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text 2018-12-12 03:24
Reading progress update: I've read 196 out of 325 pages.
Canyons of Night (Arcane Society #12)(Harmony #8)(Looking Glass Trilogy #3) - Jayne Castle
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review 2018-12-10 02:02
The Tea Dragon Society (graphic novel) by Katie O'Neill
The Tea Dragon Society - Katie O'Neill

Greta is the daughter of a female blacksmith and has grown up learning her mother's craft. One day, she saves a Jasmine tea dragon. The dragon's caretaker, Hesekiel, offers to teach her about caring for tea dragons. Each dragon has its quirks, but, when properly cared for, they produce magnificent tea that carries the memories of their current caretaker. Greta's visits to Hesekiel also allow her to get to know Erik, Hesekiel's long-time friend and partner, and Minette, a shy girl who is approximately the same age as Greta and who is closely bonded to a Chamomile dragon.

I didn't realize until I had the book in my hands and saw the little blurb on the cover that this was by the same person who created Princess Princess Ever After. Thankfully, the printing for this volume was better than it was for that one - all of the artwork was bright, clear, and lovely. I'm tempted to get a copy for my own collection, even though I have no idea where I'd keep it.

The story was simple and quiet, focused on the characters' relationships and the details of tea dragon care. The most action-filled moment was a tea-induced flashback to the beginnings of Hesekiel and Erik's relationship as

a pair of adventurers who eventually settled down for a quieter life after Erik was badly injured and ended up in wheelchair.

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The entire volume dealt with things that took time and patience, from developing relationships with others to blacksmithing and tea dragon care. The inclusion of both older and younger generations worked really well in this respect. With Greta and Minette, readers could see the beginnings of a sweet and occasionally awkward relationship, while Erik and Hesekiel were a great example of a couple that had had years to get to know each other and settle into life together. There was a little of that when it came to the tea dragons as well, although that was more unbalanced. The process of establishing a relationship with a tea dragon was mostly covered in lectures, because Erik, Hesekiel, and even Minette had already gained the trust of their dragons and bonded with them fairly well.

While I wished this had been a bit longer (Minette's backstory, in particular, felt like it needed more closure), I really enjoyed this. The artwork was lovely. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that CLAMP, particularly their work Chobits, was one of O'Neill's influences - one panel featured Minette in a pose that reminded me a great deal of Chobit's Chi.

Also, the "Tea Dragon Handbook" at the end, which contained more information about various tea dragons and their care, was fabulous. I'd happily read an expanded version of it featuring even more kinds of tea dragons. I wonder what a Pu Erh dragon would look and act like?

Additional Comments:

If you're hesitant about getting this, it looks like the entire story can still be read online (minus the "Tea Dragon Handbook").

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-12-09 07:26
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

Book blurb: The war is over. Juliet Ashton is grappling with writer's block when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second-hand book. Juliet begins writing to Dawsey, and in time to everyone in the extraordinary Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society. The society tell Juliet about life on the island - and the dark years spent under the shadow of German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for Guernsey, changing her life - and theirs - forever.

 

What I thought: The book is simply delightful. It has become my second favourite book of this year. The novel is written using letters between Juliet and the society. It is quick-witted, unassuming and charming. It introduces you to the island of Guernsey, its life under the German Occupation and, yes, you do want to visit it when reading the book. The characters are so rounded, believable and lovable, I wanted to actually meet them, but on second thought I realised that the book is set in 1946 and the characters are fictional. Aw! I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a break from all those heavy-going crime/thriller/drama novels that inundate our bookshelves these days. Don't miss this gem!

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text 2018-12-08 04:00
Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 325 pages.
Canyons of Night (Arcane Society #12)(Harmony #8)(Looking Glass Trilogy #3) - Jayne Castle

Finally feel up to and have the time to get started on this.

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text 2018-11-26 03:36
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 325 pages.
Canyons of Night (Arcane Society #12)(Harmony #8)(Looking Glass Trilogy #3) - Jayne Castle

Reading this for:

 

 

Book:  If you can find a copy, read Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.  Or read any book about a leader of a movement, nation, religion or large group, OR read a book with a green cover OR with a half moon on the cover.

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