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  1. Never really fancied this book, but the trailer for the film looks pretty good. Has anyone seen it yet?
  2. Rest in Peace

    Awww, Margot Kidder has died aged 69 - can't see yet what she has died of. Her and Christopher Reeve, awww.
  3. Tampa

    This is definitely a book that should warn possible readers to proceed with caution - it's not a subject matter for the faint-hearted but I genuinely believe that it is a fascinating read. Celeste Price is a paedophile. Everything she does is calculated to progress her agenda. She has married a wealthy man, who is happy to trade a healthy sex life and marriage for parading his trophy wife on his arm for his friends. She chose a career, teaching, to place her wholly in front of the 14 year old boys she desires so much every day. She showers in the morning with them in mind. She dresses in the morning with them in mind. She structures her curriculum in such a way to bring up controversial subjects to test her targets. She weighs up the pros of one boy, (quiet, secretive, harder to groom) to another (easily persuaded but more likely to boast). She calculate the risk of walking down a corridor and being able to ass up gropes as accidental collisions. She breaks up fights with the sole purpose of getting between two boys for however short a time it will allow. She is consumed by her choice. We meet her as she begins at a new school and on her very first day she appraises her classes for her next target. Jack, a quiet 14 year old boy is quickly found. She wastes no time in isolating him and testing the waters for his likely compliance. They begin a 'relationship'. But the time is ticking already, almost before it even begins. Not only will Jack age but as she forces him into an adult relationship, she baulks when he treats it like an adult relationship - she doesn't want to say 'I love you', she doesn't want to think about future plans, she doesn't want demands made of her - and that's the curse of the choice she had made, what drives her to fufill her desires. Obviously, her carefully laid plans start to fall apart. It's inevitable and in some ways, it's surprising how quickly Celeste becomes bored after forcing events to her will. Is she entirely hateful? No, she's actually incredibly sad and pathetic. Nutting, it's quite remarkable, has managed to get so deeply into Celeste's character that I was both mesmerised and horrified. I was never completely disgusted by her nor never completely sympathetic. Celeste is not painted as the victim at all, but you can't help but feel that she is the damaged, sad one here. Yep, it's a controversial subject. Yes, it's stomach churning. Yes, it's well worth a read.
  4. The third book in Helen Fields' Callanach and Turner series which has fast become one of my favourite crime series. A young girl is found at the top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, naked and quite dead. It appears that she shed her clothing and simply fell asleep. Across Edinburgh, units of people; families, lovers, sisters are grieving the loss of a loved one and a recent friend is proving to be an invaluable shoulder to cry on. Meanwhile, Turner and Callanach try to solve the death of a scrapyard dealer with connections to their old DCI. It leads them into the dangerous underbelly of organised crime. But Turner and Callanach are struggling with a widening chasm between them. I love this series. They are pretty much flawless crime novels. Great, well rounded characters in Callanach and Turner, a female lead as important and believable as the male lead, no cliches such as female death and rape as a glorified, easy crime, gritty crimes, tightly woven plots, complex layers that tie up satisfyingly. You absolutely cannot go wrong with these books.
  5. Andrew Compton is a serial killer, a necrophiliac, and he has recently escaped from prison. He makes his way to New Orleans where he crosses paths with another serial killer. It's like love at first sight and together they make plans for their first 'date'. To us, that would suggest a romantic dinner, candlelight, bunch of roses...for these two, it means much the same, though dinner would be a young man and torture would be dessert. I found the pace of this book quite odd. Brite takes a while to set up the main event and often I found myself becoming disengaged from the story, then all of a sudden it races to the denouement in a bloody mess of violence and gore. This book came recommended through one of those '25 thrillers to keep you up all night' lists you get, and I knew the author's name. Thanks to the wonder of BGO I searched and found that I had abandoned another of Brite's books, Lost Souls, in 2009. Pretty sure I never picked it up again. 3/4 of this book would have seen me doing the same again, but the last 1/4 was pretty horrific so, for me, a horror fan, it saved the book. I did enjoy Exquisite Corpse, maybe not enough to pick up another Brite, which is pretty telling.
  6. Sense 8

