (the book was originally published in 1853) and it turned out it's a book of popular Greek mythology adapted for children, which I was very pleased about because I always liked mythology! The 'pretty' in my title refers to the stories themselves as well as the cover. They're told a bit like myths crossed with fairy tales. Obviously, being for children, a lot of the gruesome and tragic aspects of the myths have been removed. Hawthorne also made all the protagonists either children or very young people who have only just passed childhood. For those reasons it's definitely not a good idea to take these as a guide to Greek mythology. On the other hand, it was really interesting and fun to read alternative versions of the stories I already knew (or at least had aspects of myths I knew of) and also to see how these stories were being presented to Victorian children. For example, among the Argonauts on their quest for the golden fleece is 'a beautiful young woman, named Atlanta, who had been nursed among the mountains by a bear [...] she had grown up in a very wild way, and talked much about the rights of women, and loved hunting and war better than her needle.' There are a lot of Victorian children's stories that are just purely moral tales of bad children getting lost or eaten or other terrible things so it was nice to imagine a little girl hearing about the wild female warrior who goes on adventures and promotes women's rights . They were an interesting, easy and pretty read anyway and I'm glad I picked it up I had a voucher for amazon which I was going to use to buy some bookends (because I have 2 new shelves! ) but I found some very pretty ones that didn't use all of the voucher so I also bought How the Marquis Got his Coat Back and Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. One of my best book buying excuses . So I think it's back to Neil Gaiman for me now!
  12. Hello

    Hi I really like Arthur Conan Doyle too and definitely want to get round to reading all his novels and short stories! Which is your favourite by him so far? Do you like fiction about Hollywood and movie stars? Because I read a book last year, 'Beautiful Ruins' by Jess Walter, that I think someone with an interest in those subjects would really like.
  13. V.E. Schwab / Victoria Schwab

    I just saw A Gathering of Shadows on a list for the ten best science fiction and fantasy books of 2016 so far I definitely want to try A Darker Shade of Magic. The boundary between adult and young adult really is very confusing. It's a shame too because I think it categorises books in a way that could deter potential readers from books they would really enjoy.
  14. Regional Summer Dishes

    I don't think anyone can eat a whole stick of rock, I have no idea why they make them that big! You're probably right about ploughman's being an all year thing, you do always see it on pub menus, I don't actually eat them because I don't really like pickle but my mom likes them in the summer so I suppose I just associate them with that time of year What were they thinking!?
  15. Regional Summer Dishes

    Well now I really want to try a snowball, that's not what I was expecting at all! I like condensed milk (although I've only had it with plain biscuits) and I can't imagine what it would be like with syrup and ice! What kind of flavours are popular? Stick of rock is not really as exciting It's basically a long stick of sugar (I think they boil the sugar, so it's hard like a lolly) and it has multicoloured stripes twisted round it. It's traditionally minty but they do loads of different flavours now as well as different colour stripes and sometimes words printed through the centre. They sell them at seaside places which is why they make me think of summer
  16. Regional Summer Dishes

    What are snowballs? We call the mix of advocaat and lemonade a snowball but we have it at Christmas so I'm guessing yours is different! People running to get out the barbecue at the first sign of summer is sort of the running joke here so I guess we like that quite a lot As far as traditional summer meals go I can only really think of strawberries and cream and maybe a 'ploughmans' lunch which is basically a cold lunch of things like salad, cold meat, cheese, pickle and bread. There's usually apple too. Maybe fish and chips sitting on a seaside wall as well. I have to wait for holidays for that though since I don't live anywhere near the sea! Do other countries have stick of rock or is that a UK thing?
  17. Noll's 2016 Books and Cross-Stitch

    I'm really glad you reviewed The Butterfly Garden, I saw it on goodreads and thought the concept looked really interesting but wondered if it was executed well since the reviews were quite mixed! It is a shame though, it was an interesting idea. Is The Lie Tree one of the books you're waiting to review? I don't think I've missed it here have I? Because I'm torn on whether to read that one too
  18. Pets - 2016

    9 ! And they're so cute! Like little balls of fluff with beaks Are you planning to keep them all or will you sell some when they get bigger?
  19. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thanks Chrissy, I just had a look at How the Marquis Got his Coat Back and it's only £1.99 too! I will definitely be getting that I thought Trigger Warning was brilliant so I hope you enjoy it when you do get round to it!
  20. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thank you I think you would like it. I would say it's one of his best that I've read Yeah, I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane! I've read Stardust, American Gods, Trigger Warning and Good Omens too. Stardust was probably my favourite out of those but they're all good books
  21. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thanks Athena Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - Pure Imagination with Incredible Writing I had really high expectations for this book and it exceeded them. It's so uniquely imaginative and yet so believable. The real world and the fantastical merge seamlessly. Like Trigger Warning, it's a book that feels like an adventure, there's something new to discover on every page and these discoveries are both frightening and beautiful. I love the concept of a fantastical world full of the people who've 'fallen through the cracks'. I loved all the unique characters, all with wonderfully memorable personalities. The only thing I didn't love was finishing it because I just wanted it to keep going! Apparently Neil Gaiman has said in interviews that he would write a sequel to this book so I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed! I'm really not sure what to read next now. I might just close my eyes and pick at random
  22. Pets - 2016

    Aww! How exciting! Can't wait to see the pictures when they start coming out on their own
  23. Willoyd's Reading 2016

    I know I'm a bit late with this but The Erl-King was the story I didn't completely get either... The Tiger Bride was probably my favourite, I really liked the ending I was completely traumatised by the film version of Kestrel for a Knave (I think it might be called Kes) as a child and I'm guessing from your review that not much changes in the book so I am definitely not reading that! I really liked The Scarlet Letter though so I'll be interested to see what you think of that when you get round to it
  24. It definitely would be an interesting subject for a novel! Unfortunately, I don't know of any. I would also be interested to know if there is one though! Have you seen the way they used to use double exposure techniques to make it look as though there was a ghost in the photograph? I think that would make an interesting subject for a novel too.