Just as fun as the first one, although for some reason it took me a while to get into the story, so I let the book rest a few days. The further I readJust as fun as the first one, although for some reason it took me a while to get into the story, so I let the book rest a few days. The further I read, the more addictive it became.
I loved the snarky exchange of words between (view spoiler)[Amelia and Emerson (hide spoiler)], and I was happy to see that their personalities hadn't changed one bit, but that they could still spar with each other despite the situation changing. People like them can seem a bit hard, though, but there were moments where their hard exteriors melted and they seemed more human. Not that they didn't seem human before, but now there were more faults visible as well, like with real human beings. It was pretty obvious, too, that Amelia wouldn't settle into tea parties. The way she appears next to the ridiculous Lady Baskerville, who's constantly fainting out of shock like your typical romance heroine, would make anyone want to escape with Amelia to the dusty digs.
The characters were more interesting this time around, especially the insane Madame Berengeria, who loved her bottle a bit too much and dressed like ancient Egyptians. Bigger bunch of people also meant there were more choices for the murderer, and although the identity wasn't a complete shock, I wasn't disappointed either. Peters handled the twists and turns with style.
There's a cat, too!
Ok, that was a bit random, but Bastet deserves a mention.
All in all, I liked the sense of adventure. I can't give four stars, because I still feel there's something missing, but for certain situations these are perfect light mysteries, and I'd love to know where Amelia ends up next.
"Bucolic peace is not my ambience, and the giving of tea parties is by no means my favorite amusement. In fact, I would prefer to be pursued across the desert by a band of savage Dervishes brandishing spears and howling for my blood. I would rather be chased up a tree by a mad dog, or face a mummy risen from its grave. I would rather be threatened by knives, pistols, poisonous snakes, and the curse of a long-dead king."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Body horror in the dark corners of colonial Africa. The mysterious and moody suspense leads to a final revelation that is both disgusting and slightlyBody horror in the dark corners of colonial Africa. The mysterious and moody suspense leads to a final revelation that is both disgusting and slightly amusing. I'm kind of hoping a campy 1980's flick exists that was inspired by this story....more
(Ismael from Egypt and Anu from Finland fall in love, and their daughter tells the story of her family and how to survive between two cultures.)
Egypti(Ismael from Egypt and Anu from Finland fall in love, and their daughter tells the story of her family and how to survive between two cultures.)
Egypti, Libya ja Suomi. Kertojan vanhemmat, egyptiläinen Ismael ja suomalainen Anu, rakastuvat ja myöhemmin perhe liikkuu kolmessa maassa tasapainotellen kahden erilaisen kulttuurin myllerryksessä. Pitkiä ja kylmiä talvia, kaupan muoviin pakattuja elintarvikkeita, puheenkin hiljentävä kuuma aurinko, katkeilevat sähköt. Hetket sekoittuvat toisiinsa, muistot kietoutuvat kehäksi, henkilöistä saadut vaikutelmat pyörivät ympyrää.
Joissain kirjoissa toisteisuus ärsyttää liian kikkailevana tyylikeinona, mutta tässä sitä on käytetty harkiten. Aina palataan sinne, mistä kaikki alkoi. Hämyiseen junavaunuun, jossa istuu enkeli, ja jossa tuli ja vesi ensimmäistä kertaa kohtaavat. ElRamlyn (nyk. Paasonen) proosa on täynnä hienoja kielikuvia, ja sanojen virta vie mukanaan jos vain malttaa keskittyä. Tunnelma on surumielinen ja viipyilevä, mutta joukkoon mahtuu myös hiukan iloa ja toiveikkuutta. Yksi niistä harvoista suomalaisista romaaneista, joista jaksan kiinnostua aihepiirin puolesta, ja jotka ovat vieläpä kaiken lisäksi todella hyviä ja taidokkaita....more
I'm not the biggest fan of detective fiction, usually I read more classic stuff like Chandler and Christie from that genre. The first ones remind me oI'm not the biggest fan of detective fiction, usually I read more classic stuff like Chandler and Christie from that genre. The first ones remind me of film noir (there's something utterly enchanting about Los Angeles at night) and the latter ones are just adorably entertaining (despite the grisly murders). However, when I got the chance to get a free copy of the new Finnish translation of this, I thought why not. I've wanted to read more about Africa anyway and this sounded exotic. I think I also got a sudden urge to learn Afrikaans.
