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      Moving Day Coming Soon   01/11/2021

      As many of you know, we've been looking at changing hosts for a while now. This will allow us to access the tech support we need for the site and should speed up the forum as well as ironing out a few issues we've been having recently.    We are now signed up to the new hosting plan and can go ahead with the move as soon as the new hosts have everything they need (which is currently being sorted!). The forum should not be offline for more than a day during the switch and hopefully it won't even take that long. I don't have an exact time or day for the move yet but this is an early warning to expect some downtime soon.   When we are offline, no matter how briefly, you can follow the forum twitter page (@bookclubforum) for updates.  

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  2. It wasn't as though the farm hadn't seen death before, and the blowflies didn't discriminate. To them there was little difference between a carcass and a corpse. The Dry by Jane Harper
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  4. He has quite a large back catalogue of books so publishers must like him. Perhaps his other books are better than this one. Across an Angry Sea by Cedric Delves (3/5) This was my most recent Audible listen and it wasn't really what I was expecting. I wrongly assumed that there would be a lot of details about the on the ground missions undertaken by D squadron of 22 SAS. Instead I got a really detailed account of the sea crossing, time spent in boats, logisitics, and the burdens of command. There is some detail about the nuts and bolts fighting on the ground, probably just enough for me, but I would have preferred more. The blurb kind of proclaims that it is a tale of derring-do but it really isn't. Delves talks a lot about how things were planned and does give a rare insight as to what goes on behind the scenes. Refreshingly he also details the kinds of pressure that commanders face during times of conflict. I do have two criticisms regarding the audiobook specifically. Firstly, the narrator has quite a plummy accent which I found grating at times. Secondly, there are a lof of military abbreviations throughout which the narrator mis-pronounces, he really should have been given some guidance here.
  5. Ian's reading 2021

    Hi Ian! I have the Shetland novels, but haven't read them yet. I have read Ann Cleeves 'Vera' series, and LOVED them. Station Eleven was a nice surprise to me, as I knew little about it before I bought it. I really enjoyed it.
  6. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanne Collins (sorry if that's a bit of a cheat...)
  7. When a man loves a woman - Percy Sledge
  8. Imagining books in your head

    And they didn't have the big budget at the beginning either! Those baby dragons looked like they were flying along on strings, it was only after it took off that they started to get the mega budgets.
  9. Ian's reading 2021

    I can thoroughly recommend the Shetland novels (I've probably said that before!), welcome back Ian.
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  11. We rowed out through the harbour, past bobbing boats weeping rust from their seams, past juries of silent seabirds roosting atop barnacled remains of sunken docks, past fishermen who lowered their nets to stare frozenly as we slipped by, uncertain whether we were real or imagined; a procession of waterborne ghosts, or ghosts soon to be. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  12. I would also like to throw that book across the room and I haven’t even read it. How did that get published!?
  13. Hi Ian, welcome back! I’ve heard good things about the Shetland novels before, I definitely want to give them a try. There really is something comforting about a good detective novel isn’t there? I don’t think I could have faced Station Eleven right now though!
  14. Kindle and ebooks deals

    The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carré is 99p on the Kindle daily deal at present!
  15. Imagining books in your head

    Dinklage was just too pretty. Make up isn't an issue these days; look at shows like Star Trek where actors like Doug Jones have the same prosthetics applied each week, making someone up isn't a problem and on shows and films with a big enough budget, CGI is now commonly used as well. I think, in this case, it was just the choice they went with.
  16. Walk Like A Man - The Four Seasons
  17. Ian's reading 2021

    Happy reading in 2021!
  18. The man in the green hat always got on at Bercy, always via the doors at the front of the carriage, and then exited via the same doors at La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle, exactly seventeen minutes later. The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury
  19. Walk like an Egyptian - Bangles
  20. Imagining books in your head

    Maybe they didn't want him to look too horrific, plus the time taken to put on the prosthetic makeup needed, and keep it in place for continuity etc, would have been impractical, so maybe that was why they changed him from the book, could have done the different coloured eyes easily enough though with contact lenses! Jorah Mormont is also quite different, physically, in the books, but some of the other actors were pretty much spot on.
  21. Nice to see you again, Ian!! How've you been? Any favourite books you read in 2020 you want to tell us about? I'm glad your first two books read in 2021, were both 5 stars! You can delete posts you've made double but I don't think members can delete their own double posted topics. No worries, I'll take care of it .
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  23. Ian's reading 2021

    Great to see you back - you've certainly made an impact! And what do you mean 'only' read 2 books?!
  24. Oh boy. I've managed to post this 5 times. Sorry folks. How do I remove?
  25. Happy 2021 everyone! It's been a long time since I was last here... and I've missed it. So, I'm back, trying to write this on a tablet rather than a laptop as I used to, so please excuse the inevitable spelling mistakes and probably very short book reviews. So far, I have only read 2 books this year. Dead Water by Ann Cleeve I have very slowly been collecting the Shetland novels so I can read them in order. I read a lot of crime novels, and these are definitely at the cosy crime end of the spectrum, but also have bleakness about them, reflecting the landscape of the islands they are based in. I enjoyed the writing and it was an easy, comforting first read of the year. 5/5. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. This was the exact opposite on the comfort scale. Reading a post apocalyptic novel where 99% of the population has been wiped out by the flu, in today's climate was never going to be easy, but the author manages to instill such a sense of dread and loss without being graphic I think I would have felt that way anyway. Very understated and beautifully written. But I found myself sometimes reluctant to read on because I genuinely dreaded what was coming. The ending surprised me as I thought I knew where it was going. I think this book will live me long afterwards and definitely deserves a second read. 5/5
  26. Imagining books in your head

    Good though he is in the role, Peter Dinklage didn't look anything like Tyrion as described in the books (a deformed, hunch-backed dwarf with eyes of different colours, if I remember correctly, and - after the Battle of the Blackwater - no nose!). That's just one example; I didn't dislike the first series, but I had such a strong mental image from the books in my head at the time - and I was still reading them at that point - that I stopped watching. I suppose I could watch it now, as it's been so long since I finished the last book and it's not like I'll be reading another any time soon! The new Lord of the Rings film isn't a remake, btw, it's a prequel from way before the Hobbit/LotRs etc. centred on a character called Morgoth.
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