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Suzanne

17 Dec 2014
12:29:24am
I was in a thrift store on Monday and just happened to see a book with a picture of as stamp on the cover.

The book is titled, " The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie".
Written by..... Alan Bradley.

So far it's mentioned one stamp collector reading the British Philatelist, rushing off to get the train to a stamp show, and a penny black.

I've only read 52 pages out of 370. So far it's not a bad book.

The only thing that bugs me is on the front cover they show a Penny Red, stuck on the beek of a bird that they found dead on the doorstep.
Then when you get into the book, they say it's a Penny Black. I don't know why they had to mess up something so simple. Oh well, at least that doesn't take away anything from the story line.


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17 Dec 2014
07:47:15am
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It is a brilliant book, and the stamp on the cover will make sense by the end of the novel. Enjoy reading it.

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17 Dec 2014
01:08:32pm
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It received high reviews on Amazon

Link to book site on Amazon

I enjoyed reading the Q&A with the author, who wrote this, his first novel, at age 70!

"A Q&A with Alan Bradley

Question: With the publication of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, you’ve become a 70-year-old-first time novelist. Have you always had a passion for writing, or is it more of a recent development?

Alan Bradley: Well, the Roman author Seneca once said something like this: “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms--you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” So to put it briefly, I’m taking his advice."




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17 Dec 2014
07:28:02pm

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doodles69ca was that the thrift store on Upper Wellington?

If so that is where I volunteer there on Wednesday's and Saturday's.

Doug

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17 Dec 2014
11:21:19pm
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Oh I'm glad that the picture will make sense, and that the book is a good one. I am enjoying it. I've read about 1/3 of it now.

Doug, it was actually Value Village on Queenston Rd. But my daughter Shelley and I get around to all of them, plus any other "thrift" store we see. They are great places to shop.
For buying books, I actually prefer the Value Village in Burlington. I think it's on Fairview. They have arranged their books in alphabetical order in type of book. I know the others have all the types in order, but not each author. Much easier to find a book. I am far more willing to spend the money for books at that store, then taking the time to search through all of them in the other stores.

Is it a Value Village that you are in? We will have to pop in some day when you are there and say hello. IF they will let you know we are there. I know sometimes they are a bit uncomfortable letting customers know who is in the store.
If it's not V.V. let me know what store you are in, and we will still pop in.

Bye for now.
Suzanne

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18 Dec 2014
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Suzanne

Yes drop in on a Wednesday or Saturday and ask for me. The store is at 500 Upper Wellington and is called BFM (Bibles for Missions. The store has many nice items and also a book section.

Hope to see you in the store one day.

Doug

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18 Dec 2014
11:27:09am
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One that's actually about a postal service, albeit in an alter universe, is "Going Postal" part of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Good for a second or third read anytime.

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18 Dec 2014
11:53:01am
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A superb fantasy/sci-fi novel also comes to mind: The Postman (1985) by David Brin, A movie of the same name was made in 1997 supposedly based on the book, but took too many liberties with the story line for my taste. Give it a read, David Brin is an excellent and enthralling writer.

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18 Dec 2014
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21 Dec 2014
11:50:39pm
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"the stamp on the cover will make sense by the end of the novel"




The stamp on the cover would have made more sense if it hadn't been on the birds beak in the picture. That one was never on the beak. It was the Penny Black on the beak. But the colour certainly does make sense now.

An excellent book. Just finished it. I'm not going to say anything more in case someone else is going to get a copy of it. Don't want to spoil it for anyone.
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Suzanne
17 Dec 2014
12:29:24am

I was in a thrift store on Monday and just happened to see a book with a picture of as stamp on the cover.

The book is titled, " The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie".
Written by..... Alan Bradley.

So far it's mentioned one stamp collector reading the British Philatelist, rushing off to get the train to a stamp show, and a penny black.

I've only read 52 pages out of 370. So far it's not a bad book.

The only thing that bugs me is on the front cover they show a Penny Red, stuck on the beek of a bird that they found dead on the doorstep.
Then when you get into the book, they say it's a Penny Black. I don't know why they had to mess up something so simple. Oh well, at least that doesn't take away anything from the story line.


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17 Dec 2014
07:47:15am

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

It is a brilliant book, and the stamp on the cover will make sense by the end of the novel. Enjoy reading it.

Alyn

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17 Dec 2014
01:08:32pm

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

It received high reviews on Amazon

Link to book site on Amazon

I enjoyed reading the Q&A with the author, who wrote this, his first novel, at age 70!

"A Q&A with Alan Bradley

Question: With the publication of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, you’ve become a 70-year-old-first time novelist. Have you always had a passion for writing, or is it more of a recent development?

Alan Bradley: Well, the Roman author Seneca once said something like this: “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms--you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” So to put it briefly, I’m taking his advice."




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17 Dec 2014
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doodles69ca was that the thrift store on Upper Wellington?

If so that is where I volunteer there on Wednesday's and Saturday's.

Doug

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Suzanne
17 Dec 2014
11:21:19pm

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

Oh I'm glad that the picture will make sense, and that the book is a good one. I am enjoying it. I've read about 1/3 of it now.

Doug, it was actually Value Village on Queenston Rd. But my daughter Shelley and I get around to all of them, plus any other "thrift" store we see. They are great places to shop.
For buying books, I actually prefer the Value Village in Burlington. I think it's on Fairview. They have arranged their books in alphabetical order in type of book. I know the others have all the types in order, but not each author. Much easier to find a book. I am far more willing to spend the money for books at that store, then taking the time to search through all of them in the other stores.

Is it a Value Village that you are in? We will have to pop in some day when you are there and say hello. IF they will let you know we are there. I know sometimes they are a bit uncomfortable letting customers know who is in the store.
If it's not V.V. let me know what store you are in, and we will still pop in.

Bye for now.
Suzanne

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18 Dec 2014
09:00:25am

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Suzanne

Yes drop in on a Wednesday or Saturday and ask for me. The store is at 500 Upper Wellington and is called BFM (Bibles for Missions. The store has many nice items and also a book section.

Hope to see you in the store one day.

Doug

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sheepshanks

18 Dec 2014
11:27:09am

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

One that's actually about a postal service, albeit in an alter universe, is "Going Postal" part of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Good for a second or third read anytime.

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18 Dec 2014
11:53:01am

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

A superb fantasy/sci-fi novel also comes to mind: The Postman (1985) by David Brin, A movie of the same name was made in 1997 supposedly based on the book, but took too many liberties with the story line for my taste. Give it a read, David Brin is an excellent and enthralling writer.

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18 Dec 2014
12:24:15pm

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

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Roy

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Suzanne
21 Dec 2014
11:50:39pm

re: Another novel that mentions stamps and stamp collecting

"the stamp on the cover will make sense by the end of the novel"




The stamp on the cover would have made more sense if it hadn't been on the birds beak in the picture. That one was never on the beak. It was the Penny Black on the beak. But the colour certainly does make sense now.

An excellent book. Just finished it. I'm not going to say anything more in case someone else is going to get a copy of it. Don't want to spoil it for anyone.
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