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Forum: Book Reviews 9th Jun 2009, 14:13
Replies: 91
Views: 12,708
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Hugo Wilcken: Colony

Ordered a copy from but they were out of stock. I'll keep watching for your blog giveaway.
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Jun 2009, 23:09
Replies: 20
Views: 5,115
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger is a good, old-fashioned ghost story – its pulp fiction cover proclaims thrills, though the effect has been toned down to suggest something more literary. In the novel Sarah...
Forum: General Chat 28th May 2009, 22:53
Replies: 2,160
Views: 223,704
Posted By BeccaK
Re: The Wonderful World of the Web

Not witty or weird, but this one has to be my favourite.
Forum: General Chat 28th May 2009, 21:06
Replies: 2,160
Views: 223,704
Posted By BeccaK
Re: The Wonderful World of the Web

Bill, I've been browsing this for the past half hour. What a great site!
Forum: Book Reviews 26th May 2009, 21:28
Replies: 276
Views: 39,467
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code


Consider voting for the other fine person ("Eric") who posted up a 1-star review as well?
Forum: Politics & Society 23rd May 2009, 10:46
Replies: 102
Views: 13,640
Posted By BeccaK
Re: The Cross of St George and the Rise of the BNP

The Today programme mentioned it this morning, and I just googled and found a report here (
Forum: Book Reviews 21st May 2009, 18:31
Replies: 0
Views: 1,009
Posted By BeccaK
Leonard Woolf: The Wise Virgins

First, sorry for having gone months and months without reviewing anything on Palimpsest. Second, I'm sorry that the first review I have posted recently is of a book that doesn't feature on anyone...
Forum: Top Tens 20th May 2009, 23:10
Replies: 68
Views: 19,770
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Top 10 weepies - films this time

I recently cried whilst reading this thread. I think that caps it all. How embarrassing.
Forum: Book Reviews 10th May 2009, 13:00
Replies: 26
Views: 4,395
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Reif Larsen: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Can you turn an explanation into a footnote to this thread? I read that article years ago, and have disliked Scott Pack ever since, holding him mostly responsible for the decline of Waterstones and...
Forum: General Chat 10th May 2009, 12:15
Replies: 1,121
Views: 78,169
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Happy Birthday to...

Thanks all! I had a bit of a peculiar day, culminating in walking out of a restaurant early for the first time, but it was a good day of being spoiled.
Forum: Book Reviews 7th May 2009, 18:53
Replies: 176
Views: 17,135
Posted By BeccaK
Re: 2009 Palimplist Discussions

Stuff like Shadow of the Wind, Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, The Name of the Rose etc. tends to have already done well internationally - been translated into umpteen languages - before they are...
Forum: Politics & Society 23rd Apr 2009, 21:58
Replies: 321
Views: 32,233
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Copyrights and wrongs

It's the renting, which implies that money is repeatedly changing hands, that's the problem, presumably - ownership isn't being transferred. Setting up a library without paying lending royalties...
Forum: The Book Group Discussions 8th Mar 2009, 21:12
Replies: 18
Views: 11,650
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Book 58: BLACK DOGS by Ian McEwan

And it wasn't before the end of February, obviously. I blame Dumas.

Anyway, like Col on her first reading, I found the scene in the darkened bergerie intensely nervewracking. [My copy is a...
Forum: The Book Group Discussions 22nd Feb 2009, 22:06
Replies: 18
Views: 11,650
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Book 58: BLACK DOGS by Ian McEwan

OK, my apologies; I promised to read it and I haven't yet. I'm in the middle of The Count of Monte Cristo, and thought it'd be pretty easy to stick it down for a day or so to read The Black Dogs but...
Forum: Book Reviews 22nd Feb 2009, 22:00
Replies: 590
Views: 43,867
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Booker Prize 2009

Do you think so? Might they submit a less likely book and hope that the judges call it in?
Forum: The Book Group Discussions 10th Feb 2009, 12:11
Replies: 18
Views: 11,650
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Book 58: BLACK DOGS by Ian McEwan

I'm just ordering three McEwan novels from Amazon, Ang. I think I owe Palimpsest some book-chat.

It's nice to know that the familiar McEwan Pivotal Moment TM is present and correct in this novel...
Forum: Other Reviews 27th Jan 2009, 13:34
Replies: 1,675
Views: 160,589
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Decent Telly

The Popham restaurant went down well on its opening night, though the customers weren't the usual clientele, but foodies, restauranteurs, and critics. I think that Blumenthal acheived the sort of...
Forum: General Chat 28th Dec 2008, 22:03
Replies: 23
Views: 3,095
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Palimpsest End of Year Lists 2008

New Book of the Year
The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry

Old Book of the Year
Emma - Jane Austen

Worst Book of the Year
Duncton Wood - William Horwood

New Film of the Year
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Dec 2008, 21:30
Replies: 38
Views: 26,855
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Palimplists 2009


1. Girl Meets Boy - Ali Smith ****0
2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Simon Armitage ****0
3. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco ****0
4. Home - Marilynne Robinson *****
5. Stardust -...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 23rd Dec 2008, 15:18
Replies: 8
Views: 2,714
Posted By BeccaK
Re: 2008 in Books

13/20- Have a British Book award! It sounds quite good, but no one pays much attention to them.
Forum: Top Tens 18th Dec 2008, 12:47
Replies: 42
Views: 4,783
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Top Books of 2008

Well, there's no chance that I'll be finishing anything else before the end of the year. Adam Bede lies sadly abandoned by my bed; I rather suspect it could have made the top spot in what has been a...
Forum: General Chat 9th Dec 2008, 11:44
Replies: 1,424
Views: 163,480
Posted By BeccaK
Re: The Food Thread

Yes, the sun may not be rising till about 10am this time of year (ok, I exaggerate a little), but it's rather lighter than the south of england in summer - nice to see the day start to arrive at 3am.
Forum: Other Reviews 28th Nov 2008, 22:19
Replies: 75
Views: 8,744
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (et al)

I was similarly tempted. A couple of other TV series are also pretty good value at the same price over on amazon - The West Wing, and uh, ummm, Dawson's Creek. :oops:
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 7th Nov 2008, 18:13
Replies: 230
Views: 18,703
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Film Quiz

Since we're on the topic of Van Sant, I saw Gerry in 2003. From about 10 minutes in, the friend of a friend I was with started swearing at the screen, and he didn't stop until the credits rolled....
Forum: General Chat 29th Oct 2008, 15:12
Replies: 1,121
Views: 78,169
Posted By BeccaK
Re: Happy Birthday to...

Happy Birthday, Digger! Hope you have a great day.
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