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  • edited 11 May at 2:31PM
    UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    edited 11 May at 2:31PM
    Hiya RosaBernicia :waves:

    Thanks :smiley:

    Aye, I managed to get hold of the graphic novels pretty much as a job lot on Ebay recently for same reason, to catch up with the bits missed through reference in the main novels. Ben was kind enough to sign them all at the book signing in Glasgow :smiley:
    Loved "Amongst our weapons" and I'm already looking forward to getting the new graphic novel "Deadly ever after" which is released today... but I'll have to wait to next pay day to get it...
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • Chris_JayChris_Jay Forumite
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    Hi Uncanny, and Rosa. Thanks for the recommendation of Rivers of London, I'm always happy to try someone new, and confess that I don't know this writer. I need to shop tomorrow so will call into the library, and have a look at the choices on offer. Or the BHF shop.

    I do love Harry Potter too, and have the books and DVDs, but my little player isn't behaving well, so I watch the films when they're on TV, cursing the ads and the bits that have been cut. Did you see the latest Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore film? I can't keep the titles of those three films in my head, odd but it's something that happens more as I get older. Anyway I did enjoy it, and love the way that Eddie Redmayne throws himself into the physicality of the role.

    Rising costs are such a struggle, and having been on a low fixed income for the last several years, and now the state pension, my eating has always been frugal and now I have started looking at winter-weight clothes in the sales, towards next winter, so not managing to enjoy today because I'm fretting about tomorrow. I got a fleecy thing with a hood, reduced to sell fresh yesterday and it's going to be the thing I wear most around the house, I suspect. I've had my latest energy statement, which made laugh, as it says that it's an estimate, despite the meter reader coming out, and I've used less than last year, am in credit and my DD is going up. Not as much as many, many people; as a single woman in a council bungalow, no room to swing my cat, I really would kick up if it was any higher a raise than this one. But if it's an estimate, how would they know? They're not  smart meters! In fact, the gas one is faulty, according to the meter man, who reported it that day. I'd phone them but I have a life of sorts, and would rather spend my time with family and friends.
    Onwards and sideways, m'dears. It's lovely to meet you! 😃
  • RosaBerniciaRosaBernicia Forumite
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    Ohhh you mean Fantastic Beasts?  I love those, even though I'm completely unbothered about Harry Potter.  I hadn't realised the third one was out yet.  I can't find any info on when it's screening though :(  it's only in cinemas at present. 
    Have you looked into e-book access from the library?  That might save you a trip occasionally  :)
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  • RosaBerniciaRosaBernicia Forumite
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    Hiya RosaBernicia :waves:

    Thanks :smiley:

    Aye, I managed to get hold of the graphic novels pretty much as a job lot on Ebay recently for same reason, to catch up with the bits missed through reference in the main novels. Ben was kind enough to sign them all at the book signing in Glasgow :smiley:
    Loved "Amongst our weapons" and I'm already looking forward to getting the new graphic novel "Deadly ever after" which is released today... but I'll have to wait to next pay day to get it...
    I was so relieved to hear there's another novel coming, something about the end of Amongst Our Weapons made me worry it was a finishing point and there's a lot of loose ends I want answers to!
    I'm only up to 5 in the graphic novels, picking them up via whatever's cheapest on Azn and 3bay. 
    I have the novels on Audiobook and the narrator is brilliant.  Was very amused to hear Ben admit that the oddly specific accents mentioned are him deliberately giving Kobna a challenge :D

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  • Sun_AddictSun_Addict Forumite
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    I wondered if you were still doing the home brewing, glad to hear you are🍺 
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  • Chris_JayChris_Jay Forumite
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    Hello Rosa. Yes, that's the one! It came out in April, in time for the Easter holidays, and as I have quite a lot of health problems, especially with mobility, I generally wait until the last few days of the run, so that the cinema is fairly empty and I can fidget about to get comfortable. Nobody likes knees in their backs, or the person next to them faffing around for no apparent reason, and it's my problem, not theirs. I like to be within enough people to not feel totally isolated, but not so many that the rustling of food and drink containers can't be ignored. I'm so thoroughly antisocial when it comes to popcorn, you wouldn't believe! Most of the time, I will wait until a new release comes into TV, but there are some films that must be seen on a proper big screen. I don't mean a big telly; for me, they're always too close to me, and far too loud. My sitting room is too small for anything larger than my TV, 24 inch screen and perfect for me.
    You're not an HP fan? Books, films or both? I have to say that I do love them, one of my daughters in law bought me the first three books for a birthday present and I was hooked! I was having chemo at the time and they were perfect for me. Not too physically heavy, and not overly complicated when my brain had given up trying to make any sense of anything around me.
    Thanks for the suggestion about ebooks from the library, I will certainly have a look there - any choice to not go out works for me these days!
  • UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    Afro Folks...

