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Read Miss Abbott and the Doctor

Read Miss Abbott and the Doctor

Doctor Andreas Marino loves his quiet life, filled with work and simple amusements, and when the strange Miss Abbott arrives in his town he decides he doesn’t like her at all. Unfortunatelly she’s funny and quirky, has an uncommon past and seems to enjoy getting him in trouble. Welcome to a sketchy Victorian rom-com!

I have been reading this webcomic over several months because Webtoons forces you to read it through their app, which only lets you read one page a day unless you buy tokens. I would rather just buy a copy of the book — though I calculated it at one point and the author (and Webtoons, I don’t know the split) get a lot more than they could charge for one book if someone were to FastPass the whole comic.

I was wholeheartedly enjoying it up till the series conclusion.

SPOILERS below the fold

History Places

A Victorian sewage plant adorned in ironwork

Liked Forgotten Gems: Crossness Pumping Station by Georgie HooleGeorgie Hoole (

Nicknamed the Cistern Chapel, Crossness Pumping Station by Joseph Bazalgette is a joyously decorative feat of Victorian industrial design, which inadvertently helped eradicate cholera in London.

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Watched Enola Holmes

Watched Enola Holmes from

Enola Holmes is a movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Sam Claflin. When Enola Holmes-Sherlock’s teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right.

Not very good, unfortunately. Constant 4th wall breaking was irritating. Pacing was off sometimes, lingering where it wasn’t warranted. Unsatisfying ending and Enola didn’t seem to learn a lot. The emotional struggle they laid on her (thinking her mother left because she didn’t love Enola) was not particularly believable. Mycroft was poorly written. Villain had no motivation and seemed to be a gotcha. Romantic elements needed either more or less — it felt like it was written half as a romance and half as a mystery and neither was adequately resolved. The women’s costuming felt somehow off, like they were wearing costumes, versus the men’s.

Art and Design Fantasy

Re-watched Corpse Bride

Watched Corpse Bride by Tim Burton from

Corpse Bride is a movie starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson. When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Love the Gorey-esque aesthetics and imagined vaguely Victorian world. I like that the dead world is more vibrant and lively than the living world, more colorful, more exuberant, more musical. I especially like the jazz dance number when Victor first goes underground – a fun sequence with retro lighting.

I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. Has she realized she already had acceptance and care with her loyal friends in the land of the dead, and didn’t need a man to make her whole? Has she realized she can find her own happiness and peace, or simply accepted her loss?

The first couple times I saw this I wasn’t sure I liked it or not but I’ve come down on the side of liking it. For a short movie, it covers a lot of imaginative ground, even if it has to rely on some tropes to keep the story moving fast enough. I especially like Victor and Victoria’s meet-cute and moment of connection that binds them together despite following events.

It’s kind of weird that Victor looks just like a young Johnny Depp? Overall the character design is dramatic and highly stylized, each character visually exaggerated.