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review 2018-04-19 02:53
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart - Mathias Malzieu,Sarah Ardizzone
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Definitely weird, but I liked it. 

A few weeks ago, I watched Jack and the Cuckoo-clock Heart on Netflix and enjoyed it. I then downloaded the corresponding album by Dionysos and fell in love. So of course I had to track down a copy of the book to make my obsession complete.

Overall, it was a good read. A weird one, but a good one.

The writing is beautiful. Malzieu really creates some magnificent images. I loved his descriptions. They are lovely and grotesque all rolled into one. The book is written in a kind of steampunk-y, Tim Burton-esque way that works well. I liked all the weirdness of the Ghost Train, the historical people that popped up, and of course the concept of a clockwork heart. 

Plot-wise, the book was interesting enough. It was fascinating to be along for the ride on Jack's strange adventure. But by the end, I was a bit tired of Jack's love quest. I will say, I much preferred the movie ending to the book ending. The book ending makes everything seem pretty pointless. It is obvious why the ending was changed for the movie.

Other than that, the movie sticks pretty closely to the book. Besides the sex. There is lots of sex stuff, which is much more subtle in the movie. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The story itself was good and the characters were interesting. But the main reason I liked this book so much was the language used. The writing is simply beautiful. So unique and fantastic. Great imagery.
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review 2018-04-15 16:24
My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems - William Morris


A book of poetry by K. Morris. The poems explore different themes, lamenting the passing years, questioning what is called "progress" among others, but there are some nonsensical funny ones too. 
One poem that I liked:

The Seasons

Leaves swish like water
As I walk through
Them to reach the park. 'Tis true
Autumn is still here.
Yet, I fear winter will give no quarter;
For each season does murder its daughter
Who dies not, but rather sleeps
And creeps
Forth to softly kill
Her father who will
Rise once more.

As it was before
So it will remain. The perpetual cycle
Of the seasons, a vital order does bring
Follows winter stern
Buds return
And soon,
Come summer, flowers will bloom.

Autumn imperceptibly doth replace
Summer's flushed face.
While the fall's slow decay
Whispers, "Winter is on his way."

And another:

Midnight Rose

No light, garish and red
Only night's dead
And the flower
Whose bloom
Was gone too soon.

The moon
Shone on
The rose picked
And stripped
By the wind that trifles,
And is gone. 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review-- thank you.

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text 2018-02-09 14:03
The Secret of the Old Clock - 49%
The Secret of the Old Clock - Carolyn Keene,Laura Linney

I was delighted to find that the first 4 books in the Nancy Drew series are available on audio with my  new Houston Public Library e-card, and I'm listening to them out of order, because that's just how they're coming available on the Holds list. But it's actually sort of a disappointment. I love Laura Linney as an actor, but something is a little lacking as an audio narrator. Plus, listening on audio really does highlight the glaring flaws in these books that I can't help but see in spite of the soft-focus filter of nostalgia. 

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text 2017-11-29 02:58
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 205 pages.
The Clock Strikes Twelve - Patricia Wentworth

I wonder if the whodunit content will top what went on in Latter End. anyway, I'm tired, so I won't find out until tomorrow morning...macchiato, muffin, murderer!

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text 2017-11-29 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 205 pages.
The Clock Strikes Twelve - Patricia Wentworth

just about perfect so far. odds are I'll read a bit more tonight. so good! and, good to know that I hadn't already read all the superior entries in this series, when I plowed through a whole bunch of them several years ago (assuming this one stays strong, and other frothy ones wait in the wings...).


lots of little surprises and family drama, amongst this collection of Paradine kin-plus-hangers-on--more than enough to make up for the fact that Miss Silver didn't hit the scene until around page 87 or whatever. hasn't mattered, but I'm glad she's in the thick of things now; she seems to be her old self, and I forgot how soothing her presence is, in the midst of chaos like this. happy! more than happy...it's that distinctive Wentworth brand of happy!

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