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Onion Budgie

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    Books, budgerigars, Sherlock Holmes, and PC gaming.

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  1. How many books have you read this year?

    I'm up to 11. Mostly 3-star reads. Only one 5-star so far, and that was a graphic novel.
  2. Your Book Activity - March 2020

    Appointment with Death was a fun read, and I didn't guess the culprit, so well done Aggie, for tricking me. I'm now attempting a re-read of Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Bartlett. This was one that I DNF'd halfway through a few years ago, because every single character irritated the heck out of me. Bartlett is one of my favourite authors, however, so I felt that I should give it a second chance.
  3. Do You Like to 'Like'?

    I can't see it, but I don't think it's a particularly good idea anyway. If a new member begins to post and they don't get likes for whatever reason, then it leads to hurt feelings, and they disappear for good. Likewise for long-term members, if they see trivial posts getting likes, but their own well thought-out posts getting no attention, it can lead to resentment. Just my observation from other forums.
  4. Your Book Activity - March 2020

    Just finished Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the Harold Lloyd bio; I felt it was just one endless description of film plot after film plot, and not enough info on Keaton's life -- you know, the details that make up a biography. I didn't learn anything new about Keaton, that's my main gripe. What with all the misery and hoohah currently going on in the world, I desperately need a good comfort read, and for me that's Agatha Christie. I'm about to make a start on Appointment with Death.
  5. Your Book Activity - March 2020

    I agree with you; it has definitely dated. I did appreciate how Neil Gaiman developed Aziraphale and Crowley's relationship in the TV series, and opened it up a little further to interpretation. You can tell how much MS and DT relished playing around with the nuances of that! (I far prefer the TV series.) ~~~ Edited to add: I just finished the Harold Lloyd bio, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now on to Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat by Edward McPherson.
  6. Three that immediately spring to mind are: Dorian by Will Self (a modern reimagining of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray) Perfume by Patrick Suskind The Introvert by Michael Paul Michaud -- Although none are in the fantasy or sci-fi genres.
  7. Your Book Activity - March 2020

    I read Good Omens last year, @Athena, and had fun with it, although I didn't find it laugh-out-loud funny. Are you enjoying it as much as the TV series?
  8. It arrived today! -- and I just finished reading it. I liked it, it was sweet, but I wish it had been a little longer (only 119 pages).
  9. It's March already! Hoping for slightly warmer weather than we've been having -- and less rain. What's everyone reading this month? I'm still reading my Harold Lloyd biography. Not too far off finishing it. I think I might read a Buster Keaton bio next. I'm all re-enthused about silent film!
  10. I'm two-thirds of the way through Harold Lloyd's biography, and am loving it. Fascinating behind-the-scenes moments from the silent film biz of the 1910s and '20s, and beyond. It's made me want to rewatch all of Lloyd's films now. I've just ordered Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, which is a graphic novel of AC's life story. The artwork is cute, I'm looking forward to reading it.
  11. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    Thanks, Hayley! That's so kind of you.
  12. I finished The Case of the Gilded Fly, and didn't think too much of it (dull plot, odd motives, peculiar character interactions, and some misogyny to top it off). As it was the first in a series, I still might try another at some point, just to see if the author's style improves. I'm about to start Harold Lloyd: The Man on the Clock by Tom Dardis, which is a biography of the silent film star.
  13. Site "not secure"

    Yes, it's showing in the address bar at the top. Left click on it and it tells you that the site is vulnerable to hacking. I use Opera.
  14. Site "not secure"

    I've noticed for a while now that this website has been displaying as "not secure", i.e. passwords, sensitive info, etc., could be easily stolen by hackers. Is this something that will be addressed at some point? Hopefully members here are not using the same password across multiple sites, otherwise... uh oh..?
  15. What Are You Watching Now? - 2020

    I didn't even bother to watch the second part, that's how unimpressed I was with the first. (I did hear that the ending was incomprehensible!) Let's hope it at least drives more people to read the book.