Newsletter No 3 (April 17th 2010)

The first book giveaway competition on Curious Book Fans Forum has finished. We congratulate our two lucky winners and thanks everyone for participation. Watch out for the new competition coming soon on our Forum.

Sincerely yours, Curious Book Fans

Winner number 1 is nursey71. She won a book

Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life – the biography by Howard Sounes (2010)

Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is the classic biography of Charles Bukowski, the hard-drinking barfly whose semi-autobiographical books about low-life America made him a cult figure across the globe.

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One Day Winner number 2 is jeffjen. She won

One Day by David Nicholls (2009)

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?

Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

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The list of most popular books reviewed on our site as voted by competition participants follows…
The Missing by Jane Casey

Two Missing Children

Sixteen Years Apart

One Witness…

And there lies the outline of the plot for this debut psychological crime thriller from new author, Jane Casey. Jane was born and brought up in Dublin, but now lives and works as children’s books editor in London. Ebury Publishing believe she has a long-term career ahead and have bought two crime titles in a pre-emptive deal.

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I See You by Gregg Hurwitz

I See You” was first published in 2007. The story centres around author Drew Danner, who wakes up in hospital having suffered a brain haemorrhage. Drew cannot remember the past 24 hours at all and is shocked to find an LAPD officer standing over his bed.

As he is told about having a brain tumour removed, he is shown a photograph of a blood-spattered body of a woman.

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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The opening chapter of ‘If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things‘ invites us to listen to the sounds of a city at night. It is immediately apparent that this is an unusual book. This chapter is a kind of prose poem where we read about a song that ‘reaches out to a place inside you’ or ‘Acatchofbreathasgasometer-lungsbeginslowexhalations’. (That is exactly how that sentence is written.)

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is the story of Henry, a librarian, and Clare, an artist. They have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 30, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry was 30. At this time Henry had known Clare for two years, but Clare has known Henry for most of her life.

Confused yet?

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The Star-Faced Crocodile by David Melling

Before meeting the star-faced crocodile of the title, we are introduced to a bear with a banjo sitting beside a lake, singing to the stars. The crocodile loves the song; he swishes his tail to the music and the bear sees his eyes just above the surface of the water, piercing the centre of the reflection of a star.

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Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Tender Branson is on a plane and now he has already cleared the plane of all other passengers and he is the only man left, he is planning on letting it crash. Before dying, he wants to tell the world about his life. Tender is Creedish and brought up in the beliefs of a religious cult. As the second child (his twin brother was born a few minutes before him), he is destined for a life of servitude, and, as soon as he was old enough, he was sent out to make his living.

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Tainted by Brooke Morgan

“He was to be her future. But what of his past…?”

When Holly Barrett meets Jack Dane on a bus trip returning home to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she is enchanted by the good-looking, polite Englishman who has sat next to her whilst on his way to a job interview. Part of her can’t believe that he is interested in her, but interested he is, and Holly quickly falls head over heels in love.

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Curious Book Fans has new Facebook page

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Forum - eBooks, eReaders and eBaths - Bathtime reading Forum eBooks, eReaders and eBaths Bathtime reading

If you want to have a say on eBooks, eReaders or eBaths join the discussion on our Forum. Or simply start the book related topic you are interested in…


OK, just in case you’re wondering about the title, this thread has been created after a heated debate between myself and Vlad about whether the eReader could ever replace a book.

From my side, until there’s a waterproof one with an eternal battery and access to second hand ebooks, the answer’s No! but I have to say he’s talking me round to the idea that such things might have a place in my life. He has pointed out that books aren’t waterproof either – which is a good point…

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