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text 2019-05-31 19:45
May wrap-up
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey
Cats in Origami - Nick Robinson
The Great Wizards of Antiquity - Guy Ogilvy
The Deathless - Peter Newman
The Parisian - Isabella Hammad
The Flavors of Other Worlds: 13 Science Fiction Tales from a Master Storyteller - Alan Dean Foster
Splendor Solis - Stephen Skinner
One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) - Mark Lawrence
The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals - Maia Toll
Animation 1: Learn to Animate Cartoons Step by Step (Cartooning, Book 1) - Preston J. Blair

A whopping 17 books finished this month, but 10 of them were non-fiction.


Stand outs in the fiction were Remember the Future by Shanna Lauffey and Flavors of Other Worlds by Alan Dean Foster.


The non-fiction all had their relative merits, but Cats in Origami and Animation 1 are probably most useful to me.


A lot of these were from Netgalley. I'm catching up!

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review 2019-05-04 14:26
Cats in Origami
Cats in Origami - Nick Robinson

by Nick Robinson



This is a lovely book with clear instructions for making origami cats in 20 designs. 


The pictures are full color and the instruction show step by step folds for all designs. I found them easy to follow.


This book would make a lovely gift along with some colourful origami paper for anyone with an interest in crafts and I think a child 8-10 could follow the instructions and diagrams.

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text 2019-01-03 14:51
Herr Origami - Jean-Marc Ceci,Claudia Kalscheuer

Meeeeeehhhh. Und es hatte so gut angefangen! Ärgerlich.


Kleine Bücher mit viel bedeutungsschwangerem Text finde ich ja grundsätzlich eher schwierig. Da war es doch schön, dass man die Sätze nicht fünf mal lesen und die Gehirnwindungen neu koppeln musste um Sinn aus diesen wenigen Wörtern zu machen. Das Thema auch durchaus schön: Eine kleine, wenig akkurate Beschreibung japanischer Papierherstellung. Das Restauratorenherz hüpft. Ein bisschen Zen vor einem zerknitterten, pardon, gefalteten Papier. Toll. Hier hätte das Buch für mich schon aufhören können. Leider musste der Autor dann doch noch einen tieferen Sinn im Ganzen finden (Liebe, Schuld, ungelebtes Leben! Die ganze Palette!) und recht ungelenk zu Papier bringen.

Da hilft nur noch Seufzen.


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text 2018-11-28 13:42
24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 - Bon Om Touk, Task 1 (Paper Boat ... and Cats. Because there can't ever be too many cat pictures in the world.)

I confess I needed the instructions -- when I was a kid I could have done this in my sleep, but that was a long time ago and I haven't made one of these in decades.  It looked reasonably seaworthy at first sight; upon closer inspection, though ...

"Mom?  This is boring ...

... can I have some belly rubs instead, please?"


Second opinion:
There also seem to be tail, um, action issues ...
... though on the whole it would have seemed battleworthy enough -- if it hadn't capsized under friendly fire!


Also, just FYI:

This narrative is officially cat-approved.


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text 2018-03-31 13:49
March wrap up
Going Postal (05) by Pratchett, Terry - Briggs, Stephen [Paperback (2005)] - Terry Pratchet
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

Two books. That's all. But double last month's total!


Still pretty pathetic, but in fact I have done as much reading as time has allowed and have made good progress through two long current reads as well as a lot of samples.


Unfortunately the samples total has increased anyway because silly me went on Twitter and did a search on time travel books!


I've also managed to collect four Netgalley books somehow. One is a sequel to one of my current reads.


I seem to be having a Historical Fiction phase, and many of those are longer than average. One of my current reads exceeds 800 pages! So, hopefully April will be better after finishing off some of the current stuff.

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