    I'm currently reading my way through "The Long Earth" series by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, which I had missed due to being initally told that it was "Hard SF"... and (at the time) I only liked a few Hard SF writers, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks...

    Anyway, I'm enjoying them immensely and can definitely tell where Terry did the writing lol

    Another recommendation is the great Jasper Fforde and his Thursday Next series, they're brilliant!

    Also, the wonderfully bonkers Robert Rankin...

    Anyhoo, have a lovely day awbiddy, must get back tae work

    Much luv fae me n the dug   
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • Chris_JayChris_Jay Forumite
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    Hi Scot, or would you prefer Uncanny? Good to hear from you. Thank you for your further recommendations, I did read the first three, I think, Long Earth books but either the library didn't have any more or there weren't any at that time. I'd need to start from the first one if I were to revisit them now, it was a long time ago.
    I had a look on Amazon yesterday, for the Rivers of London (?) books yesterday, and saw a set of the first seven for £21, so they're coming on Sunday. At that price, why not! 
    I try to read on my Kindle Fire but can't for more than a few minutes, which is a pain, because it would be so handy for when I'm waiting in various hospitals to be called, but to be honest, I would always prefer a proper book, with all that goes with it.

    Did you ever get a cat?

    More coffee needed, bye for now.
  • UncannyScotUncannyScot Forumite
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    Morning Chris_Jay,

    Uncanny is fine :smiley: or UC

    £21 for the first 7 of the RoL series is definitely not to be sniffed at...

    I use a Kindle Fire as well and have a MASSIVE digital library available, which is shared between friends and of course we do refer to it as the Unseen Library lol
    It's mostly SF & Fantasy but there are also loads of reference books and a lot of Esoteric / Fortean stuff as well...

    If you haven't already got it, I would thoroughly recommend downloading the excellent e-book management software called "Calibre". It allows you to reformat digital books into the kindle format for reading... my friends and I have saved an absolute fortune using this by sharing what e-books we buy with each other. It's not unusual for me to receive an SD card in the post and a wee note of whats on the reading list lol

    I did have a cat, he was a good cat and he was, of course, called Greebo :wink: but I couldn't bring myself to get another after he passed. I've mostly had dogs though and have a lovely wee daft rescue Staffie, she's a great wee dug.

    If you're interested in getting your Kindle set up with Calibre etc just send me a message and I'll take you through it all.

    Have a good one, I need to get back to work now

    Much love fae me n the dug 
    BUGGRITMILLENIUMHANDANDSHRIMP I TOLD EM! - Foul Ole Ron
    It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you do not know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you are going. If you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
    R.I.P. T.P.
  • edited 13 May at 4:01PM
    RosaBerniciaRosaBernicia Forumite
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    edited 13 May at 4:01PM
    Chris_Jay said:
    Hello Rosa. ...
    You're not an HP fan? Books, films or both? I have to say that I do love them, one of my daughters in law bought me the first three books for a birthday present and I was hooked! I was having chemo at the time and they were perfect for me. Not too physically heavy, and not overly complicated when my brain had given up trying to make any sense of anything around me.
    Thanks for the suggestion about ebooks from the library, I will certainly have a look there - any choice to not go out works for me these days!
    I read the first few HP as they came out but tbh got bored with them very quickly and stopped after I think book 5.  I did eventually read the rest but am still not particularly fond of them.  Whereas Fantastic Beasts I adore and will happily rewatch both movies on a night in  :)
    I only just found the e-books thing myself and was expecting it to be very limited, but there look to be loads of options on my local library site! 

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