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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 12:48 pm
Title: Fashion Design Studio – Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, Hairstyles & More!
Original title: Fashion Design Studio – Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, Hairstyles & More!
Author: Chris Hart
Language: English
Series: None
Reviews for other books in this series (up until now): MANGA for the beginner – Chibis
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books
Year published: Release date: Expected around the 26th of November 2013 (I got an early copy from Mr. Hart for a review)
ISBN number: 9781936096626
Topic of the book: How to draw
Reason for reading: Mr. Hart read my review about his book MANGA for the beginner – Chibis and asked me to review his upcoming book.
Recommended: Yes, for those who want to become fashion designers and don't know of the basics. If you already know the basics, this book might not hold many surprises.

Even though I was asked to review this book by the author himself, it will still be objective and honest. So, yes, I will point out things I like, dislike or miss in this book.

A fun fact that might interest you before reading is that during High School, my Art Teachers told me to quit drawing. I was, in their opinion, terrible and there was no future for me in Art. I am not exaggerating, that is what they told me. According to them, art included Still Lifes, landscapes, modern abstracts and never 'those cartoon-esque figures'. One of the Art Teachers had the decency to bring this mildly to me (the others were very blunt about it) and said that if I really wanted to continue art I might stand a tiny chance if I'd focus on Fashion Designing. I never went into Fashion Designing and continued those 'stupid cartoon figures' and I consider myself decent in terms of skill. I still have much left to learn, but I'm confident enough to see I'm far from terrible.

So, when Mr. Hart asked me to review his book, I remembered those High School days again. I consider it very ironic that the very first book someone asks me to review is about Fashion Designing....
And now onwards to the review!

Back cover text:

From Chris Hart, the world's best-selling author of how-to-draw books, comes Creative Girls draw: Fashion Design Studio, the ultimate guide to drawing for aspiring fashion designers. Inside you'll find all the tools you need to share your design ideas. Learn to draw the figure with the right proportions and poses, and how to adorn it with an array of garment, shoes, and accessories, as well as hair and make-up. Practice on the Draw It Yourself pages throughout the book, and find ideas for looks in the Style Files. With Chris Hart's help, you can bring your designs to life and your fashion dreams closer to reality!

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 09:59 pm
Title: De ontmoeting
Author: Marique Maas (pseudonym of Esther Verhoef)
Language: Dutch
Series: yes; "Muren van Glas"
Format: Dwarsligger
Pages: 526 (333 in regular book)
Publisher: Uitgeverij Dwarsligger and De Boekerij
Year published: June 2013
ISBN number: 9789049802653
BookCrossing ID: 11983001
Topic of the book: erotica for women
Reason for reading: I got chosen by the publishers to review this book.
Recommended: Yes.

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 05:04 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Jane: The woman who loved Tarzan (on Librarything)
Author: Robin Maxwell
Language: English
Series: none, but related to the Tarzan series.
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): Tarzan #6 - Jungle Tales of Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Format: paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Tor Doherty Associates, LLC
Year published: original 2012, my edition 2012
ISBN number: 9780765333599
Topic of the book: Jane's life before, during and after she met Tarzan; beginning of the 20th century (Victorian/Edwardian eras); difference between ways of living
Reason for reading: Tarzan <3 Though I did think of it as 'published fanfiction', as it's based on another author's work, I like the Tarzan series so much that I wanted to read this book too, as it sounded quite interesting (and the cover art was pretty too). I asked it for Christmas and I got it as my present (^-^).
Recommended: YES!! Even if you have never read the original Tarzan books and only know the story from the Disney movie or something.

Back cover text:
Cambridge, England: 1905. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, Jane Porter is far more comfortable in a lab coat, dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of travelling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father on an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.

Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the publication of the original Tarzan of the Apes.

First paragraph of the first chapter, "Chicago Public Library, April 1912":
Good Lord, she was magnificent! Edgar thought. Infuriatingly bold.
He had many times fantasized about women such as this Jane Porter, but he honestly believed they existed only in his imagination. The vicious heckling she had endured for the past hour in the darkened room would have broken the strongest of men, yet there she stood at the podium casting a shadow on the startling image projected by the whirring episcope on the screen behind her, back straight as a rod, head high, trying to bring order back into the hall.

