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Sensible and informative

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2021

Dr Joanna McMillan, gives us the low down on what's going on in our digestive system, with a Scottish accent, humour, and well-informed science.

As she acknowledges, a lot of the science is in its early stages, but it's only the details that scientists are quibbling about.
We have solid evidence that wholefood, nutritionally dense diets are a good thing, and a lot of the fine tuning of what, when and how much we eat for wellness, is going to be personal to us.

Dr McMillan gives us some of the reasoning behind the food choices we can make, some practical starter notes for us to incorporate into our meal (and snack) planning. She provides some insight into how to feed ourselves, and our gut microbes, and how looking after our digestive system looks after our mental and physical health.

I think that, as a sufferer of chronic bowel pain, the thing that I appreciate most in this production, is the compassionate acknowledgement that there is no universal recommendation, not all strategies are going to work for all people, and that there is hope out there.

It's always a little tricky when you are seeking help, to find the answer is "uhm, it's complicated.." but anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to sell you something... possibly essential oils or cider vinegar.

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Developing a world, feeling so much like a sequel.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2021

This whole story felt much like a "chapter 2". It was enchanting to hear more from familiar characters but the whole thing felt like a glorified training montage. This is a good continuation of the story told so far, but does not stand well by itself. It is easy to see how our little band, from this part of the story onward, develop their own speciality skills, as they start to grow out of their adolescence into fully fledged adults. If this were a roleplaying game, our characters just started their specialisations, and have been grinding a bit, to level up their new skills. The whole story so far leaves me feeling the anticipation of what will happen when they come together to augment each other, and to overcome their great challenges. It seems I need to develop that patience that has been spoken of by their teachers!

Fanciful but inconsistent

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-2021

The narrator for this book worked really well with the material.. in some places in _spite_ of the material.
For a story about a girl Assassin who just spent hard time in the salt mines, the main character spends a lot of time complaining about the weather and other trivial things. The plot wouldn't get off the ground without you first donning your +6 Suspenders of Disbelief.
In a land where consent isn't a thing, I guess it's romantic for people to go around planting kisses on others or giving them new names without asking (twice in one book!?).
For all the serious silliness, the pace is good and I'm glad that fight scenes are not overly long-winded or technical. The plot is not a chore to follow, and keeps a sense of "who-to-trust?" paranoid tension. I do wonder why some bits are laboured over while other life-and-death competitions seem to be skipped, but who doesn't like a romantic story with a puppy... no?