Haul #12 | March 2014 (Post + Video)

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March Video Haul is available here.

I want to do a post too this time so I am just going to present this slideshow and then the rest of (kindle ebooks) Book List is available after that. I read 21 books in March and “bought” 13—so that was a major success! Here’s the March Reads post by the way.

Kindle Purchases:

1. A Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
3. The Bird with the Heart of a Mountain by Barbara Mariconda (giveaway prize)


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Happy Reading!

Review | Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Published: 1925
Genre: Classic Drama
Edition: Paperback, Martino Fine Books
Length: 214 pgs.

“Mrs Dalloway” is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. It is one of Woolf’s best-known novels. Created from two short stories, “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” and the unfinished “The Prime Minister,” the novel’s story is of Clarissa’s preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess. With the interior perspective of the novel, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure.

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Be aware that this is one of the longest reviews I have ever written. =]

Mrs. Dalloway takes place over the course of one day, in which Mrs. Dalloway flutters around town in order to perfect her party that takes place that night. But the story also revolves around other characters such as Richard Dalloway, her husband; Peter Walsh, her old friend; and Septimus Warren Smith, a WWII veteran, and his wife.

Do not be fooled by the shortness of this novel, by its length or its time, because it a very complex novel that follows several streams of consciousness. If you do not enjoy classics, do not ever go near this book. However, if you delight in studying characters and like a little bit of complexity, this is the book for you.

There are many things that puzzle me about Mrs. Dalloway but the most obvious one is the ending and how conflicted I feel about it. From the beginning we are clear on the fact that Mrs. Dalloway is the “definition” by which our protagonist, Clarissa Dalloway, is being defined but I wonder if this decision of her choosing to be “Mrs. Dalloway” was the correct one. Throughout the novel, we shuffle from Clarissa’s and her husband, Richard Dalloway’s, perspectives as well as a friend from her past, Mr. Peter Walsh and I wonder if Peter would’ve been the better choice for Clarissa. Their minds process their relationships as we read on and each of them seems to have their own thoughts about the kind of person Clarissa was and is today. Personally, I prefer the Clarissa that Mrs. Dalloway once used to be, for she was much more outgoing and friendlier in my opinion, even if a bit old-fashioned.

Richard, Clarissa’s husband, is more of a simpleton. He doesn’t have a lot to really offer and he seems to be “satisfied” with everything in his life, even Clarissa. But I wonder if and why that is enough for Clarissa. Their relationship is an honest one, for they both share deep feelings for each other but Clarissa’s brief relationship with Peter brought out more in her than her marriage with Richard. Clarissa, it seems to me, choose the easier road by marrying Richard. Peter Walsh was a man who knew everything, wanted to know everything if he wasn’t sure and being with him, Clarissa gets challenged. When she sees him at her party, she describes him perfectly:

“He made her see herself; exaggerate. It was idiotic.”

Peter Walsh saw Clarissa. Richard only knew her, by her own words and actions. Peter was essentially the “bad boy” in this triangle (though I hesitate to use the word) because with him, she would have struggled but I also think she would’ve been a better person. With Richard, she is just being “kept.” Again, the only word I can come up when describing how they feel about each other is “contentment.” I don’t consider being happy being “content” so although I wouldn’t mind being “content” in life, I would always attempt to pursue the ultimate happiness and I think despite the fact Peter can be a bit much at times, Peter would’ve attempted to make Clarissa truly happy in their life together. 

Peter at one point says,

“But it would not have been a success, their marriage.”

At this point, I was willing to take his word but I wonder though—is he simply saying that because he couldn’t have her anyway? Or does it truly think it? Perhaps I’m just wishing too much because Clarissa can, at times, seem like a snob. Richard knew this for he knew her after so many years of marriage,

“…she wanted support. Not that she was weak, but she wanted support.”

I don’t consider Clarissa a snob but she can act really snobbish at times. But then again, if she had married Peter, she could have been different. Who knows? If you read this book, I would love to know your thoughts! I am far too conflicted about this and cannot stop myself from thinking.

