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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.

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  1. pontalba's 2017 reading list

    Books Read in 2017 JANUARY The Children's Home by Charles Lambert 4/5 The Greatest Knight by Thomas Asbridge. 4/5 The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 4/5 The Long Surrender by Burke Davis 5/5 A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall 4/5 FEBRUARY The Night Manager by John LeCarre 5/5 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by. (Read 36%, couldn't finish, depressing) The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 3/5 The Edge by Dick Francis 5/5 Hawaii by James Michener 5/5 The Perseid Collapse by Steven Konkoly 3/5 Event Horizon by Steve Konkoly 3/5 Watchman by Ian Rankin 4/5 Assignment: Amazon Queen by Edward S. Aarons 3/5 MARCH Extraordinary People by Peter May 4/5 The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George 5/5 The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek 5/5 If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield 3/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. 2/5 (if that, I'm being kind) APRIL The Mists of Avalon by M.B. Zimmer 3/5 Triple Crown by Felix Francis 3/5 The Quiet Game by Greg Iles 5/5 Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon 5/5 As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley 4/5 How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns 5/5 Bird Box by Josh Malerman 5/5 MAY The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm MacKay 3.5/5 Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Nancy Schoenberger 3/5 Mystic River by Dennis LeHane 4/5 A Pillar of Iron by Taylor Caldwell 5/5 JUNE Days Without Number by Robert Goddard 5/5 How A Gunman Says Goodbye by Malcolm MacKay 4/5 The Sudden Arrival of Violence by Malcolm McKay 3.5/5 U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton 4/5 JULY Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane 4/5 Star Trek:TNG, Vendetta by Peter David 3/5 The Drop by Dennis Lehane 4/5 The Dark House by John Sedgwick 4/5
  2. SEPTEMBER Loving it Snakesleeper by Ann Chamberlin Definitely one to love if you like historical fiction that thinks out of the box. Set at the time of the Old Testament monarch, King David, she borrows heavily from the book, When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone, but nonetheless she manages to weave a truly alien world, where a goddess might have just as much clout as a God. Her attention to historical detail is impressive, and she draws the reader in through the eyes of a very unusual little girl, who grows to womanhood while straddling two entirely different cultures. Hating it 1Q84: Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami Recommended to me by an (ex) friend, I knew nothing of Murakami when I started. And, honestly I wish I had remained in blissful ignorance. I had been told that the style was unusual, and that much I can agree on. Characters endlessly repeat things they already know to each other, while the plot unfolds like a poorly written fairytale and magic solves everything. I realise many people loved the book, but it left me cold.
  3. Hi!

    Hi! My name is Amira and I love books a whole lot. I recently started a blog so I could spill my thoughts about the books I read in the form of reviews. I only started recently, but I try write at least an article a day. c: But I'm a little lost on what kind of book-related posts to write besides reviews (which I enjoy a great deal), upcoming releases and 'to be read' posts. What kind of book-related things would you guys like to read about on a book blog? Also, should I add a rating system? I've already figured one out but I personally don't know if people actually find this helpful. Anyway, I'm always open for a chat!
  4. I think it's time to bomb you guys with my opinions ( really, really personal opinions) I hope you'll enjoy them, because I will start with a Stephen King book, of course. Also, I will add the romanian covers for each book I’m writing about; also if you have a copy in another country I would love to see it’s cover ! The first book I’m going to write about is Gerald’s Game. In romanian it’s Jocul lui Gerald (game = joc) and I have to admit that I first read it when I was about fourteen and I was shocked at first. Now, at 21, I feel like it’s one of the most underappreciated books King wrote; it’s about some sort of Fifty Shades gone wrong (You should read it if handcuffs bed play sounds appealing to you, just in case) The main character is Jessie Burlingame and we’re following her attempt to escape from her own bed and get rid of her demons at once. It’s a different bedtime story, or that’s what the cover says. At first I didn’t understand it, but in the end I have to tell you, that’s one hell of a bedtime story. The inner fight of the character is so well written I actually identified with her since the beginning. This time, King’s accent is on thoughts, imagination and terror ; he brought Jessie to life in my head, beyond fiction; she stood in my mind for days after finishing the book and I couldn’t start reading anything for a week afterwards. There are some quotes that kept coming back to me, making me see different angles of life, love and mind. I was able to identify the demons in the end and it was like a reward. It’s a bit different from an usual King novel, but it’s great. Have you read it? What’s your opinion about it? (If you didn’t, you should give it a try) Also, a quote: Sometimes it takes heart to write about a thing, doesn’t it? To let that thing out of the room way in the back of your mind and put it up there on the screen. PS: the same books will be on my blog as well, but for different reasons.
  5. Hey everyone, I love reading and mainly read classics --- I'm trying to make it through the Russians and have a strong interest in 20th century modernist fiction. As a result, I almost totally miss out on contemporary literature and, most of the time, don't have a clue what new stuff to read or where to find tips for great new contemporary fiction/non-fiction. - How do you discover new books to read? - How do you decide which books to read? - What are your most trusted sources for books? Thanks, Sarah
  6. This is the latest in a long line of Agatha Raisin mysteries (& to my shame, I've only read the first 4 of the series before this one - I can't seem to find them in the local shops!) & I found this lurking in my local library. As with the previous books, I've developed a strange liking to the heroine - her faults making her all the more likeable & I wasn't disappointed in this latest installment of her life either. I also liked the fact that even though I've missed so many books in between I was able to pick up on existing plotlines within her home village & her relationships with the other regular characters. It seems that the characters are consistent & well-developed, their relationships detailed well rather than being over-emphasised & the insight into Agatha's psyche is just as enlightening, frightening & amusing as ever! The given synopsis is as follows: 'Agatha Raisin's ex-husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful young woman and Agatha has kindly been invited to the wedding. This is a difficult pill to swallow & to take her mind off it Agatha begins a flirtation with Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James's engagement party. For further distraction she decides upon a holiday & flies off to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James & his fiancee, not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them. So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, naturally Agatha is Suspect Number One - though the situation is quickly turned on its head when the mother of the bride engages Agatha to take on the case of her murdered daughter! And then, somehow, Agatha's own life seems to be in danger as she sets about trying to solve the mystery of the dead bride, while defending herself (rather half-heartedly) against the advances of a very attractive & determined Frenchman.' As a whole, this book was highly enjoyable, I whizzed through it in a couple of days & was thoroughly immersed in the plotline, I enjoyed the different locations described this time round, finding it interesting in the way that Agatha interacted abroad rather than in her home village. The plot had sufficient twists & revelations to keep me interested, although I was disappointed that I guessed who the murderer was & the main plotline, although it was hinted at heavily throughout the majority of the last half of the book. There were, however, some interesting sidelines introduced - between for example Toni & Agatha - their relationship was looked at in a little more detail rather than just leaving it as employer & employee. All in all, it was an enjoyable book, all the loose ends tied up nicely & the main characters' lives were opened up enough to leave scope for more books to follow. I've started hunting the previous books down on Ebay as I do find these light enough to just grab & read for light entertainment.
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