Another one of flashback/retelling novels. I usually don't enjoy them as much as I like stories occurring in real/current time, but this one was prettAnother one of flashback/retelling novels. I usually don't enjoy them as much as I like stories occurring in real/current time, but this one was pretty good - at least from my point of view. A young woman is accused of murder of another girl - you can guess what Poirot is supposed to do with this. Christie dropped enough foreshadowing and bits of info for me to be able to figure out whodunit, so I was happy enough, even though the twist at the end turned out as cheesy as I predicted, and I still cringed. ...more
A kid is killed at Halloween party because she supposedly witnessed murder several years back. I don't care much about kids and this particular kid waA kid is killed at Halloween party because she supposedly witnessed murder several years back. I don't care much about kids and this particular kid wasn't likable even when she was still alive, so it was a rather dull read... Not much happened; basically everything that happened, happened in dialogues. It was fairly easy to figure out who committed the crime, and as the story progressed, everything became clearer and clearer. ...more
Re-read. I gave it best possible rating when I was about 12, but I didn't remember the plot at all, so I decided to check it out.
It turned to be a goRe-read. I gave it best possible rating when I was about 12, but I didn't remember the plot at all, so I decided to check it out.
It turned to be a good decision. This one is one of Christie's best detective novels. Unlike many other books, where there is only one corpse and the detective has to tediously figure out who did it, A Pocket Full of Rye is thrilling, gripping. Freakish nursery rhyme, unexpected murders... events occur fast one after another, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.
The ending was nice. I was hoping for something with a bit more flair, but it was still a very good read....more
Re-read. I graced it with a very good score 10 years ago and wanted to see whether it would still hold.
Well. It didn't.
The mystery sounded very intereRe-read. I graced it with a very good score 10 years ago and wanted to see whether it would still hold.
Well. It didn't.
The mystery sounded very interesting at first, in the classic Christie way that I love so much - seemingly unrelated tiny events, tips of an iceberg of big malicious plot underneath. Unfortunately, it lost steam halfway. The ending was so-so and not really satisfying at all. I felt let down by a good premise that didn't deliver anything substantial....more
A murder of a promising young author opens a chain of events that may threaten Dr Kay Scarpetta herself. Can the police catch the stalker before sometA murder of a promising young author opens a chain of events that may threaten Dr Kay Scarpetta herself. Can the police catch the stalker before something horrible happens?
... or something like that. It's my second Scarpetta book and already I can see the common scheme behind the two novels. It starts with homicide, then Scarpetta is attacked by journalists / lawyers / random guys who just want to make a fuss (always because she's a woman on an important position, and she is never helped by anyone), then another homicide happens, then Scarpetta gets personal with the case (why?), and then she is threatened herself by the attacker. Marino wanders around and makes snide comments, Scarpetta on one hand says she's strong and doesn't need the care, while on the other hand has a victim personality, something from her past pops up... And then everything ends with some random conclusion and random dude as the culprit. The ending of volume 2 was especially similar to vol. 1. *sigh*
It's hard to sympathize with Dr Scarpetta, the mystery isn't worth trying to solve alone because the facts are not enough to work with. Dr Scarpetta's past is uninteresting. There isn't enough going on in the labs to justify reading further. Forensics book for dummies sounds more interesting than this. I may read more Scarpetta in the future, but only as last resort....more
The so-called greatest debut of latest years. It's totally fitting. It sounds just as egocentric, self-absorbed, puffed out, conceited, etc etc as maiThe so-called greatest debut of latest years. It's totally fitting. It sounds just as egocentric, self-absorbed, puffed out, conceited, etc etc as main character person of this "book", Kvothe the Most GAR Being in the Entire Multiverse. Kvothe is perfect genius: he plays instruments like a god, even with strings missing, without practice and having heard the song only a couple of times; he can learn a language in a day and decipher things in a matter of minutes; every conversation he has consists of him "explaining" things to moronic idiots aka the rest of humanity; all women (and some men) love him from the bottom of their hearts and weep for his excellence; and if somebody does not like him, they are the blackest villain, and stupid to boot.
