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30 September 2010 @ 01:00 am
R.I.P. Challenge book #1  

Today I finished They Came to Baghdad, which technically means I have completed the R.I.P. Challenge for this year, but of course I intend to go on and see how far I'll get with my list.

HostAnyPhotoAs I had indeed correctly remembered, this is one of Agatha Christie's spy novels. Like I stated before, I always have great difficulty comprehending spy stories. Whether this is due to missing a necessary gene or simply not having the right amount of brain cells I do not know.

Fact is I find all Christie's spy novels — fortunately she did not write many — rather silly with improbable plots. In this case it's about a group contriving to establish a new world order; not that strange, seeing that They Came to Baghdad was first published in 1951, during the Cold War.

The fact that this genre isn't for me is not the book's (or the author's) fault, but something else I didn't like about it, and which nearly made me give up several times, is that it took one hundred pages before things finally started moving. Since the book only totals 221 pages, that is a very long preamble.

That said, some of the characters were amusing. I particularly liked the archaeologist, who turned out to be a little more observant than everyone was led to believe.

1/5 (yay! some shelf space freed up!)

BTW, looking for the cover of this particular edition online I came across Delicious Death, a wonderful website dedicated to Agatha Christie's works and containing a large collection of covers from all over the world.

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heartofdavid: treesfoggyheartofdavid on September 30th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Not one of the Christie novels I'm familiar with, doesn't sound too bad though, and for her (and with some other writers) I tend to make allowance for unlikely plot stretching.

1/5 (yay! some shelf space freed up!)
I love to see such a positive take on things; every little bit helps. ;)

I watched a film last night, Haunted, which would fit in this challenge nicely - stellar cast including Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, John Geilgud, Anthony Andrews and Anna Massey. Gothicesque old manor ghost story with Aidan as a professor of the paranormal honoring the request of a woman (Massey) who read his book debunking ghosts and spirits, to come out and investigate the house where she lives. Buildup of chills, a Freudian bonanza in the family relationships, but I agree with other reviewers that the cheap speical effects at the end tarnished things. However, I still recommend it as a good ghostie story.

Here's a link to Youtube, the only worthwhile clip I could find of the film - long clip at nearly 10 minutes, I only watched the first 5 but it will give you a good feel for the film, should you be interested.


Duh, helps if I post the link, lol!

Edited at 2010-09-30 11:28 pm (UTC)
Mnemosyne: scared_lethe_ on October 1st, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Let me know if you'd like me to send you the Christie.

Yay, I could watch the video! For a while I couldn't on the YouTube site, but now, although I still get the error messages, they move to the background while the video plays.

Looks intriguing and pretty scary. I could also add Liz Smith to the impressive cast list (the palm reader). And Aidan and Kate are so cute. :)
heartofdavid: kittynuncatnipheartofdavid on October 3rd, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'll pass on the Christie; I've many of her books here to read (from thrift shop), but thanks for asking. Maybe some time, if there's a book you want to get rid of and I would be interested in it, we could do a book trade, okay?

I love Liz Smith, really liked her character on Vicar of Dibley. :)