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  1. I bought the DVD box set for my mum for Christmas, and may have to cheekily borrow it from her to watch it based on the above recommendations. My previous favourite period TV drama (or drama set over a number of periods) was the Channel 4 adaptation of Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time series of novels. I also really enjoyed Gosford Park so that's the main reason I'll be checking out Downton Abbey.
  2. I watched the first series, and quite enjoyed it; there was a perfect blend of humour (not too much) and interesting plot. I didn't watch the second series yet, but I did think the first series was fairly dark at times already, so am interested to watch series 2 and see how much more dark it got...
  3. The Magic Cottage is a great read; it really is a magical, idyllic and genuinely creepy book.
  4. Keep an eye out for a new book from Herbert coming out in April this year. It focusses on his supernatural investigator David Ash, and is aptly title Ash.
  5. Thanks to David for pointing me in the direction of this room. I have a book review blog for horror, weird and supernatural fiction genres called Spooky Reads located here.
  6. Will

    2010 Awards

    Best Book? The best book that I read this year that was published this year... hmm tough one indeed. As a horror novel fan, I have to say I was really impressed with Adam Nevill's Apartment 16. He writes so well, and I found, with a genuinely scary voice at times. Cranks up the atmosphere to 11. Best book I read this year that was published in any year: Anthony Powell's The Kindly Ones. Been making my way through his Dance series, and really enjoying these. Shout out to Iain M Banks 'Use of Weapons'. Worst Book? Tough one also, nothing notoriously bad stands out. I read J. L. Bourne's Day by Day Armaggedon and really wasn't impressed with that, but otherwise nothing I can really complain too heavily about. Best Film? For the first time ever I didn't go to the cinema once in 2010. Of the DVDs and similar that I watched and enjoyed I'd have to say Shutter Island stands out as very enjoyable thriller. I found Inception quite interesting too, with gorgeous visuals. Worst Film? Wolfman. Definitely. Had such potential, yet was so boring. Best TV? Wonders of the Solar System (BBC). Cox is an awesome presenter for this show, and his enthusiasm for the subject and passionate explanations just suck you right along. Worst TV? Anything reality TV-based. Highlight? Getting to finally visit Japan. Gorgeous place. Lowlight? Being really, really ill in Japan. :-(
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  8. Thanks for that. Have bookmarked the Calibre site and will take a look in the near future - I'll have to dig my eReader out now...
  9. As a techologist and book lover I picked up an eReader earlier this year, Sony's pocket version. I really didn't like it. I just can't get used to reading on it. I took a trip to Japan in the summer, and preferred to pack the luggage with several weighty tomes than take just the single slim reader... in fairness, one reason I really don't like it is I hate the Sony software to load books - such a pain - and a friend loves his Kindle, so I may revisit in a year or so...
  10. I saw Predators over the weekend. Mildy amusing. Adrian Brody playing in a heavy-action gun-toting and gung-ho role... I wasn't really convinced.
  11. As I'm brand new around here it's hard to tell, but I was a member of a great online book forum that closed back in '08 (I think) and we did all gush a huge amount about Shadow of the Wind as I recall, but my praise would mostly stand for the book. I think it sometimes depends if someone's still reading a book also when they're writing about it - for example whilst I was reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke I was totally entranced and when posting about it anywhere online could quote more accurately about scenes that resontated with me, likewise whilst discussing with friends; I really couldn't stop gushing about how awesome it was. Once you've finished and moved it, the 'high' of the book can fade a little I guess, and maybe that's what's happening. I guess this is a kind of book as narcotic analogy (very poor one).
  12. I loved this book and couldn't put it down from when I started reading it. It's so rich in atmosphere, has a cast of memorable characters and a really good sense of mystery pulling it along. Labelling it pretentious seems quite harsh though - maybe it lost something in translation into English that made it a little bit clunky? I keep meaning to read The Angel's Game too, but not gotten round to it yet.
  13. I found The Road to be an incredibly bleak, but nonetheless compelling read. Yes, there were glints of hope in amongst the deep dark bleak despair, of which there was a bit too much for my liking. I'd recommend it as an interesting but dark read, but haven't quite understood the 'obsession' with it that many people with whom I have discussed the novel seem to have.
  14. Richard Matheson's Hell House is a very good haunted house book, and one of the best I've yet read.
  15. I found this entire thread really interesting. Congrats on your choice of studies. I studied Info Management MSc for a term or two 3 years ago - dropped out as a new job wanted me to do some professional IT qualifications instead which I did. It was a very interesting program though and quite technical, which was fine, and just the skills I learned in just that first term made me so much more of a competent researcher in other areas. There are lots of research-type roles available in the corporate world that are nicely paid too - even in the tougher economic climates. I think the public sector is finding it v. hard at the moment though - it was even when things were good out there with libraries sadly taking quite a battering :-( I used to read a great library blog regularly about an ex-Waterstones MD I believe it was and his attempt to revive the libraries. Can't seem to find it now to link, but if I do will pop it up here - it was good reading indeed. We had it pushed across to us also regarding the different careers available. I think the traditional librarian role is typically one that so many people seek, something romantic about those book shelves laden with dusty tomes, and the idea of a quiet library when in reality the truth is so different. You really do need to be a people person and in many cases you're on your feet all day and can be very busy. I think it's like book shops and the folks I've known who have sought them out as being quiet sanctuaries of knowledge, only to find, in many situations, the the idyll and the reality couldn't be further juxtaposed.
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