Yes, I am of Japanese descent but grew up in the US. The story of an English Language teacher in Japan was very illuminating. Seeing the Japanese through a western lens is always fascinating. Even more so, given the author's youth & orientation.
saying almost anything would be a spoiler.
few mispronunciations, energetic
Ms. Loh is occasionally funny but her voice is grating & the repetitiveness of her writing is
more so. Maybe a visual would have been less irritating. It might be me. I did not expect the in depth on menopause, ad nauseum. Had I known, might not have purchased the book.
Her penchant for lists is not to my taste. Just not a good fit, I guess. There is no question Ms Loh is talented.
The narrator is excellent & an amazing actor - each character is clearly defined & voiced.
The twists & turns are dazzling, the sense of place is beautifully created. Being familiar with Quebec & Montreal, where the book is set, give me so much pleasure. The characters are lovingly & vividly drawn, enhancing a strong, clever plot. The use of historical references is originally done & well-researched.
There are many - but when Gamache & his dog Henry are in the elevator with Beauvoir,
& Henry licks Beauvoir's hand is priceless.
Evil has no statute of limitations.
It was amazingly good. The story was gripping, the plotting was very tight & the performance was seamless
I loved the idea of Holmes having a young female apprentice who was his equal & fully dimensional.
The opening scene where Holmes & Russell are introduced was excellent - it created a wonderful platform for the characters & the story.
Russell's admission about her past & her guilt.
Mary Russell is a marvelous character; quirky, arrogant & keenly perceptive. She is a window onto who Holmes might have been as an older man.
Felt like this one was a little formulaic.
Flavia, of course! Dogger a close second & Mrs. Mullet.
Semi-fantastic, sci-fi, magical realism, this novel was well-paced & the characters were believable. Enjoyed the silicon valley references & insights, particularly. The plot was
intriguing & attention-getting, with great care paid to details on every level. Some of
it was a little too far-fetched & not being a teenage male, the dragon-slayer motifs
were lost on me. However, it was quite enjoyable & obviously a labor of love.
Excellent characterizations & distinct voices made it easy to listen to.
If this was a typical Harlequin Romance, no wonder I have avoided them like the plague all of my life. It was boring, predictable & painful to listen to - I thought there was a mystery involved so I listened to it till the bitter end. Repetitive extremely difficult to endure, I will never get anything by this author or this company again. If I could return it, I would. What a waste of time & money!
Not in this life!
Maybe but not a Harlequin book or its ilk.
Already expended more time than I wanted to on this cheap & tawdry novel.
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