Comments on the first paragraph:
The book starts in third person, as Jane is introduced to Edgar Rice Burroughs - the original author of the Tarzan books.

Saturday, October 13th, 2012 01:11 pm
This is our first guest-review. The one who wrote it will remain anonymous, but we shall call her P. for now. P. is 11 years old and lives in the Netherlands. She only recently learned English at school, so yes, the grammar and spelling are not amazing. Please keep that in mind when you're reading this. I hope we will receive more reviews from her, so we can all see her grow.

Title: Mermaid Melody, Pitchi Pitchi Pich (all 7 manga volumes)
Original title: マーメイドメロディーぴちぴちピッチ (Māmeido Merodī Pichi Pichi Pitchi)
Author: Written by Michiko Yokote, Art by Pink Hanamori
Language: English
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): None
Format: Manga volume
Pages: Depends on the volume and they are not numbered
Publisher: Del Rey
Year published: All English editions were bought right after the release (2006-2007)
ISBN number: Volume 1: 9780345491961 , Volume 2: 9780345491978 , Volume 3: 9780345491985, Volume 4: 9780345491992 , Volume 5: 9780345492005 , Volume 6: 9780345492012 , Volume 7: 9780345492029
Topic of the book: Magical Girl, Shoujo, Mermaids, Idols, Singing
Reason for reading: P. saw the anime and wanted to read the manga, which Kitty Ocean owned. This is the first manga P. read.
Recommended: Yes

Back cover text:

I (Kitty Ocean) won't list all the back cover text, but will summarize the story for you, before we head over to the review. Luchia is a mermaid princess who gave away her magical pearl to save a human boy. However, without her pearl, she can never become a true princess and goes to shore to find that boy and her pearl. Meanwhile, strange things are happening in the seas, as mermaid princesses are captured by an unknown foe...

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 10:01 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Pocahontas: Het ware verhaal, geschreven door een directe afstammeling van Pocahontas (on Librarything)
Original title: Pocahontas
Author: Susan Donnell
Language: Dutch (original = English)
Series: no
Format: paperback
Pages: 286
Publisher: De Boekerij
Year published: original 1991, my edition 1995
ISBN number: 9022520323
Topic of the book: Pocahontas, early 17th century, America, England
Reason for reading: I liked the Disney movie (I've only seen the first Disney Pocahontas movie) and wanted to read the story it was based on. I found this book in the book basket in the Bagels & Beans restaurant in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Recommended: Yes.

Back cover text:
Pocahontas is een oud, door overlevering in stand gehouden verhaal over een jong Indiaans meisje, de dochter van een machtig opperhoofd. Haar naam betekent Kleine Ondeugd en deze ondeugd is voorbestemd een groot krijger van een andere stam te trouwen. Haar leven verandert van de ene dag op de andere wanneer zij in contact komt met een groep Engelse kolonisten. De Britten worden bedreigd door de stam waartoe het meisje behoort, maar de jonge vrouw trekt zich het lot van de bijna verhongerende mannen aan en redt hen van een wisse dood. Pocahontas wordt hun heldin en haar faam verbreidt zich razendsnel. Voor de moedige kolonist John Smith wordt zij echter meer dan een heldin... zij wordt de liefde van zijn leven en met haar gaat John terug naar zijn verre vaderland...

Pocahontas is een prachtig verhaal waarin de Amerikaanse Indianen en hun geschiedenis op boeiende wijze tot leven komen. Maar bovenal is het een hartverwarmende roman over een jonge, moedige vrouw; een boek dat niemand onberoerd zal laten.

Susan Donnell, een directe afstammeling van Pocahontas, gebruikte haar eigen stamboom als basis voor deze onvergetelijke roman.

Comments on the back cover text:
Uhm, in the story John Smith does not accompany Pocahontas to England! He's already there when Pocahontas arrives in London. She travels with John Rolfe (well, another John, so maybe the back cover text writer got confused?).

