Tag: Drag

William Shakespeare – The Tragedy of King Lear | Review

Title: The Tragedy of King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 134

Rating: 3.5/5

This is one of Shakespeare’s longer plays, and unfortunately that made it drag a little for me. I think it also suffered because I read it after reading Julius Caesar, which I pretty much loved. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with this book, it just wasn’t Shakespeare’s best, at least in my opinion.

Still, there’s a lot to like here, as well as a bunch of lines and quotes that are famous and which have spread into popular culture. I’m glad that I read it and I’m sure a production would be a lot of fun, but there are other Shakespeare plays that I’d recommend and prioritise.

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Agatha Christie – Crooked House | Review

Title: Crooked House

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 3/5

Unfortunately, this isn’t Christie at her best. That kind of surprised me, because my edition includes a little introduction in which she says it’s one of the few books of hers that was a pleasure to write from start to finish. It seems to be one of the ones that she’s most proud of, but I just thought it was predictable.

This is especially true when it comes to who the murderer was, which was pretty easy to guess purely because it’s a trope that she’s used elsewhere throughout her oeuvre. There was some great characterisation, but then my favourite character also ended up being the first murder victim, so there’s that.

All in all, I was disappointed by this one, and while I am glad that I’ve read it, I can’t imagine that I’ll be going back to it any time soon. Christie just has so many other novels to choose from, and this one just seemed to drag despite being one of her shorter ones. Read at your peril.

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