I was very impressed by Chime. The voice felt authentic and well-written; Briony is a complex, interesting character for whom I felt compassion and anxiety as the story unfolded. All of the characters are well done, in fact, and the landscape of Swampsea is so wonderfully painted I often felt like I was there. Billingsley uses language to great effect, particularly unusual verbs and adjectives that help set the mood of the story. I loved all the strange and mysterious creatures that Briony encounters like the Dead Hand and Mucky Face. Wonderfully twisty story with a satisfying ending. Recommended.
Beautiful artwork and great storytelling, with a very interesting mythology. I was quite surprised by how gory some of the scenes were, which I didn't particularly care for, and I found some of the topics too disturbing for my taste (the animal abuser story ripped my heart out and stomped all over it.) Give it a try if you like horror and have an iron stomach for pictures of dead animals.
The artwork for this is gorgeous, but the panel layout isn't particularly interesting, and the story lacks "oomph". Pretty basic storytelling. Also, I thought I would learn more about the Little Prince but there's hardly any word about who he is as a character. In fact, every character felt sort of flat. Definitely worth checking out for the artwork, and also maybe if you're a huge fan of the original Little Prince story.
Lots of worldwide cuisine here, though strangely lacking in Middle Eastern recipes. I think this cookbook would have been better served if it had been organized by country or continent instead of by type of food. Like Nixon's last book, some of the recipes call for kitchen staples like ketchup and prepared mustard, which I suppose is good if that's all you have on hand, but it's not particularly inventive or authentic. The Cuban Black Bean Soup was pretty good, though I would recommend using a low setting on your blender if you're using a Vitamix. Instead of making the soup nicely chunky, the Vitamix essentially liquified the soup.
I didn't know a book about secret passageways and handsome mysterious men and dancing princesses and magicked castles could be so boring. I wanted to like it for all the elements involved, but the execution was not well done. It took way too long for the interesting part of the story to begin; the novel should have started about fifty pages in. Then there seemed to be a lot of nothing happening between all the other interesting parts. Too many characters make the story feel cluttered, and the villain is so flat that he's laughable. The romance subplots were predictable and bland. Not recommended.