Friday, 6 December 2013

To continue the continuation ...

More free to enter writing competitions - thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen. (I think there are more than six left, but I'll put them all in the next post anyway)

Keep on eye out for Friday Freebies from Alfie Dog - just share the appropriate post to be in with a chance to win a story download.

And for an instant freebie, take a look at my story up on Writer's Who Rock.

And another quiz - can you name a book that has one or more birds in the title? (have you read it? Any good?)

I'll start with To Kill a Mockingbird. I've read it and recommend it.

26 comments:

  1. Of course it has to be Alfred Hitchcock The Birds (although never read it)

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  2. A Kestrel for a Knave (filmed as Kes), by Barry Hines. Read it years ago and enjoyed it. Also, the early seventies cult novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach.

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  3. According to a Goodreads list, there are four hundred and forty books with a bird in the title. That's a lot.
    I'll say One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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    1. That is a lot, Alex. You only get one point though.

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  4. The one that comes immediately to mind is Gavin Maxwell's "Raven Seek Thy Brother." It's the third in his trilogy about life in his Scottish paradise home, Camusfearna. But don't rea it until you have read the others - first Ring of Bright Water in which Maxwell's otters take centre stage, then The Rocks Remain when things begin to turn sour. Raven is hard to read after the delights of the first book, but it's compelling and haunting reading.

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    1. Sounds like you're a fan, Rob. That earns you a point.

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  5. Yes! At-Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien, an Irish classic.

    Loved the short story. Great work.

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  6. The Wild Swans. Thanks for your encouragement, Patsy.

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    1. You're welcome, Carole. You can have a point, too.

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  7. I'll take a look at your story "At some point in time." JK, already read it. I'd say wifey made a wise decision. The bird book that immediately sprang to my mind is The Thornbirds, Colleen McCullough's sappy unrequited love story that was made into a mini-series. I read it as a teenager and adored it. I'm afraid I wouldn't like it as much if I read it now, but it went with that period of teen life when I thought that V.C.Andrews and Danielle Steele were literary geniuses.

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  8. Aaaargh!!!! Grrr. You still get a point though, Kim.

    There are books I enjoyed as a teenager that I'm reluctant to look at now in case they're not as good as I remember.

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  9. Reading Alex's comment about the number of birds in titles, I'm surprised there are so few. Maybe putting a bird in the title of a book is a good idea!:)

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    1. It might well be, Mary. I'll keep that in mind.

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  10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Though it's not a real bird in real life... ah, wel! =) And cute pic, I love ducks.

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    1. You can still have a point for the fictitious bird, Leandra.

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  11. I can recommend Black Swan Green by David Mitchell - a great book if you were a teen in the 80s. And Wild Swans (sorry can't remember the author) - a true story set in China at the time of Chairman Mao. Oddly, both of mine contain swans in the title.

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    1. Two points for you, Tracy. As I was a teen in the 80s I'll look out for Black Swan Green.

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  12. Hi, I came to your site from Julian Hones' blog. Thanks for all the news about competitions. Very helpful. I can recommend The Summer of the Swans and Make Way for Ducklings. (You can probably tell I write for young people.)

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    1. Has Julia been talking about me, Elizabeth? Have two points while I go and see.

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  13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks - a very good book and a BBC TV series.

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  14. Hi Patsy, enjoyed the story. Funny, I'm amazed she didn't poison his soup. My niece bought me a book called 'goose on the loose' a children's book, good fun.

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    1. She certainly thought about it, Suzy!

      And of course you get a point.

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Thanks so much for commenting!