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How to Make Altered Books If You Think You Can’t – Book Review

How To Make Altered Books If You Think You Can't book cover

Written by: Sara Naumann
Published by: Hot Off the Press

How to Make Altered Books If You Think You Can’t is one of the most freeing art books to come along in a while. It bears an important message: the process of transforming books that would be recycled or merely thrown away can be an art form, and you have the right to paint over text, tear pages out, even cut right into the book block itself. If you have any lack of confidence about your ability to create something special, then this book was geared for you.

The book begins with a brief history of altered books, stretching all the way back to the medieval period, and then takes a look at some of the things to consider as you choose your first book to alter, such as spine strength and choosing a theme.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:48:46+00:00 September 10th, 2010|Reviews|3 Comments

Albert Camus and the Minister – Book Review

Albert Camus and the Minister book cover

Written by: Howard Mumma
Published by: Paraclete Press

Albert Camus and the Minister is a fascinating look at the period of Camus’ life in the early 1950s when he corresponded with a new friend, Methodist minister Howard Mumma. They met when Camus visited the American Church in Paris to hear the music of a renowned organist; Mumma, an American from Ohio, became a valued friend who answered Camus’ questions about theology and the idea of faith. Over the next several years, their unusual and unexpected friendship grew as Camus explored Christianity.

Mumma’s own recollections of his letters and discussions with Camus comprise roughly the first half of the book. The final half of the book is a look a Mumma’s own spiritual life, including discussions of the various people who impacted his spirituality and personal philosophies in turn, just as he impacted Camus. These recollections not only enabled him to understand Camus’ dilemmas, but gave him the tools to deal with the many questions that Camus posed.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:48:56+00:00 August 24th, 2010|Reviews|0 Comments

The SFOP Appreciation Society #2: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Welcome back to the latest meeting/podcast of The SFOP Appreciation Society. It stars Leigh and Dindrane (with engineering by PhantomV48 and intro narration by Doc), and the focus is on SyFy Original Pictures and their cinematic cousins.

These are audio commentaries. Mostly. You can either listen along with your own copy of their second film, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (assuming you have one), or you can listen along with whatever it is you’re doing in your regular life. Either way, enter into the presence of: The SFOP Appreciation Society.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

To download this episode directly, here you go: The SFOP Appreciation Society #2: Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. You can find the previous episode here.

By | 2017-09-24T22:49:29+00:00 August 6th, 2010|Podcasts, SFOP Appreciation|0 Comments

The SFOP Appreciation Society #1: Boa vs. Python

Boa vs. Python

Widge here. I’d like to welcome you to…I guess this is the second Weekend Justice spinoff podcast. Whereas The Sound Board focuses on music, this latest podcast, starring Leigh and Dindrane (with engineering by PhantomV48 and intro narration by Doc), will focus on…um…SyFy Original Pictures and films that might as well be in that category.

These are audio commentaries. You can either listen along with your own copy of their first film, Boa vs. Python (assuming you have one), or you can listen along with whatever it is you’re doing in your regular life. Either way, here they are, folks, ready or not: The SFOP Appreciation Society.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

To download this episode directly, The SFOP Appreciation Society #1: Boa vs. Python, then do that thing.

By | 2017-09-24T22:49:35+00:00 July 26th, 2010|Podcasts, SFOP Appreciation|2 Comments

The Undying Butterflies, Kindaichi Case Files #17 – Manga Review

Written by: Yozaburo Kanari
Art by: Fumiya Sato
Published by: Tokyopop

Dindrane’s Manga Warnings:

  • Child murder
  • Butterfly abuse
  • Spouse abuse
  • Pretty kimono you won’t get to wear
  • Teenage cleavage

Fans of manga know that manga has as many genres within it as any other kind of books do, including murder mysteries. One such title is the long-running Kindaichi Case Files series. The mysteries were originally published chapter by chapter in Kodansha’s Shonen Magazine; Tokyopop is collecting and collating each entire mystery as a single volume, making for a hefty read at the same price as other manga volumes. Volume 17 of this series, The Undying Butterflies, is another interesting mystery that will keep you guessing for some time.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:50:12+00:00 July 7th, 2010|Comic Reviews|1 Comment

Veils – Comic Review

Veils DC Vertigo

Written by: Pat McGreal
Photography by: Stephen John Phillips
Digital Art by: Jose Villarrubia
Painted Art by: Rebecca Guay
Published by: Vertigo

Veils is unusual for modern graphic novels in that it contains neither a hero in the conventional sense, nor really a villain. The story revolves around young woman Vivian Pearse-Packard, who has recently married Harry, the son of a British ambassador. While her husband and father-in-law converse with the Sultan, Vivian is introduced to the women of the harem, who tell her the story of Rosalind, the white woman who became head wife and mother of a dynasty, while they also decorate her skin with their art, symbolically looping her about with their friendship and customs. Eventually, Vivian must choose between the prison of her marriage and the prison of women in the harem.

The art is fascinating: the first half, the story of Vivian first encountering the harem, is a combination of collage and photography that evokes the aesthetic of Alma-Tadema. Once in the harem, a story being told changes the art to a very faery tale-like style, similar to Ivan Bibilin. Subsequently, the art reflects the changing focus–the “real” world of Harry and the Victorian Middle East vs. the stylized, dreamy world of the harem, the world that fascinates Vivian more and more. The art of the book itself reflects the path Vivian takes, as well as reflecting the inner journey she makes as her flesh is inscribed with new ideas and emotions.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:51:41+00:00 May 22nd, 2010|Comic Reviews|1 Comment

Sunshine – Book Review


Written by: Robin McKinley
Published by: Jove

Robin McKinley is known for her fantasies, such as The Blue Sword, and her retellings of the Beauty and the Beast faery tale. In Sunshine, she has crafted her own unique take on the vampire myth, but this is not yet another “gritty” (read: lots of sex), boring take on urban fantasy. She gives us a mystery and a real romance, wrapped in vampire mythos, with flashes of humor illuminating the darkness to make the shadows even darker. No, it’s not earth-shaking, but the philosophical, internal reality of the characters is refreshing in such a saturated, carnal market.

The book’s setting is interesting; the world has been decimated by wars with vampires and other nasties, leaving only the Special Other Forces to hold the darkness at bay and keep humankind safe. SOF recruits Sunshine, the daughter of a famous sorcerer, but she is quickly captured by the bad guys and left, shackled, as a kind of snack for Constantine, a defeated good-guy vampire. The bulk of the novel’s action takes place between these two as Sunshine bargains for her life and Constantine fights his hunger and weakness…as well as the knowledge that sacrificing this one human might enable him to take out a far greater danger to humans. When the two inevitably escape, things start to make a bit more sense, and readers are given more information about the world at large.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:52:04+00:00 May 18th, 2010|Reviews|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #17: Horace’s Book 3, Ode 30

Horace

30 Days of Poetry Audio continues with something special: Dindrane is here to read an ode from Horace…both in Latin and in an English translation of her own devising. Nice.

You can download them directly here: Latin and English and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

I’ve added a file with both of them back to back in order to comply with how the feed works. If you want that combined track, it is here.

Both Versions, Back to Back:

[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/book-3-ode-30-horace.mp3]
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By | 2017-09-24T22:52:53+00:00 April 17th, 2010|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|1 Comment