Agatha Christie may always be my favorite mystery-writer. I don't know how anyone couldn't enjoy her writing, from stuffy old teachers to teenagers wh...moreAgatha Christie may always be my favorite mystery-writer. I don't know how anyone couldn't enjoy her writing, from stuffy old teachers to teenagers who just want to enjoy something intriguing and easily page-turning. She's the sort of writer who, every other page, I emit a sudden gasp and clutch the book closer to me; she's the sort of writer who once I start reading, it's hardly possible for me to set the book down anytime soon; and she's the sort of writer who, no matter what the book is or what it's about, I know that I'll enjoy it. I've read quite a few of her novel's, and none of them would I ever not recommend since, as I said earlier, she has something for everyone to enjoy in her writing.
That said, The Hollow isn't my favorite Agatha Christie. That award goes to The ABC Murders, yet as I also put before, certain writers you can read all of their works with the confidence that you'll get something out of each of them, and enjoy them all, even if some you may like more than others. Why was it not my favorite? No particular reason, perhaps I just found the actual mystery and the set of possible suspects not as exciting as others, yet there's nothing dull about this. And I can promise you, you will never be able to guess who the murderer/criminal is in any of her books, and if you can, you are indeed one wise creature, as Doctor Who himself once said.(less)
Perhaps I'm being a little to excitable and giddy with giving this book five stars and putting it on my favorites shelf; perhaps not. I never trust re...morePerhaps I'm being a little to excitable and giddy with giving this book five stars and putting it on my favorites shelf; perhaps not. I never trust reviews I make after literally just finishing it a day or so again. But anyway:
Oh gosh...Now that I'm here I hardly know where to begin. I love this book. I honestly, honestly do, and this book managed to put Joanne Harris in my top ten favorite writers list. I had read and adored Chocolat for it's decadent, beautiful, and enchanting writing, and when I came across this one, I was hardly sure what to think. Reading the back cover (yes, I do judge) I was immediately in doubt that it could possibly be written by the same woman. It seemed so surreal to me, so...of course I had to buy it! It would be foolish not to. I had to see if it was true or not.
Few writers can write multiple books, where each manages to stand on its own, tell something new, and be a completely separate work. I know maybe three, and I've grown to feel distrustful towards reading other novels by the same writer. Joanne Harris? No, I'm looking forward to reading everything of hers I can get my hands on. I read a few comments on here saying that though this novel was interesting and a fun-read, they don't consider it 'literary'. What do I have to say to that?
Pooh. Don't listen to them; read it.
This reminds me a little of a modern, more detailed, and more in-depth Agatha Christie (god bless her). It is a mystery/thriller of sorts, and try as you may, I can assure you that you'll in no way be able to guess the ending of this. If you can, I must meet you immediately and marry you. End of story. She writes in such a way that not a single chapter of this book lagged, not a single chapter did I find duller than the rest. It's the very definition of a page-turner, and if you like those (who couldn't?) please try this out. I stumbled out of my room after a particularly long reading session, determined to finish this, though wishing I never had to, and was amazed...I still am.
Normally I'm the sort of reviewer who compares other works by the same author, but in this case, I find it nearly impossible. The only thing that's at all similar about this book from Joanne Harris's others is the overwhelming need to never have to set it down; the witty and intriguing writing; and that enchanting touch that leaves you wanting more.
After writing this review I've decided: five stars? I like it, it's keeping. (less)
This novel was enchanting. Diane Setterfield weaves a web of intrigue, terror, and gothic charm that makes this a deliciously wonderful read. I can't...moreThis novel was enchanting. Diane Setterfield weaves a web of intrigue, terror, and gothic charm that makes this a deliciously wonderful read. I can't find much more than that to say about it. It's just beautiful, and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys gothic novels, mystery, and abnormal tales. (less)
Slowly coming out of the murky, dream-like pleasure derived from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I needed a particular sort of book. Short and pleasant,...moreSlowly coming out of the murky, dream-like pleasure derived from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I needed a particular sort of book. Short and pleasant, refreshing, unique, simple... I couldn't have found a better book than this.
Very rarely am I able to find something as completely unique as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with simplistic and emotionless prose illuminating a helpless life through the eyes of Christopher, the character's 'hero' of sorts, a boy of fifteen with autism and a skewed understanding of life, though a transcending understanding of math and problem solving. His character is written so skillfully and brilliantly that I would be shocked to find out if Mark Haddon never knew anyone personally who had autism. The attention to detail is what makes this book so beautiful, and he is capable of creating what all great writers strive to create: a truly real character, a character which feels so alive, so thriving beyond the simple, inky prints on a page, that to put the book down feels as if you're leaving his life, as though Christopher is existing, and you're missing out on valuable moments of his life each time the pages close together.
Not only Christopher, but also his family feel so alive, able to envision them perfectly, to understand their feelings, grieve with them while hating and loving them at the same time. While reading, I was filled with hopelessness for the entire situation, the book (though seemingly light and quirky) having dark, sympathetic and poignant undertones of the broken and eternally fragile bond of Christopher's family, held together by only one thing: him. While infuriating and enchanting all at once, Christopher's story I may never forget.
Now, all that being said, I do have one little complaint which kept this book from reaching five stars, having almost pulled it down to three had the end of the book not saved it. Near the middle, there is a section of the book which becomes extremely long-winded, feeling endless and very dull. Mark Haddon uses minimalistic writing, filled with run-on after run-on, cold, informative, and emotionless in form. This works brilliantly for this particular novel (though I usually am resentful towards this style of writing) though at a certain point, I began to feel my head throb as each and every sentence began with a 'and then', the anaphora chanted on and on until I felt that eagerness to read start to dissolve slightly. This complaint isn't a large one, though, because as I said before: the last part and first part of the book make up for the rather tedious middle-section, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time continues to be a charming, refreshing, and unique novel about love, struggle, and life, conveyed in a way I have never read before.(less)