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Post by Silver Girl » Wed May 13, 2015 9:09 am

Don't know if anyone else has spotted this, but Poundland (yeah, I know...but we all need toothpaste...) has got some good book finds in at the moment. I've picked up Caitlin Moran's Moranthology and Jon Ronson's Lost At Sea in the past week or so.
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Post by crystalball » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:01 pm

Jonathan Coe fans: he's put some of his music online and some of it is quite pretty. 'Sarah on the Beach' has to be about The House of Sleep, right? That book, oh.

https://sparoad.bandcamp.com/

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Post by humblebee » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:23 pm

I've finally watched the Ted Hughes biog that the BBC broadcast the other week. He's someone I never really got round to reading, beyond the things you always see in anthologies. And I suppose when I started reading, it was hard to approach him because of the biographical baggage and everyone loved Plath and all that. But now seems the time. Everything seems to be pointing that way.

What really stands out in the programme are the sections with Frieda Hughes. It's worth watching for those alone. Apparently this is the first time she's spoken about her father publicly. Her courage and level-headedness are incredible.

It's still on the BBC iPlayer, for those of you who can access that:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... than-death

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Post by crystalball » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:46 am

Yes yes yes. Watched it on Sunday night and I'm still reeling from the intensity of it. From the perspectives, the energy emanating from his recordings, the deep sadness, the fishing... and yeah, Frieda Hughes' warmth and wit. The way her determined serenity sort of redeemed the overbearing Crow readings was quite something. And Ruth Fainlight - it was great to get a glimpse of her too. Don't think I've ever felt so overwrought watching something on the telly though. Poetry, eh. Who knew?

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Post by noLooking » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:35 am

Hey tonieee, did you hear this thing about obscure female sci-fi authors? I thought you'd be interested:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pqrx2

Two of the books are out of print, though I managed to snap up one of them from the library - you'll just have to get in line : )

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Post by crystalball » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:18 pm

I'm quite excited about Kevin MacNeil's new book, The Brilliant & Forever. It sounds slightly insane. Who needs drugs?
On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca – are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward.

The glitterati descends, the festival begins: thirteen performers, each have their own story to tell. Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people?

This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart.
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Post by islandhopper » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:28 pm

crystalball wrote:I'm quite excited about Kevin MacNeil's new book, The Brilliant & Forever. It sounds slightly insane. Who needs drugs?
On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca – are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward.

The glitterati descends, the festival begins: thirteen performers, each have their own story to tell. Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people?

This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart.
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Yes, hoping to pick that up soon. I adore The Stornoway Way but the last one wasn't the best. This certainly sounds interesting if nothing else!

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Post by tonieee » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:20 pm

andyi wrote:Hey tonieee, did you hear this thing about obscure female sci-fi authors? I thought you'd be interested:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pqrx2

Two of the books are out of print, though I managed to snap up one of them from the library - you'll just have to get in line : )
I missed this before. It's still available on the iplayer so I'll check it out. Thank you!

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Post by noLooking » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:33 pm

tonieee wrote:I missed this before. It's still available on the iplayer so I'll check it out. Thank you!
I read the Naomi Mitchison one and it's really good. It's about a future where people travel to other planets to make contact with alien species and there's all these odd things, like Martians who communicate by touching you with their nobs and stuff, lots of strange anthropological type things as well but I won't spoil it, it's in the library. It hadn't been out since 1973 so I suppose they'll be curious if it goes out twice in a month.

Some of it's quite standard sci-fi, but there is an interesting feminist angle to it for its time (early '60s) and she was certainly very talented in the general sci-fi scheme of things, it does seem a shame that she's vanished without trace. All that programme is really good as well.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:29 am

crystalball wrote:I'm quite excited about Kevin MacNeil's new book, The Brilliant & Forever. It sounds slightly insane. Who needs drugs?
On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca – are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward.

The glitterati descends, the festival begins: thirteen performers, each have their own story to tell. Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people?

This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart.
I was looking at that yesterday! The blurb makes it sound like it'll either be unique and astounding or cringingly contrivedly eccentric. Given who the author is, though, it'll be great, won't it?

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Post by tonieee » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:12 pm

andyi wrote:
tonieee wrote:I missed this before. It's still available on the iplayer so I'll check it out. Thank you!
I read the Naomi Mitchison one and it's really good. It's about a future where people travel to other planets to make contact with alien species and there's all these odd things, like Martians who communicate by touching you with their nobs and stuff, lots of strange anthropological type things as well but I won't spoil it, it's in the library. It hadn't been out since 1973 so I suppose they'll be curious if it goes out twice in a month.

Some of it's quite standard sci-fi, but there is an interesting feminist angle to it for its time (early '60s) and she was certainly very talented in the general sci-fi scheme of things, it does seem a shame that she's vanished without trace. All that programme is really good as well.
I've ordered it. How do you know it's not been out since 1973? They don't stamp the front of the books anymore.

