Liz Liz's Comments (member since Aug 23, 2009)

Liz's comments from the UK Book Club group.

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Mar 26, 2014 10:29PM

21875 'March' is on my to read list too (may be I'll save it for when we get to the 19thc). Looks like 'The Hangman's Daughter' is going on the list. (I've made a promise to myself that my 'to read' list must not go over 700 books - but will I be able to stick to this?)
Mar 22, 2014 05:11AM

21875 I finished 'Year of Wonders' yesterday, I really enjoyed it; great writing, compelling story, interesting characters, vivid description - highly recommended. :)
Mar 20, 2014 09:37PM

21875 I've just posted the poll to choose the genre for April...
New films (1040 new)
Mar 20, 2014 07:40PM

21875 Sorry to hear the film (of Under the Skin) wasn't so good. The book is definitely worth a read. Although if you've seen the film, the cat is definitely out of the bag...
Mar 20, 2014 04:04AM

21875 I'm a big library fan, especially as out here in Singapore books are soooo expensive. I order what I fancy online and pick it up when I'm passing (it helps that the library is just across from the station so I walk passed ever day). I must have saved hundreds of pounds over the last five years.
Mar 18, 2014 11:46PM

21875 Ian, did you know that the author of 'The Outsiders' was 17, when she wrote it? I had know idea until I Googled it after I'd finished....
Happy UK (1523 new)
Mar 18, 2014 11:42PM

21875 Quatro & Opal Fruits, I'd forgotten about both of those...

(In answer to your question, Paul: probably the same thing as when you put Mentos in Coke!)

Can you still 'Adore a Kia-ora'? The ad wouldn't be shown today, for certain - a clear example of racial stereotyping - but the jingle was very memorable...
Mar 16, 2014 06:35AM

21875 Andrew wrote: "The New zealand book looks good Liz, someone in a review has called it an 'unhinged Ray Bradbury' which sounds interesting, I'll be curious to see your view as can't decide on a NZ book. The only o..."

I've just finished The scarecrow: A novel and I'm not sure that I'd recommend it. (Still considering whether to give it 3 stars and be generous, or stick with just 2.)

Although funny in places, more often the humour didn't work for me. It felt too laboured, self-conscious, and at times, very uncomfortable (rape & necrophilia have never been particularly chuckle-some in my book....) It was written in the sixties, so the sexism is to be expected, but I did get sick of it. (Having read back over what I've just written, it's lucky to get 2 stars!!!!!)

Edit: Just about to administer my measly 2 stars and took a look at the glowing reviews on Goodreads - were we reading the same book?

I seem to have a problem with 'humorous' novels (i.e. finding that so many of them just aren't funny) - I'm beginning to wonder if I lack a sense of humour - I know, I know, it's all down to personal taste....
Happy UK (1523 new)
Mar 15, 2014 07:02AM

21875 Helen, yes I would prefer to know what's going on in the classroom. As a parent you can guess, but children can behave differently in different company/situations, so you don't always now the full story. Max's class teacher said that he prefers reading his book than listening to her!!!!!
Mar 14, 2014 06:42AM

21875 re: 'Under the Skin' - Director is Jonathan Glazer (who made 'Sexy Beast' & 'Birth', which were both very good), I hope it doesn't get cut to pieces by the Singapore censors when it eventually gets over here...
Mar 13, 2014 09:28AM

21875 Ian wrote: "Just started Under the Skin by Michel Faber by Michel Faber."

Good timing (the film's just out). Let me know what you think. I enjoyed it - though that's not exactly the right word for the strange experience! A book that is best not to know too much about, before reading (she adds cryptically...)
Mar 13, 2014 09:24AM

21875 Adrienne wrote: "Liz wrote: "I'm reading Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Short, but sweet....

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote"

I enjoyed this, although for some reason it's not showin..."

Yes it was good; darker & (imho) more interesting than the film.
Happy UK (1523 new)
Mar 13, 2014 09:15AM

21875 Helen wrote: "Yay, both parents evening done. Included twenty minutes of doing nothing when four parents didn't turn up. Rude"

I have parents evening tomorrow night, but will be experiencing it from the other side of the table (i.e. as a parent). Time to find out the awful truth....

School Daze
Mar 13, 2014 09:02AM

21875 Helen wrote: "Thanks, I updated mine, with all of three!"

Slow going, isn't it? I've ONLY got 45 to go -*gasp!*

And there's Ian going around twice, the show-off ;)
Mar 12, 2014 05:58PM

21875 Philip wrote: "Tropic of Cancer arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......."

Mar 12, 2014 03:37AM

21875 35). New Zealand - The scarecrow: A novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson. I've just started this, knowing absolutely nothing about it, (it was given to me by a Kiwi friend), so we shall see....

The scarecrow  A novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Mar 12, 2014 03:34AM

21875 Helen wrote: "Your map is attractive. I must remind myself how to do then and update it."

Thanks Helen, Just click the link (in my original post), can't seem to cut and paste it here!
Mar 11, 2014 10:58PM

21875 The Outsiders was excellent, I really recommend it.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Mar 10, 2014 03:31PM

21875 Julia wrote: "Hi there,
You might have already discussed this book and if you have, please forgive me. Oh dear, I daren't say the title but what do you think of...Erm...Fifty Shades of Whatsit? You know the bo..."

Yes, I agree, Fifty Shades of Grey is dire!
Mar 10, 2014 03:26PM

21875 Bill wrote: "Great story, Liz."

Enjoying it so far, reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye crossed with Of Mice and Men, but with switchblades....

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