Based on my observation, my tips for Agatha Christie’s works are:
First and foremost, suspect the husband. Or if the one who is murdered is the husbandBased on my observation, my tips for Agatha Christie’s works are:
First and foremost, suspect the husband. Or if the one who is murdered is the husband then suspect the wife. But usually it is the husband.
Second, if there are no husband and wife in view, suspect the one that Agatha made most unlikable. Like some rakish man with no manner who popped up from nowhere to intrude the relationship of two happy protagonists. The ‘bad guy’ kind, to use the urban slang. Even if he is not the culprit he is bound to be behind some other suspicious business. And he never got the woman, mind you.
Third, etcetera. No one is to be excluded.
But most importantly do not let the husband out of your sight. If you did and found yourself tricked then come to me so I can tell you, “I told you so.”
I got this mystery right, completely. Let us see if the law works (almost) every time. ...more
This book started and progressed with a slow but steady phase and a simple plot. Gen the thief was asked by the King’s advisor the magus to steal someThis book started and progressed with a slow but steady phase and a simple plot. Gen the thief was asked by the King’s advisor the magus to steal something and along with three other companions they set out for the task. Thus they traveled, stopped, ate, traveled, stopped, ate, fought a little, traveled, stopped, ate and finally arrived at the destination. Gen succeeded in his venture but one of them was a traitor and they were ambushed and held captured. Basically that was all and I was almost driven into a slight attack of boredom. But please, for whomever that shared the same feeling as I, don’t abandon the book. It was when everything came into light and the many loose ends were tied into a knot that one will realised, ah there were actually hints scattered here and there but the dullness had made them too subtle.
I like this book. The many story-telling sessions annoyed me and so far the setting had not yet etched itself into the back of my mind, but the characters were all so likeable. It often happened in some series that the beginning was good and all that and I gave high rating but the installment was just some repetitious junks, so to be on the safe side as well as for modesty sake I will give this just three stars. Looking forward to reading the next books....more
This is a collection of short stories. Some were murders and some not, and if I remember correctly only one involved Lord Peter directly at the crimeThis is a collection of short stories. Some were murders and some not, and if I remember correctly only one involved Lord Peter directly at the crime scene (most unfortunate for the murderer, choosing to kill his wife when a famous sleuth was just next door visiting his pal – bad timing man, bad timing). Why can’t there be more cases about missing fortune or missing dog or missing diamond in detective stories, instead of murders and just murders? I mean, it is not all that pleasant seeing people dropping dead every other day, what?
Lord Peter was back to being the Lord Peter I first knew in the first book. His book-collector spirit and poem reciting tendency were back and I hope they were here to stay. I do not know which came after which but Lord Peter reminded me of PG Wodehouse’s men-about-town. Sense of humour and all that, kind of an intelligent version of Bertie Wooster or Reggie Pepper.
I could not help feeling annoyed by the adaptations of Lord Peter’s mysteries. Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter? Are you kidding me? He was like fifty something while Lord Peter was in his thirties, how did you make up for the lost twenty years? Just film the later mysteries when the age would be appropriate if Mr Producer wanted that badly to use Carmichael. Duh! ...more
In all honesty, at first I found Anne quite annoying. While her childhood was something that brought memories of my own childhood rushing back, mind yIn all honesty, at first I found Anne quite annoying. While her childhood was something that brought memories of my own childhood rushing back, mind you, she talked wayyy too much. But Lucy M. Montgomery very cleverly weaved her story and developed her characters that in the end I sort of grew up with them. And Anne's change into a sweet teenager was very, very convincing and realistic.
I could very well relate myself with Anne. I could see you smirking but I don't care, smirk all you want but do so at your own private corner. Like Anne I was not raised by my own parents (though unlike Anne I am not an orphan). Marilla was like my aunt and Matthew my grandfather and their anxiety, their joy and their love reminded me a lot of the life that had passed. And when Matthew died I just broke into tears. Buckets of it. It was so like the time when my grandfather passed away, just as suddenly, and like Anne the straight road ahead of me suddenly became so bent. I am afraid I am not as optimistic as Anne, though. And yes, sorry that was a spoiler there, I should have warned you.
I think childhood is a universal language. Don't you?...more
A fantasy, but set in our world. I love such stories which made me feel closer to them, not needing one to travel to another world or dimension. ThatA fantasy, but set in our world. I love such stories which made me feel closer to them, not needing one to travel to another world or dimension. That felt so far away, so non-existent, see? This was like opening your front door and seeing the big tree in your front-yard and feeling that adventure was just one step away.
