28 January 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Twisty

Jackie says, “I love books with complicated plots and unexpected endings. What is your favourite book with a fantastic twist at the end?”

So, today’s question is in two parts.

1. Do YOU like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings?

2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite?

1. I love complicated plots! Well, as long as they don’t leave me hopelessly confused, and as long as everything makes sense in the end. I don’t like loose ends, unless the book is part of a series, where unresolved issues might be dealt with in a later book. I tend to be easily bored, so a plenitude of twists and turns is a good way to keep me interested. And no matter how many times I fail, I insist on trying to work the mysteries out for myself.

Twist endings are great, too (except for the come-out-of-nowhere ones). I love it when a book firsts stuns me, then gives me a lightbulb moment while everything is explained in a way that makes perfect sense.

2. I’m having a hard time thinking of any true disasters. I didn’t much care for the ending to The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry; you’d need a century of psychotherapy to get over all of that. A twist ending which has stuck in my mind in a good way is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - even if I’m the only one in my family who liked it!


Jennifer said...

Oh I did so like The Murder of roger Ackroyd. My answers: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-complicated.html

Hannah Stoneham said...

Hi - I *loved* the murder of Roger Acroyd - think that it is one of AC's best. Another that I love is Poirot's Christmas - I loved that one. A book which has an interesting twist is Sarah Water's Affinity - the twist essentially means that you have been reading about something other than what you think you have been reading about if you know what I mean - I think that it is one of her best. Enjoying your blog! Hannah

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