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How To Paint A Lighthouse In Watercolor: Step by Step Painting Explanations With Loads of Illustrations
How To Paint A Lighthouse In Watercolor: Step by Step Painting Explanations With Loads of Illustrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Watercolor Course, February 18, 2014
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This book is like taking your own class on watercolors! If you follow along with the book as you read, you will feel like Jami is there teaching you in your house. It would be helpful to have a little experience with watercolors, however the author is so descriptive that you can actually follow her guidance and try out the techniques until you have them down. If your kindle is like mine and does not have color, I would recommend looking at the book on your computer.


The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Novel Ever Written, June 22, 2011
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This is the most astounding novel I have ever read. You will be floored by the time the book is completed and you see how slowly and delicately Dostoevsky weaves his story strands together. Every character was so real to me, and I cared about each person, no matter how major or minor, due to the fact that I could see a part of human nature reflected. The first part of the book is charming and strange. You have no idea where any of the chapters are leading or how they will possibly end up telling a story. After becoming introduced to each brother, ever so slowly, a plot starts to emerge, and before you know it, you will be captivated by the author's web. Once the reader reaches the courtroom scenes at the end of the book, he is in for something truly amazing. Dostoevsky writes two incredibly powerful speeches, one from each opposing lawyer. Each speech is as powerful and as truthful as the other, and yet neither lawyer put the story of the murder together quite right. The way the scenes in the courtroom are written is simply jaw dropping. The novel never becomes overly sentimental, and retains some harsh truths without being depressing. In fact, the characters all remain true to themselves, and the ending isn't necessarily happy, yet the amount of truth revealed will make the reader feel like he has learned something spiritual about humanity.

I don't know how to describe this book. It is a challenge to read, but it reveals so many truths about human nature. Every character has a mix of good and bad, and each one has such true motivations. Be prepared to be taken aback at what a genius Dostoevsky is. The Brothers Karamazov is a truly uplifting and truthful work of art.


The Autobiography Of A Super-Tramp.
The Autobiography Of A Super-Tramp.
by Karel Capek
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, November 2, 2010
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There is something so charming about this book. I really felt for the author and looked forward to him succeeding. I looked online to read about the rest of the author's life, and I was so happy to see that it ended well. The reader will be able to see that the author of this autobiography is very smart and funny, yet he makes such wacky decisions. He definitely lived his life to the fullest, and his feelings of joy about the world will rub off on you. This book is also an intriguing look into the past. You will learn all about the way people lived and the strange jobs people had many years ago. This book is written in a different writing style than modern readers are used to, but the chapters are so short, and the author so charming that you will definitely enjoy reading this.


The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
by Donald N. Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it in Spite of a Few Drawbacks, November 2, 2010
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When you read this book, you will feel like you are reading a thrilling novel. The author sweeps you along, divulging such new and inconceivable information, that you will constantly want to keep going. I learned more from this book than I ever learned about the art world as an art student. It is true, though, that this author has only focused on a part of the art world, and there are many successful artists working in areas uncovered by the book. I think anyone who reads this book, artist or not, would find it quite enjoyable despite a few drawbacks.

It is poorly edited. Sometimes there are missing words or even misspellings. There are too many chapters about auctions, which slows the pace in the middle. The ending gets interesting again, but the author seems to have lost his vision. He makes certain cases, and then gives us example after example in which he proves himself wrong. That was a little confusing.

I still give the book five stars because I can't tell you how much I learned. Yes, the book isn't perfect, but I don't remember liking a non fiction book this much in a long time!


Expect Resistance: A Crimethink Field Manual
Expect Resistance: A Crimethink Field Manual
by CrimethInc. Workers' Collective
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Pathetically Juvenile, September 30, 2009
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If you have just recently become interested in the CrimethInc movement, I would suggest reading "Days of War, Nights of Love." The exhilaration expressed in that book is carried over to, "Expect Resistance," but there isn't much new ground covered. The book is technically well written with beautiful and poetic descriptions and declarations, but most of the time, it is hard to figure out which of the main characters is narrating. This leads to a disjointed and hard to follow story. This book does well at passing on an excited love for life. It makes you feel that there must be something more to life than earning money and finding jobs. The book inspires you to make changes that will transform your life into an adventure! The other half of the book is ridiculously silly. The author's disdain for the middle and upper class, police, religion, and the United States is old and cliched.

