Poor poor New Brunswick! Yes, I do own at least 4 toques, get excited by flannel and flannel-lined clothing (it is highly ranked beside fleece and flePoor poor New Brunswick! Yes, I do own at least 4 toques, get excited by flannel and flannel-lined clothing (it is highly ranked beside fleece and fleece-lined clothing!), believes that Ryan Gosling is a total hunk, and totally looks forward to drinking a large double-double when coming home from the States. Verdict? More than an average Canadian. ;) ...more
Yes, Nicholas and Rachel are the main characters but let's face it, the ensemble are simply more entertaining. As a couple, Nicholas and Rachel are soYes, Nicholas and Rachel are the main characters but let's face it, the ensemble are simply more entertaining. As a couple, Nicholas and Rachel are somewhat dull. They seem to shine better when they are apart and interacting with their own set of friends. I especially liked how Nicholas and his friends took off to Australia to drink coffee and watch the sun set on Uluru (Ayers Rock) as a way to escape the pre-planned bachelor party! Rachel has a much harder time during the bachelorette party, which just sounds like a party from hell. By the way, I get that Rachel is sweet and somewhat "innocent" but for an ABC, Rachel needs to embrace her American side more and fight back. Anyone who puts a gutted fish in my handbag would quickly find her suite overrun with something other than a dead fish! Just saying...
Kwan portrays so many Asian stereotypes that it is hard to remember them all except for me to say that I have encountered more than a few of them. The British do not hold the monopoly on snobbery. I hate to admit this but many Chinese believe highly in social status as well. And yes, there is class distinction from where you hail from--whether it is from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore. It's why explaining Chinese diaspora can be confusing for non-Asians.
Anyway, a great read from start to finish, especially if you a closeted "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fan because let's face it, only housewives from Beverly Hills would get all the designer references and comprehend the impromptu weekend trip to Indonesia. Then again, maybe not as these Chinese socialites can make the Beverly Hills housewives look like amateurs!...more
I chuckled several times throughout this cute little story about a boy's first visit to his school library or media center as they are calling it thesI chuckled several times throughout this cute little story about a boy's first visit to his school library or media center as they are calling it these days. I will have to say that one great idea that the book presents is the "decontamination room". Frankly, I think most public libraries in urban centers need one for both patrons and for the materials!
That begin said, I do have one serious complaint. After the boy is told all of these scary stories about the "Laminator" (Mrs. Beamster, the librarian) and "Igor", her assistant, he overcomes his fear when she welcomes him and hands him a book on jokes. I'm sorry but why couldn't the author go a little further in story try to portray school librarians beyond the stereotypical image of the book-pusher? I'm sure Mrs. Beamster could have helped him with his school assignment by teaching him how to locate the books or showing him how to use a database or website. I get that this book is a children's story but after spending 85% of the story spreading all of these misconceptions about Mrs. Beamster and her library, the reader is left with the overall impression that librarians and libraries are only about books. So not true at all. ...more
First of all, ancient graffiti is not that interesting so to fill the book every couple of chapters with it just got downright annoying. But the mostFirst of all, ancient graffiti is not that interesting so to fill the book every couple of chapters with it just got downright annoying. But the most grievous part of this book was the lack of organization. There are some humourous elements but the author bounces from civilization to civilizing and from time to time period that the reader is too busy dealing with whiplash then trying to piece everything together. For example, the last couple of chapters dealt with the author's minor obsession with ancient dentistry which is interesting but it's smack in the middle between chapters on politics and military conquests. There were also two chapters on focusing on the "influence" of ancient Chinese civilization which was nice but just seemed so out of place in this book. Since I did manage to finish reading this book, I give it a 2 mostly for effort but lacking in execution. ...more
To get 4 or more stars, a CD of the zombie love songs should have accompanied this book. As a result, I had to give it only 3 as I quietly hummed theTo get 4 or more stars, a CD of the zombie love songs should have accompanied this book. As a result, I had to give it only 3 as I quietly hummed the song's zombified lyrics to myself. Thankfully, office mate was too distracted to notice. ...more