Now, to briefly talk about the other characters. Septimus Smith—he’s a WWII veteran suffering from what we have discovered today to be “shell shock.” He keeps imagining the death of his old friend, Evans, and his new, young Italian wife, Rezia, doesn’t understand what to do to help him. Septimus is a really sad character that I just could’t stand reading about because of what eventually happens to him. The two “doctors” who diagnose him really made me furious because no one, not even these “professionals,” attempted to understand what Septimus was suffering from. Rezia, his wife, is an immigrant and new in London, terrified of being left alone. Dr. Holmes, one of Smith’s doctors, keeps telling her to let them put her husband in a “home” when he threatens suicide and Rezia is scared of being left alone. I don’t understand her character very well, she sort of disappears by the end and I feel immense sympathy for her situation though I can’t help but wonder if she contributes to Septimus’ condition by constantly feeling aggravated by having to deal with him.

Then there’s Elizabeth, Clarissa and Richard’s daughter, who isn’t much in the novel so I don’t have much to say about her except I don’t really understand how she can be so easily persuaded by Mrs. Kilman’s, her tutor, opinions. Mrs. Kilman, oh my—she is a frustrating, selfish, bitter old woman. I feel bad for the way people have treated her but at the same time, her attempt to “take” someone else’s daughter is a bit much. And all those religious beliefs about “knowledge comes from the flesh”—oh, do not get me started on that. I am on Clarissa’s side on this, which was also surprising—the fact that Clarissa was an atheist—because I expected her to be among those who always followed all the rules of the society.

Sally, Clarissa and Peter’s old friend, is quite a hypocritical character. She seems fascinating through Clarissa’s younger years but in the “present” timeline, she seems to have thrown away all her beliefs and is living a life that I never expected her to have. Her brief encounter with Clarissa also seems very intriguing but too bad, once again, Sally just seemed more scared than Clarissa to do anything about it.

I have a lot of more thoughts actually but I’m going to wrap it up here but clearly, as you can tell, I have a lot to say about this book. Which means I clearly loved it. It’s a harder read but oh, it is a good one. I can go days talking about this book, seriously. But like I mentioned before, I would not recommend it to everyone. If you enjoy classics that are largely shaped through streams of human consciousness, you will like it but if you find them too hard, you will struggle greatly with this book so read if you are interested but don’t force yourself to do so.

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purple stars 5 stars

Review | Study: #2 Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Published: 2006
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Edition: Kindle ebook
Length: 368 pgs.

Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges–and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life…or be her downfall.

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Read my review of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder here.

This is going to be a short review because I only had so many thoughts written before I went ahead and read Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder so I don’t want to attempt to write more in fear that I will mix plot lines together.

In terms of plot, it is better than Poison Study, but in terms of characters—not so much. I got a little sick of watching everyone hate/doubt/envy Yelena. It was the same thing that continued on from Poison Study and I also got sick of wondering whether or not one of the girls (even Yelena at one point) would get raped by someone on the bad side. Yelena’s a pretty strong character but after what happened to her with Reyad, I kept worrying over the same thing because she clearly does not seem factor in her own safety very much before bargaining into difficult situations.

Valek was amazing. In the first book, I was taken back by the romance but I enjoyed it in the second one. I don’t fully understand why he was only there for such a short period of time but on the other hand, I also enjoyed that much of the focus remained on the plot, not the couple. I just really like him, I suppose. I like how he stands back at times and helps Yelena only when she asks for it. It seems somewhat selfish on her part, but I liked that about Valek. He’s a patient romantic assassin, that one. I also appreciated the use of “love” as a term of endearment for Yelena over something cornier like “baby.” Though there was one moment in the book when he calls Yelena “love” and it just didn’t seem like the right moment for it. When using terms of endearment, most people tend to be a normal environment but when he calls her “love” just before trying to take down an all-powerful villain, it seemed very out of place.

I STILL LOVE ARI AND JANCO. (Caps, see? That means it’s important) There really should have been more scenes with these two then with that useless brother of Yelena’s, Leif.

I also wished for a little more interaction with Yelena and her family but all the secrets and actions were exciting enough to satisfy me, so I don’t mind too much. Yelena’s mom is really weird though—I didn’t know whether to feel sorry for her or laugh at her behavior and personality.

