14 Jul
2014

Notes from Our July Book Club Meeting!

Hel­lo, hel­lo!  Time for anoth­er round-up of the high­lights from our lat­est book club meet­ing.  This mon­th we dis­cussed Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the best-sell­ing mys­tery nov­el of all time.  It’s one of those books that I had been mean­ing to read for a loooooong time, so I’m real­ly glad we final­ly got to it in book club.  If you’re unfa­mil­iar with the sto­ry, it’s about a group of strangers who are all invit­ed to a mys­te­ri­ous island off the coast of Britain — but once they arrive, they learn that they’ve fal­l­en straight into *someone’s* mur­der­ous trap, and the guests start falling like domi­noes.  Also, bizarre side note: there were 10 strangers in the book and EXACTLY TEN PEOPLE AT OUR BOOK CLUB MEETING.  Eeer­ri­ieeee.

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This is not us. Although I wish it were. Let’s start dress­ing up for book club? Can that be a thing?

This was the first Agatha Christie book I’ve read, and I have to say it lived up to expec­ta­tions.  I wor­ried that I might be bored by it (and, admit­ted­ly, it wasn’t as grue­some or as graph­ic as I thought it would be), but Christie cer­tain­ly knew how to build up the sus­pense.  There were some great pas­sages in the book that were just bits of inter­nal dia­logue from all the char­ac­ters, jum­bled togeth­er, so even though one of the char­ac­ters was say­ing things like “I think I’ll get him next…” you nev­er real­ly knew who the killer was until the big reveal.  If you’ve already read this one and you’re look­ing for anoth­er AC book to read, I’d rec­om­mend Mur­der on the Ori­ent Express, which I believe is her sec­ond best-sell­ing book.  AND IT HAPPENS ON A TRAIN!  Don’t see many of those around any­more.

hogwarts-express-in-action

Not *this* train. Though shut up, that would actu­al­ly be pret­ty cool.

Also, one of my favorite films of all time is “Clue” and I could not get over the resem­blance between the two.  A house full of crazy peo­ple who quick­ly fall vic­tim to para­noia?  Obvi­ous­ly, the film is much more (inten­tion­al­ly) humor­ous, but I felt like Christie placed a few fun­nies in her book for read­ers, too.  Like, there’s a scene where one of the char­ac­ters reveals that he brought a gun to the island, and anoth­er char­ac­ter is all “WHAT??!! YOU HAVE A GUN?!!! WHO BRINGS A GUN ON VACATION?!! THIS KINDA STUFF ONLY HAPPENS IN BOOKS.”  Which is a won­der­ful­ly self-aware state­ment, if I do say so myself.

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Haven’t seen this movie? Run! Run fast! Go see it imme­di­ate­ly!

As far as our next book goes, we had some fan­tas­tic rec­om­men­da­tions but the vic­tor was Slaugh­ter­house V by Kurt Von­negut.  Per­haps his best-known nov­el and one of the most access­able, too.  I haven’t read any­thing else by him, but I’m excit­ed to re-read Slaugh­ter­house.  I think it will get me inter­est­ed in the rest of his work.  Our next meet­ing is sched­uled for Sun­day, August 24th at 6pm — feel free to call and reserve your copy of the August book club pick, or stop in and grab one.  See yinz soon!