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review 2017-07-23 18:05
The Kitchen God's Wife - DNF @ 41%
The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan

The writing is still well-crafted and masterful, but I just couldn't get into the plot at this time. It feels like a forgotten story from the Joy Luck Club, only without the same level of interaction with the younger generation that provided a counterpoint to the direness of the mothers' tales. I feel terrible for not being able to finish this because I do usually enjoy Tan's characters.

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review 2017-07-23 00:00
Quickies in the Kitchen
Quickies in the Kitchen - CQ Products Some nice ideas for quick and easy dinners.
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review 2017-06-23 23:18
Review of "Miss Spelled" (Kitchen Witch, #1) by Morgana Best
Miss Spelled - Morgana Best

Well, I'm a sucker for the downtrodden, non-douchebag character getting a windfall and/or HEA.  Add in part of the windfall being two precocious cats ... had to check it out eventually.

 

This was a cute story with an unnecessary murder mystery added.  I suppose the genre is chicklit paranormal cozy-mystery.  Very light on the mystery, the paranormal and the merest spark of romantic interest but no actual romance past opening breakup with douchebag ex.  Her being a witch not explored yet in any depth.  The mysteries of her aunt, her new cats, new house, being a witch -- all would have been enough mystery without a dead body.

 

I liked the the story and the cast of characters well enough that eventually I might check the next in series out of the library when in the mood.  Could have used way more scenes with the cats, of course.

 

I put off reading because of mixed reviews:  many liking the book and many screaming to please get an editor.  In edition I just read — there were no semicolons where needed.  Commas were missing, inserted where not needed and/or flat out misused in some places.  

 

I think my mood and the fact that it was a shortish book with mostly simpler writing saved me from DNF'ing over editing issues.  That said, I did start noticing and if book had been longer ... At any rate, I started counting semicolons and there either were none or I overlooked.

 

Semicolons = still zero.


★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.

 

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text 2017-06-23 04:33
Reading progress: 65%.
Miss Spelled - Morgana Best

The sleuthing isn't fitting in well with the story.  Amelia doesn't seem the type. She doesn't even seem that interested in doing recon.

 

Semicolon count = still zero.

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