I have never, ever encountered an official freaking GARY STU who is praised by virtually every other character in a book. Even standard-issue Mary Sue's got enemies whom they have trouble fighting. Apparently, Kvothe is beyond that. That's how awesome he is.
Plot, what plot? It's slice of life story about the 20-something oh so eventful life of Kvothe the Everyone's Idol. Other characters? Not important, disregard, you have Kvothe. World building? Oh, there's a ton of flowing poetry, but nothing distinctive. I personally imagined the world as Lord of the Rings-esque plains and mountains and the city as 17th century London. No idea how they should like - you get lots of description of lush green plants like a fragile bird's song shining in moonlight of the setting sun, but you still don't know where the heck on the map you are.
I managed to slog through it only because I suffered psychical breakdown on page 180 and started scribbling snarky notes and flower doodles on the margins. (I never do that, even with dictionaries.) I must admit it actually turned the experience from painful to bearable, otherwise I would have to sue myself for property damage.
The book still receives one star because Kvothe's story (which, by the way, he didn't even have to tell - nobody begged him to do it) is going to take an entire trilogy and then the somewhat interesting events of first few chapters are to fit into another trilogy. No. Just, no....more
There's a ton of Perry Mason mysteries available in bookstores (and my library) - I was really surprised by the amounts, having never even heard aboutThere's a ton of Perry Mason mysteries available in bookstores (and my library) - I was really surprised by the amounts, having never even heard about Gardner. The books seem very unpopular on reviews sites... and now I know why.
Well, technically they weren't bad. The plot for this one is as follows: young woman is contacted by her long-lost uncle, a millionaire who had gone missing 10 years earlier. That same day her cat is poisoned, etc. Sounds OK. It wasn't as gripping as it should be, though. I found myself zoning out and making myself slog through the book in order to finish it on time. It's hard to actually point out the problem - the mystery, check. The pace, check. The characters, check. It's just that it was hard to... pay attention? To care? And then the ending was abrupt and based on a fact that wasn't disclosed earlier (or that I simply slept over). It wasn't satisfying, but I was still glad that the book was over. It wasn't tiring or boring read, just... boring.
I probably won't be borrowing more Gardner books if I can find other reads. It doesn't mean that people won't enjoy it, though....more
A murder is announced - literally. An invitation to murder appears in local newspaper of a sleepy town where everyone knows everyone. Of course, all nA murder is announced - literally. An invitation to murder appears in local newspaper of a sleepy town where everyone knows everyone. Of course, all neighbours flock to the site...
A premise in 100% traditionally Christie style - old, sleepy little town, oldish characters, lazy plot with many tiny idiosyncrasies. It was very interesting up to 3/4 of the book, but the ending... The ending was full of tricks I've known already from other Christie novels. I don't doubt it could be satisfying for someone with limited experience (even if a little overdone), but for me it was almost distasteful in the amounts of omg!twists....more
I took a long break (almost having dropped the series in September 09) and tried this one only because a frThe last Dresden. I'm dropping the series.
I took a long break (almost having dropped the series in September 09) and tried this one only because a friend kept recommending it to me. According to her, this is the last volume which is so Harry-centric and following ones are better. It's kinda sad that a series needs 6 volumes to get to the good part, but I gave Dresden benefit of doubt.
Well. This was the last straw.
Nothing improved. This novel is based on exactly the same plot scheme as the preceding five. The villain is as bad as ever. The sidekicks are there. The ever-present personal problems - check. Money problems - check. Everything - yawn. The only redeeming point is that the scope is much narrower than in last two volumes - at least there's no saving the world, Chicago and several people's lives is enough. Dresden also isn't as self-centered anymore, but it's all cosmetic change. The book still annoyed me a great deal. I was zoning out, sleeping in, glossing over large chunks of text... The only thing that I truly liked were Dresden's oneliners, but it's not enough to let me carry on. This is the end, Mr Dresden. I've looked at reviews on next volumes and they all seem like the same plot as ever, with some recycled villains popping up here and there. Oh, and Harry is special. I nearly forgot (shows how much I care) that now his oh-so-horrifying family issues are gonna resurface.
