I usually read any and all picture books that I find featuring cats (I can't help myself! ;) but the Bad Kitty series is one of my absolute favourites...moreI usually read any and all picture books that I find featuring cats (I can't help myself! ;) but the Bad Kitty series is one of my absolute favourites! He's so grumpy he's cute ;) (less)
I'm a late-comer to the Doctor Who universe and have only started watching the series (beginning with the 9th Doctor) earlier this year on DVD. I have...moreI'm a late-comer to the Doctor Who universe and have only started watching the series (beginning with the 9th Doctor) earlier this year on DVD. I have only (I'm putting off the inevitable, I know...) gotten up to the end of season 2 (since I'm borrowing from my local library/interlibrary loan and there were "issues"). However, I'm really enjoying the series, the characters, everything. Which led me to pick up the books - and this graphic novel.
Since I'm lagging in my watching, there were some continuity issues for me, but for the most part, I was able to enjoy this collection. The artwork (like most traditional comic books) was not to my personal taste (besides the Doctor, Emily Winter in particular). It seemed to be more "harsh" at the beginning and softened in the second half. On a side note, there is a decent portrait of the Doctor at the end of the collection by Tommy Lee Edwards. The story is the real winner of the comic, however, having captured some of the Doctor's voice and the feel of Doctor Who. I was more inclined towards the second half of the story (the trial and beyond) rather than the first, as it seemed particularly more "Doctorish" (though special mention to the Charlie Chaplin-esque bit near the beginning).
Overall, not a bad collection, but not something that I would ever buy. As for volume two, it's not something that I'll actively go searching for, but if I happen across it, I would read it.(less)
That's not necessarily a bad thing (and in this case it wasn't), it was just...unexpected.
Genealogical...moreThis book didn't turn out to be what I expected.
That's not necessarily a bad thing (and in this case it wasn't), it was just...unexpected.
Genealogical Standards of Evidence by Brenda Dougall Merriman is part of the Genealogist's Reference Shelf series by OGS/Dundurn Press. As befits a guide from a Canadian genealogy guru, it is a concise and readable *introduction* (note the stars) to the current citation practices and evidence analysis within the genealogical field. She also covers, in brief, suggestions for further education (courses, certification, societies, etc.), includes a 5 (and 1/2) page checklist of sources, and ends with "illustrative examples" of common Canadian (mostly Ontario) historical documents, accompanied by explanations and citation examples. Overall, Genealogical Standards of Evidence is a good reference book, especially for beginning and Canadian genealogists and at just over 120 pages, it won't take up too much space on the shelf.
That being said...
I was expecting this book to be less an introduction and more of a Canadian version of Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence!. I had assumed it would include (as the major body of the book) lists or examples of Canadian documents and how to cite them - which was included, but nowhere near the amount that I had hoped for. While Evidence! is hands down the best go-to guide, it only contains American examples (which does almost nothing for me ;)
In the end, I craved reassurance that I was creating my *Canadian* citations (and mini footnote proof arguments) in the correct manner. While there are minor differences between what is given and how I have constructed mine, Merriman's examples reassured me that I'm on the right track. She's also got me thinking about furthering my "genealogical" education - not bad, for the unexpected. ;)(less)
I've been "doing" genealogy for (eek!) almost 16 years, though only actively searching (on and off) for the past decade. Most "how to" genealogy guide...moreI've been "doing" genealogy for (eek!) almost 16 years, though only actively searching (on and off) for the past decade. Most "how to" genealogy guides focus exclusively on American records. Morgan promises (it's in his introduction!) that he'll be covering "the major record types available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as research strategies ..." (p. xix).
I have the first edition, published in 2004 (since my library's genealogy book collection is, IMO, relatively poor), so I'm not going to comment on the technology section(s) (who uses PDAs anymore?). But I am looking forward to the case study (I heart case studies! ;) as well as ideas on organization (always needed!) "Along those lines..." was the first genealogy column I read (and enjoyed!) and his 1998 (I think) article on organization was one of the first I accessed (I still have the print out!)