First paragraph:
Londen, juni 1616

'John, kijk eens! Het lijkt wel of iedere familie een eigen kerk heeft. Ik had nooit gedacht dat het er zoveel zouden zijn.'
Pocahontas stond aan de reling toen het schip langzaam de Theems opvoer, langs Gravesend naar het havengebied van Londen. H.M.S. Treasurer was de vorige ochtend in Plymouth gearriveerd, na vanuit Virginia de oceaan te zijn overgestoken. Daar waren sir Edwin Sandys, parlementslid, en een kleine delegatie van de Virginia Company aan boord gekomen om hun protégée, de Indiaanse prinses, haar man John Rolfe, hun zoontje en hun gevolg te vergezellen bij de officiële ontvangst in Londen.

Comments on the first paragraph:
The first chapter starts with Pocahontas' arrival in London. After that it starts at the beginning, when John Smith arrives with the other colonists on the coast of Virginia.

Read it here (^-^)
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 09:41 pm
Title: How to paint eyes
Original title: How to paint eyes
Author: Sharon Kinzie
Language: English
Series: None
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): None
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32 (plus a poster including all the art inside the book)
Publisher: Scott Publications
Year published: original October 1989, my edition May 1992 (3rd printing)
ISBN number: #0-916809-35-8
Topic of the book: How to draw
Reason for reading: My father found the book between his collection and recommended it to me.
Recommended: No, but if you can borrow it at a library or get it for free: go for it.

Back cover text:

A small font-sized wall of text. It mentions how the artist/author shares her exciting techniques for portraying human and animal eyes. The directions are written in an easy-to-understand manner, according to the back cover text.

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012 11:47 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Zilverwolf: De val van Rome (on Librarything)
Original title: The Silver Wolf
Author: Alice Borchardt
Language: Dutch (original = English)
Series: Book 1 of Legends of the Wolves. The book doesn't indicate it's part of a trilogy. It works very well as a stand-alone.
Format: paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Het Spectrum
Year published: original 1998, my edition 1998
ISBN number: 9027464782
Topic of the book: history, Rome, (were)wolves
Reason for reading: The combination of werewolves/Rome sounded interesting.
Recommended: NOT the Dutch version! See 'Writing style' in my review linked below for the reason. I'd recommend it if you think the combination of werewolves/Rome (after the glory period of the city) sounds interesting, but not if you care a lot about the writing style.

Back cover text:
Regeane, een beeldschone jonge vrouw, wordt door haar bloedverwantschap met Karel de Grote een pion in de strijd om de macht. Het beangstigt haar dat er allerlei krachten tegen haar samenspannen, en ze verdedigt zich dan ook met hand en tand. Haar tegenstanders weten echter niet dat ze niet alleen heel intelligent is en over een grote innerlijke kracht beschikt, maar ook een aantal heel bijzondere eigenschappen van haar vader heeft geërfd. Ze heeft een geheugen dat duizenden jaren teruggaat en beschikt over zintuigen met bovennatuurlijke krachten. Bovendien kan ze van vrouw in wolf veranderen en daarmee een gedaanteverandering ondergaan van prooi tot jager...

Alice Borchardt is een auteur met een unieke schrijfstijl, die zowel aan Marion Zimmer Bradley (Nevelen van Avalon) als aan Jean Auel doet denken! Met Zilverwolf, een lyrische, sensuele roman, rijk aan historische details en aan menselijke emoties, heeft ze haar meesterproef afgelegd.

First paragraph:
De zon ging onder. De felle lichtcirkel gleed langs de met acanthuskapitelen bekroonde zuilen van een vervallen tempel, die de gloeiende bal in plakken rode gloed sneden. Bijna nacht, dacht het meisje. Ze huiverde toen de kille herfstwind door het onbeglaasde raam woei.
Er zaten tralies voor het raam - dikke tralies. De ene rij liep horizontaal, de andere verticaal. De stangen waren in de stenen muren van het kamertje ingemetseld.

Go here for the review.
Saturday, July 21st, 2012 02:38 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Ashma (on Librarything)
Author: compiled and translated from Shani into Chinese by the Yunnan People's Cultural Troupe, translated into English by Gladys Yang
Format: hardcover
Pages: 82
Year published: not mentioned
Language: English, original Shani (but translated from the Chinese version)
ISBN number: no isbn number
Reason for reading: I borrowed it from a friend because it sounded interesting.
Recommended: If you're interested in folk poems and/or other cultures.

