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  • Birthday 02/15/1997

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    The Pier Falls - Mark Haddon
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    Writing, art and design, and reading.

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  1. That's quite a diverse set of books! Probably a good idea to have a children's book on hand when reading something heavygoing. (Although children's books can be quite dark these days...)
  2. Hi everyone, Hope everyone's enjoying the new year so far! It's been rather rainy for me! My coursework starts again this Saturday, so I'm just enjoying my holiday till then. I had a few errands to run this morning, and am planning on spending my afternoon making some jewellery. I like Christmas, but as soon as it's over I like to get the decorations down. I think it makes my flat look too cluttered. I did get lots of chocolates, though (so it can't be too bad!).
  3. I also enjoyed 'After Dark'. I like the mixture of realism and surrealism in Murakami's work, which is widely reflective of Japanese literature and media in general. Strangely, though I find Murakami's one of the most inspiring writers from a writing perspective, I find I'm rarely able to get through one of his books. I tried to read 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronical' last year, and couldn't get through it. I enjoy the almost comforting way he makes mundane activities interesting, but sometimes the book would go on for ages with absolutely nothing happening. I didn't feel it really had much of a plot, and I gave up after reading about 200 pages. I also find his female characters a bit lacking. I vaguely remember the protagonist of After Dark being an exception, but a lot of the women characters don't seem to do much or have much personality, and seem to only be there for the sex scenes. Not all are like that, but too many are. Sometimes I feel like Murakami's writing reads like a hormonal teenage boy's fanfiction. It's just a bit off-putting. I might read another of his in the future, probably one of the shorter ones. I liked 'Kafka on the Shore' and 'After Dark' the best so far.
  4. Thank you for welcoming me back everyone! Thanks, I think that's probably the reason I chose that name. Yes, the weather has been rather grim where I am as well. The new year started with rain for me, but I'm hoping for sun sometime soon!
  5. Hi everyone (and Happy New Year)! I posted on this forum for a short time about two years ago. Then coursework took over my life, and I left for some time. I often found myself thinking about the interesting discussions I'd had on here, and the people I'd met. So, I'm pleased to be back! I've changed quite a lot since I was last here. Though my favourite books and authors are still the same! I love the Brontës, and Wilkie Collins. Also Daphne du Maurier, particularly Jamaica Inn. Anything with a good setting that's tied up to the atmosphere! In modern literature, I love Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' and I'm currently reading his short story collection. I tend to enjoy quite obscure modern books that I rarely see people talking about. Preeta Samarasan's 'Evening is the Whole Day', Janni Visman's 'Yellow', Krys Lee's short story collection 'Drifting House' are all favourites. I love anything that ramps up the tension like du Maurier! I'm a critical reader, and though reading is a hobby, I rarely find a book I like! The majority of books I read, I get through a few chapters and then get fed up. I'm quite picky, I suppose! I've tried my hand at writing a few times, but it didn't really get anywhere. My ideas tend to be too sprawling, so I never get past the planning stages. I'm attempting short stories now, because they have to be concise. I'm doing an English Literature and Creative Writing Degree with the Open University, and the creative writing part starts next year, so hopefully that will guide me a bit! Looking forward to posting!
  6. I finally finished The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. It took me a while, since I felt it dragged at a couple of points, but overall I enjoyed it. I liked reading the posts about it on the Group Read on this site when I was finished. It was interesting to hear what other people thought. I found it a bit predictable at times, and I felt some points were rushed, and it left me caring less than I felt I should. What I did enjoy, however, was the setting and atmosphere. The use of the snow and cold weather to set the tone really brought it all together. I found the ending a bit disappointing, since not all the questions were answered. I'd rate it about 3.5/5. I'd like to post about it in more detail, since though it wasn't my favourite book, I do have a lot of views on it. I can't seem to find spoiler tags, though.
  7. Listening to wintermute's songs for Hatsune Miku. I can't believe how few views these videos get, because I think they're amazing. These are some of my favourites: Alchemy is my absolute favourite! These songs always inspire me to write!
  8. I like these. I also enjoy Cinema Sins' 'Everything Wrong With-' series. They point out all the plot holes and errors in movies bad and good.
  9. I read The Radleys, but I wasn't a big fan. I might get round to some of his others sometime.
  10. That's funny, turns out it's the same one you're reading, and I hadn't realised! I'm looking forward to reading it!
  11. I mostly find books in charity shops. But when I'm looking for a specific type of book, or similar books to ones I've already enjoyed, I find Amazon or Goodreads are brilliant. Though since I've been on this form I've had a lot of good ones recommended too!
  12. Ooh, I'm glad you liked this one, Athena, as I have a book from this series, but I've yet to read it. It's not the first in the series, so I was a bit unsure if I'd be able to catch up, but I think I'll give it a try! Great review, as always!
  13. The weather's pretty strange where I am at the moment. Last night and this morning, it was really cold. Then in the afternoon it got pretty warm, only for me to be shivering again an hour or so later.
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