I was really surprised to see copies of this book already available in a local bookshop on Saturday, seeing as it's not supposed to be out until Thurs...moreI was really surprised to see copies of this book already available in a local bookshop on Saturday, seeing as it's not supposed to be out until Thursday, but who am I to complain, really?
Without spoiling it for fellow eager fans, I can say that this book is every bit as good as I expected it to be. Of course it's not as spectacular as the Harry Potter saga itself, but like what Arthur Levine said in a recent interview, it is as good as your Grimms and Perrault. The five tales are easy and straightforward and as enjoyable as the tales we Muggles grew up with.
I especially enjoyed the commentary by Professor Dumbledore after each story. Those pieces give insight to the stories, drawing more of the history and customs of the Wizarding world we've grown to love. And being Dumbledore, there are also some amusing points referring to the wizards and witches we may have heard about - I especially love Dumbledore's point on his relationship with a certain Lucius Malfoy!
Overall, this book is a gem, and definitely the highlight of my year end, filling in that constant craving for a little bit more of Harry Potter. My only disappointment is that the book is too short, way way too short than what I would've liked it to be :) (less)
I love Agatha Christie books, but this is probably one book of hers that I couldn't get into and cannot like, ever. It's a political spy/mystery thril...moreI love Agatha Christie books, but this is probably one book of hers that I couldn't get into and cannot like, ever. It's a political spy/mystery thriller, I suppose, but even after three quarters of the book I still couldn't clearly grasp what the real issue is. The characters are very stale, and the dialogues long and winding. I've tried to plough through to the end, but it doesn't get any better. Not a good one, Miss Christie!(less)
The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Agatha Christie where we're introduced to the frail, gentle elderly spinster, Miss Jane Marple. Different from...moreThe Murder at the Vicarage is the first Agatha Christie where we're introduced to the frail, gentle elderly spinster, Miss Jane Marple. Different from most other Christie books written using third person POV, this one utilises a first person POV from the Vicar's perspective, which helps introduce us better to the characters in St Mary's Mead, in particular Miss Marple.
The story itself is pretty common, but doesn't make it any less interesting. A Colonel was found murdered in the vicarage study and it seems that almost everyone has a motive to kill him. The plot may not be the best thing of the story, but Miss Marple's sharp observation of human nature more than made up for it. (less)
The Body in the Library tells the story of a mysterious body of a murdered young woman found in an old couple's library. It features the adorable Miss...moreThe Body in the Library tells the story of a mysterious body of a murdered young woman found in an old couple's library. It features the adorable Miss Marple, an old village lady whose understanding of human nature proved her much sharper than people expected her to be. Interestingly, though it is a Miss Marple mystery, much of the book does not feature her until at good halfway into the story, assisting the police's investigation in her own distinct grandmotherly way.
I guess it's a feeling you can't help but to notice after reading several (or in my case, nearly all) of Agatha Christie's books that they are very similar. Indeed, Agatha Christie's books are very dependable. They are mostly simple, easy, and very formulaic. However, no matter how many of her books you've read, still they manage to intrigue and tickle your curiosity, enveloping you in a charming post-Victorian English mannerism.
So if you're looking for good, easy mystery reads, you can never go wrong with an Agatha Christie book!(less)