I would recommend this book for beginners. It is good practice for increasing and decreasing, and reading patterns.
That being said, it really didn'tI would recommend this book for beginners. It is good practice for increasing and decreasing, and reading patterns.
That being said, it really didn't feel like this book had a lot of originality in it. I've come across similar projects while looking at crafting blogs and vintage patterns; the only project that really impressed me was the headboard.
While the projects didn't impress me, it was well-written and illustrated. The pictures of the projects are colorful, and do a good job of showing the resulting projects....more
This is a great book for someone looking to add to their crochet book collection. The projects might be challenging for someone just learning to crochThis is a great book for someone looking to add to their crochet book collection. The projects might be challenging for someone just learning to crochet and read patterns, but some of them are good for those who have mastered the basics and are ready for the next level.
The author offers samples for most of the projects that have more than one color pattern. I like this feature because it gives an idea of how changing the color scheme can change the look of the finished product....more
I have always wanted to delve into Pratchett's Discworld and was never sure where to start. I came across a copy of this book by pure chance, and I haI have always wanted to delve into Pratchett's Discworld and was never sure where to start. I came across a copy of this book by pure chance, and I happened to have had quite a bit of spare time to read it. Monstrous Regiment may not have been on the top of any "Read this first!" Discworld lists, but it was amusing with the right amount of momentary nail-biting suspense sprinkled with gasp-worthy surprises. It was a happy coincidence that I found this book when I did, and I will be glad to read it over again once I've read more Discworld books....more
In War of the Worlds, Wells created a strong emotionally-charged narrative. The detailed descriptions of an Earth under siege from an alien force neveIn War of the Worlds, Wells created a strong emotionally-charged narrative. The detailed descriptions of an Earth under siege from an alien force never felt gratuitous. The terrifying part of this story was not the Martians and their motives for and methods of invasion, but it was the reactions of the humans -the panicking, looting, etc.--. I think the human aspect is as pertinent now as it was when it was originally published over a hundred years ago. I cannot praise this book enough! ...more
I loved this book when I was a kid. I think I must have checked it out from the school library at least twice, and read it countless times when I hadI loved this book when I was a kid. I think I must have checked it out from the school library at least twice, and read it countless times when I had it. Fortunately, we recently received a copy when my daughter's teacher cleared out her books.I love the art work, and the stories are well-written (though some, such as the story of the Minotaur, have been adjusted to be more kid friendly). It's definitely one of my favorite books, and I'm glad to share it with my children....more
**spoiler alert** I will break down my review for each story, with the assumption that most readers will have a basic knowledge of the Halo universe.**spoiler alert** I will break down my review for each story, with the assumption that most readers will have a basic knowledge of the Halo universe. I have left out the poetry and the (essay?) Icon, just because I really have nothing to say about them, positive or negative: Blunt Objects Fire Team Spartan: Black are on a mission on one of the Covenant occupied human colonial worlds. Their mission: to destroy giant beehive-like machines called Beacons that the Covies use to mine Helium-3, which is then used for fuel. Once the He-3 is depleted, the planet is glassed, leaving it an uninhabitable hunk. In the penthouse of one of the only stable buildings, Spartan: Black comes across a badly injured insect-like Covenant creature known as a bugger, whom they follow into the Beacons to help destroy it and free the rest of the buggers from the servitude forced upon them by the rest of the Covenant. Here's the thing about this story that bothered me. While members of the Spartan:Black team have their misgivings about following this bugger (Hopalong, as Black-Two called it), they still readily follow him into what could very well possibly be a trap. Sure they have their doubts, but would Spartans really take that risk without more information? The Mona Lisa The UNSC ship Red Horse is among the debris field that was once the first Halo destroyed by Spartan-117 near the gas giant Threshold. They bring aboard a civilian escape pod to find that it contains a fatally injured man who, in his insane final ramblings, reveals that he is from the story's titular freighter. Sergent Lopez is sent to lead a team to investigate what happened aboard The Mona Lisa, which was converted to a penal ship, and to find out why it is near Threshold in an area which has been classified and is crawling with Covenant. Lopez and her crew arrive, expecting to see the signs of a prison riot. Instead they find Covenant Elites, unarmed and without armor. The Elites are scared, but of what? In a short matter of time, Lopez's team discovers that The Flood, which had been previously unknown to them, are running rampant aboard the freighter. What's more, Lopez discovers that the ONI's treachery runs deep. Palace Hotel Spartan-117 finds a surprise on the battle field in New Mombasa! Honestly, this story felt like, at best, mediocre fan fiction. I got the impression the author didn't know much about Halo aside from knowledge one can gain from reading the Halowiki. There are also some writing errors that made it hard to read, mainly shifting POV's and awkward dialogue. Human Weakness What happened between the time that Cortana was left with Gravemind and Master Chief practically got killed (or, in my case when I played Halo 3, got killed about 100 times)trying to rescue her? Well, here you have it. This story was the reason I gave this book three stars instead of two. The imagery alone (Cortana floating in an ocean of information) made this story a great read. Wages of Sin The Minister of Discovery writes out the confessions of lies and deceit committed by the Covenant Hierarchs in the name of The Great Journey. Another great read, and it makes one loathe the Hierarchs no less, and justifies none of what they have done. Good anti-Covenant propaganda. The Return Two decades after destroying a human colony, an Elite Shipmaster returns on a pilgrimage to discover what the gods want of him and his fellow Sangheili now that it has been revealed that the basis of their faith has been proven false. He reminisces and regrets the act he committed in the name of the Prophets, and he seeks to make himself worthy. I found this story interesting, and it was written a way that made it a quick but memorable read. ...more
I ate this book up. Moehinger's narrative was so colorful, so descriptive that I didn't care whether it was true or not. He brought the patrons of DickI ate this book up. Moehinger's narrative was so colorful, so descriptive that I didn't care whether it was true or not. He brought the patrons of Dickens/Publicans to life so vividly that I could imagine them with little effort. It was interesting reading about alcoholism in first-person form. Lastly, Moehringer's passion for the written word shines through in this book. I love how he painted Manhasset, the Yale campus and, in the smallest blurb, he captured the Colorado Rockies beautifully....more
**spoiler alert** Had I been given a choice, I would not have read this book. It was required reading for a college. The biggest issue I had with this**spoiler alert** Had I been given a choice, I would not have read this book. It was required reading for a college. The biggest issue I had with this book was that, while I felt that a lot of the things that she described could happen, it was presented in a way that made me doubtful. For example, when her mother was pregnant with her younger sister and she was in the car, insisting she was 10 months pregnant (I'm guessing she was actually 7-8 months pregnant at this point) she somehow managed to reach her foot over her husband's legs, stomp on the break and move fast enough to get out of the car before her husband could stop her or get the car rolling again. Walls describes seeing her mother dive in and out of the head lights of the car and running around the desert. I don't know about anyone else, but the idea of being that nimble that late in pregnancy just sounds impossible. Now I'm not saying it's improbable, I'm just saying the incident is suspect. Either that or it wasn't remembered correctly.In any, it really set the tone for how I felt about her story the rest of the book.
David McFadden's travels in Scotland are beautifully detailed in "An Innocent in Scotland". Even more colorful than his descriptions of the Scottish cDavid McFadden's travels in Scotland are beautifully detailed in "An Innocent in Scotland". Even more colorful than his descriptions of the Scottish country side are the characters her meets along the way. These are the type of people one can't create; there are fisherman,tour guides, seasoned and rookie tourists, farmers, xenophobic and welcoming locals -- the list goes on. Wonderfully done, Mr. McFadden!...more