As for the plot of this book, if you read Poison Study and fell in love with the exciting story and drama that revolved Yelena, you will not be disappointed by Magic Study. I finished this book in two days because almost every chapter of this book ends with a cliffhanger and I couldn’t stop myself from reading more and more. Now that we have discovered Yelena has magic, a whole new world unravels when she goes to Sitia and everything she thought she knew about herself gets challenged.

Overall, this book might not have been as amazing and original as Poison Study, but it was still delightful. I cannot even believe that this is a “Young Adult” book because it reaches past my expectations of everything I expect a YA book to be. 

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purple stars 4 stars

Review | The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Publishing Date: 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Edition: Hardback, Tor Teen
Length: 374 pgs.

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.

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The most curious thing about Brandon Sanderson is the “fantasy” aspect of his books. The Rithmatist is about the science and magic of bringing chalk drawings to life. I have to admit, this is not a very exciting idea to explore but somehow, Brandon Sanderson truly lives up to his fame by getting me excited about such an idea. It’s hard to explain how excited I got reading this book but I will try my best to make it understandable.

At the beginning of every chapter in this book, there is a one-page diagram illustrating a Rithmatist’s defense and the science of chalk drawings. At first, these are confusing and I didn’t understand them but as the story moves forward, these become quite essential. I admit I did not understand or remember all of them but what I find fascinating is that the author attempts to actually explain the science and history behind Rithmatists’ magic and this is something absolutely amazing—and a trait, I couldn’t help but compare to the Harry Potter series because J. K. Rowling never fully explains the science behind wizardry in her books but Brandon Sanderson does, and he does a fantastic job of it. Additionally, I love that in some of the scenes, where the characters are battling with chalklings, there are actual illustrations on the margins depicting the drawings. I have a hard time imagining these things being as “threatening” as they are meant to be but I still got pretty excited about these chalking battles. I wanted to give this book 4.5 instead of 5 stars but again, I am trying not to do “half” ratings anymore so I am giving it a full 5 stars—though the -.5 is because of this “chalkings” fantasy aspect. I got excited about it but it still is not as exciting as other things could have been but I do truly admire Sanderson’s attempt at making these “chalklings” as terrifying as they are supposed to be.

I love Joel’s character in this story, he is unlike everything I imagined he would be. The first wrong assumption I made was that Joel would be bullied for just being “normal” and not a Rithmatist. He’s actually a decent guy who comes from a poor family and who lost his father, who was a chalk maker and not as Rithmatist as well, when he was young. He and his mother struggle to make do in the world with the little they have and that sometimes made me a little emotional because they really a sweet little family of their own. I admit, being poor is also really no reason to assume that Joel would be bullied, but he tries so hard at wanting to study Rithmatists that I thought for sure the Rithmatists students would push him around. But in fact, some of the professors and staff were actually nicer and kinder to him than I was expecting. In this way, The Rithmatists was even better than Harry Potter because there was no need for unnecessary bullying in order to get sympathy for the main character. In Harry Potter, we have a character like Ron who gets bullied for not having the proper clothing and materials for school and I loathe that cheap trick authors pull to gain sympathy so I loved that I could admire Joel who who he really was and not because he was bullied for not being a Rithmatist or well off.

I also really liked Melody. Every book should have a character like her to keep things light. She reminds me of Ron in Harry Potter actually but I find her as sweet as Hermoine at the same time. She even attempts to help Joel even though he is a little rude to her and I just adore her. Professor Fitch was another admirable character, more like Lupin. He can act really funny sometimes but I think his passion to help his students is note worthy and I liked his interactions with Joel. He almost plays a father figure to Joel, encouraging him to purse what he would like to become, even though being a Rithmatist is something that has to happen naturally.

The plot of this book wasn’t super exciting in the beginning but once you get involved, boy, will you get involved. I was expecting a few surprises by the end, mostly because I felt like things couldn’t be as easy as they seemed to be for Joel, but I was not expecting things to turn out like they did. It’s actually pretty terrifying to think about, something along the lines of what happens in The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Brandon Sanderson got to me here too.

With wonderful admirable characters, an exciting murder mystery, and a wonderful magic school where things are far darker than they appear—this book has everything I could ever want! I just can’t help but think of Harry Potter when reading and reviewing this book and I think that says something in itself.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series! If I were you, I would snatch this book up as soon as I could and get to reading because trust me, it’s worth it.

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purple stars 5 stars

March Wrap-Up » April TBR

wrapupHello there!

