Anaconda is an avid reader and this month she’s added two reads to her Kitty Collection to read in the near future, sometime in between book club reads.
The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin
Goodreads says: A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change – their gender. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.
Why? Condy and I have recently felt pulled back to science fiction and I’m all for a book that challenges the norms of what SciFi enthusiasts feel a book should be about. This one came recommended from a fellow book clubber whom I admire.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Goodreads says: Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Sus-pects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary–from the heiress’s fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case. The key to the success of this style of detective novel, writes Elizabeth George in her Introduction, lies in how the author deals with both the clues and the red herrings, and it has to be said that no one bettered Agatha Christie at this game.
Why? First of all, why not? It’s Agatha Christie. Secondly, it’s the first in the Poirot series so it would be fun to see where it call began. Lastly, the woman who inspired this blog said it was one of her all-time favorite mystery crime novels. If it’s good enough for her, it’s going to be great for me.
So what do you think? Has anyone read these two books? What should be included on Condy’s Kitty Collection in April?