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A review of "The Graveyard Book" — 5 years ago


I liked it. Reminiscent of other Gaimans (which is both a good and a slightly bad thing – I sometimes find that each book has characters that feel like other characters, such as the man Jack and the pair of baddies in Neverwhere, but then again, it’s been a while since I read Neverwhere).

As always, Gaiman tells a good story, and well. His conversational tone entertained me and, I thought, would work well for a younger person reading this book.

I enjoyed the progression we saw in Bod, and I became more and more fond of him as the book progressed.

One concern I have is that the opening is pretty intense, and I’d be afraid that I’d traumatize any youngster I gave or read this book to.

I really liked the Danse Macabre treatment.


A story about "ginger ice cream" — 5 years ago


I made a batch of this from David Lebovitz’s Perfect Scoop. As I tend to when I make his recipes, I reduced the sugar slightly. It turned out really well – very smooth, and with a nice hint of ginger. I thought there could’ve been more ginger flavour, as did a friend, but my wife and others have said there’s enough. Probably next time I make it I’ll embed candied ginger chunks as well.

A review of "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" — 5 years ago


A very enjoyable book (about the Plague – odd, but still) from Ms. Brooks. I enjoyed her writing style and use of the language, and I really liked the voice that she gave Anna.

While others have complained about the lack of character development, I didn’t find that there was a problem at all – the characters seemed to be fleshed out fairly well, and Anna’s development was one of the things that made this book.

I have to agree that the ending was a bit of a turn in another direction and certain aspects of it should’ve been omitted. Nevertheless, this remains an outstanding book, and I highly recommend it.

A review of "The Final Empire (Mistborn, Book 1)" — 5 years ago


Not flawless, but pretty good. Well-written, fast-paced, and entertaining. The world that’s Sanderson’s built doesn’t quite feel as real as, say, Midkemia, The Land, or even… umm… the world in The Wheel of Time books, but it’s got an acceptable established history, complete with evil empire that’s stood for a thousand years and needs to be overthrown.

The book felt in some ways like Robert Jordan’s works, which is probably a good thing given that Sanderson will finish The Wheel of Time.

There were a couple genuine surprises (well, for me) toward the end, and the whole thing felt like it was carefully plotted. Given that the other two books were supposed to have been written at the same time, I’ve high hopes for the rest of the series.

A review of "J. Michael Straczynski's Midnight Nation, Vol. 1" — 5 years ago


Pretty good. Some of the “big surprises” are less surprising than intended, I think, but the overall plot is pretty good. There are a few very good and thought-provoking speeches toward the end, and I’m left wondering what a more religious person than I am would think of them.

The artwork is fairly competent, with a few panels standing out.

A review of "Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2)" — 5 years ago


Mma Ramotswe continues to charm us – a fun and easy read. Already Gaborone is beginning to feel like home. The engagement thread, which I’d dreaded, is handled very nicely and fits very well with the established characters.

A story about "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" — 5 years ago


I bought this at Leakey’s Secondhand Bookshop and Cafe in Inverness.

A review of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1)" — 5 years ago


Cute – a nice, light, charming style, with just a little bit of darkness to keep us on our toes. I really came to enjoy Precious’s character by the end.

A review of "Starship" — 5 years ago


Many interesting concepts – probably too many for one book. The story progressed very quickly, which drew one along, but there was less character development than I like.

Also, I found that I was jerked out of the story when the narration, which nearly exclusively followed Ray’s point of view, abruptly mentioned something that couldn’t have been known to him, or something that he didn’t notice.

Could’ve been good, with more pages to contain the story and better editing, but there were enough little things to make it not fun.

A review of "CROW LAKE (A DELTA BOOK)" — 5 years ago


I liked this book. Quite a lot, actually. The narration was clear and easy to read, and I mostly found the characters likable. Flawed, but likable nonetheless. Not a lot of action here, but I enjoyed the way the twinned elements (past and present) of the story were developed, giving us insights into the main character as girl and as young woman. The relationship bits felt right, and I grew to know the characters becoming totally absorbed by the end.

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