I’m right on time this time. Hopefully, I will be able to keep this up. Here’s the video version of this wrap-up!

I read a few too many books to individual talk about them so I’m back to just listing them. Kind of happy, kind of sad about this. Here’s the list:

  1. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  2. Selected Stories by D. H. Lawrence (a few stories)
  3. The Lord of the Rings: #3 The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  5. American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Stephen King
  6. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman
  7. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
  8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  9. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  10. Night by Elie Wiesel
  11. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  12. Gitanjali by Rabinranath Tagore
  13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  14. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
  15. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  16. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  17. The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot
  18. All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
  19. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield (a few stories)
  20. Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
  21. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson > review should be up soon!

I only did 4 reviews. I know—that is so bad. But I did read a lot. Especially considering my spring “break” required me to do midterms and essays that were due the first week back at Uni. I don’t think professors understand that their’s isn’t the only class a student has to work for. /=[

Here’s the breakdown of genres: 14 classics, 2 non-fiction, and the rest—misc. I read a lot of books I had no plans on reading—which is great because that means I am now done with them. I planned to read at least 1 classic for pleasure and 1 non-fiction for pleasure book but I surpassed by expectations for classics for the whole year so I feel pretty proud of that. I still have to read nonfiction so I will attempt to finish some of the ones I own during summer, since I am technically ahead a few months in that too.

I also did a review of Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, which was a february read but I still did a review in March—because I loved it very much and was excited to write about it. =]


TBRLike I mentioned last month, I am going to keep a very short TBR so my expectations are not very high and I get a little wiggle room for my crazy mood swings.

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (continuing…) – I am not sure about finishing this, the plot is moving slow even though the writing is amazing!
  • Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (continuing…)
  • Good Omens by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman (Gaiman read of the month)
  • The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (I am reading this right now but haven’t “officially” start this yet)
  • Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
  • A non-fiction book, maybe?
  • Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

And of course, there’s my list of books to read for University. Those are:

  • Uni reading: Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf
  • Uni reading: Pericles, the Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare
  • Uni reading: The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Uni reading: Henry VIII by William Shakespeare
  • Uni reading: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  • Uni reading: Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

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What are you reading in April? Any tricks up your sleeve for April Fool’s day?

Review | Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Publishing Date: 1996
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition: Paper, William Morrow Paperbacks
Length: 370 pgs.

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

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Warning: The following review contains spoilers.

This is among the last and the few novels by Neil Gaiman that I had yet to read, among Good Omens and Anansi Boys. Since November, I seem to be reading something by Gaiman every month so I dedicated to continue this 1 Gaiman a month theme.

Neverwhere is a urban fantasy novel about a different sort of London than most of us believe in. Richard Mayhew is a simple, honest man who one day decides to help an injured girl on the street. Despite not being comprehend what this girl is all about, Richard decides to help her out of the goodness of his heart. His one small act of kindness, however, turns out to be far more destructive than he imagined. He is plucked right out of reality and into London Below, a underground world full of dark, mysterious things that no one has ever seen before.

After reading Stardust, I really expected to enjoy Gaiman’s earlier works such as this one and American GodsAmerican Gods was a disappointment in terms of the main idea that it is trying to present was absurd, but Stardust was a delightful read that I absolutely fell in love with. Neverwhere, however, has become my least favorite Neil Gaiman book. I enjoyed Neverwhere for the most part, don’t get me wrong, but of all the things I have read so far by the author, it just didn’t fascinate me as much as I thought it would. I think if I’d read Neverwhere first, before any other Gaiman’s works, I would’ve enjoyed it more but after experiencing all the wonderful things Gaiman does, Neverwhere is not the best of presentation of his imagination. Stardust or Coraline is probably the best place to start, so far I think.

I liked Richard’s character. He’s what we could call an “Honest Joe,” just an everyday man who gets chosen to be something absolutely extraordinary. Although it’s debatable whether or not all the events that unfold in his life are positive or negative—he is set off on quite an adventure in London Below.

