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  1. I find Houellebecq can either be a brilliant writer (atomised, possibility of an island, map and the territory) or a terrible writer (whatever, platform, serotonin)
  2. I hadn't read the book but watched the film last week and I did like it
  3. Interesting, I made a note of both as possible present ideas for the austenite in my life
  4. The lying life of adults - elena ferrante (my home read) Catastrophe - max Hastings (my work read)
  5. The last two books I bought were Word perfect - susie dent (a word for everyday on etymology. I find etymology interesting. I did read Mark forsythe's etymological and horolgicon. Hardest thing on this is remembering what is the date so to read that date's word ) Ghost in the throat - doireann ni ghriofa
  6. Thanks luna for doing this
  7. I am finding it an interesting show On the most recent one, David baddie made a good point about how in chapter 41 in Emma, it changes perspective and how this hasn't been done in books before it. That is something I mean to bring up with my brother, who is a big Jane austen reader.
  8. I recently watched Fargo season 4 and thought it was superb. Also have started Deutschland 89, having enjoyed 83 and 86. I love a good spy/espionage show. And then, another series I really liked recently was Mr Inbetween on Fox UK. Dark comedy drama from Austrailia.
  9. It is sad to see Bgo go On goodreads, can get a group with closed or approval needed for membership
  10. A work colleague has her Christmas shopping done too. In fairness, she pointed out that we don't know what the position will be with shops this year. She has 4 children from ages 2 to 8 so needs to be prepared if our area goes into lockdown. She said "the children would not be happy if santa couldn't come because of the pandemic"
  11. iff

    Rest in Peace

    Florin schneider, original kraftwerk member at 73 years old Actor Fred willard at age 86 Great comic actor, he had such a gentlemanly of delivering a funny line. He had a real style to him Director Lynn Shelton at 53 I really loved her movies. I rewatch Ed her film say When this evening in memory. So funny, such an enjoyable quirky romCom
  12. I am really liking Devs. Good Omens was very good Waiting for season 4 of me robot but tg4 are repeating season 3 currently. Totally different, but i enjoy zooey's extraordinary playlist Fox UK are starting the last season of brockmire next Monday. Best thing hank azaria has done in 20 years
  13. Love this. We are still working away but it is a little bit disconcerting. Our front door is locked. Hope everyone is OK.
  14. My stocking up in case of self isolation The discomfort of evening - marieke lucas rijneveld Tyll - Daniel kehlmann Aepirogon - colum mccann Winter in sokcho - Eliza shua dusapin The long petal of the sea - isabel allende
  15. Could I claim it as a medical expense on my tax return?
  16. Phew, I find this quite a relief as I read it at the start of this year and thought it was OK, but certainly not fantastic it started good but just had difficulty with the novel to hold my attention
  17. Cheers, mrHg, going to steer clear of it
  18. overall i read 51 books in 2019 thugh 29 were in the first 6 months and 22 were in the second. Mostly shorter novels. average page length was 249 pages. the longest by my reckoning was my year of meats by ruth ozeki, which was 430 pages which isn't long. Favourite book - convenience store woman by sayaka murata favourite film - in the cinema, i saw four stand outs Booksmart, Thunder Road, Marriage story and last black Man in San Francisco. Each of the 4 brought something different. Booksmart was very funny, last Black man was very thoughtful introspective and marraige story and thunder road both funny but more dramas tV - Channel 4 did a great job with their sitcom series Home. Funny but thoughtful. My drama highlight has to be POSE. Also got into the Good place Music Event - Bjork cornucopia tour, second was Lana Del Rey live in June Music album - love + fear by marina, winter sun by elva, boat by pip blom, and Jade bird's album.
  19. 2020 list January 1. The Outlaw Album - daniel woodrell currently rereading 2. Normal People - Sally Rooney currently reading 3. Adele - leila Slimani other lists films TV series gigs
  20. Christmas Accomdations - wioletta greg Disoriental - negar djavadi Where reasons end - yiyun li Picnic in the storm - yukiko motoya The eighth life (for brilka) - nino haratischvili The taiga syndrome - Cristina Rivera garza The at last of unusual borders Boulevard wren and other stories - blind boy boatclub My mother also got me a vacuum cleaner. She suggested I open it there and then, and play with it on Christmas day I also got in the post Snow, Dog, Foot by claudio morandini
  21. Nobber by oisin fagan Nobber is a lawless unruly place. Not much has changed in the 670 years between when this is set and nowadays In this novel, the plague has struck Ireland and noblemen are buying up land all over Ireland at a fraction of what it was worth a few years before. Meanwhile a marauding band of gaels are also causing havoc throughiut the lands. Both groups reach the near deserted Co. Meath Town of nobber where the plague has enforced a curfew, only 3 or 4 inhabitants see the sunlight hours including the very strange nudist blacksmith. Overall it did take me a little bit to get into this novel but oisin fagan has done a very good job in crafting the novel and I thought this was a very good novel. * * * * An aside on lawlessness in modern nobber
  22. The Paper wasp by Lauren acampora I read this sometime, maybe September but this was a novel I got engrossed in at the time. The novel is told from the point of view of abby, an intelligent but unambitious woman. She had dropped out of college, living with her parents, and working in a shop. At school reunion, she meets her best friend from school, Elise, now a famous actress in La. Elise had half heartedly said that if abby got yo La, they could hang out. Abby then uses her parents credit card to book a flight to La, turning up on Elise doorstep (don't make empty promises) The novel reads as Abby is directing it to Elise, with use of "You" a lot. Overall this was an engrossing read, I was reading at lunchtime, bringing it to my home to read and just I wanted to find out how the tale unfolds. * * * * *
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