Tag: Disappointing

Agatha Christie – The Secret of Chimneys | Review

Title: The Secret of Chimneys

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 310

Rating: 3/5

This one’s a bit of a strange one because there aren’t any of Christie’s iconic characters for us to enjoy and it’s arguably more of an espionage thriller than a classic cosy mystery. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing here to like, but it does mean that if you’re expecting some classic cosy crime then you’re probably going to be disappointed.

I think my favourite thing about this book was probably the old lady who’d lived a blameless life and who ended up being blackmailed by someone. She realised that the blackmailer had got the wrong person, but she decided to play along anyway, even giving him some money, which she would otherwise have spent on a dress. She just wanted a little bit of excitement in her life, and fair play to her.

From there, someone gets murdered, and then we kind of slowly move on from there. The pacing is pretty good and the overall plot itself works out, it’s just that it’s nowhere near as gripping as some of Christie’s other work and so it feels relatively disappointing as a consequence. It’s definitely something that you’re only going to want to read if you’re a completionist like I am, or if you’re lucky enough to get a copy of the facsimile edition without paying, like I did.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you here. I guess the only other thing that I’d mention is that one of the characters speaks like Poirot does, using English but sprinkling in random bits of French here and there. I feel as though Christie was just keeping herself in practice there and it didn’t really work so well. You see, not everything she touched turned to gold.

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C. S. Lewis – The Last Battle | Review

Title: The Last Battle

Author: C. S. Lewis

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 176

Rating: 2.5/5



I was expecting this book to be a lot better than it was, and that kind of sums up my whole experience of the series. Sure, there were a few highlights here and there, but there was also a lot of downtime where it felt like nothing much was really happening. I also felt as though C. S. Lewis was clunkier here than he was in his other books when it comes to communicating the message he wanted to communicate.

So all in all, it was kind of a disappointing end to the series, but I’m also not particularly surprised. It’s also not as though it was awful, it was just boring and unengaging, and by this point I’m also starting to flag and to feel my interest waning in the series. And so I guess it’s something of an anticlimactic end to The Chronicles of Narnia, but at least I finished.



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