May 17th, 2012

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 03:30 pm
Title: “Puntje, rondje, streepje” (Dot, circle, line/stripe)
Original title: “Für kleine Zeichner”
Author: Bob Heinz
Language: Dutch (original language: German)
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Publisher: Uitgeverij Helmond
Year published: original 1980, my edition 1981
ISBN number: 9025248489
Topic of the book: How to draw
Reason for reading: It was my very first how to draw book
Recommended: Yes

Back cover text:

Dutch: “Hoewel dit boekje in principe is bedoeld voor kleine tekenaartjes, zal ook menige volwassene er zijn of haar voordeel mee kunnen doen. Want hoe vaak komt het niet voor dat we iets proberen uit te beelden en op een gegeven moment tot de ontdekking komen dat er aan hetgeen op papier is gezet kop noch staart zit.
Weet u dat tekenen eigenlijk helemaal niet moeilijk is? Met in deze uitgave gegeven grondelementen, t.w. Een puntje, een rondje en een streepje, zijn honderden figuren en voorwerpen uit te beelden.
Stap voor stap wordt geleerd hoe de figuurtjes en voorwerpen moeten worden opgebouwd en het zal niet lang duren of uw kinderen zullen in staat zijn alles te tekenen wat ze willen.”

English: “Despite this book being for the little artists, many adults will be able to use this in his or her advantage. How often do we realise that what we intended to draw doesn't look like it at all.
Did you know it's not that hard? With this edition we show the basic elements, a dot, a circle and a line and how you can use that to create hundred of things.
Step by step we will teach you how people and objects can be built and it won't be long before your children can draw anything they want.”

Read the full review here!
Thursday, May 17th, 2012 04:10 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Omnitopia Dawn (on Librarything)
Author: Diane Duane
Language: English
Series: Omnitopia #1
Format: paperback
Pages: 381 (392 when you count the preview chapter from book 2 as well)
Publisher: DAW books
Year published: original 2010, my edition 2011
ISBN number: 9780756406783
Topic of the book: Science fiction, online multiplayer game (MMORPG)
Reason for reading: I saw the book on the author's weblog ([personal profile] dduane) and it sounded quite interesting - I don't play online multiplayer games, but the concept of the book sounded interesting. Also, I really like Diane Duane's "Young Wizards" series and I was interested in reading a non-YW book by her sometime too (so I bought it as it wasn't very expensive - yay for English paperbacks XD).
Recommended: I would recommend it to people who are at least a bit interesting in online games (even when you don't play them) or people who like Diane Duane's books XD

Back cover text:
In the virtual twenty-first century multiplayer on-line games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan.
For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. Omnitopia is a virtual place where dreams come true - players can create their own universes within the game's structure and participate in the profits if their piece of the universe is a hit. Ten million players routinely play in Omnitopia, and at any given time, nearly a million of them are on-line, living in a world more real to them than their own.
Now Dev and his people are preparing to roll out a major new expansion to the Omnitopia system. And even as players, staff, the media, and the heavy hitters on the world financial scene wait eagerly for this fast-approaching and momentous event, there are others preparing to play a very different game - one that is meant to strike at the heart of Omnitopia and bring the entire system crashing down...

Read the rest of the review here!