I really enjoyed this book. I'd been WAITING for it for ages (hold list at the library - I really am trying to cut down on my book buying), and was soI really enjoyed this book. I'd been WAITING for it for ages (hold list at the library - I really am trying to cut down on my book buying), and was so pleased that I had it to read while recovering from surgery.
My only problem was that it'd been so long since I'd read the last two, that I'd kind of forgotten how the last one had ended, and spent the first few chapters trying to piece it together.
The book didn't end quite the way I thought it should (I'm not telling either way - no spoilers here!), but I think it may have ended the only way it could.
Once again, the writing was good, the story compelling, and I finished a happy reader. ...more
I had two very different reviews from two trusted friend sources. I haven't read Julie & Julia (nor seen the movie), although I always think I havI had two very different reviews from two trusted friend sources. I haven't read Julie & Julia (nor seen the movie), although I always think I have, because I read "My Life in France" which is very different (I'm guessing).
Friend #1 said she really enjoyed the butcher parts but was annoyed with the Buffy references. Friend #2 said the butcher parts made her consider vegetarianism, but the Buffy references made her think of me. (Come to think of it, that doesn't mean the Buffy references weren't annoying. May need to ask for clarification.)
My take? I loved the butcher parts and briefly decided that I might need to apprentice myself to a butcher, just like the author (who was really working hard on that whole "Cleaving" metaphor, am I right?), or at the very least, learn to make my own sausages. The Buffy references were cute at the beginning, but got annoying, especially when I kept finding places where really awesome references would've been super appropriate. (What? I've seen all seven seasons at least a dozen times.)
Overall, I didn't like the author very much. The way she treated her long-suffering husband was a little appalling. She is a barely-functioning alcoholic who seems to be looking for something that doesn't exist.
I really liked the first part of the book (minus the stuff about her personal life which was sordid without being interesting), and loved hearing all about her apprenticeship.
Once she finished up at the butcher shop, I found myself wishing the book was over, too. It felt drawn out for the sake of a word count and a pre-existing contract. It certainly didn't make me want to read her first book.
I'm glad I read it (really, really liked the butchering stuff), and equally glad that it was a library book (although I wouldn't mind having a few of the recipes)....more
This was the third in the series, and I enjoyed this one considerably less than the first two. I had a harder time concentrating on all the vaEhhh....
This was the third in the series, and I enjoyed this one considerably less than the first two. I had a harder time concentrating on all the various skipping around to different people & their various plots. I did a lot more skimming that in the first two, as well.
I was mostly interested in the stories that involved the two main characters (their Imperial Majesties) and less so in the elaborate battle strategies involved in a land war vs. a naval battle.
I was really hoping that the story would wrap up for a nice trilogy, but there doesn't seem to be any hope of that soon. Just build some spaceships & conquer the galaxy already! ACK!
I guess I'll put #4 in my library queue. (And, as I just Wikipedia-ed it, apparently that's not the last one, either - #5, as yet untitled - is in the works. Crap.)...more