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Janis Jonevs – Doom 94 | Review

Title: Doom 94

Author: Janis Jonevs

Type: Fiction/Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 258

Rating 4.5/5

 

 

This book was fantastic for two simple reasons objectively, because it’s different, and subjectively, because it reflected my own childhood. It turns out that the Latvian city of Jelgava in the mid-nineties had a lot in common with the British town of Tamworth in the mid-2000s.

As you’ve probably guessed from that, Jonevs is a Latvian, and I actually met him at a party/networking event when I was invited to Riga to learn more about Latvian literature. This book wasn’t out at the time, at least not in English, but I’d heard enough about it to think that I was going to like it. I just didn’t expect to like it this much.

It’s basically a coming of age story, following Jonevs and his fellow metalheads as they finish up at school, discover drink, drugs and cigarettes and get into the Latvian metal scene. I hadn’t heard of most of the bands, of course, but there were mentions here and there of those that I had heard of. Kurt Cobain’s suicide plays a part in the plot and there were shoutouts for bands like My Dying Bride, Mayhem and Burzum. There was even a mention for Cynic, who are probably my favourite out of all of the heavier bands that Jonevs talked about. How Could I? and Veil of Maya in particular.

The only reason for 4.5/5 and not 5/5 is that there were a few typos.

 

 

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Agatha Christie – Partners in Crime | Review

Title: Partners in Crime

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 352

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Agatha Christie - Partners in Crime

Agatha Christie – Partners in Crime

 

What we have here is one of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence books, and so as such it’s not as good as some of Christie’s other work. I don’t think this should be discounted entirely though, because it’s an enjoyable enough read and I like the way that it was almost a cross between a novel and a short story collection.

Here, Tommy and Tuppence basically team up to form their own detective agency and then we follow them as they go from case to case. Some of them interrelate and some of them don’t, and some of them are much easier to figure out than others, but it’s still enjoyable enough. Plus I quite often found that the banter between Tommy and Tuppence was good enough to make the book worth reading in its own right.

That’s because the two of them were playing a game of sorts where they pretended to be detectives from their favourite crime novels, which means that Christie gets to play with tropes, reference Sherlock Holmes and even throw in subtle nods to her own novels, such as that certain Belgian detective with the little grey cells.
 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie


 

At the same time, though, I also went through the last couple of hundred pages in a pretty much a blur, purely because it wasn’t holding my attention. It was okay, it just wasn’t the best, and it was nowhere near as good as the Miss Marple short stories, but it was still worth reading and I’m glad I can tick it off my list. The Tommy and Tuppence books are nowhere near as bad as people make them out to be, and they have a certain charm of their own that’s different to the Poirot and Marple books and which is almost like trying a slightly different flavour of a drink that you’ve always loved.

So should you read this? Absolutely, but only when you’ve already read a couple of dozen Agatha Christie books already. So yeah.

 

Agatha Christie Quote

Agatha Christie Quote

 

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