New Reads #3

September 2018’s New On The Shelf list.  Featuring a couple of offerings to quench my current Terry Pratchett obsession, the next instalments in the His Dark Materials trilogy and a classic Agatha Christie novel, where the legendary fictional detective,  Hercule Poirot.

The Light Fantastic & Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett 

After re-discovering my adoration for Terry Pratchett, due to getting my teeth stuck into the first Discworld novel The Colour Of Magic (disclosed via the August edition of book club) it was only right that I carried on my enthusiasm for his dark humour, animated wit and loveable characters.  The second book set in the Discworld, The Light Fantastic, follows on from Rincewind’s fall from grace, while the third, Equal Rites sees the first ever female wizard being brought into the world. Oh Pratchett, you shrewd genius, you! 

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The first novel in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle and a major motion picture; Eragon, is a book I have unsuccessfully tried countless times to immerse myself in.  While the celebrated novel has evaded me until now, I am equipped with a fresh copy, an open mind, and am ready to fall head-over-heels in love with this rich fantasy drama. 

The Subtle Knife & The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the smartest, smarmiest and my ultimate favourite author of the moment (maybe ever).  I have been enchanted by The Tiger In The Well, La Belle Sauvage and Northern Lights in 2018 and, hopefully, by the time the year is out, I can add both The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass to my ever-growing list.  The brilliant His Dark Materials shall be ticked off soon.  Stay tuned.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie 

It has taken a hell of a long time, but due to being fully enthralled by Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders in August, I have come to terms with whodunnits being one of my favourite fictional genres, ever.  

Naturally, if I am to explore this genre with more vigour I have to start with the ultimate murder mystery writer – Agatha Christie. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the first introduction to Christies iconic Belgian fictional detective, Hercule Poirot.  Fans of ITV4 however, will know that already.

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