Back cover text:
There is no back cover text, but for the story (the entire story in prose form), you can go read it here.

First alinea of the preface:
"Ashma" is a long and colourful narrative poem which has been handed down orally for generations by the Shani people in Yunnan. The poem describes a young village girl, Ashma, and her brother Ahay. In simple, unadorned language, it relates Ashma's determined struggle against the despotic landlord who has carried her off. With their vitality and their longing for freedom and happiness, young Ahay and Ashma epitomize the whole Shani people.
A branch of the Yi, one of the minority peoples in Southwest China, the Shani live in Kweishan District, southeast of Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan. They have their own spoken language, and a simple written script. They love music and dancing, and can express their feelings and wishes with a simple musical instrument made of bamboo - the mô-sheen.

First few verses:
A fine bamboo we lengthwise split
In two, four, eight, sixteen,
And choose a piece without a flaw
To fashion a mö-sheen.

For when the soft mô-sheen is played,
Our inmost thoughts are told.
No sweeter music has been heard;
We love it more than gold.

Beneath the rock bees build their hive,
And make their honey sweet;
But I, I cannot make a hive,
Or honey good to eat.

Beside the pool the long grass grows,
And cuckoos sing in spring;
But I, I cannot grow like grass,
And neither can I sing!

Read the full review here.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 08:42 pm
Title: How to draw Shojo Manga
Original title: How to draw Shojo Manga
Author: Various
Language: English
Series: None
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): None
Format: Paperback, slightly bigger than manga-pockets
Pages: 166 (excluding advertisements)
Publisher: Tokyopop
Year published: original 2006 (Japanese), my edition 2010
ISBN number: 97811427816658
Topic of the book: How to draw
Reason for reading: I wanted to learn more Shoujo Manga-styles (I spell it Shoujo instead of Shojo; I believe both are correct)
Recommended: No.

Back cover text:

I don't know what's with How to draw books nowadays. The back text is so much! Anyway, this book tells you the book has useful tips to develop your skills and how the tutorials revolve around a fictional character (Ena), who wants to be a Manga-ka (Manga-artist).

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 10:44 pm
Title: MANGA for the beginner - Chibis
Original title: MANGA for the beginner - Chibis
Author: Christopher Hart
Language: English (I also owned the Dutch variant, but I donated that one to my sister XP)
Series: MANGA for the beginner
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): None
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Publisher: Watson Guptill
Year published: 2010
ISBN number: 9780823014880
Topic of the book: Drawing Chibis
Reason for reading: I wanted to get better at drawing Chibis
Recommended: Yes


I know quite some people really hate Christopher Hart/ his books. Please, keep an open mind and judge a book by its contents, not by the person who wrote it. My own opinion will be listed in this review as well.

Back cover text:

The back cover text could be considered a novel on its own. Apparently, the big font 'The Ultimate Guide to Creating Chibis' is not enough. I think the backside text is about 200-300 words. That's a lot.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 01:22 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: The Help (on Librarything)
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Language: English
Series: no
Format: paperback
Pages: 451
Publisher: Penguin
Year published: original 2009, my edition 2011
ISBN number: 9780241956540
Topic of the book: 1960s, Mississippi (America), racial issues ('black' and 'white'), history
Reason for reading: A friend recommended it and I borrowed this book from her.
Recommended: Yes!!! If your English is good enough that you can easily read the first paragraph, go read it! Though there is a Dutch translation as well ("Een keukenmeidenroman"), I can't judge the quality of the translation.

Back cover text:
Enter a vanished world:
Jackson, Mississippi, 1962.
Where black maids raise white children,
but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...

There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeet, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...

Comments on the back cover text:
I didn't read the back cover text before reading the book. This one doesn't really give spoilers, but if you don't read it, you don't know that.

First paragraph:
Chapter 1
August 1962

Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that's what I do, along with all the cooking and the cleaning. I done raised seventeen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.

