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Forum: General Chat 16th Jul 2011, 0:20
Replies: 43
Views: 6,007
Posted By Eric
Re: Hardbacks vs Paperbacks

I can't believe some of the comments on this thread - I thought this was a forum of book lovers.....!

Hardbacks - the cover always comes off, and the book gets wrapped in bubblewrap in my...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Mar 2011, 22:44
Replies: 2
Views: 1,306
Posted By Eric
Richard Fortey: Life

I'm not sure if this is a legal post in this forum - if it is not please would a moderator kindly delete it and accept my apologies.

The reason for my uncertainty is that Life is not a work of...
Forum: General Chat 8th Mar 2011, 21:55
Replies: 113
Views: 12,546
Posted By Eric
Re: World Book Day - March 3 2005

So would I really, although I did recently see her work classified as chicklit - and, in a way, that's defendable. If you modernise the setting and the social customs, her plots do adhere to the...
Forum: General Chat 7th Mar 2011, 20:43
Replies: 113
Views: 12,546
Posted By Eric
Re: World Book Day - March 3 2005

I'm sorry, but I had to smile at this paragraph. 'Genre' fiction is fiction of a certain type, which conforms to a certain formula. It is not a description of quality. Of course 'Pride and Prejudice'...
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Feb 2011, 10:36
Replies: 6
Views: 1,994
Posted By Eric
Re: Kate Mosse: Labyrinth

It's the copy editing, a process owned by the publisher, which is at fault here. As margins in the trade have got tighter, this process seems to have been really squeezed. It's rare to find a recent...
Forum: Other Reviews 16th Feb 2011, 23:38
Replies: 12
Views: 3,182
Posted By Eric
Re: The Great War

I appreciate that, of course, and I don't profess to be an expert, but even given that it was far from perfect, it still seems to have had checks and blances far superior to anything today.

I...
Forum: Other Reviews 16th Feb 2011, 15:19
Replies: 12
Views: 3,182
Posted By Eric
Re: The Great War

I also ceased formal History education at 14, but I now find that at least 50% of my reading is devoted to history rather than novels.

I have not seen the Great War series, but have read some...
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Feb 2011, 23:15
Replies: 538
Views: 62,254
Posted By Eric
Re: Martin Amis

Excuse me? How is his opening sentence NOT offensive?

I'm sorry, but no-one should try to rationalise comments like that. I do understand the point he is making with the rest of his comments,...
Forum: Book Reviews 10th Feb 2011, 18:45
Replies: 9
Views: 2,789
Posted By Eric
Re: David Nicholls: One Day

This book is all about the main characters, isn't it? If they work for you then one can turn a blind eye to the flaws, but if they don't I can see that there is really nothing to compensate.

I...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Feb 2011, 19:43
Replies: 9
Views: 2,789
Posted By Eric
Re: David Nicholls: One Day

Have just finished this book (sorry, well off the pace here), and thought I would add my twopenneth.

I also enjoyed this book, two engaging, well-drawn main characters - ambiguous enough for some...
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Feb 2011, 18:48
Replies: 30
Views: 29,981
Posted By Eric
Re: Palimplists 2011

1. Civil War - Trevor Royle ***00 - good narrative history, but overlong
2. One Day - David Nicholls ****0 - review here (http://palimpsest.org.uk/forum/showpost.php?p=123917&postcount=5)
3. The...
Forum: Politics & Society 28th Jan 2011, 21:10
Replies: 11
Views: 5,112
Posted By Eric
Re: Academies

Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that the policy would result in a level playing field. I'm not defending it - just explaining the financial incentives for good schools in good areas. Sink schools in...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 28th Jan 2011, 0:01
Replies: 18
Views: 7,879
Posted By Eric
Re: let's leave amazon

I can't really pass an opinion on whether there should be an Amazon link on this site, having only just arrived here.

However, the Amazon approach is potentially dangerous to the future of books....
Forum: Politics & Society 27th Jan 2011, 20:55
Replies: 11
Views: 5,112
Posted By Eric
Re: Academies

The main motivation is financial. Successful schools in affluent areas have significant financial incentives to become academies (no doubt these conditions were carefuly arranged by the Govt to...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Jan 2011, 1:31
Replies: 23
Views: 5,993
Posted By Eric
Re: Adam Hall - aka Elleston Trevor

Ah, Freebooters - not the best, and I suspect would struggle to get published in today's blockbuster-driven publishing world. The economics of the book trade were, of course, quite different 40 years...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Jan 2011, 1:20
Replies: 23
Views: 5,993
Posted By Eric
Re: Adam Hall - aka Elleston Trevor

Have just stumbled across this site, and thought I should let you know that you are not alone - there is someone else out here who appreciates the Quiller books.

I have all 19 in first edition...
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