Reviews by camelsamba
mixed
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I have mixed feelings about this series and this particular book. They fit into the "cozy mystery" genre, and are built around the premise of Beatrix Potter's farm in the Lake District. Straightforward enough, right? One thing that really bugs me is that the animals talk - just to each other mind you, not to the humans, but it bugs me. (Although at times the unheard animal speech influences what the human does at that point.) And animal speech is presented in italics, which my brain tries to process as somehow different from standard text, so it gets tiresome.

On to this particular book of the series (the 2nd). In this book there is a "hotel" owned/hosted by a geneology-writing badger, complete with servants and cooked meals and clothes. Urgh. I suppose that fits in with Beatrix Potter's books, but when reading 'realistic' adult fiction, I don't appreciate all the anthropomorphizing. Also, elements of the plot were quite predictable. I figured out what was going on in the manor, for example - that particular plot point has been used many times before! The majority of the villagers are interesting and reasonable, but the villains are quite villainous, vile, and unlikable. Not a lot of complexity.

My overall assessment: it's not bad, but it's not great either. If you want a light read and are interested in Beatrix Potter or early 1900s English village life, you probably won't regret reading it. It you want complexity, skip it.
bouncy
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Nice bouncy rhythms, not surprising since it's jazz. The 4th song features marimba and sounds like it's from the Roaring 20s. #7 has lots of syncopation. Marimba is back on #8. Give this album a try, take advantage of the AADL digital downloads deal!
choose your own destiny
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Dennis's strict father dies right before his high school graduation. He focuses on gaming at the expense of school work for a few years, then buckles down and becomes a hard-working undergrad and decent medical student, then turns to 'professional' video gaming for a bit. Will he eventually choose his own (damm) destiny, as Kat advised? How will he align his passions and dreams with his guilt over his father's admonitions?

This book is at times simple but also quite complex. I like how the color and tonality of the artwork changes throughout the book. The part when the angels first appear seems somewhat like a psychotic break. Is he really suffering from delusions, or is it just that the unresolved guilt is so heavy that his conscience is weighing him down? And who is doing the laundry and cooking his meals? Is he just super efficient? Does he cook meals and then abandon them to eat with his friends, or does that represent the guilt over what he thinks his family expects he should be doing?
has been re-issued in color
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This appears to be the original graphic novel of Chickenhare. It has also been re-issued by the graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books as Chickenhare (http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1429371). Don't make the mistake we did of checking them both out and expecting two stories!
color re-issue?
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This appears to be a color re-issue of "Chickenhare : the House of Klaus" (http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1429373) by the graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books. Don't make the mistake we did of checking them both out and expecting two stories!