Archive | September 2015

‘The human body is the best work of art.’

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This highly illustrated reference book provides artists and art students with an understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art.
Fine-art instruction books do not usually focus on anatomy as it relates to movement, despite its great artistic significance. Written by a long-time expert on drawing and painting human anatomy, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion offers artists everything they need to realistically draw the human figure as it is affected by movement. Written in a friendly style, the book is illustrated with hundreds of life drawing studies (both quick poses and long studies), along with charts and diagrams showing the various anatomical and structural components. This comprehensive manual features five distinct sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the human figure: bones and joint movement, muscle groups, surface form and soft tissue characteristics, structure, and movement. Each chapter builds an artistic understanding of how motion transforms the human figure and can create a sense of expressive vibrancy in one’s art.

I have been getting back into drawing a lot lately… Quitting smoking, family drama and long days and nights are taking a toll on me so drawing has been my stress reliever. Bless Tim for sticking with me through everything Normally when i finish a drawing he is the first person to see it… I like it that way because he always gives me a brutily honest opinion. I know he loves me but i know he sees that negative feedback is something i strive to correct. So 90% of the time he tells me that the human parts im working on seem a little cartoonish. I cant help it! I guess i just couldnt figure it out. While i was going through Blogging For books last week, I found Classic Human Anatomy in Motion By Valerie L. Winslow. I could definitely say it helped a little…… BUT the entire time it felt like i was back in high school reading a biology textbook. Im not sure how much i plan on using it but its one of those books i wouldnt mind keeping around just in case!

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Human-Anatomy-Motion-Dynamics-ebook/dp/B00PEPR6OY

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“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2

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The last time i wrote a review for a Dr. Who book it was because i had gotten one for mariah from Blogging for books and honestly, I GOT HOOKED! so I got another Dr. Who book for myself this time and i have to say that i was so much more impressed with the one i got this time than the one i got last time.

I picked Doctor Who: Royal Blood By Una McCormack. She puts so much detail into this book i can see it becoming part of the tv series…. which BTWS i have also gotten hooked onto as well! Much to Mariahs surprise i have been binge watching like crazy!!!!

Synopsis:

“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”
The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.
But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue…
Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?

Doctor and Clara work well. There is a strong grasp of their relationship and some enjoyable dialogue. Unfortunately the two spend a lot of the novel separated and thus this interaction is absent for most of the book. Instead both are paired off with a character that is a bit dull. The Doctor spends most of his time with Bernhardt who seems to just tolerate him. For much of the story the Doctor is quite ineffective and it is likely that events may have proceeded in much the same way with or without his presence. For all “Whovians” this is a must read! Below, as usual is the buying link for amazon and as always, READ ON BOOKWORMS!

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Royal-Blood/dp/184990992X

“Upon my word, just see how mortal men always put the blame on us gods!” ― Homer, The Odyssey

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OMG!!!!!! Just finished another great read and had to share it with all of you! I was contacted on Goodreads by an author who needed reviews for her book and i jumped at the chance! She expressed with me that it isnt like most Young Adult/Fantasy/Supernatural book and i thought, “Okay, I can roll with this!” And roll I did ladies and gentlemen! Hybrid By Venus Morales was a great read! Perfect for all mythology fans!

*Synopsis*

Ari is the daughter of Ares, the God of War. Half goddess and half Phoenician, she is raised by her father in secrecy until her 18th birthday, when he is forced to return to Olympus.
She chooses not follow her father, and decides to venture out into the mortal realm. There, Ari crosses paths with the archangel Julius, who bears a message from a seer. Ari must return to the Bayou to her late mother’s coven to regain her family crown, she is soon fighting for more than just the crown; she is fighting for her life, and the inner darkness that’s consuming her.
With 7 days to prepare for her trials and 7 days to fight for her life, Ari does the one thing she must do to survive; she forges herself into the weapon she was born to be.
What wouldn’t you do to save those you love? How much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice to save the mortal realm, the heavens and Olympus?

So my absolute favorite part of this book is how relatable Venus makes the main character! Ari is logical and realistic and it is so hard to find characters like that in books these days! I know people will find it hard to believe that a paranormal book or its characters can be realistic but Venus makes it happen! I laughed quite a bit through this book and wanted to cry when it was over because, well, it was over! I can not wait for the next installment!

The  characters were well built  and carried throughout the story! Unlike books in the mythology genre the gods are actually playing a bigger roll than just being mentioned and the reason our Heroine is dealing with her problems, which is HUGE! They have a side to the story as well! It isnt just limited to just Gods and Goddesses though! Its demons, vamps and Arch Angels. I think it works for me because im more of a If-one-thing-exists-then-they-all-must-exist type of person!

Check the book out by clicking the Amazon buying link below and while im at it ill give Miss Venus Morales’ goodreads link so you can follow her as well!

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Hybrid-Venus-Morales-ebook/dp/B00TFTB1H8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441559172&sr=1-1&keywords=9781508406471&pebp=1441559175323&perid=03XKQD2K4NGX5ZQGQW3V

Venus Morales on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13490108.Venus_Morales

” A little bit of chicken fried, Cold beer on a Friday night!”

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One of our families favorite things to make for a dinner is fried chicken. We dont do it often because it takes sooooo much to feed everyone! When we do make it though, its a four to five hour experience. We have at least three different ways of making it and each time we switch off between those three recipes. This last week I picked Fried Chicken By Rebecca Lang from Blogging For Books because in my opinion you can never have to many fried chicken recipes. Its not a bad book to have in our household of five people because ninety percent of the time we have Tims family here. So most of the time its not just the five of us… it can be anywhere from five people to ten people and everyone likes something a little.

This cookbook is split into three chapters; chapter one is skillet fried chicken, chapter two is deep fried and chapter three is combination fried. Now i myself only always skillet fry my chicken but i like the idea of different fry techniques. It also covers the different types of oils to cook with, how to cut up a bird, as well as proper oil temps. My only problem with this book is that a lot of these recipes dont really look like fried chicken. They look amazing, just not like fried chicken.

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Fried-Chicken-Recipes-Crunchy-Comfort-Food/dp/1607747243