The reason for my lowest-Gaiman-rating for this book is because I did not enjoy the fantasy part of this novel. As usual, I loved how Gaiman writes and develops his characters and story, but I just found this world of London Below to be sort of a dull, dry area. Considering this is “fantasy,” I wasn’t really able to “fantasize” a lot of good things about this world and I could just barely be amazed by it. The story was good, not the best, but again, because I found London Below very monotonous, I did not enjoy this novel very much. I mean really, how am I supposed to be fascinated by sewers and rats?

I have to be honest, much like Door, I was not expecting a big plot twist towards the end of the novel. I mean, I could see where the “fallen angel” thing applies but the traitor situation was not expected. Much like Door, I just sort of shrugged it off and though it came as a shock, it was not a jaw-dropping moment nor was I truly attached to some of the characters to care so much about what happens in the end. Richard was the only character I connected with, and possibly Door towards the end but the rest were just mundane characters to me.

The ending of this novel was really positive for me. I was not expecting things to take a complete turn towards the end but I am so glad they did. I am not overly fond this “fantasy” world in London Below, but I cannot imagine ever having to go back to being just normal after having seen such unimaginable things that Richard experiences. I wanted to give this book a 4 star rating at that point, but I knew I had to settle down a bit and look at it overall, which brought me back to 3 stars.

Despite my disappointments in this novel, I will continue to read on and finish the last 2 full novels I have yet to read by Gaiman and still always remain fond of Richard Mayhew. I would recommend this book for Gaiman fans anyway, but this is probably not the best place to start if you are interested in trying out Neil Gaiman’s works for the first time.

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purple stars 3 stars

Review | And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Publishing Date: 1939
Genre: Classic, Mystery
Edition: Paper, Harper
Length: 247 pgs.

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U. N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

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For the longest time, I have wanted to read an Agatha Christie novel and finally, after being so bored I couldn’t decide what to read—I picked And Then There Were None. Finally, I can see why Agatha Chrisite is so widely read and enjoyed.

I have not read many mysteries so I expect to be surprised but I probably can’t figure out the suspense as easily as those who read mysterious regularly. This one however, was a delight!

And Then There Were None (previously called “Ten Little Indians” and originally titled “Ten Little Niggers”) is about a group of ten different people who have been invited to an island by the owner, U. N. Owen. These ten people aren’t just any random selection of people, these are ten uniquely selected group of people that have either explicitly committed or have been involved in some sort of criminal activity. When these ten people arrive on the island to realize something suspicious about the owner, U. N. Owen, they release too late that they have been cut off from the mainland and stuck together in a large home with someone trying to scare them, and worse. When one of them gets murdered, suspicions are raised even higher and people begin to question which one of them is responsible for the crime. And so the tale begins, as one after another is killed, until only one killer lurks…

Christie’s writing style is unique for a murder mystery, I thought, because not only is she making the readers live through the murders but she is giving the perspectives of each and every person that is trapped on the island. None of the ten people seem even slightly suspicious for each of them is shown to be doing something else while the murders occur. This is what is most baffling about this story: if each of the nine people are given their own scenarios in which they are set—who is committing the murders? Truly, this was a suspence-filled novel that deserves all the attention it has been getting for decades.

The ending was, strange enough, a surprise to me actually. There’s a epilogue at the end which does not seem to give very much away so at first I was frustrated that the story will simply be left off but what comes after the epilogue…well, I really cannot explain this in words but my mouth was left gaping open for several minutes before dad entered the room and made me jump back to reality. It even managed to sort of freak me out and the last scene of Psycho briefly flashed into my head—which to me, was terrifying because the human brain itself is far too complex for me to ever understand. And naturally, the things we do not understand, we fear.

To anyone wanting to read this novel, I would just like to add something for your benefit before you read this book. This is not a “supernatural” mystery. For a brief moment in the novel, I considered it a possibility that something not natural was going on and perhaps the killer wasn’t human but that is not the what is happening so don’t make the assumption that it’s the “eleventh unknown” that is causing the murders—that will just ruin the experience for you.

If you have not read an Agatha Christie novel, you simply must. And I would highly recommend you start with this one—it is not only among one of the top ten but her own personal favorite as well. And after having finished this novel, it is definitely among one of my favorite novels too. It’s a very simple, wonderful novel that is sure to keep the reader engaged and one I think most of everyone will enjoy!

Movie Adaptations Available:
And Then There Were None (1945)
And Then There Were None (1974)

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purple stars 5 stars