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  1. TomTB


    Hi all. I thought I'd just swing by to say that I really hope you & your families, are all staying well and safe in these unprecedented times.
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    Bye for now, BFB.

    Hi all, I've not been around much at all recently. This is partly because I'm in a huge reading slump which has lasted several months now, but also partly because it's fairly clear to me that our illustrious leader Ben has given up on BFB, and the site has definitely 'had its day' and seems to...
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    March 2018 - What SF books are you reading?

    None currently. Two fantasy books on the go, which is rare for me.
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    2018 Reading Challenge - Discussion Thread

    Post here any comments/thoughts relating to the 2018 reading challenge.
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    2018 Reading Challenge

    Welcome to the BFB 2018 reading challenge. Below are 52 separate challenges (one for each week of the year), and if you would like to participate, please can you copy the list into a new post, then once you have completed a challenge, edit your post by writing the name of the...
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    It's 2018!! January 2018. What fantasy books are you reading?

    Happy New Year all !!!!!
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    2017 reading highlights / lowlights

    Tell us what have been your stand out reading moments of the year, and what are the books you'd quite like to erase from your memory.
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    It's December 2017: What SF books are you reading?

    Artemis by Andy Weir!!!
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    It's December 2017: What fantasy books are you reading?

    On your marks, get set, go!
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    I just want characters that make me smile!

    Too many times recently I've read a highly recommended book, only to be let down by the characters, who are so boring it ruins any sort of enjoyment I may have otherwise taken from the book. So either list, or recommend me, books with utterly likeable characters, who don't take themselves too...
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    It's October 2017: What SF books are you reading?

    I'm currently listening to the audiobook of Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw, and it is absolutely positively fantastically amazing, I love it! Halfway in, or there thereabouts.
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    2017 Reading Challenge?

    Is anyone up for a year end reading challenge? @Alucard did one a few years back which I thought was great. I'd happily get one going for the end of this year if enough folk are interested? I'll definitely make it impossible to complete though, just to forearm ;)
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    It's September 2017 - What SF books are you reading?

    Still listening to Fall of Hyperion. It's taking me a while ...
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    It's September 2017 - What fantasy books are you reading?

    I'm reading The Black Company. It's 'meh' ...
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    July 2017: What SF books are you reading?

    Space ships > Dragons
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    Audiobooks with a cast

    I'm currently listening to Locke & Key by Joe Hill, which is an audiobook based on the comic book he contributes to / writes. It's read by a cast of characters, and has sound effects etc, and I'm really enjoying the experience. Can anyone recommend other good audiobooks which benefit from more...
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    April 2017. What SF books are you reading?

    I'm still on Caliban's War and Mother of Eden. Enjoying both!
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    April 2017: What fantasy books are you reading?

    On your marks. Get set. GO!
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    The Last Kingdom

    The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell has caught my eye, and then I saw that there is a BBC series based on the book. Has anyone seen this? Any good?
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    1st Chapter

    A few nights ago I was sat reading the 1st chapters of a load of books sat in my kindle, with the aim of finding something that piqued my interest. Well .. this got me thinking - I have a question for all the BFBF authors. How important is the beginning of your book to you? Do you go to extra...