An unexpectedly quick read. This book definitely won`t appeal to everyone. The main character is kind of a self-centered jerk, the female lead is obvi...moreAn unexpectedly quick read. This book definitely won`t appeal to everyone. The main character is kind of a self-centered jerk, the female lead is obviously toying with him in an equally self-centered way, and we know from the promo blurb that the end is just going to hurt for our lead, Jasper. If the prose/characters hadn`t been so interesting, waiting for the other shoe to drop could have been excruciating.
I`m a little dissatisfied with how quick the ending was, but this will probably be one of the paperbacks I end up holding on to. Worth a shot to see if it resonates with you. If not, don`t worry about finishing it. (less)
I checked out three calligraphy books, and out of those this is the one that I like the most. Calligraphy 24 hours, is of course, a deceptive claim. I...moreI checked out three calligraphy books, and out of those this is the one that I like the most. Calligraphy 24 hours, is of course, a deceptive claim. In 24 hours you could certainly read the book pretty thoroughly, but going through the exercises (several styles are demonstrated, with how to draw each letter) and mastering even the basics of a single style will take much longer.
The book does a better job than many books in explaining parts of the set-up process -- making a ladder of the x-height is explained clearly enough that even if you've never heard of a calligraphic ladder before you'll know what the heck one is and how to raise it after you've read that little paragraph. (Note: cannot be used to rescue cats.)
The first half of the book is explanation, the second half projects (as is the case with most books like this). Readers will benefit from having some familiarity with western calligraphy as there is so much good information in the book it might edge on being overwhelming for the total newcomer. I almost wish the book was more explanation, but warm-up exercises and clear instructions for things up to and including correction of errors, layout, and a variety of (very detailed) techniques for putting down gold leaf. Naturally disinclined to deal with gold even in jewelry form, having read the explanations in the book I feel comfortable enough to consider finally giving it a shot.
I don't really think the book could maintain what it is with more practice exercises, however, I do wish it had gone more the exercise-book route and been even more in-depth with its tutorials. This is my preference though; I think the author has done a good job with what s/he set out to do. Worth checking out from the library; I might consider it as a good beginner-level calligraphy book. (less)
Reread so I could keep up with the complaints in the movie reviews.
I read this on an 11-hour work standby, and finished it in about three or so hours...moreReread so I could keep up with the complaints in the movie reviews.
I read this on an 11-hour work standby, and finished it in about three or so hours. Much less painful when you don't have to read it for school, and honestly it reads much like a short story.
It is particularly interesting to be reading of the 1920s as written by an author who wrote the book in 1925; I have read a handful of Mary Russell books (by Laurie R. King) recently, and in some Mary partakes in the flapper lifestyle -- seeing this from the perspective of someone who was really *there* in the 20s elucidates the mindsets and activities of those young people. Basically: Daisy is another stupid young fashionable person, Gatsby is a fool for loving her (among other things), and this is just another Romeo + Juliet story.
But that's the beauty of it, and that's what it's supposed to be.(less)
I took a vehicle rescue class recently that assumed all students had taken a Fire I class, while the class did not actually have prerequisites. Ropes...moreI took a vehicle rescue class recently that assumed all students had taken a Fire I class, while the class did not actually have prerequisites. Ropes and knots was a section on the final exam that was not really covered in class, and so I had 24 hours to teach myself how to tie about eight knots with no previous experience. This book was very helpful with that -- it's short, but covers all the important basics and is easy to follow. (less)