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review 2016-08-17 00:00
Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain
Castle: A History of the Buildings that ... Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain - Boxtree Ltd A good look at the history of castles. Explains their introduction to England, the different types, and how they changed over the ages.

Told in an engaging and drily humorous way, it informs and manages to keep you reading to see what the next stage will be.

Broken into sections that progress logically to the final days of castles during the English Civil War.
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text 2016-08-13 15:58

When exploring the neighborhood, I've discovered some abandoned buildings and houses. They are fascinating and sad at the same time. You can't avoid wondering about why they were abandoned. Did someone just got tired of them or did someone die?




Read more here on my Wordpress blog.

Source: metalhare.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/abandoned
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review 2016-07-15 15:51
National Building Museum - Laura Burd Schiavo

Good little book about the history of the museum building. Would highly recommend buying this first and then walking around the museum as it points out interesting bits to see.

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review 2016-02-10 20:57
Road Trip (with a plane or two)
MVRDV: Book Mountain Spijkenisse: Biography of a Building - Marcel Veldman,Nicoline Baartman,Winy Maas

Yeah, I never heard of Spijkenisse either until I saw this book at a local bookstore. It is near Rotterdam, like right near Rotterdam. This book is a history of the town's desire to re-invent, redraft, redesign, update - itself and to do that the town decides to do that, in part, by redesigning the library.

This book is about that library, which sounds pretty cool.

The design to build a new library ties into the desire to improve the lives of those living there, to encourage reading among other things. While the book is not a love story to book, it is an interesting book about a library that is a love building to books.

The book's pages are half folded in pages - you unfold them and you get more information about various things, such as the town's history - and this is at once a little annoying, but far more endearing.

It's a really cool book, I must say.

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review 2015-11-29 21:26
Nice Holiday Book
Christmas at America's Landmark Houses - Patricia McMillan ,David Strahan

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.


                Pretty pictures.


                This book covers houses largely in the United States, though there is brief trip across the border to Canada.  The houses range from those at Colonial Williamsburg to the Clintons’ house in Arkansas (as well as George W Bush’s childhood home, so the book is bi-partisan).  The focus, as you can see from the title is the decorations that each house displays during the Christmas holiday.  There are, therefore, lots of dressed up trees, mangers, and loud colors.


                There is also quite a bit of history about each house and sometimes about the owners (and no, I’m not just talking about the Clintons here). 


                The decorations range from historically accurate to tasteful to loud.  But that is, in many ways, a matter of taste.  One of the more interesting sections is about Bayou Bend; a house in Houston once lived in by Irma Hogg.  Apparently, each year includes a setting-more along the lines of a story- including ones set during the Civil War or a snow ball fight.  That’s cool.


                Whistler’s house is included in this collection, and you haven’t really seen Whistler’s mother until you’ve seen for the holidays.


                The book is far more than photos.  There is much history, so you will at least learn something.  It’s a quick read.

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