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    Neil Gaiman: Anansi Boys

    A couple of months ago, I bought Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys on sight. I thought it was probably going to be a disappointment (the preview I'd read hadn't done much for me), but it was a 3 for 2 kind of thing, so I went for it anyway. The book ended up sitting on my shelf for quite a few months...
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    Amélie Nothomb

    I finished reading Amélie Nothomb's debut today and even though it is very probable that not too many people on this forum are interested in Nothomb's work, I felt like sharing anyway. Besides, a quick search taught me that two other members (msm and Rigana) seem to like this Belgian author, so...
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    Sending Flowers

    I know this is hardly the place to be asking this, but since we've got such a wonderful international community here, I thought I might give it a shot. Does anyone here have any experience with buying flowers online and sending them to people? I've been googling for options for a bit, but...
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    Frank Miller: Sin City

    For once, a movie made me want to read a (comic) book! I only recently started reading (and collecting), but I think I really like it. The repetitiveness of some of the lines sometimes bothers me, but I'm having a hoot reading these "graphic novels". (Ahem.)
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    Philippa Gregory: The Virgin Lover

    Because there has been so much talk about Philippa Gregory on TBF lately (cf. Philippa Gregory and The Other Boleyn Girl) and because I do like historical fiction, I thought I should maybe give The Virgin's Lover a try. It was a fairly quick read and the subject matter did intrigue me, but I...
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    Least read book

    A poll by a Dutch website revealed that --in the Netherlands at least-- Donna Tartt's The Little Friend is the book that most people leave unread (or unfinished) after they've bought it. (source) Does anyone feel like nominating other books? ;)
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    A Bit of (Stephen) Fry and (Hugh) Laurie

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who was ever drawn to a book because they knew the author through something "unliterary". For example, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who became relatively famous through comedy shows (Jeeves and Wooster, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, etc. and their roles in BlackAdder...
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    Dave Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

    I'm currently reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Some other TBF members have already read it or have expressed an interest in reading it, so maybe a discussion would be nice. I'm having fun reading it myself, but I've only made it as far as chapter V, so...
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    TBF Moderation

    I think Zolipara asked a pertinent question in the save bobby thread. Since we managed to stay civil in the tell me this thread, I was hoping this wouldn't be any different. Another member (I don't remember who it was) said recently that we seemed to be having the same conversation every few...
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    Silent Movies

    Does anyone here like to watch silent movies? I've only seen Prem Sanyas (1925), The Kid (1921), Броненосец Потёмкин (1925), Le Capitaine Fracasse (1929) and Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (1920) myself, but I've always found them very interesting to watch. My only problem with them seems...
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    Most of you have probably heard about (or seen) Dogme movies, but I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are on the manifesto and on the films themselves. I've seen four of the fifty official Dogme movies and while I liked most, I'm not too sure what to think about the whole thing. Is it...
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    Reading in a Foreign Language

    Quite a few members here probably read books in languages that aren't their mother tongue, so I was wondering: why do (or don't) you do it, what do you get out of it, do you have any problems with it? I remember talking to Tobytook about this back in the day, and he said: (You can find the...
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    Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife

    Kookamoor seems to have started something with her Books you are afraid to post about. thread, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and start posting some serious threads myself. I read The Time Traveller's Wife a couple of days ago, partly because I had seen the title on TBF a few times...
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    Most Popular Books in Belgium

    Ions's thread made me curious about what books are in the bestseller lists in Belgium, so I went looking. I came up with this: That's an odd list, I think.
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    Stand Up Comedy

    Which stand up comedians do you enjoy? I've only been to a stage show once (Geert Hoste), but I've been watching a few shows on DVD and now I'd love to branch out. Any suggestions?
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    Crusade in Jeans

    I know not many people will care about this, but I thought I would mention it anyway. As some of you may know, a woman called Thea Beckman published some of the most popular Dutch children novels in (semi)recent years (some were translated, some were not), one of them being Crusade in Jeans...
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    Nobel Prize in Literature: Laureates

    So who is your favourite Nobel Prize Laureate? Do you think they make the right choices? Do you even care?
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    Accents v Languages

    The discussion on dubbing and subbing showed that most people on The Book Forum seem to be in favour of subtitles (which shouldn't come as a surprise, as bookworms usually like to read), but what about languages in movies? A lot of movies still use (usually, pretty bad) accents when they're...
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    Dubbing v Subbing

    So what are everybody's thoughts on the dubbing of movies and or television shows? I personally hate dubbing from the bottom of my heart. I can't watch dubbed movies or shows (though I have to admit I'm hypocritical enough to sometimes watch a dubbed documentary; also, I did see a few dubbed...
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    Open Source Beer

    Like a few others on TBF, I'm a big fan of anything Open Source. Too bad I don't like beer though.