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In the Devil's Garden by Stewart Lee Allen
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Nov 27, 2009

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Read in November, 2009

3.5 stars. Interesting concept, and the writing style fit nicely with the subject matter. The prose is sensual, almost lurid at times. The red of a sinful tomoato is described as "slut-red;" no one ever just "cuts" with a knife, when they can thrust it into something. I kind of felt like I needed a cigarette after reading a couple of these sections. I'm not sure I loved this way this is arranged according to the seven deadly sins--clever idea, but a little haphazard.
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message 1: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Blackwell This sounds...dare I say it...delicious.

Sarah I know! Yum, right?

message 3: by crystal (new)

crystal Any recipes included?

Sarah Yes, there are some recipes. Some of them are mighty...interesting. Fascinating book, sometimes mouth-watering and sometimes stomach-turning. Poppy seed and honey encrusted rodent, popped in the mouth and eaten whole...I will not be serving this at my next dinner party. Suffice to say, some of the "forbidden" dishes should really stay that way : )

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