Daily Archives: October 9, 2015

Very good story but needed to be longer

Playing with Fire: A Novel

By: Tess Gerritsen

Rating: 4 of 5

playingwithfireThis is the first book I have read by Tess Gerritsen. I have never seen the television show which is based on her long series of books about Rizzoli and Isles, so I had no idea what to expect in this book. I originally thought it was a mystery thriller but in reading the book, I would classify it as fiction/literature.

The story is told in two parts, one which is set in the near past in the United States and then Italy and one that is set in Italy in the time preceding and then part way through World War II.


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Very nice designs that literally cover the page

Extreme Wonders | Color Art for Everyone – Leisure Arts (6763)

By: Leisure Arts

Rating: 5 of 5

There are 24 different extreme designs in this book. I don’t quite understand what the concept is with respect to the title. It may be because the designs cover the page and have many intricate details. The subject matter ranges from doodles to mandalas to buildings to flowers, so the subjects do not seem extreme in concept. The designs are all supplied by GMC Designs/Shutterstock, Inc. I don’t know if that means there are various designers within those companies or not, but there isn’t a specific artist mentioned.

The paper weight is nice and heavy very much a feeling of premium grade paper. The designs are printed on one side of the page (with the back side blank.) The pages are all micro-perforated so removing them from the book will be easy. The print quality of the design is excellent. There are parts of the designs which are rather intricate.

All of my markers and some gel pens have leaked through this paper. If using either media, I will either remove the page from the book or put some chipboard under the page I am working on to keep the ink from bleeding through.

There is information on the inside front and inside back page which explains color and shading techniques. I am very impressed with both the quality and the subject matter in the new line of Leisure Arts coloring books.

While I don’t understand the concept of the title, I do like the artwork in the book. These are designs that are not for the faint of heart. You will be coloring most, if not all, of each page. I will choose one when I want to work on something over the week rather than finish a design in a night or two. That’s my speed but others may finish much quicker. I like complex designs from time to time. They challenge my color palette and my sense of how a design works to make a whole.

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