Reviews by yugure
Pleasant read
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A pleasant read for fans of Downton Abbey lovers. Lots of upstairs/downstairs shenanigans and class confusion. Anna's perfection (even when she makes mistakes, she's just so gosh darn nice and wonderful about it) did get a little tedious at some points but she's a nice girl and it's hard not to root for her. Fairly well written, though Ibbotson tends to jump between characters an awful lot, and without a whole lot of warning.
Wonderfully twisty story with a satisfying ending
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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.
Good stories but too gory for me
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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.
Beautiful but sort of boring
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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.
Okay
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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.