The result was that I almost sabotaged my own studying, because I could not put this down for too long a period. I was kind of upset that when I went to my parents' house for a couple days I forgot to take this with me. I waited anxiously to get back to the story.
At first I wanted more descriptions of the surroundings. It felt like the story could have happened anywhere, because there were just brief mentionings of names and places that didn't ring a bell. As the plot thickened, however, I barely thought about it. Meyer drops small pieces of the South African society here and there, and something can also be spotted between the lines. Nothing ever seemed too glued on, and there was no dumping of information (unlike historical fiction often has). The story about the football match was touching, and got me more curious about the situation in South Africa, because I'm not very familiar about the whole continent.
The two levels of time brought nice depth to van Heerden's character. He believes every human being to be fundamentally evil. Hope is not entirely lost, because Beneke would like to break through his hard and cynical barrier. Other characters were realistic as well, and none of them are either good or evil, just ordinary human beings who've had to make some tough choices.
Let's be honest, this ain't special in the way that I usually consider special literature, but this is still an entertaining one in its own genre....more
I remember fiddling these books at the library when I was a child, but the thickness of them probably stopped me from ever borrowing them. Instead I jI remember fiddling these books at the library when I was a child, but the thickness of them probably stopped me from ever borrowing them. Instead I just stuck to girly books, like Nancy Drew. The tv series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures on the other hand was one of my favourites. Ok, I'll admit, I watched it mostly because of John Lara :D And oh boy, the films with Johnny Weismuller, my great love! So, like with a lot of other people, the story of Tarzan was familiar even though I never actually read the book.
Now that I'm an adult, I take note on different things than what I would have as a kid. I was able to enjoy the story for what it was and be swept away by the epic adventures, but Burroughs was definitely a child of his era in regards to attitudes. The African tribes are described as being cruel, even monstrous cannibalist savages, whereas Esmeralda, the servant of white people, was mostly a childlike, hysterical and stupid nervous wreck. These basically overrule Burroughs's idea of fraternity between humans, or did it just concern white men? Alice and Jane were mostly just weak and useless (Jane a bit stronger, though), who apparently weren't able to 'think reasonably like men'. It was also unfathomable, that Tarzan's aristocratic instincts were supposedly hereditary, 'a natural result from generations of fine upbringing'. Seriously? Even though he'd been brought up by an ape after being orphaned as a baby? Thankfully Mr. Philander and professor Porter offered a little welcomed comic relief to the story.
Ok, so you could probably draw a conclusion from all this that I didn't like the book, but it's quite the opposite. The story was a great dose of pulp entertainment, even though the end felt a bit rushed and glued on. Because of my personal lack of interest towards wrestling with animals, I was happy for the arrival of Jane and the contrast it brought, but as a whole this was a great adventure novel of which I will definitely read the next installments at some point....more
Wonderfully compiled reference book with an abundance of colour photos. Not just a list of discoveries, but works also as a coherent story of the deveWonderfully compiled reference book with an abundance of colour photos. Not just a list of discoveries, but works also as a coherent story of the development of archaeological conventions in digging up ancient objects....more
Considering how little information we have from most of the queens, this is quite coherently compiled. An extended list that doesn't just throw queensConsidering how little information we have from most of the queens, this is quite coherently compiled. An extended list that doesn't just throw queens one after another, but also offers a short and clear biography of each of those it's possible. Kind of sad really, that there might be an incredible amount of equally or even more intelligent consorts and harem wives than Cleopatra, but we just don't know that (yet?). We give more attention to the more famous kings and queens, because there's more information regarding their reigns, therefore it leads us to believe that they were the most important ones. Anyway, Tyldesley has also written an introduction to the book, so it's a bit easier to put the queens into context if you're not familiar with the women's history in Egypt yet....more
The most interesting aspects for me in ancient Egypt have always been mummies and mummification (a document I once saw where they mummified a present-The most interesting aspects for me in ancient Egypt have always been mummies and mummification (a document I once saw where they mummified a present-day human was lovely, but also slightly revolting), so it wasn't a surprise the particular chapter concerning that was my favourite. Although it was pretty short, so I was left wondering whether there might be even more information available on cat mummies and their burial. Still, I'd recommend this for both cat and history lovers. The formation of Egyptian society is briefly recounted at the beginning. To get a proper context of the importance of cats in religion and art, their basics are also useful for those not familiar with these concepts in Egyptian style....more