Tomas Sturo Sturo itibaren Kesugihan, Cilacap Regency, Central Java, Endonezya
I read this after reading and enjoying A Kiss Of Shadows by the same author. As a fan of Anne Rice, Poppy Z Brite et al, I expected to love this book and to immediatly want to hunt down the rest in the series. Well I was disappointed. I found Antia a pretty annoying character and the whole Vampire Circus thing was so obviously a take on Rice's Theatre Des Vampires that I cringed. Readable, but defiantly not good.
Weirder than science fiction. Only when writing about the history of mathematics in China would one also write about poetry. Containing an excellent discourse on alchemy and the ruinous quest for the Golden Elixir.
Its been years since I read this book of course, but I remember it very well as being thrilling and interesting and definitely different to anything else I might have been reading at the time. I know at the time i had not yet been to the USA and was fascinated by the sense of heat and the plantation where the book is set. The setting really added to the atmosphere and mystery and it stuck in my mind even after all these years!
In this companion story to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Knopf, 1994), a young baker takes a folksy trip across the U. S. A. in search of items to make a cherry pie. She travels to New Mexico to get clay for making a mixing bowl and to Hawaii for sand to make a glass measuring cup. She arrives back home in time to make the pie for the fourth of July. It seems strange that the actual ingredients for the pie are not collected, just the raw materials needed to make the cooking equipment. And while the art work is fun and lively, there are many random distractions that make the story somewhat hard to follow. The story could be included in a unit on the United States.