    I kept seeing this come up on my recommended list on Netflix but I totally avoided it because I thought it would be like Heroes which was terrible, but the other day someone on Twitter was talking about it and how much of a profound effect it had had on him and he was devastated that it got cancelled after two seasons (with a finale film coming this year). He was so enthusiastic about it that I felt I had to give it a go. In cities across the world, 8 people find that they are completely connected to the point that they can switch in telepathically to each others' locations and a few of them find they have a completely all-consuming connection. The 8 are able to share thoughts, knowledge and skills. Obviously there is a crazy scientist and shady corporation chasing them - we need conflict after all. What is remarkable about this show is that it is hugely positive and emotional. The connections between the 8 show us, actually remind us, what it is to be human, to be in love, to rely on those close to you, to be a family, to be needed. Accomplishing all of this, it also manages to be hugely LGBT positive and sex positive. Rarely have I seen sex dealt with in such a beautiful and loving manner, as a deep connection between people rather than just...sex. It's wonderful. It's a tragedy that it has been cancelled but I am looking forward to re-watching the series with my son, and of course the finale.
  7. Bosch

    Season 4 dropped the other day - anyone started watching it?
  8. Amazon

    Excellent, I'll get that done.
  9. what is everyone doing?

    I looked yesterday at our local Tesco, they don't say where the money goes to, just says "all donations for charity". Not even sure where you put your money!
  10. Amazon

    Funnily enough, World of Books is the seller that has sent me the worst two books! Book Depository are usually fine if a little slow.
  11. Amazon

    I thought if you received a full refund you couldn't leave a review? That's why I have never left a review...I'll need to check that because other buyers should know. It's fine getting a full refund but its frustrating.
  12. Are any of us actually Audible members? I am seriously considering signing up as I am increasingly enjoying listening to books and podcasts when I walk the dog, so interested in joining Audible.
  13. This is the second novel in Helen Field's DI Callanach Edinburgh crime series. Really, it should be Callanach & Turner series but that's by the by. In the middle of a music festival, someone brushes by a man and in an instant the man is gutted. Across Edinburgh so begins a series of bloody and brutal murders. On one hand, some of the murders are inventive and sadistic, carried out with macabre finesse and on the other hand murders are carried out that are violent, messy and primal. It's up to Callanach and Turner to solve these murders before anyone else dies. Meanwhile an old flame of Turner's appears in Edinburgh, DCI Edgar - the star of the cyber crime force and a bit of an ass. Turner and he rekindle their romance much to Callanach's bemusement. Edgar is there to take down hacker wunderkind, Ben Paulson, but Ben is fast becoming one of Callanach's loyal, inner circle, putting Callanach on a crash course with Edgar. Field's crime series, having read just the two so far, is probably one of the finest I have read, and I read a lot of crime. Yes, crime can be a bit formulaic: troubled detective, graphic crimes, conflict from the boss or other detectives, but Field's takes all of that and weaves a story around all of the elements while making her two central detectives very real and very likeable. Especially so when they are up against some really nasty people, not only the perpetrators but colleagues like Edgar (or Harris from the first book, Perfect Remains). I am totally on board for this series.
  14. Amazon

    Has anyone else used Amazon Marketplace sellers recently to buy books? Usually I have been happy but the last couple of months, the books I have bought have been really shoddy. I usually only buy Marketplace offerings if they are significantly cheaper than the new price and if the seller has 99% feedback and the book is sold As New. But the last 5 books I have bought, under these conditions, have been delivered in very, very poor condition and I have had to receive a refund on each case. One book had its spine coming away and was twisted. Another was absolutely filthy and was so water damaged that pages were welded together. It's extremely disappointing and I have decided to give up buying from the Marketplace.
  15. what is everyone doing?

    Ooh, I think I'll take a closer look at our wee bookshelf when I am next there. I usually walk right by.