Recommendation and review

Our book exchanges were kind of like drug dealing, minus the secrecy. My sister was the medium, her friend the dealer and I, the customer. Of course, I only borrowed. Bibliophiles everywhere understand the reluctance of parting with one’s books.

This friend of my sister’s introduced me to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series quite a few years ago. I have read more books with Hercule Poirot as the protagonist, but soon that will change.

July was a really good month for me. I have read Jane Eyre, Uprooted, On Writing, Misery, And Then There Were None, Murder On The Orient Express, The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Death In The Clouds, The Mystery Of The Blue Train, Peril At End House, Dead Man’s Folly, The Murder On The Links, (reread) Night Of The Living Dummy II and Why I’m Afraid Of Bees. 

The ones in bold are written by Agatha Christie. I used to read a lot of crime fiction once but then my taste changed. The last one I read was The Book Of You which I received as a gift. It was engaging but nothing I ever want to read again. I am also not a big fan of the type of stories that involve a murder/serial killer, a romance, some sort of backstory of the detective/protagonist. I understand this kind of story is popular but everyone has different taste.

The books written by Agatha Christie are mostly crime centered. We get to know Poirot as an individual with a distinguished personality without chapters being dedicated to his backstory. The only book that managed to actually give me that feeling of ‘I was not expecting that, at all!’ was The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd. This is not me saying I guessed who the murderer was for every book, I didn’t. But that raw feeling of awe was a welcome effect of The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd.

Some people say that her books are similar which I didn’t agree with. As many opinions as there are people. One thing is same: the characters associated with the victim always have some secret. But it is applied in different situations and doesn’t lose its magic to keep the reader engaged. I guess it depends on what type of story is your cup of tea.

 

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Sherlock series review 

At first, I thought I was going to write about how only crimes committed by so called Muslims are branded as terrorism but when similar atrocities are committed by governments and ‘white’ people they are ignorable because governments can do whatever the hell they like and ‘white’ criminals are mentally unwell.

Consequently, all terrorists are Muslims because it’s a label only reserved for brown and Arab ethnic groups. Hell, people learning about Islam from ISIS is the same as learning about Judaism from Hitler. But that’s enough for today because you see, I like to express opinions very elaborately using PEE but the research required will take up a lot time and I have a biology mock on Monday.

Then I thought, why not write about things that are potentially wrong with humanity and how education could be the key weapon in breaking down barriers between countries, communities and societies. But then again, requires too much time. (Maybe, people like me are what’s wrong with humanity!)

So, I ended up deciding to write about Sherlock! I know, pretty important. Anyways, I have recently watched all the available seasons of Sherlock. Incase, you don’t know what it is: it is a modern day adaptation of Sherlock Holmes by BBC. It has three episodes in each season and there are currently three seasons available. The episodes are around 1 hour 30 minutes long.

I have commitment issues when it comes to TV series but trust me, if I could watch nine 1 hour and 30 minutes episode than so can you. The series is so good! I feel like I am a few years behind the hype but I still enjoyed it very much.

While I was watching the show, I kept thinking about how Sherlock Holmes in general is similar to a doctor. His microscopic observations and ‘science of deduction’ being the reason. Later, I was watching this ted talk where this man spoke about how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by his medical teacher to create the character of Sherlock Holmes and it made complete sense.

I had no idea Benedict Cumberbatch was such a good actor. Or maybe I am just biased because of his recent contribution to helping out refugees. Regardless, Sherlock Holmes’ character is really admirable. After all, he is the life of the show. I am a bit behind when it comes to the entertainment industry. I do indeed live under a rock. Or at least I would’ve, if the top stories (which happens to be things done by celebrities) weren’t trending on Facebook and Twitter.

I personally enjoyed the first and second season a lot more than the third one. I did like the third one enough to to keep watching it but they made some episodes very ‘cinematic’. I don’t know how to describe it! It seemed like they focused more on action than on characters. It’s just that at certain times, Sherlock’s character was not very Sherlocky and coherency seemed to be missing between episodes even though the episodes were linked in one way or another. Does that make sense?

But don’t let that put you off. I can’t wait for season 4 to come out. Unfortunately, it’s a long wait. Ugh. I need more episodes in my life. Yeah, I honestly don’t have a life right now.

Time to go and prepare for that mock. God save this soul.