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  1. I'm nearly half-way through this book. The language is fantastic. The characters are very slowly developing - some better than others. I'm interested enough to want to know more about them.
  2. If you buy The Spire via the BGO Amazon link a small proportion of the sale will go towards the maintenance of this forum
  3. This is obviously a book that is fundamentally 'about' Jocelin, though of course that in itself is a little simplistic. Golding in most of his books is interested in the business of good and evil. I think part of the reason why Lord of the Flies is his most popular book is because it speaks very clearly about this in quite an accessible way. In many senses it works like a fable, with the artificial setting of the island, away from normal society, and its characters are fairly clear-cut. At one end of the spectrum is Simon, the Christ-like figure, whilst at the other is Roger, the cruel sad
  4. Tony & Susan starts off quite well. Susan recieves a letter and manuscript from Edward, a past love whom she left after having an affair. Edward wrote when they were together but she criticised his work and now he has sent her a manuscript of his new novel, for criticism. He will visit her shortly to discuss what she made of the book. And within this frame, we are given the full text of Edward's book, Nocturnal Animals. In Nocturnal Animals, Tony and his family are driving home to Maine late one night when they are stopped on the road by three men, later known as Ray, Lou and Turk. They s
  5. If you are going to buy This Thing Of Darkness please consider buying from Amazon via the BGO link, as we get a small percentage of each sale towards the costs of running the forum.
  6. A thread to discuss the relationship of Holmes and Watson. It can include theories propounded elsewhere, 'clues' from these Adventures and reference other Holmes short and full-length stories as needed. Holmes' (Doyle's?) attitude to women - as in the following post - could be part of this discussion.
  7. I have just read the last 20 chapters in one sitting. Suddenly, with the engagement of the terrifying Mr Jeffris the story starts to gallop towards it's inevitable conclusion. From that fateful mouthful of Christmas pudding Oscar has made one bad choice after another, and even as we hope for a happy ending with Lucinda, we fear that some disaster will befall them. As I finished it my eyes filled again, as they have done at several points in the story, I was just so sad- for so many of he characters; Oscar, his father, the Strattons, Wardley-Fish, and Lucinda. I will be thinking
  8. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" ended with a bang for me. This is another one of my favorites, although it doesn't get the fandom of "Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Speckled Band." It's another one that focuses on the nefarious efforts of parents to get their hands on their daughter's money. I remember when I first read this story as a young teenager having no idea what the family was up to. So the solution, once presented, was shocking to me. Now that I've read a bit more about the era (and focused on these stories, for which the perilous state of young women is a theme), it
  9. I've just got my copy from Amazon and have only read the introduction by Mark Gatiss. It's vedry good introduction.
  10. This was a medium favorite for me. I liked the puzzle and Holmes searching out the physical clues and realizing what they all meant. I did not like the solution because I felt sorry for the culprit, even though she was a knucklehead. I did like that this was the only place (I think) where Holmes says his famous statement: "...when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." And that really applied here.
  11. I read this story this morning while still in bed as hubby up at 4.00am. It did not take much concentration as not a great deal happened. Of all the stories in the collection so far it is probably my least favourite. The only real point of interest for me was the attitude of society to the arrival of a number of American heiress's. Although stated in quite a jovial way it seems that the arrival of new money from the States had the effect of narrowing down the availability of decent men for girls from the British aristocracy to marry. From all that I have read of this time it seems that a
  12. I finished this story a couple of days ago. At the beginning of the story Watson actually states that Holmes' skills of deduction were not needed to any great extent to work out the mystery. Usually this would spoil the story for me as it tends to be the detailed ideas which attract me to the stories. I found this story to be one of the most sinister of those that I have read so far and although clues were a bit thin on the ground for me I still felt that it held my interest. At the beginning of the story Watson refers to Holmes dinning on occasion with him and his wife. This
  13. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is the eighth of the twelve stories collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It is one of four Sherlock Holmes stories that can be classified as a locked room mystery. The story was first published in Strand Magazine in February 1892, with illustrations by Sidney Paget. It was published under the different title "The Spotted Band" in New York World in August 1905. Doyle later revealed that he thought this was his best Holmes story. (Wikipedia)
  14. I do not know this story, so may have to go to the library. I'll be back when I've found it.
  15. Edit: this OP was originallya post in the Central Library discussion thread on What Makes a Great Writer 'Great" before the Group Read on Orlando started Thanks for your insights people, your posts make a lot of sense. All something to think about. It will be interesting to see the discussion on Orlando. He (she) is certainly larger than life and maybe there is a bit of 'tongue in cheek' going on among all the colourful and fantastical descriptions.
  16. "The Five Orange Pips", one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is the fifth of the twelve stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The story was first published in The Strand Magazine in November 1891. Conan Doyle later ranked the story seventh in a list of his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories
  17. "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It first appeared in The Strand Magazine in August 1891, with illustrations by Sidney Paget. Conan Doyle ranked "The Red-Headed League" second in his list of his twelve favorite Holmes stories. (Wikipedia)
  18. A seasonal story. Well maybe a little early, but the late-comers might not get to it until Christmas!
  19. "A Scandal in Bohemia" was the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories to be published in The Strand Magazine and the first Sherlock Holmes story illustrated by Sidney Paget, (Two of the four Sherlock Holmes novels – A Study In Scarlet and The Sign of The Four – preceded the short story cycle). Doyle ranked A Scandal in Bohemia fifth in his list of his twelve favourite Holmes stories. (Wikipedia)
  20. I don't recognise the title, so this may be a new story for me. Back later!
  21. Restored Thread 18th February 2011, 09:06 AM lunababymoonchild This book sets out an alternative society with babies not being born but created and then conditioned from birth and for their entire lives with adult behaviour being controlled via drugs. Even so, not everybody conforms to this and the book goes on to describe what happens. This book is set in the future but as it was written between the two world wars so at that time perhaps it was futuristic, but not so now, I felt. More an alternative man made society. I struggled with this book a little bit. I got to page 70 and decided to
  22. The title is ringing bells, but I can't recall the story. I'll be back when I've read it.
  23. Apologies for the delay in setting this up - but better late than never, to quote a cliche.
  24. RESTORED THREAD This Thing of Darkness was also chosen as a group read in 2012, the second group read of that year. The sub-forum for the discussion went missing in the lost year, but I found this thread from it in the Google Cache Lectora 18th May 2012, 04:48 PM The author, Harry Thompson died in 2005, the year this, his first novel was published. Previously, he had written a series of non fiction books. For a first novel, this is a tremendous achievement. The author demonstrates a superb mastery of creating a riveting story by fashioning together well recorded facts about the Beagle's ch
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