Loved this book! Fine story and writing, and really neat descriptions of food and fascinating information on the Chinese philosophy about the properties of food and how the top chefs interested in the imperial style strive to complement and balance the perfect banquet.
I found this hysterical. Cynical and sarcastic, by turns dry and over the top. Probably a whole lot more interesting and funny for people who have spent a fair amount of time at a university.
The mystery is told thru the side-kick of the investigating officer. At first I found the narrator's voice a bit too young and disingenuous, but it did fit the character pretty well. I enjoyed the relationship between the two police officers. The tourist trap island on the (New) Jersey Shore is a funny location and Grabenstein makes nice connections between the fantasy world of tourist entertainment and real life. The mystery isn't especially believable, but I read for characters, and this was nice light entertainment.
I don't like the choice of using multiple readers for this book. Each chapter is voiced by a different reader, but when the storyline includes other characters speaking, it gets very confusing. Not all the narrators are equally good at voicing the other characters, and they don't sound at all like the characters they are supposed to be. It just doesn't work and detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
Solidly written, but fairly predictable romance (is that redundant?). Entertaining characters, and small town island location make it a guilty pleasure. Good for when you want something light.
How can you not like a book which starts with the female cop tasering her vile sexist partner in the balls! The characters are funny and interesting, although not always believable. I read for character and place more than the mystery, and the fact that some of the characters were a little extreme didn't bother me as it was done in the interest of comedy and doesn't set out to be totally realistic--otherwise we wouldn't be getting occasional chapters from the point of view of the dog!
This book was a lot of fun. I enjoy Moriarty's writing. Her characters are unusual and entertaining. The dynamics of the relationship among the triplets and their mom and partners were lively and surprising.
I have enjoyed a number of Jodi Picoult's books, but this is not one of them. I like the realism in the other books and the thoughtful writing about difficult problems. I had hoped to like this as I am a biologist and a big fan of elephants, and that part of the book was fine, but the importance of the character who was a medium turned me off. I have to admit that her take on someone who sees ghosts and can communicate with them was unusual and interesting, but it's not my thing.
I love Adichie's writing. Her prose is beautiful--she often has a turn of phrase that makes me stop and say "Wow!" I know very little about Nigeria, and less about the civil war, so learning about that part of the world, and that part of history was very interesting, especially embedded in a compelling storyline with interesting characters. I am a big fan!
By the way, I have a friend who was concerned that the reader might have an accent that was hard to understand, if they went with a Nigerian, but I had no trouble understanding and enjoyed the flavor that the accent gave to the recording that would be missing by reading the book myself.
I enjoyed this book's entertaining and energetic writing. Fun comedic scenes and language. Obligatory awkward romance compellingly done. I will read more when I'm in need of something light.
I love Garth Stein's writing, but I'm not a fan of mystical realism, and that aspect of the story line really turned me off.
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