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Onion Budgie

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About Onion Budgie

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    Super Bookworm

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

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  1. Your Book Activity - April 2018

    I finished The Disappearance Boy. Nothing much happened, but I liked it. The main protagonist was compelling, and the descriptive passages of 1950s Brighton were wonderfully evocative. I'm about to begin The Waves by Virginia Woolf. Aieeeee! Wish me luck. This is the one I've heard.... things.... about.
  2. How many books have you read this year?

    Nine so far, which is good going for me.
  3. Your Book Activity - April 2018

    I'm almost halfway through The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett. The writing is gorgeous, as (most) always with this author, but the plot is moving veeeeery slowly. I'm curious to find out if anything will happen! I think it'll be a 4/5 regardless, because I'm enjoying the atmosphere.
  4. Your Book Activity - April 2018

    I want to read this too! It sounds fantastic. I'm waiting for it to come out in paperback, though.
  5. Your Book Activity - March 2018

    The Introvert was pretty good; rather dark and odd. Although I would say that the protagonist was less of an introvert and more of a semi-controlled psychopath! I'm now looking forward to starting The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett. It's set in 1950s England, and follows the life of an illusionist's assistant.
  6. Your Book Activity - March 2018

    Just finished The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie. Enjoyable, but not one of my favourites. Now on to The Introvert by Michael Paul Michaud, which is apparently both weird and original, so I'm all up for that.
  7. What's the weather like?

    No snow here on the east coast, but it's freezing cold, and the wind is hurling itself flat against all of my east-facing windows. Yuck. I thought we were all done with this nonsense.
  8. Hi Matt, It would help if you could let us know your preferred style of humour: dark, surreal, dry, punny, silly, etc. We'll be able to give you better recommendations that way. Here are a few to start with anyway: Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (War Memoirs #1) by Spike Milligan. Surreal and silly, laugh-out-loud funny. Augustus Carp Esq. by Henry H. Bashford. Dry, silly, and tongue-in-cheek. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. Drawn in a crude comic style, but very funny and relatable. (A couple of excellent chapters on depression, btw.)
  9. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    I was given Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs when I was around 10 years old, and I adored it. The humour was bleak, sharp, and wise. I unearthed my old copy a year or two ago, quite unintentionally. That was a good day.
  10. What's for Dinner?

    I've never had pierogi, I had to Google! They sound really good. Tonight it's homemade veggie meatballs with spaghetti, steamed veg, and a sliced avocado. One of my favourite meals.
  11. Your Book Activity - March 2018

    It's about a young man who yearns for a beautiful house and a wonderful wife, and he gets both -- but at a price. There's a gipsy's curse on their land! I finished it last night. It was great. On to another AC now: The Mystery of the Blue Train. This will be my last Christie for a while, so let's hope it's a goodun'.
  12. Your Book Activity - March 2018

    I'm past the halfway mark with Endless Night, and wow, this is unlike any Agatha Christie that I've read before. For one thing, the characterisation of the two main protagonists is extremely well done -- which, dare I say it, is something that can't be said for the majority of Christie's characters across her other works, which to me tend to be reminiscent of cut-out cardboard, and so leaving it up to the plots themselves to shine -- which they most often do. That's why AC is one of my favourite crime/mystery authors -- her plotting and twisting! But anyway, Endless Night is a gripping read, with interesting characters, and I can't wait to see what happens...
  13. Your Book Activity - March 2018

    I finished After the Funeral. It was an entertaining read, and it satisfied my Poirot cravings! Keeping with Agatha Christie, I've just started Endless Night, which isn't a Poirot, but more of a suspense novel from what I can gather. I'm only a few pages in. Booktube's Paperback Junky reviewed it and said that the ending blew his mind, so I'm looking forward to seeing what transpires.
  14. Your Book Activity - March 2018

    I'm nearly halfway through After the Funeral by Agatha C., and am enjoying it. I suspect everybody. Red herrings are flying hither and thither.
  15. What's Up in March? - 2018

    Boiler problems at this end too! I have a combi. Yesterday, the expansion vessel ran out of puff (as it seems to do quite frequently), and so I had no central heating on one of the coldest nights in living memory! (Exaggerating, but UGH.) The engineer came out this afternoon and charged up the vessel again, but seriously, these combi boilers can be a pain in the neck and a worry for little things going wrong with them. Commiserations to everyone else with similar problems right now. It's at times like these that I wish I lived in a hot country!