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Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
Price: £4.79

3.0 out of 5 stars the pain of inner monologues, 19 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Never Let Me Go (Kindle Edition)
I would recommend the book for its plot, but the writing style is such a hindrance to my enjoyment of the book.

Having lived in Japan, I sometimes wonder if the excruciating details of emotional calculation to which the writer pays utmost attention is just a manifestation of what it is like to be Japanese. (I know that the writer was not conventionally Japanese, but even as an immigrant, cultural identities leave their mark through family upbringing.) We are so caught up in the inner turmoil of the protagonist as she examines her social interactions, that the entire story at large seem to fade a bit, like seen through frosty glass.

The good thing about this book is the central idea, the existential problem of clones and the ethical problem of how we should treat clones. Yet it is gently and quickly snuffed out and the characters return to their placid but internally turbulent lives.

Shadowscapes Tarot (78 card deck and a 264 page book)
Shadowscapes Tarot (78 card deck and a 264 page book)
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Edition: Cards
Price: £27.01

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome tarot, though standard size doesn't do it justice, 2 Jun. 2010
Tarot itself is beyond awesome. I've been keeping an eye out for the artist's work since 2005, not long after she first started on the project. Her artwork is beautiful -- the colour is rich and blend into each other in subtle shades, the lines are flowing and the curves are just stunning.

However, the printing doesn't do it justice -- the standard size cards are a little too small, and details end up getting lost -- you could see the originals on her website, it's much larger, so it would have been nice if the cards are printed say, at twice the standard sizing.

The book is sufficient for someone who's never done a tarot reading before -- but I'm not planning on using these cards for readings; they're just too beautiful for any wear and tear.

Lastly, Amazon ships this in a normal book cardboard sleeve, but the case itself is not fully filled out, so it WILL get at least a creased corner, or in my case, a whole side squashed. I do hope Amazon takes some care in packaging this in the future -- the case itself is quite pretty as well so it's not that pleasant to receive a squashed case.

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