Would you like to live forever? Well, the Tucks were simple people. Since drinking the water from the spring, eighty seven years had passed and they were constantly on the move to avoid detection and suspicion. But while Jesse and Miles loved to travel, their parents, being older, preferred a quiet life. Let us imagine if somebody else discovered the spring, someone who was educated but not necessarily greedy like that man in yellow suit. It will be a different story altogether, a different interpretation. Oh, I would like to live forever if just for the sake of reading all the books in this world! At my rate, I do not have time to dawdle on bad books but if I had all the time in this world I would like to know not only what made a story good and loved by many but also what made a book awful beyond description. Ars longa, vita brevis.
Anyway, pushing my wish aside, the ending was painful. One had to admit. But it was realistic and the best ending, in my humble opinion, is realistic ending. No happily ever after nonsense. So yes, I love this book and no, I do not fear death, insya-Allah....more
If I am a serious critic I will list the many contradicting things in this story. Like when Tessa Changed into Camille she was supposed to have no heaIf I am a serious critic I will list the many contradicting things in this story. Like when Tessa Changed into Camille she was supposed to have no heart (because Camille was a vampire and vampires were not alive, see?) but when Will touched her hand suddenly the absent heart jumped. But I am not going to give a serious critique to a work that exhausted me so let us leave it at that.
I was honestly curious when I saw the high ratings many gave to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments. I have never read Mortal Instruments, the book cover repelled me, so when Clockwork Angel came out I was eager to give a try. The cover is pretty and I love steampunk. But, was I disappointed! The story had quite unexpected twists especially at the end but those were its only strong point. The characters were painfully one dimension, underdeveloped and predictable. The Institute was a big place but when Tessa wandered around she never found anything interesting about it because she was bound to stumble across either Will or Jem. Always! I feel like I was forced to always here, here, look at Will, look at James. Symphatise with them, feel for them. I was at least thankful that the characters were not unlikable and if Tessa existed in real world, I would have no problem making friend with her. There is a difference between not unlikable and sorely detestable, so there was something there. But I still feel like Cassandra Clare was trying to rub both her heroes, specially Will into my face and truthfully I found the story about Will-pretending-to-be-a-bad-boy-but-actually-there-was-more-to-him-than-the-skin-deep-beauty very unconvincing.
(Oh, someone told me that the characters were so like the characters from Mortal Instruments. Really? Well, then I am more disappointed than disappointed. If it is true than these Infernal Devices will just be an excuse to re-write Mortal Instruments in a different setting. How dull.)
But what pained me more than anything was the Victorian London setting. Ya Rabb, it was awful! Cassandra concentrated so much on the magic side of her story that even though the supposed focus were the clockwork machines, I kept forgetting that this was in a steampunk sub-genre. And the London she described was so patchy, the work of someone (forgive me) who was too lazy to do a constructive research thus chose to hide behind an easier to create fantasy world. She would convince me more if she said the setting was in Louis XVI’s court or even Medieval era. This as a steampunk was a total failure.
I will give the sequel a second chance though. I find it hard to abandon anything once I started; it was a nuisance that way, I know, but I cannot help it. I hope it will redeem itself somehow. I want a more realistic nineteenth century London (and that means research). I want a more concrete basic for those clockwork things. Cassandra actually threw in Leonardo da Vinci and some Arab’s plans into the story and my heart leaped expectantly both times... only to fall back like plasticine tossed into a pool of mud. Splat! In other words make the story intelligent and not just flashy window dressing as it is now. Or don’t call it steampunk. Ever.
P.s: Will and James reminded me of those soppy Korean dramas I used to watch once upon a silly time and are still being shown. One hero a bad boy (but handsome, mind you) who always picks a fight with the heroine, another hero a good kind-hearted boy who cares for the heroine. If Cassandra made Tessa choose Will with no good reason then I will have to say tch, tch, tch, what a cliché. ...more
I could not get why people love this book. But again, neither could I appreciate poems. Oh well. I guess that was why try as I would, I could not likeI could not get why people love this book. But again, neither could I appreciate poems. Oh well. I guess that was why try as I would, I could not like 'The Book Thief'.
Zusak's poetic flow annoyed me. The narrator kept hinting that 'Yeah, something big is about to happen', 'You wait, just ten secs' so on so forth again and again, but really, when something did happen it failed to grab my emotion. I could not feel for Liesel, could not share her misery and pain, could not relate to her. The deaths felt like those of strangers' instead some cherished friends' whom I came to know as I traversed through the story. I was like a passerby observing a blood-soaked battlefield from a safe seat; someone who would just walk away with a sigh and slight shaking of the head when nothing else interested her. I was as detached as Death the narrator. Maybe I could lay the blame on him. [No, that was not a spoiler. It would not take you more than five pages to guess who the narrator was even if I did not tell you.]
I was actually disappointed by this book. Angry even. Another case of too high an expectation, but at least I was not bored. There is (almost) no bigger failure for a writer than a boring book....more