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Murder, dance girls, rambling stone

I'm not going to post non-fiction books (for the simple reason that I don't usually bother writing any comments about them), just fiction and perhaps some biographies etc. You can see my progress also in my livejournal even if you're not a friend.

1. Dead Man's Folly - Agatha Christie (1956) 3 / 5
While organizing a murder mystery game for a village festival, an inescapable feeling of dread settles on crime novelist Adriane Oliver. In desperation, she summons her old friend Hercule Poirot. Her instincts are proved correct when the “pretend” victim is discovered with an all-too-real rope wrapped around her neck. The two sleuths soon discover that in murder hunts, whether mock or real, everyone is playing a part.

2. Wise Children - Angela Carter (1991) 2 / 5
On their 75th birthday, we meet Dora and Nora Chance, former dancers and illegitimate twin daughters of one of Britain's leading theatrical actors. They relate their colorful and amusing family history as the novel unfolds, describing their often strained relations with the legitimate branch of the family.

I can't say I liked it that much. The narrator did give us some funny moments but I personally couldn't get inside the characters as well as I would've wanted. Because the Chance sisters did seem really spicy and interesting girlies.

3. - 5. Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake (1959) 5 / 5
A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and a dazzling array of bizarre creatures inhabit the magical world of the Gormenghast novels. At the center of it all is the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom, unless the conniving Steerpike, who is determined to rise above his menial position and control the House of Groan, has his way.

I didn't think I would finish these so quickly but once I got inside the castle the walls started to close me in. I smelled the dust on the floor and saw the deep colour of Fuchsia's dress and everything real disappeared. Not for readers who only care about the plot. Be prepared for vivid characters within a touching distance.
Tags: genre: fantasy, genre: mystery, review, xxx author last name: a-h, xxx author last name: i-q
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