Genna (noachoc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

I don't know what it means to say that I had trouble following a Conan novel, but I had trouble following Conan the Valiant by Roland Green. Perhaps my mind was wandering, or perhaps Mr. Green just isn't the best of the Conan authors, but I just didn't get as deeply involved in this one as I'm used to getting with other Conan books. Oh, Conan smashes some people and sleeps with lots of pretty ladies, but I just had a hard time caring. There are evil sorcerers and shield maidens and all of the things there ought to be, but it didn't seem to hang together. All the same, that's


I also read The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. I love Hercule Poirot but I find that a difficulty with re-reading murder mysteries (after ten... fifteen years) is that I become convinced that I remember who the murderer is... I see all these clues that point directly to my murderer, and then I'm wrong. On first readings this is exciting, but on seconds it annoys me. In this one, M. Poirot chases a serial killer, which is neat. My favorite, as always, is M. Poirot's condescending attitude towards Hastings and, well, everyone else. If you took Doctor House, and made him superficially polite and addicted to chocolate and moustaches instead of vicodin, you'd have Hercule Poirot.

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