Tag: Pop

Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express | Review

Title: Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 352

Rating: 4/5

 

 

I’m not really sure how it took me so long to get to this. After all, Agatha Christie is one of my favourite (and most read) authors, and this is one of her most famous books. And it’s not as though there’s some specific reason behind me not getting to it. It’s just that I generally get my Agatha Christie books from charity shops, and it took me a while to find a copy of this one. I thought that after the movie came out they’d be all over the place, but nope!

As for the story itself, it’s not my favourite of hers but I do think it’s pretty representative of her work and her writing style. If you’re new to her, I can see why it would be a good introduction, and that might be why it’s so popular in the first place. People tend to look back fondly on their first Christie, and that also tends to be the one that they recommend to other people.

In this one, Hercule Poirot investigates a murder that occurs on the Orient Express while he and his fellow passengers are all stuck in the snow. In that respect, it’s a little bit like And Then There Were None in that we know that someone on board the train committed the crime and they’re all isolated there together. I figured out the solution before the big reveal, but I’m not sure whether that’s just because I’ve read so many Christie books that I know how her mind works or even because it’s such a part of pop culture now that I’ve seen a spoiler.

All in all, I can see why this book receives the praise that it does, but I also don’t think it’s the first Christie book that I’d suggest if people asked for a recommendation. My favourite is Death on the Nile, but I’d suggest And Then There Were None for your first.

 

 

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Aaron James – Assholes: A Theory | Review

Title: Assholes: A Theory

Author: Aaron James

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 221

Rating: 6/10

 

Aaron James - Assholes: A Theory

Aaron James – Assholes: A Theory

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

I’m in two minds about this one – I’ll admit that I gained a sort of perverse pleasure when I was reading this, but I’m still not convinced that the book needed to be written at all. Let’s face it, we all know an asshole when we see one – James’ attempts to classify the essence of an asshole, while fairly successful, feel occasionally forced and often pointless, and it’s often a little too philosophical for my liking.

However, I am impressed that you can use the theory to classify the Daily Mail as an asshole – an accurate description, perhaps, of one of the worst publications to disgrace the face of the earth. Perhaps there is something in it after all – I’m just not convinced of the use of such a theory, because even the author concedes that there’s not much you can do when confronted with an asshole.

Still, it’s not all bad – if you’re interested in pop psychology and neo-philosophy then it’s worth reading, and if I’ve marked it harshly, it’s because it’s published by Nicholas Brealey and they set the standards high.

 

Aaron James

Aaron James

 

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