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About Minxminnie

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  • Birthday 11/12/1965


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    West of Scotland
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    travel, photography, reading (doh!), cinema, lying in on a Saturday.

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  1. The Accident on the A35

    I read this too, Luna. I really liked it - there's something slightly sarcastic and sly about the narrative style which I like.
  2. Great Britain's First World War

    Hi there, Thanks for being honest about your connection to the book - many aren't! It sounds like an interesting book and one that has come from many years of dedicated study. I have moved your post to Writers' Corner and left a link in the previous location. I also deleted your Amazon link as we like to ask members to buy via our own Amazon link in order to support the financial running of the site.
  3. I hate this!

    I hate that too, Apple! I want an idea of what it might be about, not lots of quotes telling me it's the new Gone Girl on a Train Is Completely Fine.
  4. Narrator or First Person?

    BP, that book sounds good. Off to buy it or put it on wishlist! I think first person narration is hard to pull off and often done poorly, especially the voice of a child or teenager which often makes them sound too young. And, as hux says, it's often just a vehicle for getting us to empathise without really getting under the skin of the narrator. But it's hard to pull off too much honesty, too. Free indirect style is more successful, I think.
  5. what is everyone doing?

    I managed out today: the roads are clear, apart from side roads, and everything seems to be running fine. The weather wasn't half as unpleasant as it looked or sounded. However, bread and milk are in short supply in the supermarket. I baked some savoury scones, but I couldn't find a local cow to milk. Thankfully the corner shop had some!
  6. what is everyone doing?

    We had more snow in 2010: I had my cat back then, and I had been getting my kitchen redone so I had no catflap for a bit. She was mightily unimpressed that she had to jump out of the window into three feet of snow, though she did want to go out! The best thing must be to be a dog. My friend sent me a video of his spaniel puppy in the snow - she looked sooo happy.
  7. Currently Reading

    In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott. It's a memoir of her and her father's lives as members of the Exclusive Brethren. It interests me because there is a small community of this very closed sect/cult in the village where my German friends live. There, they are colloquially known as "Engländer", "the English", so everyone thinks, coming from the UK, I will know all about them. So far, the book is very good. It seems that in the 1960s, the group really changed and began to exercise coercive control in a way it never had before. The book is also very lyrical, though - really well written.
  8. what is everyone doing?

    It's pretty grim here - snow and high winds. I'm still in bed, nice and cosy - school is closed. I was impressed by our new transport minister. His advice has been clear and direct. They used to just say "only travel if necessary", leaving you to decide what's necessary and to imagine what might happen if you do. He has changed that, and is appearing on TV saying, if you do travel, you will get stuck, emergency services won't reach you etc. It does make people think twice - and will hopefully stop employers telling people they have to go in. He has taken more of a personal interest than politicians have in the past: he was saying that he would be talking to particular haulage companies etc, and it sounded as if he would be personally lifting the phone. And the poor soul looks rough. Someone tweeted, Humza, mate, get some sleep.
  9. what is everyone doing?

    Meg, there has been an increase in break-ins here too. I wonder what is going on.
  10. I hate this!

    It is very annoying. The only good thing about it is that it helps me know not to bother reading it.
  11. what is everyone doing?

    Hazel, I can't believe your boys are so big. What maturity your older son has shown in getting tested. You must have a lot of good experience to help him cope.
  12. Reservoir 13

    I'm reading this just now, but I'm struggling with it. I can see the beauty, but it's not holding my attention. My main problem is the sudden shifts in subject matter. The style is quite staccato with lots of short sentences and frequent non-sequiteurs. It demands a different type of attention, where as a reader I often can't relax into a paragraph. Some paragraphs do settle into a scene, but I find the frequent jumps off-putting. There are also lots of characters and I'm finding them hard to remember. It's probably not the book for me just now.
  13. what is everyone doing?

    Momac, does luna have your email address? If it went from her email to yours, and she had you in her own contacts list, then I am thinking that it's more likely to be an email virus than anything to do with this site. Would tag also have your email address?
  14. what is everyone doing?

    Was it a PM, Monaco? I know you can get viruses which infect your email but I have never known BGO messages to be affected before. That is very worrying. (My friend had an email virus sending ads for diet pills and ... anatomical enlargements. They went to her (portly!) parish priest, which really upset her!)
  15. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

    (Thanks to luna for directing me to the existing thread.) This won the Costa Book Award in 2017 and has sold in hardback for ages before being released in paperback, which I was unusual. It has had good word of mouth and I'm surprised no-one has reviewed it on BGO before now. The eponymous Eleanor lives alone and lives a life of solitary routine, by choice. It soon becomes clear that she is protecting herself from hurt following a trauma in childhood which is only gradually revealed. Over the course of the novel, she meets with various challenges to the reality she has constructed for herself. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know her background and her fate. I liked many things about her character, and, unlike many debut novels, I thought this got better as it went on. There was one chapter near the end which I thought was particular harrowing and moving. The story was also quite brutal and unsentimental, when it could have been mawkish. I had one problem, which was, given Eleanor's background, I just didn't buy the particular nature of her strangeness. She had that literal and naive way of looking at the world which is typical of Asperger's Syndrome, but was suggested to have come from her childhood trauma. I just didn't buy that someone would be so naive about the ways of the world at her age. But I did like its humour and quirkiness, and it was original in many ways.