Of Dame Agatha, Maximus Decimus Meridius…and oh, Father’s Day (TSS)

The Sunday Salon.comThis one is going to be a short one, folks, as I’m off to my parents for Father’s Day. Bottom line: I’m back to reading Agatha Christie for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. For several months, I had stopped reading Agatha Christie, not because I didn’t like her, but mainly because I had lost my reading mojo. Also what didn’t help was that I got stuck on a book with recurring characters I didn’t like.

To that end, I’ve decided if I don’t like the characters, I’m going to skip those particular books. For the Agatha Christie enthusiasts in the house, those characters are Tommy and Tuppence. Sorry, folks, but they seem too — eh, I’m trying to think of the word here — “frivolous,” I guess I’d say, to me. Yes, none of her characters are exactly — eh, I’m trying to think of the words here — “earth-shatteringly important” — that’s not quite right, but they will do in a pinch. Yes, it might mean I don’t fulfill the challenge as set forth by Kerrie. However, I’ve never been one to live by rules of challenges or memes or…heck, life.

So which Agatha Christie book am I reading now you may ask? Well, you may ask and I might not answer. No, I will. It’s A Body In The Library, which is a Miss Marple book. I’m about halfway through (only 160 pages) and am enjoying it thus far. It’s good to be back to reading Dame Agatha’s works.

I’ll leave you with today’s Moment of Zen, my favorite Father’s Day speech (well, sort of, the word “father” is in it) in a movie:

Peace out, y’all. Holla.

15 responses to “Of Dame Agatha, Maximus Decimus Meridius…and oh, Father’s Day (TSS)

  1. I love Agatha Christie. I was going to say I hadn’t read any of the Tommy & Tuppence books but I have read By the Pricking of My Thumbs – I just don’t remember them being in it (or anything else about it except the title).

    Enjoy your week.

  2. Yeah, young Tommy and Tuppence were incredibly lame.

    I think my first Christie book was Murder on the Orient Express.

  3. My introduction to Tommy & Tuppence was By the Pricking of My Thumbs (the last of theirs, when they’re middle aged), which has a truly creepy, hair-raising scene. When I finally got around to reading one of the ones featuring younger T&T I was disappointed. Squee for Miss Marple! I’ve just d/l’ed the audio of And Then There Were None. I’m a huge Christie fan, and yet I’ve never read it.

  4. I’m reading some Agatha Christie today too. I’d never read any of hers until I joined the short story portion of the Agatha Christie Read-Along. So far I’ve only read the first short story where Miss Marple is introduced. I’m planning on reading a couple more from that collection (The Thirteen Problems) for tomorrow’s Short Story Monday post.

    ps. Gladiator – awesome movie and wonderful soundtrack too.

  5. I recently listened to my first Agatha Christie in years. Yes, her characters are always a bit superficial, but I think that’s what makes her stories work so well. The plots are usually so convoluted that simplistic characters are needed as a counterbalance. I hear you on not sticking to the rules if they don’t work for you! Rules are definitely made to be broken…

    Have a great Father’s day!

  6. I’ve never read those particular characters before. I think the only Agatha Christie books I read were the Hercule Poirot books. I read A LOT of those. But its been years. I think I might look into this challenge though :]

    • The Poirot books are my favorites…and the Tommy and Tuppence books are my least favorites among the Agatha Christie books. Miss Marple is okay, as are some of the other characters, such as Superintendent Battle. Tommy and Tuppence just “don’t do it” for me.

  7. Love, love, love me some Gladiator! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with your folks. And, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never read Agatha Christie!

    • That’s all right. Dame Agatha isn’t for everyone.

      Gladiator, though? Definitely, it is. I don’t know anyone that dislikes that movie…and if they do, well, I’m disowning them as friends. 😉

  8. Zen…a good thing, I think! LOL

    Have a great day, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. I love the moment of zen yours and the Daily show…just a awesome thing to add. 😉

  10. Love your Moment of Zen. (Have I missed these in the past? Is this a recurring event? Must seek more of these out….)

    • It’s something I’ve been adding here and there…just when it’s not quite related to the post. Of course, it’s “borrowed” from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Actually, I need to add a category now that I think of it and will do that in the near future…if not today, tomorrow.