Comments on the first paragraph:
This is the writing style of the Aibileen and Minny chapters. The Skeeter chapters are in regular English, but when you get to those, at least I was already very used to this writing style. I can imagine someone could have a bit more difficulty reading this, though.

Read it here.
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 08:51 pm
Two weeks no review... first because of work, second because of a power-blackout...
When I typed this review it was 21:30h / 9:30 PM, there was a power-blackout and a thunderstorm passing by. There was not much light, so if you see any strange typos, it's probably because of that (plus I missed it while going through this review again).

Title: Fantasy-Figuren (Tekenen stap-voor-stap) (English: Fantasy-Figures, drawing step-by-step)
Original title: Draw Medieval Fantasies
Author: Damon J. Reinagle
Language: Dutch
Series: Tekenen stap-voor-stap (Drawing step-by-step)
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): None yet, but I own quite a bunch!
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
Publisher: Librero
Year published: original 1995, my edition 2000 (Dutch print)
ISBN number: 905764102X
Topic of the book: Drawing medieval Fantasy figures
Reason for reading: It was recommended to me by a friend during High School
Recommended: Yes

Back cover text:

I won't put the text down this time, because it's a lot XD. It mentions what you will learn, written in a small font, plus adding that more than 1.5 million copies of this book were sold in the United States of America.

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012 09:43 pm
Title: Zo teken je Katten, honden en andere dieren
Original title: Let's draw cats
Author: Jane Robertson (art) and Sue Pinkus (text)
Language: Dutch
Series: Not mentioned, but I have another book that has the same layout.
Reviews for other books in this series (up till now): Zo teken je een dinosaurus,...
Format: Paperback
Pages: 143
Publisher: Gaade
Year published: original 1990, my edition 1993 (5th Dutch print)
ISBN number: 9060175557
Topic of the book: How to draw (animals)
Reason for reading: My sister always had this book. It somehow ended up in my bookcase.... I guess we got it at the same time I got the Dinosaur-book.
Recommended: Despite it being better than the Dinosaur-book, I still don't recommend it.

Back cover text:

“Katten zijn makkelijk om te tekenen omdat ze zo vaak stilliggen. Maar het is ook leuk om naar hun bewegingen te kijken als ze in bomen klimmen, zich wassen of een 'prooi' besluipen. Met eenvoudige stap-voor-stap aanwijzingen leer je ook hoe je honden, paarden, olifanten en een heleboel andere dieren kunt tekenen. Ook staat er in dit boek wat je kunt doen met je tekeningen als ze klaar zijn.”

“Cats are easy to draw because they move so little. However, it's also fun to look at their movements when they climb in trees, wash themselves or prowling at their 'preys'. With easy step-by-steps you'll also learn how to draw dogs, horses, elephants and a lot of other animals. This book also mentions what you can do with the drawings when they are done.”

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 09:53 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Ranma 1/2 #1 (on Librarything)
Original title: らんま1/2
Author: Takahashi Rumiko
Language: English (original = Japanese)
Series: Ranma 1/2 (which is published in 38 volumes in Japanese, 36 volumes in English)
Format: paperback, left-to-right (so, flipped from the original Japanese)
Pages: 300
Publisher: VIZ
Year published: original 1988, my edition 2004
ISBN number: 1569319626
Topic of the book: manga, gender-changing
Reason for reading: I got the first three volumes from a friend and as I reaaaaaally like the Inuyasha series by the same author, I did want to read Ranma as well!
Recommended: Yes!

Back cover text:
A one-two punch of action and comedy by one of Japan's most beloved creators!
Teenaged martial artist Ranma Saotome went on a training mission with his father one day... well, actually they'd been training for years, but this day was different. At a legendary training ground in China, the two had a little accident.
A fall into some cursed springs triggered a transformation. Now, every time Ranma is splashed with cold water, he changes into a girl. His father, Genma, when splashed, changes into a panda! Does this complicate their lives? You bet!
Battle of the sexes
Years ago, Genma promised his old friend Soun Tendo that Ranma would marry one of Soun's three daughters, and carry on the family's martial arts school. Except that the girl picked to be Ranma's bride doesn't seem to like him, Ranma keeps getting into fights... and did we mention that whole changing into a girl thing?

