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Jun 01, 2012 07:13AM

1865 I plan to listen to this as an audiobook. I've never read it before, so a bit hesitant in leading any discussions. I have wanted to read (or listen in this case) this PKD novel for many years. Glad it finally landed on my radar screen.
Sherlock - BBC (34 new)
May 01, 2012 06:30AM

1865 ± Colleen of the Crawling Chaos ± wrote: "For any US fans of BBC's Sherlock, PBS is finally airing Season 2 staring on Sunday, May 6th.

Haven't been able to find anything about when/if BBCA will also be showing it. I remember for seaso..."

Oh my goodness! Thank you, Colleen, for posting this. I'd given up hope of seeing the second season aired here in the states. Now, to make room for it on my DVR.
Eureka (376 new)
Apr 25, 2012 05:59AM

1865 Liz wrote: "Re: this week's episode


Whoops! I completely forgot about Eureka this week! Now I'll have to avoid this thread until I get home tonight to watch it on my DVR. :(
Eureka (376 new)
Apr 17, 2012 05:41AM

1865 Liz wrote: "Had the same thoughts Ala. And poor Allison can't catch a break - her ex-husband dies the day of their wedding; the time travel - but hey look - Kevin is "normal" so its all good; last season's fin..."

Allison's new nickname is Charlie Brown ...
Eureka (376 new)
Apr 17, 2012 05:40AM

1865 Ala wrote: "Final season starts tonight.

Anyone watching?"

I did ... an hour late or so.
Apr 10, 2012 07:10PM

1865 Deanne wrote: "Had a Keep Calm and drink coffee mug bought for my birthday, grew up in Leicester and Nottingham two cities which seemed to get off lightly. Coventry faired much worse, the worst night was 14th Nov..."

My local library (the Kansas City Public Library) tweeted this YouTube video this afternoon. Loved it!

@KCLibrary: Cool & inspiring video: The story of the Keep Calm & Carry On poster by @BarterBooks. #WW2
Apr 10, 2012 08:33AM

1865 Amber wrote: "I may have to add this "to read""

Please do. I highly recommend it, and the second half (All Clear).
Apr 04, 2012 01:13PM

1865 Genia wrote: "*considers* You know what? I'll do it. Just because I am insane."

I second your insanity ... and love you for it! :)
Apr 04, 2012 09:56AM

1865 Sarah Pi wrote: "I thought her research was fabulous. I've seen her speak a couple of times in the last few years - once after she had completed Blackout but before it was published, and once just after All Clear c..."

I am so jealous. You got to hear Connie speak in person!
Apr 03, 2012 12:51PM

1865 As a group, we've read two of the other Oxford time travel novels.

Doomsday Book click here for the discussions from (March 2001)

To Say Nothing of the Dog (May 2009)
Apr 03, 2012 10:34AM

1865 Genia wrote: "I think my husband became rapidly jealous of Sir Godfrey..."

If my husband had known about Sir Godfrey, he too would have been jealous. :)
Apr 03, 2012 10:33AM

1865 How well do you think Willis did painting the picture of London (and other parts of England) during the infamous Blackout period?

I found myself taking breaks from reading Blackout to research and learn more about the Nazi bombings of England and London in particular.
Apr 03, 2012 10:28AM

1865 Bear with me. It's been fifteen months since I read both Blackout and All Clear so names and places are fuzzy. However, my adoration for this master work by Willis has not waned.

Some of my favorite characters included the two incorrigible children, Alf and Binnie, and Sir Godfrey.
Apr 03, 2012 10:25AM

1865 While not a great explanation of Connie Willis's time travel technology, this web page (hosted on her infrequently updated blog) gives some hints: Oxford Time Travel Guide
Apr 01, 2012 12:04PM

1865 Sarah Pi wrote: "Loved this book. I'm going to repeat the warning to those who are just getting to it that you should have All Clear on deck. They are actually two halves of one book. The publisher split it, but th..."

I concur. I waited to read Blackout until All Clear was published so I could smoothly flow into the second half without taking a break. Two very large 'books' back-to-back like that ... whew!
Apr 01, 2012 08:44AM

1865 I hesitate to volunteer, as I'm already leading two other discussions in two other groups. If no one else volunteers, I can throw up some threads, but I can't take the time to re-read it this month.

I do highly recommend this novel to anyone and everyone. (view spoiler)

Thanks, Jon
Mar 29, 2012 05:41AM

1865 Caron wrote: "What kind of world do we live in where a film that earns over $234 million dollars worldwide in a weekend (weekEND!) and is then considered a box office bomb?"

Did anyone catch Scalzi's article this week?

5 Lessons Learned from the Hit "Hunger Games" and the Flop "John Carter"

Mar 22, 2012 07:46AM

1865 Janny wrote: "Just a thought to consider: waiting for the DVD means you are 'following' the trend, not initiating it. We go to new releases in the first week, if they are in the field, to see for ourselves if th..."

I only see movies on opening weekends. That weekend sends most of the revenue back to the creators which in turn will breed more of the movies I want to see.

Even with a large plasma screen and killer home theatre sound system, I can't compete with the extremely large screens and stellar sounds systems at my favorite local theatre. Moves like John Carter deserve to be seen much larger than life and experienced down to the core.

A trip to the theatre is a chance for my husband and I to get out of the house. It's money well spent for us. I don't consider it a gamble, because I do my research or I've already read the book (like was the case with John Carter).
Mar 21, 2012 08:14AM

1865 Janny wrote: "Don and I loved it, too. We were greatly surprised we liked it so much, as we didn't go with high expectations. I am REALLY glad we saw it in the theater - don't let the lack of buzz put you off - see for yourselves. The story kept us engaged and the artwork was plain AWESOME."

Exactly how Terry and I felt upon leaving the movie theater. I almost went to see it a second time this past weekend (and I haven't wanted to do that since the original release of Star Wars).
Mar 21, 2012 05:38AM

1865 I saw the movie opening weekend (click here for my review). I also attended a local library sponsored event on Edgar Rice Burroughs this past Sunday (click here for that recap).

I really enjoyed the film and plan on buying the BluRay when it's released.

Scalzi predicted sadly that John Carter might not do well at the box office (click here for his FilmCritic post).

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