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Last week’s chapter ended in a tie, with Have Space Suit – Will Travel just drifting past Animal Farm on the tie-breaker.[1] So, this week we ask: What is one of your favourite light-hearted stories, and why? (Please try to explain what you like about it and why other people might want to read it […]

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Charlotte and Frodo were neck and neck, but A Tale of Two Cities brought the golden laurels home for DMak in last week’s chapter,[1] winning her the chance to ask: Excluding religious texts, what is the one book that a young man (high school and college age) should read? * * * Preview Open

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Starship Troopers captured the flag and golden laurels for Hartmann von Aue in Chapter 47, and he asks: What is the best depiction of self-sacrifice you have read in a work of fiction? Note that this can include works of historical fiction based on real events.  * * * Preview Open

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At the back of a marvellous magical wardrobe, a new world awaits – or a new-old world – where they have golden laurels and hearty fruitcakes. Or at least that’s what the Deputy Librarian seemed to think DrewInWisconsin meant when he emerged, shaking off snow and saying something about sequels to The Chronicles of Narnia.[1] […]

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Samwise Gamgee brought home the golden laurels and (Shire-baked) hearty fruitcake for Judge Mental last week,[1] winning him the chance to ask: What novel (or series) do you wish could have a sequel, but won’t get one because the author is no longer with us?  * * * Preview Open

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In last week’s chapter the Mantle of the Great Russians (and a set of golden laurels) descended upon Percival by way of Crime and Punishment,[1] and so he asks: What secondary character seemed best drawn out to you? It could be an ally of the protagonist, the antagonist, or a bystander. * * * Preview […]

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Owing to a downed telegraph pole upstream (or possibly a temporary distortion in the aether — or just someone sensibly off engaged in the business of real life), there isn’t as yet a question for this week. In the meantime, please feel free to wander in out of the weather, pick up a glass of […]

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Chapter 41 could have gone any of at least four ways – but when the dust had settled it turned out The Hobbit had sent yours truly off on an adventure with a hearty fruitcake in his pack.[1] So this week we ask: What is one of your favourite series of books or short stories, […]

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Last week’s contest ended in a tie split four ways, with Nero Wolfe bringing home the golden laurels and inescapable, Fritz-cooked hearty fruitcake for Percival,[1] who asks: What book did you personally find most difficult to start but that was worth persevering through? * * * Preview Open

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Last week’s chapter saw The Adventures of Tom Sawyer emerge from a tie-breaker round, bringing home the golden laurels and ever-handy, ever-hearty fruitcake for Clavius,[1] winning him the chance to ask: What female character in a literary work set before 1900 would you like to have a chat with over drinks? * * * Preview Open

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Wyrd Sisters hubbled and bubbled its way to the golden laurels (plus hearty fruitcake and nice cup of tea) for LC in Chapter 32,[1] winning her the chance to ask: What is the best novel on adolescence, one where the author convincingly captures the teenage voice and thoughts?  * * * Preview Open

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