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  1. Thanks Luna and Meg! Dr Newton and the pack are still going strong!
  2. Hello?... It's been a very long time since I was here... sadly life got me by the throat and wouldn't let go. I am back firing on (almost all) cylinders now, and am email reminded me of this lovely place. In all the time I have been away, I have still been reading, and it would be lovely to share bookish chat again. 😀 Note for admin - I just put this post in the wrong board, so please feel free to delete it from the "board business" thread - Sorry!
  3. I can see why people get hooked on the books, I read the first one, but don't want to invest anymore time in the others. I love the TV series though. I do spend some time hiding behind a cushion when the gory bits start.
  4. Great summary of Brautigan's life, i hadn't realised he had committed suicide, that's very sad. You are right when you say he was an original writer, I have never read anything quite like Sombrero Fallout before. Would you recommend any of this other books in particular?
  5. LOL - Probably not one for you!
  6. The book is available from Fox, Finch and Tepper. They are a brand new independent publishing company. It is also a stunning read! http://foxfinchtepper.com
  7. From my blog Published by the utterly marvellous folks at Fox, Finch and Tepper, this is a stunning novel, which frankly had turned me into an emotional wreck by the end. Macauley takes temporary jobs he finds as he walks between the towns of New South Wales. He is used to life on the road, camping and walking and hard labour. The Shiralee of the title, is Buster, his four year old daughter he took from his estranged wife. The pair are on the road together, and Buster's childlike view of the world, and complete trust in her father helps very slowly close the distance between them. B
  8. From my blog Long time readers will remember that I reviewed The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinnaa couple of years ago, and raved about it. It is still one of my all time favourite reads. The Year of the Hare is better, in my humble opinion. I read it with a group of colleagues for a little reading group at work. The hare of the title is hit by a car one evening, and one of the car's occupants, Vatanen goes into the woods to see if he can help the injured animal. Caring for the hare in the forest leads Vatanen to ditch his job at a newspaper, leave his wife and head off deep into
  9. From my blog Well, where to begin with this one? It is bonkers, but also brilliant. The first chapter describes a sombrero falling from the sky and landing in front of three men. There is no reason for the sombrero to fall from the sky. No building nearby, no plane overhead. The three men stare at it, each attaching their own obscure importance to the event. In chapter 2 we discover that the sombrero story is just that, it has been penned by a novelist trying to work through the grief of having been dumped by his Japanese girlfriend. From this point forward we follow the author as he
  10. From my blog This is a lovely edition from the folks at Galley Beggar Press as a part of their ghost story set. This little book was a really interesting read for me. An old writer, having had some friends round for dinner proceeds to tell them how, on two occasions he has been haunted by a pair of disembodied eyes at the foot of his bed. On one level it is a straightforward, rather creepy ghost story about a man who doesn’t behave very well towards his fiancée being made to pay by a malevolent sprit. However, after some consideration I wondered if there was a little bit more to
  11. I tried to read this a few years ago, and found it unreadable. I gave up pretty quickly. I can see that it would make a great TV programme though. We have the first episode recorded and will watch it soon!
  12. I'm doing #100daysofwellbeing as a part of the #100daysproject. Each day I am taking a photo of things that make me smile or are good for my general wellbeing. I have done 2 weeks. It's an interesting exercise, it is certainly making me more mindful. If you want to see the photos, they are here: http://fennell-books.squarespace.com/100-days-project-1/
  13. Glad you liked it Binker! It is one the best reads I have had in a long time.
  14. I love this idea, and want to give it a go. I think I might pick up a book tomorrow when I am out and about (no work tomorrow!).
  15. I loved this too. My review from my blog is below. I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't see the twist at the end coming. It was cleverly done wasn't it? This Young Adult novel is really rather good. Cadence Sinclair is a 15 year old girl, living a privileged lifestyle, spending the summers on a private island with her extended family. Regardless of how much money a family has, there are always secrets, and slowly but surely over the duration of one summer a secret is revealed to Cadence, a secret everyone around her already knows and is trying to keep from her. So far, so yo
  16. I like to buy from real bookshops too. It has the added benefit that if the book I am looking for isn't in stock, I tend to find something else instead which I may not have bought otherwise Station Eleven is on my shelf waiting to get to the top of the pile!
  17. This is on my "want to read list". I don't always do very well with Ian McEwan, but this sounds fantastic.
  18. This is such a good point. I'm inclined to agree with you.
  19. I just heard this and am nearly in tears. I never met the man, but he is my favourite author, above all others. Let's hope DEATH gave him a safe journey.
  20. From my blog This was a real life book club read. Written in 1842, it is an allegory about the meaning of Christian beliefs and the nature of evil. It is a short novella set in a small Swiss mountain village. The story starts on the morning of a Christening, and the first half of the book has a great deal of detail about the preparations for the event, and I will admit that I struggled with it. The second half though was fantastic. It features an old man from the Christening party telling all the guests the reason that an old beam remains and integral part of a new house. The reason re
  21. I have been dithering over this too. I never seem to quite get close enough to getting it from the library. Like other, on balance I think I will give it a miss, but I quite like the idea of the Jackson Brodie books. Do they need to be read in order?
  22. I haven't seen the last episode yet, but I agree there are too many storylines: - Murder of Danny - Lee et al - Rivalry of the barristers - The barrister's son in prison I did wonder whether this was more about a commentary on justice rather than about the who/why/how dunnit. Each of those stories about justice... trying to get justice, escaping justice, getting justice, but perhaps not traditional justice. Whilst it is important to think abut this, it didn't make good telly in this instance!
  23. I was put off until I saw a physical copy. The illustrations are wonderful, and the words of the story are a part of the illustrations. It is almost like a children's book in that sense. I don't know that the experience would be the same as an audio book. I'm not going to keep my copy, so if you like I could send it to one of you, and when you have read it you could pass it on to another BGO person so everyone can see it. PM me if interested.
  24. From my Blog... I picked this up almost at random at Mr B's. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't what I got that's for sure. The story is set in Sweden in 1983 and follows 15 year old Nella as she struggles to look after her younger brother who was born premature and is in the remedial class at school. Her father is in prison and her mother is an alcoholic and the school bullies are relentless in their abuse of the pair of them. Her friend Tommy is off school and she can't quite understand why. After some investigation she discovers that Tommy's older brothers have caug
  25. From my blog... This is strange indeed. I am not a Murakami aficionado, but I know that many are and I would be interested to know whether this is typical of Murakami. Physically it is a lovely thing. Quite small, with an old fashioned library ticket pocket on the front. Inside is a curious tale of a boy on the way home from school who pops into a library to pick up a book. He is taken to a special reading room, run by an odd man who locks him there and says he will be released when he can memorise the contents of the books he wants. What follows is a strange, supernatural and rather su
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