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  1. Currently Reading

    I've just started Jerusalem Inn by Martha Grimes. It's a Christmas murder mystery. I'm liking it so far.
  2. Currently Reading

    Stoner by John Williams. I'm nearly halfway through. I'm enjoying it, but it's not knocking my socks off.
  3. Currently Reading

    I've just started Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie. Only a few pages in, but I'm enjoying it. It's not a Poirot -- for a change! I'm REALLY looking forward to my December/Christmas reads this year. I have three delicious seasonal murder mysteries lined up.
  4. Idle Thoughts - Daydreaming

    That's set me to thinking about the "Teasmade" gadget. Is that a peculiarly British thing, I wonder? My gran had one. It was a monstrous behemoth that sat on her bedside table. Each evening before she went to bed my gran would top it up with water and tealeaves, and set it to go off at 7am. At that time it would whirr, chug and gurgle into life, and make an insipid cup of tea right next to her head for when she woke up. I could never see the point of it. All that flim-flam, and the cleaning of the thing, to save, what, a few minutes of going downstairs and boiling the kettle? Dotty.
  5. Currently Reading

    It's murder mystery season! (for me, anyway) -- so I'm about to make a start on The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
  6. Introduce Yourself

    Hi poppy, glad you made it across!
  7. What are you watching on TV?

    luna, I love Elementary. I always wait for the DVD box set, and then watch the season all in one big gulp. Season 6 is due out in a couple of months, so I'm excited about that.
  8. What are you watching on TV?

    I'm watching the new series of Bake Off, and that's about it! I'm dreadful at keeping up with what's on. By the time I hear of something that sounds halfway decent, it's finished and done with, and I have to scrabble around for it on iplayer. I've just started rewatching old episodes of Sherlock. It'll be all fine and delicious until I get to Series 3, and then my lip will start to curl and I'll be swearing at the screen.
  9. Eagerly anticpated

    If you remember him fondly, then you can be fairly sure that he remembers you in the same light. That's awesome! I haven't read any of his work, but I do know the name.
  10. Book podcasts - which do you listen to?

    I don't listen to any -- but this (from Buzzfeed, via GoodReads) just popped up in my Twitter feed, so it might be of interest to someone. (Even me, if I rootle through the links.) Podcasts
  11. The Dead - Discussion Proper

    The thing that intrigues me, though, is this: what is it about this story that has it stamped as one of the best stories ever written? I just don't get it. Where's the depth, the beauty, the meaning, that might warrant such a label? So there are people at the party who are old, and who might not be there next year. Big whoop. They're not focused on in enough detail to mean anything to the reader. It's all too shallow, to my eyes.
  12. Eagerly anticpated

    James Renner has just tweeted that his new work of fiction, Muse, is due out in March 2019. I'm hopping up and down for it. (He's the guy who wrote The Man From Primrose Lane.) I'm also waiting for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, in paperback. I've already placed my pre-order.
  13. The Dead - Discussion Proper

    I finished it the other evening. I'm glad it's a group read too, because yegads, I did not like it, and I want to know why others do. "The greatest short story ever written" -- huh?? The writing felt so flat to me. There's a party. The party isn't very interesting, and neither is the dialogue. It drags on and on. Everyone tuts at the drunk man. Gabriel carves the goose and worries about his speech. His wife's behaving oddly. I was wondering when the great reveal would come. When it does, it's a damp squib. What Gabriel takes away from this, is that essentially when one dies it's better to be remembered as an object of passion, otherwise what's the point of being remembered at all? Ay caramba!
  14. Vote for the new group read

    Thanks, tagesmann. I just placed my vote.
  15. Revived BGO Book Group

    Sounds good to me.