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In the world of Zhang, the new charioteers are human-powered kites, racing above New York in a brief grab at glory. The new ultimate thrill for wealthy urbanites is to flirt with interactive death in illegal speakeasies. The opulence of Beijing has brought a new cultural imperialism. And a new generation lives in fear and hope. It is a new world in which Zhang is still finding his way...
Simple really. It bored me.
The characters had depth, but were low-energy... meaning they didn't really grab me, had no real focus and all seemed to be a little vague about their place in the plot.
I struggled to make it through the first 3 chapters, cruised through the next couple, and basically skimmed the rest of the book, I found it that watery.
Overall, not impressed, can't say much good, so won't say any more.
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Oz and Lily's family have inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago, its famous chocolate-makers were clever socerers. Now evil villians are hunting the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying power of this magic chocolate could destroy the world. The children are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an invisible cat, a talking rat and the ghost of an elephant.
Paperback. 8 years plus.
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