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Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed, Second Edition
Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed, Second Edition
by Lou Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.71
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2.0 out of 5 stars Leaves Something to be Desired, November 17, 2014
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A collection of reasonably technically competent but uninspiring advertising photographs. This should have been a pamphlet instead of a book. The writing is pedestrian and verbose and rarely comes directly to grips with the subject matter. The book desperately needs a Maxwell Perkins to do some serious editing and get the grammar and sentence structure under control.

Howlers: "When you walk into a scene, you should first survey and assess your surroundings rather than relying on trial and error." Huh..? And this: "Since I spent so much time thinking about concepts that were eventually turned into photographs, I have had to develop systems that resulted in abstract but legible ideas." Say again. . ? And this stand-alone sentence: "Often custom or makeshift methods are just as good or better." No kidding. . ?

If you're trying to learn lighting with speedlights, better to stick with Joe McNally.


Loose Among the Lambs
Loose Among the Lambs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Plotted and Well Written, October 16, 2014
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Very well plotted and very well written. But the misspellings throughout the text may drive you bonkers. It's a tragic but touching story, well told. Needs an editor.


Informant (A Jessie Black Legal Thriller) (Jessie Black Legal Thrillers Book 2)
Informant (A Jessie Black Legal Thriller) (Jessie Black Legal Thrillers Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read, October 16, 2014
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Abandon all disbelief ye who enter here. It's a bang up story -- a real page turner. But especially when you get to the gyrations that go on outside a window many stories up, don't strain yourself trying to believe what's going on. Larry Winters is a good plotter and a good writer. An enjoyable read.


Defending Turquoise (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 5)
Defending Turquoise (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 5)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thaddeus needs rehabilitation, October 6, 2014
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I'm with Amazon Customer. In the first two books, Thaddeus was a super lawyer who could leap tall buildings with a single bound. He's degenerated in the last two books. Now he's a recovering lush recovering his law license after flat out lying to a judge. Yeah, the judge was a bad judge, but he still was a judge.

Mr. Ellsworth continues to be a good writer, but Thaddeus needs rehabilitation.
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FAITH  A Secret Life
FAITH A Secret Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally Touching Story Told in An Exceptionally Poetic Way, October 2, 2014
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I endorse everything that's been said by the five-star raters before me. Mr. Kirkwood is an exceptional writer, and in this book he's told a wonderful, but sad tale in a way that stabs your heart. The story verges on poetry.


The World Atlas of Street Photography
The World Atlas of Street Photography
by Jackie Higgins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $32.25
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Severe Disappointment, September 29, 2014
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Jackie Higgins has a strange idea of what street photography is, and though there are some good photographs in this book there are vanishingly few street photographs. Both Ms. Higgins and Max Kozloff have the idea that street photography is confined to urban areas and streets, an idea that won't hold up under examination.

A picture of a street is not street photography. A picture of someone on a street is not street photography. A picture of a building is not street photography. A picture of a group of buildings with a street included is not a street photograph. An informal portrait is not street photography. In most instances a picture of a hobo sleeping on a street is not street photography. In general, posed photographs are not street photography.

To understand what street photography actually is you need to go back to the people who originated it and defined it: Andre Kertesz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Walker Evans, Elliott Erwitt, Marc Riboud, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and others of that era. If you look at the work of these originators you'll find that street photography is about how people are: not as they are after they've been hassled and not as they are when they're posing, and it's about the interaction of people with each other and with their environment. The very best street photographs include ambiguity, and convey something that words simply can't convey. Streets actually are rare in the best street photography, and a very large percentage of the best street photographs weren't made in urban areas.

Too bad. This could have been a marvelous book. As it is, it leaves a great deal to be desired.
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Butler's Justice
Butler's Justice
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Borderline Case, August 19, 2014
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This review is from: Butler's Justice (Kindle Edition)
First the good news: Mr. Perrett is a good storyteller. The story has a pretty standard potboiler plot in which the principal character starts out way behind the eight ball and moves farther and farther behind until the (unbelievable) resolution, but this version of the plot has some interesting twists.

Then, the bad news. This book desperately needs some serious editing, which obviously it never received. We're told that Monroe, the principal character was "pouring over case files," but we're never told what he was pouring. There are people and things laying here and laying there, but we're never told what they're laying. The book is full of wrong word errors: "He shuffled a little on the witness chair." "Daniels. . . absconded from the room." "He was trying to stand natural as he picked up a folder." "'Refrain yourself,' the judge said." The depictions of interpersonal relationships in the story are naive, and Mr. Perritt takes off on extended side plots he apparently tossed in as comedy and that are neither funny nor have anything to do with the rest of the story.

But there are two things that keep you from giving up after the first chapter: the story's interesting twists, and the laughs you get as you stumble over the inept writing.


THE GREAT BARRINGTON TRAIN WRECK
THE GREAT BARRINGTON TRAIN WRECK
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uh Uh, August 14, 2014
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Mr. Trainor writes well but his stories are depressing. This one certainly is. The plot is clever, if not very original, but none of the characters in the story make you care enough about them that you really wonder what will happen to them. Also, there too much rattling on and on. The asides of the main character tend to be boring, transparent, and far too extended. All in all, I can't recommend this book


Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful (Art Institute of Chicago)
Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful (Art Institute of Chicago)
by Stuart Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: $35.16
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats, August 12, 2014
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Koudelka is one of the greats, and this catalogue demonstrates that.


The Neon Lawyer (Brigham Theodore Legal Thrillers) (Volume 1)
The Neon Lawyer (Brigham Theodore Legal Thrillers) (Volume 1)
by Victor Methos
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, but not a bad read., August 12, 2014
Derivative, but not a bad read. Mr. Methos is a competent writer and Brigham Theodore is a fun character. Evidently this is to be the first in a series of potboilers about Brigham. Let's hope Mr. Methos is more original in his next story about Brigham.


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