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review 2018-03-22 14:38
Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach by Stephen Perkins, James Caughman
Addison Mizner The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach - Stephen Perkins,James Caughman

Addison Mizner was an architect who designed and changed the look of Palm Beach and other towns of South Florida. His buildings are beautiful. They are designed in the Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. 

 

The book is filled with pictures of some of his impressive buildings as well as pictures and the story of Addison Mizner. I actually chose this book for the pictures but once I started reading it I was enthralled by Addison's vision and thoughts. 

 

I am a huge fan of architecture and love learning about the differences between the different styles. I very much enjoyed learning about Addison's personal touches to the these styles as well. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-03-04 13:15
Rebellion in South Central LA led by a genius – well-crafted comic collection
Genius Volume 1 (Genius 1) - Afua Richardson,Marc Bernardin,Adam Freeman

 

 

This violent comic collection revolves around Destiny, genius strategist of the title, and her led rebellion against the police in South Central LA. With plenty of supplementary characters from both sides, this comic collection is well worth reading as it's interesting, engaging and well-illustrated. I'd recommend this to all lovers of well-crafted comics. A fascinating insight for us non-Americans.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-18 16:30
The Genius Plague
The Genius Plague - David Walton

I was not impressed with the protagonist at first. Actually, I didn't like him at all throughout the story. I am biased against first person POV to begin with and it doesn't help that the protagonist is even called out by secondary characters for being a bit of a jerk, yet this adds to his charm overall, just like oh yeah, I speak a foreign a language and I grew up BFFs with politically strategic figures in this suddenly plot relevant country but, uh, I didn't think that was important enough to mention conversations happen at just the right moment.

 

Sometimes I read a book and know that it would make a great summer movie starring a famous white actor. And I would totally go see it because it would be thrilling and action-packed.

 

But in written form - it hurt to read sometimes. Not that the science bits weren't interesting, and I did appreciate that the author remembered his characters have to eat at some point to stay alive, but it still felt like a cliche fest. A well-written cliche fest, to be fair.

 

YMMV.

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review 2017-09-18 17:22
A 19th Century True Renaissance Woman
Portrait of Young Genius: The Mind and A... Portrait of Young Genius: The Mind and Art of Marie Bashkirtseff (Vernon Series on the History of Art) - Joel L Schiff

Marie Bashkirtseff was no ordinary 19th century woman. Her aristocratic Ukrainian family moved to Paris, where she was privately tutored and blossomed into a young woman who spoke many languages, played numerous musical instruments, and longed for a stage career, but turned her hand to painting. She soon began exhibiting her work at the notable annual Paris Salon, the premier venue for artists.

 

As if this weren't enough, she was also a philosopher and writer, and her journal of some 20,000 pages has been pared down here to supplement Joel L. Schiff's survey of her amazing artistic prowess in Portrait of a Young Genius: The Mind and Art of Marie Bashkirtseff.

 

With such a palette of genius to choose from as far as what to profile, it must have been a real challenge to adequately represent Marie Bashkirtseff's many abilities in the confines of a single book. How many others dream of founding an art school for women (just one limitation of her sex that she railed against) in the 1800s, for just one example?

 

One doesn't expect fierce rivalries to enter the portrait of a woman of these times, but this, too, reflects Marie's abilities, fiery personality, and determination, fueling a biography that traces more than her genius alone and placing it in historical, social, and psychological perspective.

 

Given these disparate facets, it would have been impossible to adequately represent Marie's world through standard biographical third-person exploration; which is why Schiff adopts an unusual mode of presentation: he begins with the usual biographical survey of her life, but then allows her own voice to speak in a second section which profiles a single journal excerpt (in English translation from the original French) on each left-hand page, juxtaposed with one of her art pieces on its facing page. (It should also be noted that vintage photos and illustrations pepper the rest of the survey, as well, adding visual emphasis to an outstanding woman's world.)

 

While Portrait of a Young Genius will undoubtedly find a place in artists’ collections, it would be a shame to see its audience limited to artists alone. Women's history holdings, especially those strong in biographical portraits of extraordinary individuals whose stories have largely been lost over time, will find Portrait of a Young Genius a 'must have' addition, not only capturing this young woman's life, but synthesizing its meaning with a sense of her times and the limitations imposed upon women. 

 

Portrait of a Young Genius is very, very highly recommended for its multi-faceted approach and wide-ranging discussions, designed to keep readers immersed to the end and involved in the life of a woman they likely have never heard of before, but will come to intimately know and deeply admire.

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review 2017-08-25 14:30
TIME TWISTER: JOURNAL #3 OF A CARDBOARD GENIUS by Frank Asch
Time Twister: Journal 3 of a Cardboard Genius (Journals of a Cardboard Genius) - Frank Asch

Time travelers are all around us.  Getting ahold of a time twister, Alex, Jonathan, and Zoe leave earth and start the search for a planet they could live on.  Lots happen before that and Jonathan isn't going to be happy how he traveled.  It is opened ended.  Did they find the planet?  Did they return home? 

 

Alex's asides are a hoot. I loved how he starts the journal.  I laughed out loud.  I find it a hoot.  Alex and Jonathan are a riot.  Just like some of the kids I know that age.  I hope there is a book 4 so I know the answers to my questions.

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