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  2. Hi - does anyone know if anyone else is producing eBook cross stitch charts?
  3. Hello - thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I had been wandering around the forum, trying to find the place for new members - glad I finally found it! My name is Alodie and and am always looking for new authors to read. Sometimes I feel frustrated that they don't write as quickly as I read. (Then I started writing and realised why!!) I remember, as a child, being annoyed to hear that Arthur Ransome had died. I had been enjoying reading his books, and was upset that he wouldn't be writing any more. Oh, the selfishness of children!!! I had spent a while working in mind-numbingly boring factories and killed the time by telling myself a good story. Now it's many, many years later, and I’ve started writing them down. My first real novel took the best part of a year to write. I just sat down at the computer and told myself chapter after chapter. That was the easy part! The second story came out as a Radio play – I enjoyed listening to Radio 4 Saturday Night Theatre for years. But then I realised that no one buys radio plays, so I am converting it into a novel – a much harder job than I’d realised. Aside from the novels, I enjoy embroidery and have produced a range of small e-Books of cross stitch patterns
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  5. Is it by any chance this Raymond Briggs book - Ug : Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers Paperback – 3 Oct 2002 by Raymond Briggs (Author) ETA: on secon thoughts except for 'Ug' it's nothing like the description given. Sorry.
  6. I agree with a lot of your answers, given that i have been analysing this topic for some time now; last night i stumbled upon a blog post that might be worthwhile reading.
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  8. Thanks Mr. HG but it was just for the main content that I wanted to delete once I had read it, and it's clear now.
  9. If you mean the private messages, open the message and it will have a box marked options - you can click on Delete Conversation.
  10. William Faulkner

    You've just convinced me that not reading this book is the right decision for me.
  11. My new novel, Incognito, will be released by World Castle Publishing on 15, May. The novel tells the story of three specialists dispatched to Europe to find the Pope who is missing. Pre Orders can now be made at Amazon Incognito by Khaled Talib. Thank you, Khaled
  12. William Faulkner

    If you like the feeling of having your brain turned upside down and expanded out of the back of your head then I'd recommend it, Momac. *Laughs* Good thing I like that feeling!
  13. Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
  14. Elsa is seven years old, nearly eight, and her best friend in the world is her grandmother. Her granny is an unusual person, she flirts with policemen, breaks into zoos, stands on the balcony ib gher dressing gown and shoots people who come to the door peddling religion with paintballs and tells wonderful, outrageous stories. Some people call Granny crazy, Elsa thinks she is a superhero, but even superhero Granny can't fight everything. Her last wishes are for Elsa to go on a secret quest delivering letters to various people Granny has encountered in the past with a message that she's sorry, and one letter leads to the next and so on. This is a bestseller in Sweden, it's quirky, whimsical, very funny in parts and equally sad in others. It is definitely not for anyone who wants a novel to be totally realistic, Elsa is definitely not a typical seven year old, in some ways she has the understanding of a 20 year old, in some ways it's as if she were 5, and Granny is too outrageus and omniscient, things fall too neatly into place etc etc but the book has oodles of charm, is immensiely readable and I have to say I loved it.
  15. William Faulkner

    I never got past the first few pages, it is still sitting on my list looking at me accusingly - I wonder if I'll ever feel the need to tackle it?
  16. William Faulkner

    Thank you for creating the group read.
  17. William Faulkner

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it Luna. Dan didn't at all, I liked it better than Dan did, but you liked it best. Thanks for reading with us.
  18. From the blurb "Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Brontë family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to Samantha to piece together the mysterious family inheritance lurking somewhere in her past - yet the only clues she has at her disposal are the Brontë's own novels. With the aid of her handsome but inscrutable Oxford tutor, Samantha must repurpose the tools of literature to unearth an untold family legacy, and in the process, finds herself face to face with what may be literature's greatest secret. " I've seen a lot of good reviews for this book in the press and on-line magazines, describing it as witty and fast moving, and as I'm a sucker for funny and books that play around with the classics I thought I'd give it a go. What a disappointment it is. The good things first: Catherine Lowell obviously knows her Brontes and the plot she weaves around the relationships of the Brontes to each other is clever and convincing, and her writing is smooth and fluent. But, and it's a major but, there is absolutely no sense of place at all. It's set in Oxford, "Old College", Oxford with a brief foray to the parsonage at Haworth and I get the feeling that Catherne Lowell, who is American, has never seen a picture of Oxford, let alone watched an episode of Morse or read up on how Oxford Colleges operate. The result is a background that's rather less convincing than an Am Dram backdrop and makes the reader sharply aware of implausibilities that would have been overlooked had the scene setting been more believable. Samantha appears to have got her place despite not passing any exams or knowing anythng much about literature, her tutor is called James Orville the third (he's English not American), she has a single one-to-one tutorial in his rooms per week and that's it for her studies really - and that's for starters. I kept reading it - there is a literary mystery in there, which sadly is a bit of a damp squib, and the Bronte part is interesting but if I hadn't had a very dull shift at work with loads of time to read I might have just put it down and not bothered to pick it up again.
  19. Thanks Tag & Luna, that should work.
  20. I've just looked at the new site on my work mobile (iPhone 6 using Opera browser) and the Anazon adverts don't rescale. Anyone else have this?
  21. Scarlett Thomas

    Scarlett Thomas is a fun writer who often manages to weave maths or science into her work. This is no exception; we have forays into thought experiments and the theory of homeopathy.The basic idea is that a young PhD student, Ariel Manto, finds a copy of a rare work by the subject of her thesis, Thomas Lumas. Not much is known of the book; only one copy is known to exist, stored in a bank vault in Germany, and there is a rumour that anyone who reads the book will die. Her supervisor has suggested she ignore the text in her doctorate, but the supervisor disappeared about a year ago… The book itself – a 19th century work called The End of Mr Y – finds the eponymous Mr Y visiting a circus sideshow and being intrigued by a clairvoyant.This all sounds like the plot of a very bad self-published work, just waiting for the zombies to appear. Fortunately they don’t, and Thomas is a skilful enough writer to bring this potential implausibility into something coherent. But instead of zombies, we have a chase across international borders by some very dodgy American spooks, refuge being sought in monasteries and mind-reading.At times the text feels over-long and some of the pseudo-science does get a bit hard to follow at times. But this is balanced by a genuinely intriguing plot whose direction is not always as obvious as it seems. There are multiple timelines and backstories all shepherded well and there are moments of sheer inventive brilliance. By the end, it all gets very surreal in a way that some people are not going to like, but I think it worked.This is a novel that is a lot of fun. It’s ideal holiday reading; enough to think about and the pages keep turning without the need to take notes. ****0
  22. Julian Barnes – The Noise of Time Rose Tremain - The Gustav Sonata Herta Müller – The Land of Green Plums Adam Foulds – The Quickening Maze Jostein Gaarder – Through a Glass, Darkly Hilary Mantel – The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Huruki Murakami – Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
  23. Given that there is a wide range of tools available. Would you recommend any particular ones?
  24. I lost interest in 'Restless' by William Boyd, a spy novel. Also a long short story(!) 'The Dulwich Horror' by Oliver Harris, that is apparently referencing H P Lovecraft's 1920s story 'The Dunwich Horror. Anyway, not my genre at all.
  25. Gram, the house, the location and your family all are great positives as was the good decision to leave that job as soon as you could. Do hope that your health improves.
  26. Momac, when I log on I click "unread content" and get the posts that I haven't read. I don't read all of them and when I'm done I click "mark site read" and the next time I log on that's what I get. I hope that proves useful.
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