Archive for May, 2005

May 30th 2005

The Passover Plot

The Passover Plot30. The Passover Plot by Dr. Hugh J. Schonfield

This took forever to read! It’s written in a very dry academic style, which is completely appropriate given the subject matter. However, since it’s not exactly light reading, I only managed to get through a few pages at a time.

There’s a lot to ponder, as well. Whether one is Christian or not, whether one believes in the alleged divinity of Jesus or not, it is a treatise that sheds light on the era in which Christianity was born. I no longer feel vaguely annoyed that Christianity seemed to leap into existence fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus. Schonfield’s work answers some of the questions I’ve been posing since I was a precocious child in Catholic school. Delightfully, the answers lead to even more questions. I’ve got his follow-up book, Those Incredible Christians, at the top of my To Be Read pile.

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May 29th 2005

The Lunatic Cafe

The Lunatic Cafe29. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

This one has me harkening back to the days of playing Moira against Mike’s Duffy, and getting a little weirded out by Duffy’s wolfness. And Duffy wasn’t even a lycanthrope. Which probably makes it a good thing Moira wasn’t any kind of preternatural bounty hunter, eh?

That said, another hit for Hamilton and Anita Blake. I can’t keep track if I’m reading these in order or not, and it doesn’t seem to matter with The Lunatic Cafe. I love when books in a series can stand on their own as well has this one does.

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May 29th 2005

To the Nines

To the Nines28. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

Evanovich is back in form with this offering from the Stephanie Plum series. Thank good the Christmas story was an aberration! Joe Morelli and Ranger continue to drive her crazy, and her wacky family is just as wacky as ever. In a surprise move, the top spot for bizarre family member goes to Stephanie’s sister Valerie rather than Grandma Mazur. Instead of destroying a car in this book, Stephanie somehow manages to indirectly damage a couple of Ranger’s Merry Men. I don’t think I’ve ever felt sorry for thugs before.

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Visions of Sugar Plums

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May 15th 2005

It’s all downhill from here…

Woo hoo! I’ve gotten past the half-way point of my goal and it isn’t even June yet. You should see the state of my studio, though. It’s obvious I’ve been neglecting all my organizing and unpacking chores. Yeah, yeah… whatever. My stack of “to be read” books is not really shrinking, however. No. Of course not. I just keep getting more books.

But the BookCrossing world will be happy once I plow though the rest of them…

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May 15th 2005

Alphabet of Thorn

Alphabet of Thorn27. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

It’s a fun fantasy with interesting characters. Nepenthe is an orphan, living in the royal library translating unknown languages. She comes upon an book written with an alphabet of thorns that no one else can translate. The twists and turns in the book weave Nepenthe’s life with that of the queen, and the characters in the book she is translating.

I should have such a twisted mind. :)

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May 13th 2005

Bloody Bones

Bloody Bones26. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

Another in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. Love the sass she give master vampire Jean-Claude. She’s one tough cookie. Buffy used to be my favorite vampire slayer… I think I’ve changed my mind.

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May 13th 2005

Visions of Sugar Plums

Visions of Sugar Plums25. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich

Again, Evanovich tickles the funny bone… but not as well as her other novels. While she tossed all her elements of humor into this book, it just didn’t seem to gel. Perhaps it was the lack of a tight plot. If you haven’t read her other novels (at least the first few, anyway), you won’t have any clue about who some of the characters are or why the story is so funny.

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May 7th 2005

Books for Artistic Inspiration

I am glad to say that I’ve had some time over the past week or two to peruse more art-related books!

19. From the Heart from Studio C Series
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20. Making Connections from Studio C Series

These are #5 and #6 in a series of small books with designs for making interesting greeting cards. Since there was at least one design in each book that sparked a new idea for my own art, I consider them a worthwhile purchase.

Scrapbooks for Rubber Stampers21. Scrapbooks for Rubber Stampers by Suzanne McNeill

I had hope to get some ideas for scrapbooking because I am apparently scrap-challenged. No such luck. The pages shown and the use of stamps were all simplistic. I will undoubtedly pass this book along via BookCrossing.

22. New Dimensions in Cardmaking by Lynell Harlow

Outstanding! Fabulous ideas for using brass stencils with embossing paste, as well as chalks and inks. Even more fabulous is the fact that Lynell Harlow will be at the local stamp shop (Stampassion) in a couple of weeks to demonstrate some of the techniques. I will be there, of course. :D

Making Books by Hand23. More Making Books by Hand by Peter and Donna Thomas

This is a book to read over and over… or rather, to set on the table as I go through project after project. There are instructions all the basic skills needed to make books, as well as 12 different projects. It may take a year to work through all the projects because (unfortunately) I have a life outside art… but the results will be well worth it.

24. Distressables by Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz is a creative guru at Ranger Industries, makers of fabulous inks, markers and doodads for crafters. This book contains a number of projects using their new distressable papers, doodads and ever-popular distress inks. Bottle caps aren’t really my thing, but all the other projects look fun and easy… plus many of them would make great gifts.

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More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects
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May 7th 2005

A Couple of Science Fiction Books

Thorn and Needle17. Thorn and Needle by Paul B. Thompson

It’s a fun little fantasy with a clash of religions… earth-based vs. techno-god. In the way of fantasy novels, it’s fairly predictable, but a good read. The last couple of pages, however, really add a totally twisted kicker.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Witches of Wenshar18. The Witches of Wenshar by Barbara Hambly

The third book about Sun Wolf and Starhawk, it is every bit as good as the previous ones. Sun Wolf has come perhaps a small step closer to understanding his wizards talents.

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May 1st 2005

I Laughed Til I Cried

Bad Cat16. Bad Cat by Jim Edgar

Cats are some of my favorite people, and I’ve long known that cats are not the innocent, adorable fluffs some people seem to believe they are. Jim Edgar’s book points out in an exceptionally humorous way what cats are really thinking. For example, Delilah (whose hobby is thinking about Abraham Lincoln’s hat, by the way) thinks, “I don’t need to hear about your day. Just open the can.”

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Bad Cat: 244 Not-So-Pretty Kitties And Cats Gone Bad

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