Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Sheets

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Author: Brenna Thummler
Release: August 28th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Sheets through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sheets was written and illustrated by the talented Brenna Thummler, and according to the intro at the beginning it was done so as a way of coping with all the anxiety and everything else in her life. I hope it helped her, and hopefully it’ll help you too.

You can kind of get a good idea of the core concept of Sheets just by looking at the cover. It’s a world where ghosts are real, but in the silly Halloween sense. They have to embody sheets in order to move around and exist. It’s an interesting and fun idea.

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Review: Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1) by Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill Road

Publisher: DAW
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: May 6th 2014
Received: Own
Rating: 4 Kitties

Sparrow Hill Road came out in May 2014, and I honestly have no idea how I have never read it before now. It’s a ghost story, but not your typical ghost story. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Seanan McGuire so far, so I wasn’t even remotely surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel.

It’s been long enough since this book came out that I managed to get my hands on an alternate cover edition, and I love it (no offense to the original). I’m hoping the sequel will end up with a similar cover, that would be fantastic (I prefer my series to look like they’re well, the same series).

Sparrow Hill Road

Every area has their own favorite ghost stories to share. But what if those stories were actually true? Rose Marshall died at the age of 16, so that is the age she’ll always be. She travels the roads as a hitchhiker, and has many names she goes by. The ghost of Sparrow Hill Road, the Girl in the Diner, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown, and probably even more than that. Her story is a captivating tale, and one I hope you give a chance.

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Review: Gate 76 by Andrew Diamond

Gate 76

 

Publisher: Stolen Time Press
Author: Andrew Diamond
Released: June 1st 2018
Received: BookishFirst
Warnings: Rape, assault, overdoses
Rating: 3 Stars

I received a copy of Gate 76 from BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Gate 76 is Andrew Diamond’s third novel, and while I haven’t read any of the others yet, he seems to be a very interesting writer. He seems to enjoy taking careers and situations and twisting them into fascinating tales, such as this one.

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Review: Practical Calligraphy: Materials, Techniques & Projects by George Thomson

Practical Calligraphy

Publisher: Ivy Press
Author: George Thomson
Released: April 5th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Practical Calligraphy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Practical Calligraphy is the perfect art book for beginners looking to get their feet wet with calligraphy. This book is short and concise, being less than fifty pages in total. That means there isn’t a lot of time wasted rambling, and instead the focus is entirely on teaching the reader the basics of calligraphy. If you’re looking for a guidebook that it intensely focused such as this, then this is perfect for you.

The guide focuses on the basics, which includes the tools used, such as the instruments, papers, and so on. Also included in the basics are basic concepts like line and shape, but also the rhythm and patterns. That’s something that I never would have thought to ask about, so this was a lovely touch. From the basics we’re moved on to more detailed elements of calligraphy; the best way to hold the brush, proportions of letters, flourishing, and many other details.

Also included are nine projects. Accompanying these projects are exceptionally thorough step-by-step guides. This is perfect for both beginners and those struggling with the minutiae of calligraphy. The projects themselves start from a very basic point, but steadily get more complex. They should give the reader a solid understanding of how to proceed on their own as well, which is perfect.

Finally the book leaves off with some final references, as well as an idea of what to do next with calligraphy. On the whole this book was very well thought out, and shockingly detailed despite the concise nature of it. I’m incredibly impressed and pleased.

 

 

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Review: Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris

Bring Me Back

Author: B. A. Paris
Released: June 19th 2018
Received: From Publisher
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Bring Me Back from the publisher thanks to a contest. I don’t have to leave a review, but I am choosing to do so.

Bring Me Back is the latest in B. A. Paris’ thriller novels. What originally caught my attention (and was the reason I saw/entered in that contest) was the cover. It’s striking. I don’t think I’ve seen a lot of thriller novels make such wonderful use of yellow and black like that. The silhouette was a perfect touch too, especially considering the implied subject from the title.

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Review: Giant Days Vol. 8

Giant Days Vol. 8

Publisher: Boom! Box
Release: August 28th 2018
Received: Read as single issues
Issues: Giant Days 29-32
Rating: 4 Kitties

I know I say this every time, but I’m really enjoying the Giant Days series. It’s been so much fun to binge read. I hope it’ll be just as much fun to keep up with! In Giant Days Vol. 8 Suzie, Esther, and Daisy are still in their second year, and they’re still up to their usual antics. Despite that, things are starting to change, just like in real life.

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Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky

Publisher: Tor
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: January 9th 2018
Received: Own
Rating: 4.5 Kitties

Beneath the Sugar Sky is the latest in the Wayward Children series, and I can’t express how much I’ve been enjoying reading them. Up until a year ago I hadn’t read any of this series, but it was seeing the cover of this one that originally caught my attention – you have to admit that the cover is striking. For that reason I think I’ll always be particularly fond of this book. In a way it introduced me to a whole new world I love so much.

That being said, I really don’t recommend reading this series out of order. This one caught my attention first, but I was good and went and read them in the order intended. And I’m really grateful I did that – I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much meaning or enjoyment out of this one otherwise.

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Review: Brush Pen Illustration: more Than 200 Ideas for Drawing with Brush Pens by Sho Ito

Brush Pen Illustration

Publisher: Quarry Books
Author: Sho Ito
Released: June 26th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Brush Pen Illustration through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Brush Pen Illustration is the perfect art book for anybody that has ever found themselves fascinated by this style of artwork. It’s perfect for any level, but especially for beginners, as it gives a wonderful understanding of the style itself and many details of the intricacy in how it works.

Included in this book is a basic overview of the style itself, the techniques involved, and a variety of different themes that are commonly used. There’s a whole chapter dedicated to foods, which may or may not have made me a bit hungry, a chapter for cats and other animals (my personal favorite for this style), water brush techniques, plants, Asian art, and finally black & white illustrations.

What I especially loved about this guide was that they took the time to not only explain, but show the effects on different paper types. This is something that’s so frequently overlooked, but can be really frustrating for a beginner. There’s nothing more frustrating than following a guide and not understanding why everything keeps coming out differently than intended. It’s understandable that many wouldn’t even consider the paper being a culprit, but in this style in particular it can’t be overlooked.

On the whole I was very happy with this book, and impressed with the precision and attention to detail shown. Going into this I didn’t feel like I had a firm grasp on the subject or how it was rendered, but now I certainly have a better idea, not to mention increased respect for the style.

 

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Throwback Thursday: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #4) by Douglas Adams

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Author: Douglas Adams
Read by: Martin Freeman
Received: Library
Rating: 4 Kitties

It’s hard to believe my read (err listen) through for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is almost over. I’m still thrilled with the reader for my version of the audiobook – Martin Freeman. He’s been fun and lighthearted and he really just suits the material.

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Review: The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

The Anomaly

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Author: Michael Rutger
Released: June 19th 2018
Received: Own (BOTM Pick)
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Anomaly was my Book of the Month pick for June, and on the whole I was pretty happy with the choice I made. The main character is described as being Indiana Jones in an X-Files world, but to be honest this novel really just kept reminding me again and again of Lovecraft. I’m not sure if that was intentional on the author’s part, but I’m going to give them credit for it anyway.

I’ve never read anything by Michael Rutger before, which is a penname for Michael Marshall (I haven’t read anything by him either). He’s got plenty of books under the latter name, but so far only The Anomaly under the former. I will say that based on this one book I’m impressed with his writing style, and would be willing to look into more books by him.

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