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review 2017-09-04 06:05
Better than I remembered
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

Second volume of this saga is sooo much better. Better than the first volume and better on second read.

Better than the first because it felt more grounded somehow. Despite the whole "magic doorway" thing, it was way less surreal than "The Gunslinger". The writing was more rounded too, and I connected better with the characters.

Better on second read because there was a dimension of meaning and character growth I could not appreciate first time around (having read it as a stand-alone), and because I'm older, and no matter how mature you think you are, there is a lot you can't really understand when you are a teen.

Despite remembering almost everything, I was not bored. At all. I actually sped through 3/4 of it before my brain revolted clamoring for sleep. That's a "good stuff" stamp, if there is ever one.

I'm full on board of this train now, and will be reading the next install soon.

 

 

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text 2017-09-03 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 255 out of 463 pages.
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

He was staring into the doorway, hypnotized, as an aisle of Macy’s rushed forward—he was reminded again of The Shining, where you saw what the little boy was seeing as he rode his trike through the hallways of that haunted hotel. He remembered the little boy had seen this creepy pair of dead twins in one of those hallways.

 

Meta psych. He keeps mentioning that movie.

 

So far, I'm a bit amazed by how detailed my recollection of this was. Likely something to do with the vivid images it painted in my mind back then.

 

What I didn't remember was how fast Odetta was crossed over. Might be the intense amount of information conveyed about her in few pages, but most likely I migrated some of the third door into hers *grin*

(spoiler show)

 

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text 2017-09-03 03:55
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 463 pages.
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

After 15 years, here I go again over this one, my first book read in English and the only of The Dark Tower I'd ever read till recently.

 

I learned the word "lobster" from this one's prologue, and let me tell you, since it took some time for me to puzzle the meaning by context, I'm still leery of them, they sounded so monstrous. You say lobster, this is what my brain comes up with *shudder*

 

Since it was published in 1987, it fits nicely into one of my thorny squares (though I might still read Woman in Black anyway)

 

 

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text 2017-06-22 22:20
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 600 pages.
Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page - Matt Kish

What does Melville say?

 

"I don’t know how it is, but people like to be private when they are sleeping."

 

With this and the fitting picture by Matt Kish, I wish you a good night!

 

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review 2017-06-19 08:26
Foundations of Drawing
Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles - Al Gury

I picked up Foundations of Drawing because I've always enjoyed casual doodling and am always interested in opportunites to improve my techniques. Foundations is a gorgeous book, with carefully chosen illustrations at least every other page. However, don't go into the book looking to learn basic drawing skills or improve your techniques. At its core, I think this is more of an art history/ art appreciation book. Only the last twenty pages or so, which are very high-level "walkthroughs" of still lives, portraits, figure studies, etc, were much in the direction of artistic instruction. The majority of the book delves deeply into the history of different materials and techniques as well as discussing various artistic schools and styles. While I didn't really learn anything to improve my art, I did learn a lot, from new artistic terms such as sfumato to the effects of different papers and brush materials. If you're interested in the history and logistics of art, or if you want a coffee table book full of gorgeous and thoughtfully-chosen artwork, then Foundations of Drawing may be worth a look.

~~I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook from the publisher, Ten Speed Press, in exchange for my honest review.~~

Cross-posted on Goodreads.
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