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Post by noLooking » Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:10 pm

tonieee wrote:[I've ordered it. How do you know it's not been out since 1973? They don't stamp the front of the books anymore.
'Cos I had to order it in from the stores. I think they stamped them til quite recently, so it wouldn't have been out for pushing forty years.

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Post by tonieee » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:04 am

andyi wrote:
tonieee wrote:[I've ordered it. How do you know it's not been out since 1973? They don't stamp the front of the books anymore.
'Cos I had to order it in from the stores. I think they stamped them til quite recently, so it wouldn't have been out for pushing forty years.
I think it's sad that they don't stamp the books anymore. When they first brought in the new computerised checkout process I used to write the date in myself - otherwise how are you supposed to know when it's due back?

I do remember having one book out with dates in the front going back to the fifties which really made me happy.

It'll be worse worth ebooks though - they're not even really the same book, just a different bunch of electrons beaming at you down a wire. I read somewhere that for ebooks the publishers will only let the library have the book checked out something like six times (which is the number of times they've calculated that a physical book can be read before it would need to be replaced) after which they would have to pay for it again.

Walkley library now has their own collection of books that are not part of Sheffield library's and they use the old fashioned stamping method. But it's really inconvenient that you can't renew them online - I had to rush up the library after witless one day this week after realising it was due back yesterday and I wasn't going to be around to take it in.

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Post by noLooking » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:01 pm

tonieee wrote:Walkley library now has their own collection of books that are not part of Sheffield library's and they use the old fashioned stamping method. But it's really inconvenient that you can't renew them online - I had to rush up the library after witless one day this week after realising it was due back yesterday and I wasn't going to be around to take it in.
You're not a very convincing luddite, tonieee : )

It's always the problem with the old days, you may lose something in their passing but they're just so bloody inconvenient.

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Post by tonieee » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:30 pm

andyi wrote:
tonieee wrote:Walkley library now has their own collection of books that are not part of Sheffield library's and they use the old fashioned stamping method. But it's really inconvenient that you can't renew them online - I had to rush up the library after witless one day this week after realising it was due back yesterday and I wasn't going to be around to take it in.
You're not a very convincing luddite, tonieee : )

It's always the problem with the old days, you may lose something in their passing but they're just so bloody inconvenient.
I'm no luddite! I like being part of the digital revolution. And I'm a recent convert to ebooks - mainly due to being a compulsive hoarder and realising that electrons are small enough to not require me to have to buy a new house to keep all the books I keep buying in. But I do realise, as in most things, there are some good things you lose.

Though my embracing of the digital world doesn't enable to be able to type simple words like "work" on my phone but maybe "witless" is more apt :-).

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Post by Silver Girl » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:38 am

[/quote]I think it's sad that they don't stamp the books anymore. When they first brought in the new computerised checkout process I used to write the date in myself - otherwise how are you supposed to know when it's due back?

I do remember having one book out with dates in the front going back to the fifties which really made me happy.

Walkley library now has their own collection of books that are not part of Sheffield library's and they use the old fashioned stamping method. But it's really inconvenient that you can't renew them online - I had to rush up the library after witless one day this week after realising it was due back yesterday and I wasn't going to be around to take it in.[/quote]

Why not get it stamped at the counter? I'm always amazed at how people will stand and queue to use the machine (which does give you a receipt with the due date on it - a handy bookmark if you will) when we're at the counter ready to serve people and stamp their books with a stamp...
And as far as the Walkley-only system goes - you don't have to take your books in to renew them, you can phone up or email if that's easier...
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Post by tonieee » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:34 pm

Silver Girl wrote:Why not get it stamped at the counter?
Because I didn't know you could do that!
Silver Girl wrote:And as far as the Walkley-only system goes - you don't have to take your books in to renew them, you can phone up or email if that's easier...
And I didn't know that either!

Thanks Leila, you have improved my library experience by 100% :-D.

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Post by Philip Marlow » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:33 pm

tonieee wrote:I'm no luddite! I like being part of the digital revolution
I feel quite bad for the Luddites. They've gone down in official history as dirty, progress-hating simpletons with a violent streak, which was never quite the point - well, apart from the violent streak, sometimes. But by God they were pushed...

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Post by islandhopper » Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:13 am

crystalball wrote:I'm quite excited about Kevin MacNeil's new book, The Brilliant & Forever. It sounds slightly insane. Who needs drugs?
On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca – are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward.

The glitterati descends, the festival begins: thirteen performers, each have their own story to tell. Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people?

This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart.
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It is indeed pretty insane. Weird and wonderful with no respect of what would be expected from a novel. Varies in quality by its very nature but generally nothing but enjoyable.

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