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  1. 10th Anniversary

    I will have been a member of BGO for ten years come May. I'd like to say thank you very much for having me and interacting with me. And thank you very much indeed for introducing me to authors and literary devices (I'm talking about stream of consciousness, here) that I'm certain I would never have come across by myself. Along the way, I've learned a great deal and I'm always grateful to have someone to talk to about reading in particular and books in general. I do not ever take this forum for granted and I'm beyond glad that the forum exists and that there are people who care enough about it to keep it going for us. So, from the bottom of my heart - and there really are no words for me to express how grateful I am - thank you very much!
  2. Time's Convert

    This is the fourth book about the adventures of Matthew de Claremont and his wife/mate Diana Bishop. It does go into more depth about Matthew's son Marcus Whitmore, a vampire that Matthew made in the 18th century but does not explain where/when/why Marcus chose the surname Whitmore. Expertly written and very believable I found it fascinating and unputdownable. Recommended.
  3. Time's Convert

    That is a better review than mine! Well done
  4. Book Lists 2019

    1 Deborah Harkness, Time's Convert - completed (hardback) 2 Agatha Christie, The ABC Murders - completed (paperback)
  5. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Crochet Step by Step: 20 Easy Projects. More than 100 Techniques and Crochet Patterns, Sally Harding
  6. Why it's a good idea to have a large TBR

    I've seen this before but thought it was time we discussed this : Buy more books, even if you don't intend to read them
  7. what is everyone doing?

    I'm sorry about your insomnia Tag but it's understandable. Speaking from experience, the autopsy is standard practice - everybody who dies at home needs to have one - and doesn't indicate that there could be something suspicious. The coroner will stop as soon as (s)he finds a cause of death and then you can have a funeral. They know it's a nightmare for the family who is waiting and they do their best to get it done as quickly as is humanly possible.
  8. Why it's a good idea to have a large TBR

    Told you I'd seen it before! That's exactly what it's like.
  9. Why it's a good idea to have a large TBR

    I must admit, I feel very secure when I think that I always have something to read no matter what happens and that there are now so many of them that I have a vast amount to choose from. So, if we get snowed in and all the services get cut off I can still find solace in a book. And any kind of book I like.
  10. This is a Hercule Poirot mystery and was written in 1936. I chose to read this as a result of watching the two part TV show starring one of my favourite actors, John Malkovich, as Poirot. Rupert Grint plays Inspector Crome (very well imho), for Harry Potter fans. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I had also seen it filmed for TV starring David Suchet as the Belgian detective. They were so very different that I just had to read the book to find out which one was the closest to Agatha Christie's work. From the Agatha Christie website : There’s a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet - and the whole country is in a state of panic. A is for Mrs Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident – but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal mistake. It has a nice twist in the tail and was a very enjoyable read. Recommended. For the record, the David Suchet version is the closest to the book.
  11. The ABC Murders

    So it is. My apologies. The John Malkovich version strays quite a bit from the Christie/Suchet version and I had guessed what happened in the Malkovich background so wasn't shocked when it was shown but if you haven't guessed you might well be shocked (by the horrors of war). Totally unnecessary imho. It is Agatha Christie after all .
  12. Is it me, or are books getting shorter?

    I looked at the Amazon counts. If you check the original Discovery of Witches it's listed as 704 pages but if you check the TV tie-in (on Amazon) it's listed as 690. I'll look at my paper copies later. ETA My paper copy of A Discovery of Witches is 690 pages long. My paper copy of Shadow of the Night is 641pages long. My paper copy of The Book of Life is 647 Pages long. There is acknowledgements and bonus material in all of those books so it depends on whether you count those in (or get them in e-book, or that they are somewhere else in e-book) or not. I've often found that the same book published by different companies can be different lengths and just put it down to print size. I used to think that I was getting short-changed when the book was very short but have changed my mind on that. 700 pages of rubbish isn't going to interest me at all.
  13. Currently Reading

    Milkman by Anna Burns, as recommended on this site by MrHG
  14. Time's Convert

    I feel certain that you'll write a better review than I did!
  15. Currently Reading

    Five chapters into the ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. Only read one Agatha Christie and it was a Miss Marple. Enjoying it so far
  16. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Milkman, Anna Burns, as recommended by MrHG and The ABC Murders, Agatha Christie, as seen on TV this Christmas period. I've also seen David Suchet's version and I just want to see what Agatha actually wrote.
  17. Have a Rant!