Overall, "Expect Resistance," conveys such a sense of longing and inspiration to set things right, that it is sometimes an inspiring read. Most of the time, however, the author's own ignorance and prejudice regarding the so-called "oppressors" of society reveals a hypocritical and embarrassingly juvenile approach to looking at the world. It leaves you with the impression that the people participating in CrimethInc are selfish, hateful, and care more about the thrill of rioting than the cause they are fighting for in the first place.
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Captured By The Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870
Captured By The Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870
by Frederick Drimmer
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Captivating Than You Might Have Thought!, October 3, 2008
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This book seemed a little slow at first because the stories were written in a style that we are not used to. After reading for a while and getting used to the old fashioned tone, you will realize that this book is quite exciting! There is a good mix of short and long stories so that you can pick one based on the mood you are in. Each story is surprisingly different. These accounts contain vivid descriptions which are often graphically violent and gruesome. It is intriguing to read this book to get an understanding of some groups of Indians, and also to read between the lines and see how the story tellers decided to portray the Indians. You really can learn a lot by reading this entertaining, adventurous book.


Breaking into the Art World: How to start making a living as an artist
Breaking into the Art World: How to start making a living as an artist
by Brian Marshall White
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know What to Expect, October 3, 2008
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This book looks to have been self published by the artist. I really appreciate the fact that he seems to have written it purely to help other artists get started accomplishing their dreams. If you need help figuring out how to budget, how much to expect to spend, and different printing options, this book is for you. If you aren't as interested in the technical side of selling art as you are in navigating the art world, this book will not be of much help. The author has made a sincere attempt to help us get started selling art on our own.


Not for Tourists 2008 Guide to Los Angeles (Not for Tourists Guide to Los Angeles)
Not for Tourists 2008 Guide to Los Angeles (Not for Tourists Guide to Los Angeles)
by Beth Deitchman
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helfpul for New People, October 3, 2008
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If you are brand new to LA, this book will help you out a lot. It seems like it would help someone who is looking for apartments, places to work, and trying to get an idea of what life is like in Los Angeles. If you have already been here for more than a few months, you will have undoubtedly figured out most of the information here on your own. Most of the book is taken up by a listing of restaurants, gyms, dog stores, grocery stores and other necessities. It seems more like a phone book than a guide for someone who would like to get the most out of his city.

If you have been in LA for a few months and have the money, this book will surely show you a few cool places, but nothing strikingly new will be revealed. It would better suit someone who is just on the verge of making the move.


The Complete Stories
The Complete Stories
by Flannery O'Connor
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Unique, October 3, 2008
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This is my favorite book of short stories. I am amazed at how the author can blend such a diverse mixture of feelings into a story. Each story is humorous and heartbreaking. O'Connor has a knack for examining the thoughts in her characters' minds, and although they seem to be a little over the top, the characters are grounded in reality. I enjoy the fact that you can read this book for the pleasure of the crazy stories, or you may read it to delve into an examination of the religious themes uncovered. I would start with Flannery O'Connor by reading this book and then move on to reading Wise Blood or The Violent Bear It Away. It will be somewhat hard to understand those novels if you are not familiar with her short stories first. I think you will find this book fascinating.


The Violent Bear It Away: A Novel
The Violent Bear It Away: A Novel
by Flannery O'Connor
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Incredibly Thought Provoking, October 3, 2008
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It is almost impossible to review this book without giving too much away. The book seems to have been written in three stages. The first stage is a humorous back story which sets the scene. The middle part reveals that these are real characters, and their seemingly humorous actions now have serious and sometimes heartbreaking consequences. The end of the story totally turns everything proceeding it on its head. At the end of the book, the reader will come to a startling and somewhat shocking realization. This book is such a strong mix of humor, horror, hopelessness and hope, that I don't think there is anything else quite like it. This beautiful book is bizarre in that it mixes feelings of dread and despair with such hope. What a powerful read.


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