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Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese by ShaoLan Hsueh
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautiful book. Clear, bright illustrations and bold colours. Unfortunately I bought it to learn Chinese characters, and not to appreciate the artwork of the author, talented though she may be.

The first problem is that the characters are not necessarily the first characters that you would learn - it appears that they have been chosen for their appearance (and how well they can be converted to pictures) rather than their usefulness to a student of Chinese. In fact some of the characters are quite obscure.

The second problem is that the author has mixed up traditional and simplified characters - presumably (again) according to how easily they can be… Read more
The Gloaming ~ The Gloaming
The Gloaming ~ The Gloaming
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 16 Feb 2014
An extraordinarily rich and beautiful album. Some songs are in Irish Gaelic and some have no vocals at all, but all are crafted by master musicians. A collection of moving and exhilarating tracks - listen to the album while walking on a hot, dirty, crowded street and be transcended.
Moonfire ~ Boy & Bear
Moonfire ~ Boy & Bear
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grower, 14 Jun 2013
The mark of great music - songs that sound ordinary at first, but then, with each listen, grow in nuance and depth. At first I was reeled in by the chorus in Part-Time Believer (one of the best singalongs I've heard!) but now I've realised that every song is wonderful. After twenty listens, the melodies still sound fresh. I haven't enjoyed an album this much since Lord Huron's Lonesome Dreams, and I'm always on the lookout for good new music.

I think it's more like a cross between Crowded House and Ben Howard - I'm not sure I would put Boy & Bear in the same category as Mumford and Sons.

A wonderful album! I can recommend it unreservedly.