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  1. Hazel, three films have already been made and released in Europe...(have a look at IMDB). I have read all three and loved them. I am going to see the film on Monday - wasn't easy to find though as none of the local Odeon/Vue cinemas are showing it. Luckily, there is a small independent cinema in Exeter showing it.
  2. Thanks for posting this David. I had just assumed that it would appear again after Christmas and would have been wondering what had happened. The last couple of episodes had really picked up the pace hadn't they, and what is surprising me is that the series seems to be more complex than the book. (Can't say the same for Stargate Universe - I am very bored with that now.)
  3. I went to see it last night with my 11 y.o DD (my excuse for going). I thought it was a very good adaptation of the book. More entertaining than the Twilight film definitely - not so dreary. I loved Michael Sheen as Aro - really creepy. I wish there had been a bit more of Dakota Fanning - she is perfect for Jane. When I read the books, I was definitely in the Edward camp, but when I watch the films, I start leaning towards Jacob. I did wonder how someone who hadn't read the book would follow the film, but a friend of mine watched it today, who hasn't read it, and she really en
  4. The book was actually published about 10 years ago and although the basic principle of the whole world experiencing the "Flashforward" is the same, the programme is quite different. In the book, the jump is 20 years, not six months and the cause is also known from the beginning (I won't give anything away here). I will be interested to see how it continues. I have read most of Robert J Sawyer's books and they are all very readable S.F. They vary from Dinosaur colonies in outer space, not as corny as it sounds, to the uploading of consciousness to an android body.
  5. Continuing in a similar, I received the following warning in an email New flu virus warning I went to a dinner party last night, where I and other guests enjoyed copious amounts of alcohol. I awoke this morning not feeling well, with what could be described as flu-like symptoms; headache, nausea, chills, sore eyes etc. From the results of some initial testing, I have unfortunately tested positive for what experts are now calling Wine Flu. This debilitating condition is very serious-and it appears this is not an isolated case. Reports are flooding in from all around the neighbour
  6. They obviously have caught a mutation
  7. I have just read of a confirmed case in Devon, just 40 miles from where I live. Also that there has now been a fatality outside of Mexico. I agree RR, this is moving very quickly (I have probably watched/read too many post-apocalytic things too).
  8. There is a strong sense of longing through the story - for the Lisbon sisters and I suppose for the narrator's youth. It made me feel quite claustrophic which is perhaps how the sisters felt and why they escaped as they did. I think the saddest part is the lack of understanding of the girls by their parents. They were probably trying to protect them as parents do, but eventually caused more harm. When I first started the book, because of their parents' attitudes, I thought the book was set in the '50s or '60s and then realised it was actually set in the '70s. A sad story but with
  9. Started yesterday - Before I wake by Robert J Wiersema..intriguing.
  10. I watched the first episode of The Wire when BBC2 started showing it, loved it but couldn't keep up with the schedule! I have received the first series on DVD today and can't wait to start watching it. Sounds like I need to be prepared to lose many hours to this. I also must buy BSG, I really don't know why I haven't watched it.
  11. I am picturing Mike Myers singing this in an Austin Powers film..... Currently in my head - Firestarter by the Prodigy.
  12. Very sad to hear that JG Ballard died today.
  13. Great review. I am loving my Reader more and more and in fact the past 6 books I have read, have all been on my Reader. Booksonboard is brilliant and much easier to navigate that the Waterstones site. The prices are quite good and lots of the books come with "Rewards" - money that can be added to your account against future purchases. I don't know if you have a Sony PSP BB, but if you do, the charger is compatible with the Reader and I use it for charging mine.
  14. Continuing my vampire theme - Bram Stoker's Dracula....
  15. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer and my second attempt at The Road by Cormac McCarthy (could I be reading two more different books??)
  16. I have never found out how The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts by Louis de Bernieres ended - the copy I have was fine through the first two-thirds of the book and then started again from the beginning! At the time I had been reading Philip K Dick (Ubik) and thought maybe it was deliberate . BooksonBoard (great customer service) sorted out a different version of New Moon for me to download and at first glance it appears the original copy I had was correct. I think it had been formatted with a very wide page format which allowed many more words per page - hence only 361 pages. I enj
  17. Thanks for that Hazel. That is obviously quite a few more pages. So far BooksonBoard have asked me if I have the correct version of Adobe Digital Edition and that it is authorised, which I expected them to ask. The strange thing is that the book seemed to flow quite well - I hope they will let me another version and then I can compare them.
  18. I have just finished New Moon and thought I would come and see what had been said about it on here. I am now a bit worried that I have read half a book . I am reading the Twilight books on my E-reader and my copy of New Moon only had 361 pages and I was little puzzled why this thread says the book is a bit long. I have now emailed BooksonBoard where I bought them from to see if I have a dodgy copy. I think I will have to go and look at a copy of the physical book to see if I have missed anything.
  19. I am a bit late to the frenzy but I have to admit that I loved Twilight (and I am no teenager!) - had a lovely half day in bed finishing it yesterday. You summed the book up perfectly Hazel - not beautifully written, but gripping. I am currently in love with Edward Cullen and I want to become a vampire! I was just the same as you - willing Bella to become a vampire... I started New Moon as soon as I finished Twilight (have all four books on my new Sony E-Reader ). Has anyone seen the film yet?
  20. 11. The Gathering Night - Margaret Elphinstone (Canongate Read) - current 10. Before I Wake - Robert J Wiersema **** 9. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides **** 8. Jane Eyre **** 7. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer *** 6. Dracula - Bram Stoker **** 5. I am Legend - Richard Matheson (Audio) **** 4. The Road - Cormac McCarthy *** 3. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer ** 2. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer *** 1. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer ****
  21. Twas my birthday yesterday and I got one of these. I have loaded up some of the classics that I fancy reading (may actually get around to reading Great Expectations one day). I think I will probably start with an old favourite such a Jane Austen as I think it will take a bit of getting used to and reading a book I am familiar with should help. It is rather lovely though. The display is quite easy on the eye and it can be magnified which could prove useful as the years go by. The page turn blink is a bit annoying but I tend to look away as that happens. Waterstones appear to have ar
  22. This was one of the books nominated back in mid 2006 as a BGO read. It wasn't chosen but I was intrigued by the story and read it. I would second Gerbam's recommendation. A very different twist on a detective tale and the handling of Tourette's is very good - important to the character but doesn't overshadow the story.
  23. 2. The Crossing:Conquering the Atlantic - James Cracknell and Ben Fogle (current) 1. Peony in Love - Lisa See ****
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