Thursday, November 21, 2019
The idea behind this book was to turn a typical fantasy on its head. There's always a farm boy who becomes the chosen one and with a band of characters to help him along, he saves the kingdom and becomes king. This is not that story.
Let's start by talking about some of the main characters: there's an assassin who is afraid of chickens, a warrior woman in a chain mail bikini, a necromancer who is called the Dread Necromancer Steve who has a thing for cheese, a talking goat and (as the synopsis says) a bard with a fuzzy tail.
The story itself was pure gold. There's innuendos and comical scenes. The characters were hilarious and perfect for the story. The world is rich and interesting, with many layers like a typical fantasy. It's lighthearted and laugh out loud funny while still having a plot and a goal in sight.
I did find myself getting upset at a certain choice in the book, but it's a personal preference thing that has nothing to do about the story or how good the book is. I won't say more but I feel like if you were to read this book you'd know what I'm talking about and will want to vent about it too!
Kill The Farm Boy is the first in the series called The Tales of Pell and both the second book (No Country for Old Gnomes) and the third book (The Princess Beard) have already been released!! I found this series at the bookstore because of the second book in the series. I spied No Country for Old Gnomes first and realized there was another book in the series and I should probably start at the beginning!
All that to say I enjoyed this book and will most likely be reading the rest of the series at some point next year!
Recommendation: For the lovers of fantasy, those who love humour, and can be light hearted and less serious about life and fantasy stories in general.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
I loved this book. It won't come as much of a surprise that I loved the other two Poirot mysteries written by Sophie Hannah. If it has to do with Agatha Christie and her beloved characters, I'm going to love it.
This book is about a group of people who have all received letters from Poirot claiming that they committed the murder of a man named Barnabas Pandy. Poirot finds this out because they come to him, very distraught, asking why he would say such a thing. Who is Barnabas Pandy? Poirot doesn't know, but he's going to find out!
It's an interesting sort of story, one that could have been penned by the marvellous Agatha Christie herself. I was totally swept up in the mystery and I loved every second of it!
For fun, I went on Goodreads and I checked out the reviews for this book, many of which were positive, but some we not happy. Of course Sophie Hannah cannot replace Agatha or write exactly like her, but Hercule Poirot comes to life on the page and it's clear that he lives on in her books. I am ever so grateful that we have (and hopefully will continue to have) more Poirot books out in the world.
Recommendations: If you love Poirot, you will love this book and the other two that Sophie Hannah has written. If you love a good mystery, check this one out! It is a wonderful read!