    I was just taking a guess and hoping that it wasn't anything more serious or closer to home. Know how you feel about someone else's health problems, I'm in the same boat. Still, I can count on a victory insofar as I managed to get my father a full night's sleep and on a regular basis, so I hang on to that victory and hope that the rest of what I say might hit home one day. You know, even if you physically wrote it down then tore it up and actually put it in the bin it might help. Also, I have heard that if you sit quietly and think of your problems one by one and then imagine putting them in a bubble and watching them float away, helps. I painted my nails last night in my favourite nail polish which always cheers me up. It's not often that they are all the same length and can be painted. I also bought myself a book yesterday and one today and that always cheers me up.
  18. Have a Rant!

    Ah yes. The old 'no answer to it' problem. That always has my father at the centre of it, in my case. He just won't be told! Something we are dealing with just now. I say what I need to say to him and thus get it off my chest. I know that it won't make a difference so, having gotten it off my chest, I ignore it until it crops up again and we do the same thing. I have also been known to talk to myself. You'd be surprised how useful that is, especially when the other person in the house is very hard of hearing. Or you could just chuck it in the f*** it bucket Donald Trump isn't worth worrying about imho, if that's the problem
  19. Have a Rant!

    I resort to my book and try very hard not to sulk. Or I just have a go at my dad (who is usually the cause anyway) I hope life picks up for you, Momac
  20. what is everyone doing?

    I thought that Binker might be interested in this : Eugenics
  21. New Year Greetings 2019

    And to you and yours Meg. A happy, peaceful, healthy with much reading new year to everybody.
  22. Currently Reading

    In addition to A Literary Christmas I'm reading Time's Convert, Deborah Harkness
  23. Rest in Peace

    June Whitfield at 93
  24. Review of 2018

    I always struggle to name even my book of the year let alone my favourite book of all time and having reviewed my year's reading I still can't. Favourite TV series was A Discovery of Witches, then again it's hard to separate this from The City and The City. Didn't watch much in the way of films this year but I loved The Queen of Spades (very old black and white film on TV) Didn't listen to any albums this year either, only various tracks here and there but if pushed I'd have to say John Cooper Clarke's The Luckiest Man Alive on CD - if performance poetry can be counted as an album
  25. Book Lists 2018

    1 The Loser, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback) 2 Tales of the Peculiar, Ransom Riggs - completed (paperback) 3 Midwinter Break, Bernard MacLaverty - completed (paperback) 4 The Quantum Ten, Sheilla Jones - completed (hardback) 5 This Census Taker, China Mielville - completed (paperback) 6 My Own Story, Emmaline Pankhurst - completed (paperback) 7 Poldark: Jeremy Poldark - completed (paperback) 8 The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe - completed (short story, ebook) 9 The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe - completed (short story, ebook) 10 The Spire, William Golding - completed (paperback) 11 The Accident on the A35, Graeme Macrae Burnet - completed (paperback) 12 Sanctuary, William Faulkner - completed (paperback) 13 The City and the City, China Mieville - completed (paperback) 14 The End, Samuel Beckett - completed, short story (paperback) 15 The Calmative, Samuel Beckett - completed, short story (paperback) 16 My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier - completed (paperback) 17 Bleak House, Charles Dickens - completed (paperback) 18 The Blood, E S Thomson - completed (hardback) 19 Why I Am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche - completed (ebook) 20 The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell - completed (paperback) 21 Woodcutters, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback) 22 Manuel, Portrait of a Serial Killer - completed (paperback) 23 The Dead, James Joyce - completed (paperback) 24 Devils, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback) 25 Fear, Trump in the Whitehouse, Bob Woodward - completed (hardback) 26 In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin - completed (hardback) 27 A Map of Days, Ransom Riggs - completed (hardback) 28 The Heather Blazing, Colm Tóibin - completed (paperback) 29 Mrs Rosie and the Priest, Giovanni Boccaccio - completed, short story (paperback) 30 The Luckiest Guy Alive, John Cooper Clarke - completed, (hardback) poetry 31 Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking - completed (hardback) 32 A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness - completed (paperback) 33 Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness - completed (paperback) 34 The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness - completed (paperback) 35 A Literary Christmas, Various - completed (hardback)