"Isn't Bunson's training evil geniuses?"
"Well, is that wise? Having a mess of seedling evil geniuses falling in love with you willy-nilly? What if they feel spurned?"
"Ah, but in the interim, think of the lovely gifts they can make you. Monique bragged that one of her boys made her silver and wood hair sticks as anti-supernatural weapons. With amethyst inlay. And another made her an exploding wicker chicken."
"Goodness, what's that for?"
Dimity pursed her lips. "Who doesn't want an exploding wicker chicken?"
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger, p. 162-163.
While this book does drag at parts, the dialogue can be fantastic. Exploding wicker chickens for all!