Reviews by camelsamba
some highly detailed
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As you might be able to tell from the cover, some of the boats in here are super-duper detailed. Others are more manageable for beginning artists, such as the outrigger canoe (which also has an interesting perspective). But it's a useful exercise at many levels to see how well you can follow the steps.
blog is better...
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I used to read Popek's blog on a regular basis, so I was interested in getting this book. Unfortunately, this is one case where the conversion from blog to book does not work very well. For example, you can't zoom in on the images. Also, the blog entries often had more detail about the items or the books they were found in - and the comments added by readers were often revealing (e.g. more about the history of a place) and usually entertaining. So get the book if you're intrigued, but make sure to read the blog as well!
accurate title!
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The title is fairly indicative of what you get here: old timey tunes played in an old school manner. If you enjoy fiddle music or hammered dulcimer, you're bound to enjoy this. If you're more of a modernist, you might not. I particularly enjoyed hearing Liberty, since I learned it for hammered dulcimer many years ago.
does not demand your attention
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This is reasonable background music when you don't want to have to pay attention to it. It is rhythmically interesting on one level, but kind of boring on another.
hogwash
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"Parents of new babies and toddlers will love seeing how well the descriptions in this brightly illustrated Zodiac Sign Book fit their little Taurus" -- Do people really believe that the month one is born in controls their destiny, or even their personality traits? Hogwash. The fact that the library owns this series just goes to show it doesn't censor content.