Lots of action but wasn't enough to make me love this one as much as I did the previous two. Also hardly any Murphy who I missed, which is weird as shLots of action but wasn't enough to make me love this one as much as I did the previous two. Also hardly any Murphy who I missed, which is weird as she irritates me no end, but I love the interaction between her and Harry. Although I didn't enjoy this one as much, the narration by James Marsters was still fantastic. Onto book four....more
Adult colouring books have recently become very popular. They’re meant to relieve stress and anxiety, they’re used as therapy, and as an outlet for thAdult colouring books have recently become very popular. They’re meant to relieve stress and anxiety, they’re used as therapy, and as an outlet for those of us who maybe have limited artistic flare, able to create something beautiful without having to do the actual drawing. I bought my first adult colouring book a couple of months ago and I’ve really enjoyed the colouring-in process. It really does help me focus on something other than life. I get absorbed, and if you’re anything like me, become a a little bit obsessed, especially with keeping within the lines!
The Secret Garden Artist’s Edition was sent to me for review, and I will say that it is a lovely book. All 20 illustrations are beautiful and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed colouring them in. I’m on my fifth illustration now and I have a feeling that this is one colouring book that I will complete. What is also a big plus with Secret Garden Artist’s Edition is that the pages are made from high-quality card, so you can pull them out and frame your finished piece of work if you wish. I don’t think I’m good enough for that right now, because although the designs have already been drawn, there is an artistic quality needed to create something worthwhile enough to frame (of course this is only my personal opinion and in regards to my own work). The use of different colours, shading, etc to create something beautiful does take practice. I’ve googled lots of completed designs and I can honestly say that some people really have a talent for it, and are able create something truly beautiful. I think I have a way to go yet.
However, the good thing about adult colouring is that it isn’t all about being the best at colouring-in, it can be just for you, whether you are good at it or not. You don’t have to show anyone your work, you can just colour at your hearts content, then close the book and put your pens away until the next time. The act of colouring-in is relaxing and fun, and now, not just for children.
I’d definitely recommend this lovely adult colouring book. The illustrations are beautiful and the quality of the card is excellent (if you use pens like me there is no bleeding at all). Highly recommended for colouring-in fans of all ages. ...more
I read this back in 2008 and originally gave it 4 stars. Upon rereading it, or listening to it, as this time I chose the audiobook, I didn't3.5 Stars
I read this back in 2008 and originally gave it 4 stars. Upon rereading it, or listening to it, as this time I chose the audiobook, I didn't feel the story was as good as I remembered. It's fun, the character of Harry Dresden is good if a little dry witted, but I think I just have to get used to his humour and get to know him as a character before I can really settle into the series. Dresden didn't jump out to me as an amazing character, but I'm hoping he will grow on me over the course of the series. I think the book also suffered from first in series syndrome.
I really enjoyed listening to the narration by James Marsters (Spike <3), he was really good, and it's mainly because of him that I will continue the series on audiobook....more
I've spent weeks trying to finish this book but I'm finding it so dull and laborious I've finally decided to call it a day. I think it didn't workDNF
I've spent weeks trying to finish this book but I'm finding it so dull and laborious I've finally decided to call it a day. I think it didn't work for me because I felt no emotional attachment to any of the characters. There are also too many. Nearly every chapter is from a different person's perspective and by the half way mark I'd only had a couple of chapters from the same person making it very difficult to connect with each individual. Some people may enjoy this type of structure but I'm not one of them.
I was so hoping to love this book. Going by the premise it sounded like an intense, emotional read, the kind of books I love, but there was no emotional impact at all and it just fell flat for me. So after 145 pages I decided to DNF.