How to Do Everything With Your Genealogy is a good beginner's guide (though I take issue with the "how to do everything" part, though I know it's part of the series title), or as a refesher for the more experienced researcher. It includes overviews and lots of examples of various source types, from the basic (i.e. census) to the more advanced (i.e. probate packets and wills). Morgan also covers organization (family group sheets, pedigree charts), but not much beyond that (for paper records). He appears to rely heavily on (and devotes an entire chapter) to commercial genealogy database programmes. Though somewhat dated, the chapter for online searching is still useful (includes a lot of basic, but necessary information, especially for the beginner). Personally, I got the most out of the brick wall ("Follow alternate research paths to locate difficult records) and research trips ("Plan a very successful genealogical research trip") chapters.
Overall, How to Do Everything With Your Genealogy is a good guide to flip through (though probably not the best to read all in one sitting - there's just too much information to absorb) and borrow from the library.(less)
I found Doctor Who through an unexpected source (or maybe not so unexpected, considering this collection) - my mom. We were flipping channels one afte...moreI found Doctor Who through an unexpected source (or maybe not so unexpected, considering this collection) - my mom. We were flipping channels one afternoon and suddenly she tells me to stop - it's the Doctor! She couldn't mean that weird British sci-fi show with the wonky sets? Well, she did and we ended up watching David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in "Gridlock". I was hooked.
Catching the occassional episode (which airs, for me, on Space, at 5 p.m., and since I work until 5...), was not enough to sate my interest. Luckily for me, my local library carries the first 4 seasons of the new series. So while I continue to work my way through those (and hope to discover the older seasons in time), I went hunting for books. I've started the BBC tie-ins for the new series (beginning with "my doctor" - Christopher Eccleston) and (since my library does not carry these, for the most part) I'm also slowly working my way through those (forced by the slowness of interlibrary loan). To my delight I happened upon Chicks dig time lords while browsing and immediately ordered it (though having to wait for an illo copy, it was awhile in coming...).
Chicks dig time lords is a collection of short essays by female fans of Doctor Who, ranging from the academic to the squee fangirl. Essays were written by established authors, researchers, actors and everything in between, and included both "old Doctor" and "new Doctor" fans. I especially enjoyed "In defense of smut" by Christa Dickson, "What's a girl to do?" by Lloyd Rose and "Adventures in ocean-crossing, margin-skating and feminist-engagement with Doctor Who" by Helen Kang, though the least interesting (for me) was Kate Orman's "If I can't squee, I don't want to be part of your revolution". The entire collection, however, should be a definite addition to any Whovian's shelf - male or female.(less)
Kept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages right until the end. Thrillers (especially with heavy political and conspiracy elements) are not my u...moreKept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages right until the end. Thrillers (especially with heavy political and conspiracy elements) are not my usual cup of tea, but I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward the reading the next two! ;)(less)
Don't get me wrong - I am a fan of both Sherrilyn Kenyon as well as manga in general. Granted, neither Kyrian o...moreGak! Can I claw my eyes out right now?!
Don't get me wrong - I am a fan of both Sherrilyn Kenyon as well as manga in general. Granted, neither Kyrian or Talon's stories were my favourites in the DH world, but still...
The art ruined it for me. Val, Tabitha, Vane and Nick - who all make appearances - are some of my favourite characters in the DH universe (like squeeee-favourite ;) . Yes, I know what a reader imagines is never the same as someone else's vision. (Which is why, IMO, the book is always better than the movie ;) But I still can't see the boys looking like teenaged wannabes and the girls as lolita-esque midgets (that was so not Bride in volume 3). And yes, I am well aware of the manga "style" (and some of it is quite breathtaking art), but this felt like an uncomfortable (sometimes literally - arms and elbows, especially, were awkwardly drawn) fusion of eastern manga and western comics.