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Onion Budgie

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    Books, budgerigars, Sherlock Holmes, and PC gaming.
    Student of the Tarot, collector of crystal skulls.

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  1. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    Robot Wars is back! This makes me happy. The new "fog" concept is a bit rubbish, though. Still. GO CARBIDE!
  2. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    Yes, it is. Before this, I was also thinking of picking up We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but I'm not sure that I'll bother now. Don't let me put you off reading The Haunting of Hill House, though, because you might love it. I was just expecting a bit more from a book with "haunting" in the title! I'm still re-reading The Fantastic World of Kamtellar. Vampires! It's all a bit (extremely) odd, and great fun.
  3. Christmas planning and chat

    Decorations are going up already in London?! That *is* early. My reading is all sorted too, Madeleine. This year it's The Man With a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes, and Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh. Both are murder mysteries.
  4. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    I finished The Haunting of Hill House. Ugh, what a huge disappointment it turned out to be. No chills, no scares, no nuthin'! (Apologies for double negative...) 2/5 I posted on another thread about the all-round greatness of The Fantastic World of Kamtellar by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, so that's what I'm going to (re)-read next.
  5. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I'm watching Bake Off for the first time ever -- and liking it! Also enjoying Grand Designs. It has a lot of wtf? moments, which is v. entertaining.
  6. Christmas planning and chat

    Yes! I know it's only mid-October, and there are many of us who might not even be thinking of that time of year yet. But for those of us who are (myself included), here's a space to chat and update. Gifts, decorations, meal & snack ideas, it's all good. We had a few Christmas-themed threads last year, but they all disappeared in the forum update. SO, let's share. Have you started gift shopping? When do you decorate? What are your holiday plans? Are you reading any Christmas-themed novels later this year? I'll chime in later. Just wanted to crack this one open!
  7. Best vampire stories

    It's been years since I've read any vampire stories, even though I was a huge fan of them in my teens and 20s. From memory, these three stood out: Dracula - Bram Stoker (of course!) Nosferatu the Vampyre - Paul Monette The Fantastic World of Kamtellar - R. Chetwynd-Hayes I can't remember much at all about the latter two, but I do still have them on my shelf, so I need to line them up for a re-read!
  8. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    I'm enjoying it so far! I'm almost halfway through. BUT -- nothing eerie has happened yet. Everything's obviously set to go off in the second half! I'll report back on whether it does or not.
  9. Best Agatha Christie Books?

    Hi Ecko, welcome to the forum. Here are my top 5: 1. And Then There Were None 2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 3. Lord Edgware Dies 4. Murder on the Orient Express 5. Evil Under the Sun All are Poirot mysteries, except for the first. I'm still reading my way through all of the Poirots (there are 30+), but this is my current listing.
  10. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    Excellent! It deserves more members. I'm 3/4 of the way through Murder on the Orient Express, and thoroughly enjoying it. I should be done with it by the weekend, and then it's on to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which I'm pretty excited about.
  11. It's a great one to start off with! I hope you enjoy it. I'm loving it so far.
  12. I finished Lord Edgware Dies -- it was one of the best Poirot novels that I've read to date. I correctly half-guessed at some of the twists, but the ending still surprised me. Great stuff. 4/5 Now on to Murder On the Orient Express, which is (of course) another Poirot. I already know the twist in this one, but never mind! It's still going to be a fun ride.
  13. Health and Fitness

    That's a success story! Well done, Alexander.
  14. I'm now a third of the way through Agatha Christie's Lord Edgware Dies, and it's a fun, easy read. I'm enjoying it a lot. Anticipating lots of twisty bits before the end! I may be able to squeeze in one more before my seasonal Halloween reading begins. Not sure which one yet, though. I have a heap!
  15. I'm now past the halfway mark on Days Without End by Sebastian Barry -- which just missed out on making the shortlist for the Man Booker! Booooo! It's ever so good. Once I've finished that, it'll be on to Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie, but that won't be until next week. Something to look forward to, though.