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Beauty Hardcover – October 1, 2014
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About the Author
Hubert is the author of the Miss Don’t Touch Me series. Kerascoet is the pseudonym for a husband and wife team of artists who have contributed to the Dungeon series and the Miss Don’t Touch Me series.
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This book is definitely not suitable for a child. There is nudity, suggested rape, violence and strong language. Also good to know if certain themes are triggering or upsetting for the reader. However, these all contribute to the overall story about perceptions of beauty, greed, compassion and human nature presented in satirical extremes.
The color palettes are very simplistic and do great to invoke mood and setting. The art style is understated in a way that really helps embrace the theme.
>>> A piece of old-style fable.
>>> A small piece of strong moral lesson.
>>> A children-books graphic style verjus.
>>> A bunch of spices. Please include the following:
~~ A pinch of strong coloured darkness.
~~ A tablespoon of sex .
~~ A teaspoon of nudity
~~ A handful of war and fights.
~~ Outrageously good but smoky heroes.
~~ Outrageously bad but disgusting villains.
~~ A sachet of naivety.
~~ A sachet of human stupidity.
~~ A sachet of wisdom.
~~ A pinch of good common sense.
>>> Cooking oils
~~ A tablespoon of love-yourself oil.
~~ A tablespoon of epiphany oil.
>>> Full-colour colouring.
>>> Seasoning to your liking
~~ Salty lettering.
~~ Peppery vignettes.
Put your fable to marinate in a container, together with the moral lesson, an the verjus. Stir through. Now add half a litre of adventure, half of children-book graphics and the bunch of spices. Stir the fable trough, and let it stay overnight so the flavours get through.
Take the marinated fable out of the fridge in the morning, put everything it in an earthy casserole, add the two types of oil and the colouring. Now is the time to add, raw, the different sorts of beautiful stuff. The recipe recommends those from the brand Food for Thought:
}~Mind what you wish for.
}~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
}~Beauty ideals vary from culture to culture.
}~Beauty is in the inside.
}~Kingdoms were lost because of a woman's beauty.
}~Unless you don't see yourself beautiful you won't believe you are.
}~ Beauty is not what you wear is what you are.
}~Beauty halo, also called halo effect.
}~ What you see in the mirror and what other people see are different things.
}~Only brutes put beauty at the top of women qualities.
}~Women don't need to be beautiful to ha a decent relationship.
}~Society is obsessed with superficial flitting beauty.
Let the whole casserole simmer slowly for a few hours and until Beauty is ready. Before retiring from the stove, increase the heat for five minutes more.
Season to your liking.
Voila, the Hubert Kerascoet grown-ups casserole is ready. What a mindfully tasty and gorgeously plated casserole.
TYPO IN THE SAUCE!
"Beauty, you will be my Queen, and nothing can SEPERATE us."
spoiler ahead*** However, the ending is a bit disappointed since we readers see Beauty as someone who wrecked everything on her way (not just by her cursed beauty, but also with her stupidity and inconsideration along with her over-proud on appearance), she still managed to harm people who used to be kindes to her (one of the rare woman who used to be kind to her - queen of the North, got killed indirectly by Beauty). And finally she just seemed to not suffered from any karma but just thrived and be the queen of happy ending. The reader was in a emotion roller coaster for the main character, first we pity her, then we're happy for her, then indifferent since she just seemed to be merely a pawn in a big game of the fairies, then feel angry, then feel bad again, and finally, was not convinced with the ending. I feel the writers want to empower feminine power but the main character is just not enough a good example. Hence I love everything, except the ending.
I'll still give the book 5 stars because it was such a good read :)
While it is a very uncomfortable book to experience, by the end I had never felt more comfortable or grateful to be in my own skin.
The way the fairies are drawn is absolutely eerie and I love it.
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the illustrations are wonderful and the story is brilliant.Read more