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About Clavain

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    Nottingham England
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    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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  1. Poetic Wanderings

    One for the royal wedding Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove: Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark. That looks on tempests and is never shaken; it is the star to every wandering bark, whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come; love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. Sonnet 116 - by William Shakespeare
  2. A to Z Game

    Taiwan a tiny country taking on the might of China and a place not usually on the tourist list.
  3. Bargains

    Ian Rankin - A Question of Blood https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002U3CBQ6?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&storeType=ebooks&pageType=STOREFRONT&pf_rd_p=08e56733-e766-4ffb-b3bd-a52c77778795&pf_rd_r=Y3HM7TD7HPMVFFT9Z6QX&pd_rd_wg=q5dLV&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_t=40901&ref_=dbs_f_r_shv_rnn_08e56733-e766-4ffb-b3bd-a52c77778795_8&pd_rd_w=8ob3T&pf_rd_i=341689031&pd_rd_r=cb1669d3-d265-40f1-a0a0-ac84ab41d7e0
  4. Bargains

    I just thought it would be good if people see a book that is a bargain to post on this thread. I always check the Amazon monthly and daily deals and often see books that I love or are interested in for silly prices.I only buy digital from Amazon but am very interested if the paperback/hardback is available for a bargain at a bookstore. Since Amazon supports this website, must be good all round. Amazon UK for me so may differ for other countries. Can you buy the digital book from another country? Iain Banks - Complicity https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002TZ3DCG/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002TXZSYO/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Tom Sharpe - Riotous Assembly 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0051UT73A/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 PG Wodehouse - The Jeeves Omnibus Vol 2 - 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007BLOF3E/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 -Elmore Leonard - Get Shorty - 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003NUS90M/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o08_?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. A to Z Game

    Glasgow - never been, the largest city in Scotland and must have something since so many great bands have come from there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bands_from_Glasgow
  6. Are audio books the same as reading print?

    I think you can say I listened to the book being read but you can't say you have read it.? Nothing against audio books, great when your driving, but I would only listen to something I have already read. For me its kind of cheating?
  7. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

    I enjoyed this book very much, everyday was looking forward to reading it. Agree with the criticisms by Mr HG and MInx and with the similarities with the Rosie Project, hoping the sequel (?) isn't as bad. Apparently Reese Witherspoon has bought the film rights, so expect an Hollywood version soon.
  8. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Same here pay day today so treated myself to the first two on your list, in paperback, Jon Mcgregor and Gail Honeyman. Let's hope we enjoy them Minx, must admit I'm looking forward to them after the comments on this forum.
  9. Rest in Peace

    Sad to read of the death of Ursula K Le Guin. Great author and I'm now determined to read The Left Hand of Darkness this year. Whilst typing this just heard of the death of Mark E Smith of The Fall. Another icon of my youth. Sad day.
  10. How to read more books

    With you on No 3 iff. I have a tbr mound but will jump to a book I've just bought. It's how I feel on the day of choosing. Disagree with 8 totally, seems to make reading a chore/job. Agree with No 6 although some books that have started bad do get better.Judgement call. No 9 made me smile. When a book grips I find it hard to stop. No 7 is my sofa and bed. Meg try the kindle with a back light.
  11. Book Lists 2018

    14. Batman : The Killing Joke by Alan Moore / Brian Bolland (Comic Book) ***** 13. Watchmen by Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons (reread) (Comic Book) ***** 12. Locke & Key by Joe Hill / Gabriel Rodriguez (reread) (Comic Book) ***** 11. Preacher by Garth Ennis / Steve Dillon / Glenn Fabry (Comic Book) ***** 10. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (H) ***** 9. Monstress by Majorie Liu / Sana Takeda (Comic Book) **** 8. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (reread) (P) ***** 7. The Boys by Garth Ennis / Darick Robertson (Comic Book) ***** 6. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (P) ***** 5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (P) ***** 4. The Crow Road by Iain Banks (P) ***** 3. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard (K) ****1/2 2. Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard (P) **** 1. The Dry by Jane Harper (K) ****
  12. Favorite Song?

    Got to be favourite Christmas song at the moment. Love Silent Night and for me seems to sound better in German.
  13. Song Chain

    Leave You To Dream - The Distractions Wow 37 years ago I saw them.
  14. what is everyone doing?

    Sometimes you have to eat humble pie. Met an Australian tonight and for some reason in my mind Sydney was west and Perth east, I even made a bet I was right. When your wrong you learn and buy them a pint
  15. Site problem?

    Cheers tagesmann the problem is now solved. I forgot the quote I was going to change it for but at least now I can. Ta