Comments on the back cover text:
Of course I didn't read the back cover text beforehand :P But I knew that he'd change into a girl when splashed with water, I just didn't know why. But it's told quite early on in the story anyway.

First page:
Mailman: "Mr. Tendo! Your mail!"
Postcard: Hi. Bringing Ranma from China. Saotome.
Mr. Tendo: "R-Ranma? Coming here? Oh, how I've w-w-waited for this day!"

Comments on the first paragraph:
The text on the postcard is also left in Japanese: らんまをつれていく。中国にて。早乙女だよ~ん。
For the rest, Japanese text is mostly edited out of the images.

Read it here!
Thursday, May 31st, 2012 09:35 pm
Title: Zo teken je een Dinosaurus, een pterosaurus en andere voorhistorische dieren (Seriously, who made up that title?! O.o)
Original title: Let's draw Dinosaurs
Author: Bruce Robertson (art), Sue Pinkus (text)
Language: Dutch
Series: Not mentioned, but I have another one that has the same layout and format.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 143
Publisher: Gaade
Year published: original 1990, my edition 1994
ISBN number: 90601755549
Topic of the book: How to draw (Dinosaurs)
Reason for reading: I believe it's my 3rd How to draw book and I loved Dinosaurs as a kid
Recommended: Not really....

Back cover text:

“Maak kennis met de verbazingwekkende prehistorische reuzedieren. Ontmoet de ongelooflijke sterke tyrannosaurus, de diplodocus met de lange staart en de gehoornde triceratops. Ontdek hoe je ze tot leven brengt met potlood, viltstift, krijt of verf.
Dit boek verklapt je de geheimen hoe je makkelijk een dinosaurus en al die andere dieren kunt tekenen. Ook staat er in dit boek wat je allemaal kunt doen met je tekeningen als ze klaar zijn.”

“Meet the amazing prehistoric giant-animals. Meet the incredibly strong tyrannosaurs, the diplodocus with its long tail and the horned triceratops. Discover how you can make them come to life with pencil, marker, crayon or paint.
This book reveals the secrets how easy you can draw a dinosaur and all those other animals. It even mentions in this book what you can do with your art when they are done.”

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012 10:55 pm
Title: How To Draw The Little Mermaid
Original title: How To Draw The Little Mermaid
Author: Disney, but it's mentioned the illustrators are Philo Barnhart and Diana Wakeman
Language: English
Series: Disney's How To Draw
Format: Paperback, unusual large size
Pages: 44 pages
Publisher: Walter Foster Publisher
Year published: original 1992, my edition 1992
ISBN number: 156010161X
Topic of the book: How to draw
Reason for reading: I got it from my parents when we visited Florida (USA) and I love The Little Mermaid-movie. I think it was my second How to draw book (but could be third as well).
Recommended: Yes

Back cover text:

Artists young and old will enjoy trying their hands at drawing Ariel, Sebastian and the rest of their friends. In How to Draw The Little Mermaid, easy-to-follow steps and tips from Disney artists will have you drawing characters in a variety of poses and moods. You'll also learn interesting facts about the movie. Learning to draw has never been so rewarding!

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 01:18 am
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: Jungle Tales of Tarzan (on Librarything)
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Language: English
Series: Tarzan #6
Format: paperback (also available as free ebook here)
Pages: 183
Publisher: Standard Publications, Inc
Year published: original 1919, my edition 2008
ISBN number: 1605974536
Topic of the book: Tarzan's younger years in the jungle (short story collection)
Reason for reading: I'm reading the Tarzan series in order on paper, but as I didn't have #6 (in paper version), I skipped it because it's a collection of stories taking place during book 1. Now I got it on paper, so I'm reading it :)
Recommended: Yes, but you should have read at least the first Tarzan book (not only seen the Disney movie! There are too many references to things in the first book which don't appear in the Disney movie).

Back cover text:
No back cover text.

First paragraph of the first story, "Tarzan's First Love":
Teeka, stretched at luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness. Or at least so thought Tarzan of the Apes, who squatted upon a low-swinging branch in a near-by tree and looked down upon her.

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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...

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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.”

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