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Re: Which Book?

Postby kylie_koyote » 29 Oct 2015, 11:21

I'm really glad he's enjoying it so much, LT. I hope he's not too sleepy today at school.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 29 Oct 2015, 11:23

He was fine, I'm sure.

And if he wasn't, he can always blame it on Algy.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 29 Oct 2015, 11:40

Lilian Thompson wrote:He was fine, I'm sure.

And if he wasn't, he can always blame it on Algy.

Love your logic, LT :roflhappy:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Fairblue » 29 Oct 2015, 12:58

Lilian Thompson wrote:Little Bro Update
I was walking to bed at about 10 pm last night when I heard someone hiss: LILIAN!!! As one can imagine, I almost had a heart attack. 'Wha'??' goes confused me. 'I've got up to Chapter 9!!!' goes very excited Little Bro, an hour and a half past his bed-time.
I then went to bed and I forgot to ask him how he liked it. I'll ask when I remember.

Aww! He wants to share his pleasure with you. You'd better be thinking about the next book.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 29 Oct 2015, 13:00

Any suggestions?
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Fairblue » 29 Oct 2015, 13:05

Lilian Thompson wrote:Any suggestions?


Flies Again followed by Black Peril. Flies Again carries on the adventure element and Black Peril
Introduces Ginger in an exciting way that would appeal to little Bro. A word of caution. Make sure it's the Red Fox version. That's the original and best. And also be prepared for your Bro to want to recreate the cooking scene where Ginger meets Biggles. If he does, you're on your own. 8-)
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 29 Oct 2015, 13:16

Don't worry. He won't be cooking. The only times he's in the kitchen is when he's preparing himself a snack.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Spitfire666 » 29 Oct 2015, 17:50

Lilian Thompson wrote:Don't worry. He won't be cooking. The only times he's in the kitchen is when he's preparing himself a snack.

Ah, but he might be intrigued by Ginger's kind of cooking :!: :lol:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 30 Oct 2015, 11:25

That's okay. I can be very effective:
Me: WHAT THE **** ARE YOU DOING? GET OUT RIGHT NOW—
(child runs away)
Me: Oh, it actually worked.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Spitfire666 » 31 Oct 2015, 09:51

Lilian Thompson wrote:That's okay. I can be very effective:
Me: WHAT THE **** ARE YOU DOING? GET OUT RIGHT NOW—
(child runs away)
Me: Oh, it actually worked.

He might just say, "If you're squeamish I'm not asking you to eat, am I?" :lol:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 04 Nov 2015, 08:43

If he said that, S666, I'd have every excuse to call mum…

I will then not be responsible for the consequences.

He's quite a sensible kid (proof? he likes Biggles) and he wouldn't just go into the kitchen and cook. He only ever helps me make dinner and I usually just make him do the heavy lifting :twisted:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 04 Nov 2015, 12:15

Lilian Thompson wrote:If he said that, S666, I'd have every excuse to call mum…

I will then not be responsible for the consequences.

He's quite a sensible kid (proof? he likes Biggles) and he wouldn't just go into the kitchen and cook. He only ever helps me make dinner and I usually just make him do the heavy lifting :twisted:


ahh...a well-trained li'l bro, then... :twisted:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 04 Nov 2015, 12:16

Only sometimes, RSG.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 20 Nov 2015, 13:27

I thought I'd post this here as I'm not sure where else to put it. It seems appropriate.

I may have mentioned that I've been trying to convert my friends to Biggles. One doesn't read much, and the other only reads romance, but the third I knew would love them. Sadly, she didn't think she would. I offered her heaps, but she always made excuse that she had other books to read. Finally, I gave up. If she believed that she was right and Biggles was wrong, she could live in her ignorance.
The other day, I borrowed from the school library Biggles Investigates. I was flicking through in between classes when I found that one called 'The Birthday Present.' I remembered enjoying it, so I said to that girl, 'Do you want to read this short story? It's pretty good.' She said okay, but she didn't have time during the day, so she brought it home. The next day:
ME: Hey! Did you enjoy that story I gave you?
FRIEND: Yeah!! They're awesome!!
ME: They?
FRIEND: Yeah…um actually, I'm in the middle of the third story.
ME: And you're hooked?
FRIEND: Yeah, I guess so.
ME: I TOLD YOU SO!!!
US: :lol: :lol:

I'm so proud of me. I'm going to find Orient for her next. She loves the whole detective thing, and she's pretty big on historical fiction stuff, with more fiction that historical.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby kylie_koyote » 20 Nov 2015, 14:31

I love "orient"! I gave it to a friend of mine as well.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 20 Nov 2015, 14:35

The first time I read Orient I was biting my nails all the way through. It was amazing. Now I know what it is it kind of kills it, but it's still enjoyable. Hopefully my friend enjoys it. Something tells me she will
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Spitfire666 » 20 Nov 2015, 15:18

Lilian Thompson wrote:ME: Hey! Did you enjoy that story I gave you?
FRIEND: Yeah!! They're awesome!!
ME: They?
FRIEND: Yeah…um actually, I'm in the middle of the third story.
ME: And you're hooked?
FRIEND: Yeah, I guess so.
ME: I TOLD YOU SO!!!
US: :lol: :lol:

I'm so proud of me. I'm going to find Orient for her next. She loves the whole detective thing, and she's pretty big on historical fiction stuff, with more fiction that historical.

Well done,Lilian :!: :claphappy: :cheers:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 20 Nov 2015, 15:39

:mrgreen: Thanks S666. Im going to have heaps of fun discussing the books with her—then the others will be so jealous they'll read them too. :twisted:
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Frecks » 20 Nov 2015, 15:40

Yes some of the books are very exciting the first time you read them. Fails to Return is another where you want to find out what has happened to Biggles which adds tension to the story.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 20 Nov 2015, 15:42

Yeah, and works it out was another one that was amazing when I first read it, but then just slowed to a stop. I'm not really sure why.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Fairblue » 20 Nov 2015, 17:33

Congratulations on (hopefully) getting one more convert into the fold, Lilian. I like Works it Out mainly because Bertie has a central role :love: and Algy's fight with Canton in the plane is, to me, a classic piece of WEJ at his best. It is also the book which introduces Marcel. Like all the books, though, once you've read them, that's it. They can't be unread. I envy those of you who still have several delights ahead with a new Biggles story.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Frecks » 20 Nov 2015, 21:37

I liked Special Case the first time I read it because it was hard to work out who the baddie was but of course once you know it is quite a tame book. Sometimes if you read a book again you can pick up on all sorts of little things that you missed the first time. There is one sentence in Biggles In Spain that I had not really noticed when I read it years ago but it springs out at me when I read the book again now and I cannot understand how I missed it before. Although I know the trick of Orient I still find it very moving and in fact it usually brings me to tears when I read even now.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby tiffinata » 20 Nov 2015, 22:02

Every time I re read them I find something new.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby kylie_koyote » 20 Nov 2015, 22:52

tiffinata wrote:Every time I re read them I find something new.


Isn't that the truth! I have found all sorts of little nuggets in re-reading them.
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Re: Which Book?

Postby Lilian Thompson » 21 Nov 2015, 00:00

When I read other books (like Rangers Apprentice) I usually find something special and new each time I read them. I enjoy rereading Biggles books, but I'm most excited when it's a first time. None of my friends understand when I'm walking back from the school library literally hugging a book and saying over and over again, 'This is new! I haven't read this one before!'
Thanks FB. I think she's pretty hooked. And I'm pretty excited that she's pretty hooked. :mrgreen:
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