His mother! Was a shady but powerful figure! And! He has a half-brother who is a vampire. Oh my. Oh my! ... like I f* care.
Pendergast novels can now be classified purely as thriller, not horror, but they're still one of the best action page-turners I've read. The second voPendergast novels can now be classified purely as thriller, not horror, but they're still one of the best action page-turners I've read. The second volume of Diogenes trilogy is amazingly good, much better than the first volume. Diogenes targets people close and important to Pendergast - the thrill and anticipating next strike is really good. The action flows very fast and there are no holes - at least not big enough to be noticed amidst all the hectic adrenaline rush. All in all, it's a very pleasant read (even though I can't agree with the ending - personal opinion, though) and I almost don't mind that the horror factor isn't present anymore....more
A closed party: four murderers who were never caught and four law enforcement people from various branches, plus the host. Well, you can guess what haA closed party: four murderers who were never caught and four law enforcement people from various branches, plus the host. Well, you can guess what happens. A murder is committed and now our four protagonists must find the culprit.
Sounds like a good idea, but the execution was rather bland. Everyone had their own private suspects and there was a whole lot of uncovering people's secrets, which was a bit hard to follow... hard because it didn't seem relevant and was frankly rather boring.
I could totally do without the final twist. It made the ending bland and pointless. There were many loose ends left and mentions that were never explained / explored. Not one of Christie's best, unfortunately....more
It started well enough: gruesome murders with paranormal flair, no suspects, no clues, looking like the work of a devil. Even Pendergast was pretty stIt started well enough: gruesome murders with paranormal flair, no suspects, no clues, looking like the work of a devil. Even Pendergast was pretty stumped, which got my hopes up that there will be some freaky unnatural factor in the case.
Unfortunately, as the book progressed, the supernatural mystery deteriorated into action novel with thriller elements and slice-of-life miscellany, like sitting in cafes and discussing art. Pendergast is The Hero, together with unexplained tricks and aces out of the sleeve. I don't get it why authors think it thrilling to put their characters through impossible ordeals when the readers already know that nothing serious would happen to them. This volume was worse than the others when it came to Pendergast - he seemed to solve things via magic tricks. This is further enforced by D'Agosta's POV, who is nearly worshiping Pendergast's skill at the end of the book.
The plot itself... was decent in the first half of the book. Then there was a brilliant revelation by Pendergast (much as in Sherlock Holmes stories, where Sherlock Holmes withholds information from the reader only to present it in major OMG moment) and I was left yawning till the very end, while the protagonists were wrapping up the case. A disappointment....more
Serial murders in the corn. Monstrous crime scenes. Sounds good enough. Gore was quite high, but not gross. Body count - satisfactory. Even PendergastSerial murders in the corn. Monstrous crime scenes. Sounds good enough. Gore was quite high, but not gross. Body count - satisfactory. Even Pendergast reigned in his superhuman capabilities; there was even one thing that could be counted as his personal failure of sorts.
I liked this book, despite several laughable scenes and cliche plot devices. It wasn't as creepy as Relic, but at least included a nice chase sequence. I was mildly uneasy, but not spooked out - the best combination for coward me.
The ending was the weakest part, facepalm-worthy, unfortunately. There were also some poor bits, barely believable. Of course, this is a book where the reader is supposed not to think and just enjoy themselves, but still several things were hardly realistic.
Didn't like it. The premise looked good enough, although it started a bit boring. Everybody had a solid motive and no real alibi; till the very end IDidn't like it. The premise looked good enough, although it started a bit boring. Everybody had a solid motive and no real alibi; till the very end I had no idea who the killer was and was looking forward to some brilliant reveal and connecting the clues. Unfortunately, Christie opted for an altogether different solution, which seemed too far-fetched for me. ...more