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The Contortionist's Handbook
The Contortionist's Handbook
by Craig Clevenger
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars craig hits one out of the park!, October 11, 2002
Having known Craig from the "prior high-tech industry life" mentioned in the jacket, I always wondered what would spring forth from his insanely creative mind if left to it's own devices- but 'The Contortionist's Handbook' far exceeds my wildest expectations. It doesn't feel like a debut novel in the least, but of a voice that's been keenly refined over years and is only just now being committed to press and shared with the world at large.
A visceral tornado of a thrill-ride through the mind and machinations of it's protagonist, John Dolan Vincent, I couldn't put 'TCH' down, and in fact stayed up until the wee hours of the morning so I didn't have to. The meticulous attention to detail in this book shows clearly in every chapter, and in every page. My sincerest and loudest kudos to Craig and this novel- I can't wait to get my hands on his next novel.
Highly recommended!


The Secrets Of Frank Herbert'S Dune
The Secrets Of Frank Herbert'S Dune
by James Van Hise
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great miniseries, good read, May 11, 2002
A bit more in-depth discussion of the effects (and more importantly, some of the unconventional backlot techniques used to achieve them) would have been greatly appreciated. After watching the series I was personally impressed at the depth they were able to establish with such a (reportedly) small budget.
As stands, this book gives a great overview of the process and challenges that went into creating the excellent cable miniseries 'Frank Herbert's Dune', and I highly recommend giving it a read!


Inside LightWave 7 (Inside (New Riders))
Inside LightWave 7 (Inside (New Riders))
by Dan Ablan
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need just one book..., May 11, 2002
... this is the one. 'Nuff said. You won't be disappointed.


Modeling in LightWave (With CD-ROM) (Graphics Series)
Modeling in LightWave (With CD-ROM) (Graphics Series)
by R. Shamms Mortier
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even waste your time..., May 11, 2002
I'd waste time telling you all the reasons not to get this book, but apparently that would be redundant. Suffice it to say that this 'seasoned graphics professional' should SERIOUSLY consider throwing in the towel given the examples displayed- which have to represent the most god-awful modelling and renders I have seen to date. Sadly, this is not even close to an exaggeration. As with many other titles this author has written on Bryce, Poser, etc., it's impossible to take his writing seriously when his examples and sample art are so painfully and blatantly bad. Seasoned professional? Hah! Judging by what I see in this book, Mr. Mortier would do himself (not to mention anyone hoodwinked into buying ANY of his books) service by putting down the pen and actually learning his craft *as a professional* before referring to himself as such. I cannot believe he's ever been employed as a creative professional in this field outside of writing on topics he clearly has no mastery of whatsoever. Even a moderately experienced hobbyist could provide more insight and creative examples than are displayed in this 412 pages of nonsense that mostly echo the Lightwave manual and tool descriptions.
The 'tutorials' (if you can call them that) largely consist of editing existing models (questionably at that) with single-function tools with no real-world application whatsoever, and the best 'intro' work I could find in this book covered Amapi, not Lightwave Modeler. If your goal is randomly tweaking points and deforming the Lightwave example cow or models downloaded off Avalon or TurboSquid, you don't have a copy of the Lightwave manual, and you don't have to worry about clients actually paying you for creative results, you might find value in these pages outside of pressing flowers. If you expect to use this book to become a real professional at your craft and expand your mastery of the truly deep and powerful tool that is Lighwave Modeler, just move on now with a clear conscience. There's nothing for you here.
If you're truly insterested in learning Lightwave however, check out Dan Ablan's 'Inside Lightwave' book instead. You'll be incredibly glad you did, and not just for the excellent organic modelling chapter (courtesy of Lightwave god Stuart Aitken), but the incredibly deep and thick coverage of rendering, IK, animation, expressions, et al. It's everything this book is not.
Unfortunately Shamms Mortier's waste-of-paper 'Modeling in Lightwave' is a painful reminder of that often maligned quote: 'those who can't do- teach'. The publishers of this book should be ashamed at themselves for allowing this piece of trash to be published at all.


UPG-V LIGHTWAVE 3D 6.X TO 7.0
UPG-V LIGHTWAVE 3D 6.X TO 7.0

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hardcore upgrade!, November 30, 2001
this was one serious upgrade. the inclusion of a spreadsheet/dope sheet editor, the motion mixer (an incredible time-saver for complex animations), and even a 'lite' version of worley labs' sasquatch (hair/fiber generation, a pixel filter/post processing effect) made it worth every penny for me- and it's already paid for itself. many other small enhancements, bug fixes and additions round off the version well, not to mention it's solid osX support. highly recommended!


Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island CD (no doubt), February 25, 2001
This review is from: Temple of the Dog (Audio CD)
Some of these reviews blow me away- primarily those which expect this to be Pearl Jam (which I don't believe was even Mookie Blaylock yet), or Soundgarden. I can definitely understand confusion from people who are used to having their processed, refined 'Grunge(tm)' foisted upon them by way of a slick corporate marketing machine, but this also ain't that.
What it is would be 5 people grieving with instruments on a soundstage (well, 6- if you count Eddie Vedder's tag-team work on 'Hunger Strike' and background vocals elsewhere, which equate to little more than a cameo), putting it all on their sleeves while remembering their fallen comrade and lamenting his chemical Achilles' heel.
I would definitely agree that this is some of Chris Cornell's best work to date. It's a purely emotional and hauntingly beautiful experience- but if you prefer your music belt-sanded to a smooth finish and polished to the point of reflection or are just another Eddie Vedder fan looking for more of the same, then you might want to look elsewhere (or try the Creed album?). Cornell's point would probably be missed on you.
I'm on my 4th copy of this CD now (2 wear-outs and one theft- not counting the industry cassette I had back in '92 and wore to dust), and it only keeps getting better. Here's my 5 stars- I only wish *those* 5 stars (and maybe even the sixth) would get back together sometime without requiring another funeral to do so- and give us a taste of what it's like *after* the healing process.
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