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Professional geek, crafter and shoemaker by day. Avid reader, Doctor Who fan and nerd all the time.

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Mike Brown
Sock Knitting Master Class: Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designers
Ann Budd
About Time 1: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who
Tat Wood, Lawrence Miles
Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favorite Fashions
Steffani Lincecum
The Darkroom Of Damocles
Willem Frederik Hermans
Van Gogh: The Life
Gregory White Smith, Steven Naifeh
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Betty Edwards
Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting
Fil Hunter, Paul Fuqua, Steve Biver
Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
La fortuna de los Rougon
Émile Zola, Esther Benítez

Chip Carving: Expert Techniques and 50 All-Time Favorite Projects

Chip Carving: Expert Techniques and 50 All-Time Favorite Projects - Woodcarving Illustrated Great book, with lot of detailed techniques and projects. Though it makes think that chip carving is something very easy, the complexity of some projects let understand the high level of this book.

Creative Clay Jewelry: Extraordinary * Colorful * Fun Designs to Make from Polymer Clay

Creative Clay Jewelry: Extraordinary * Colorful * Fun Designs to Make from Polymer Clay - Leslie Dierks Basic ideas that could help you to create your own great projects. The ones in the book are "colorful" and somewhat kitsch to consider them good taste jewelry.
Very good to introduce children to polymer clay crafts.

Creating with Polymer Clay: Designs, Techniques, Projects

Shakespeare's Marlowe: The Influence of Christopher Marlowe on Shakespeare's Artistry - Robert A. Logan I really loved the butterfly technique... But the other techniques are very basic and I found the projects excessively baroque.
With the exception of the butterfly cane (the 2 stars are mainly for it), I don't think that I'll do any of these projects.

Quan m'atrapis (L'ESPARVER)

Quan m'atrapis (L'ESPARVER) - Rebecca Stead;Anna Mauri Batlle A tender story about time-travel and the relationships of a young girl in a big city with lots of misteries.

I had never heard of this book when I grabbed it at my local bookstore... and it was not in the children's section. The cover doesn't look childish, either. So when I began this book I didn't know what to expect.
It has been a cute suprise, a warmhearted plot that let me feel like a child with lots to discover. It was later that I saw the editorial's brand is for young people... but I was already catched by the story.

Though I like the book, even if I know that is for children, I couldn't totally understand the 5 stars ratings... maybe now I need to discover Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" to rethink the starring of this one.

Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More

The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More - Donna Kato "The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More" has a lot of good tricks and ideas to implement... It's amazing, but I think that if you are a beginner, this book lacks more detailed instructions and it will be difficult to follow by you.
I suggest you to read Kato's "The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques: Projects and Inspiration for Creative Canework" first.
On the other hand, if you have already read this one... you will just see "more of the same" with a plus of really inspiring tricks in the creative surface effects.

Los gondoleros silenciosos (Ático de los Libros)

Los gondoleros silenciosos - William Goldman Pure magic. A lovely short story with amazing drawings.

Cómo no escribir una novela (Biblioteca Abierta)

Cómo NO escribir una novela: 200 errores clásicos y cómo evitarlos - Howard Mittelmark, Sandra Newman Con un buen sentido del humor y ejemplos histriónicos, los autores nos dan los trucos imprescindibles a seguir para escribir una novela insufrible. Ellos lo llaman "impublicable", pero la verdad es que para cada truco me venían a la mente un par de novelas publicadas y con cierta difusión que servirían de ejemplo. ¿Alguna vez has leído una novela que te irrita por alguna razón que no logras comprender? Seguro que con este libro entenderás por qué.
Hacia el final los ejemplos empiezan a parecer siempre los mismos con un vestido nuevo y a nivel de técnicas no explica nada que no puedas encontrar en cualquier otro manual de narrativa. Pero lo interesante es la forma y el humor con el que se dan los "consejos", de la mano de dos profesionales del mundo editorial.
Finalmente, matizar que no es necesario querer escribir una novela para leer este libro. Basta con querer ser un lector más crítico y estar dispuesto a pasar un buen rato.

El misterio de la casa Aranda: Víctor Ros, un detective en el Madrid de finales del siglo XIX. (Mistery Plus)

El misterio de la Casa Aranda - Jerónimo Tristante Entretenida novela policíaca ambientada en el Madrid del siglo XIX.
Tarda un poco en arrancar, pero luego mantiene un buen ritmo narrativo con dos tramas paralelas en la línea de Sherlock Holmes: el detective resuelve el caso sin el lector, que se entera de cómo ha llegado a esas conclusiones cuando el protagonista lo explica a los pasmados compañeros/delicuentes/testigos.
Por lo menos el detective cae simpático al no poderse mantener siempre subido en su propio pedestal.
El final es apresurado y cogido por los pelos, pero el viaje ha sido agradable.

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love - Larry Levin That's the moving story of Oogy, a Dogo used as a bait dog when he was only a puppy, and being rescued from a sure death by marvelous people.

In my opinion, lately there are too many books about wonderful dogs with magic stories to be explained... and I'm a bit tired of this kind of fashion of easy-tear books.
But when I saw Oogy's picture on the cover... I needed to know more about him.

I liked Oogy's story. I loved Oogy and their family. But, though I Iiked the book, I think it could be much better narrated in another way.

The first chapter is really boring: I also wake up on the morning, and prepare the coffee, and the breakfast, and open the fridge door to take the milk, and dress myself... and don't need to explain you that in every detail.
The way of going back and forward... maybe because I'm not English native speaker, but I felt really lost on the first pages, until I get used to the rhythm.
There are large descriptions that I think unnecessary: do I really need to know how to assembly a baby car seat step by step? Twice?
The book has too many pages to explain once and again how good, and gentle, and soft Oogy is, and how fortunate is the author to having met him and how bonded he is to the dog. I'm sure he is... but maybe the third time it became clear to the most obtuse.

I missed more anecdotes with Oogy, not only few and short enchained bites to show how scared people were before knowing him and how amazed were they when they saw his gentleness, or the extended explanations about his operations. I'm sure that with a dog like Oogy we were able to experience milions of moving/funny/terrible/touching moments to share, don't need to be related with his missing ear, multiple scars or deformity. Of course all that is the reason of his excepcionality... but I get it on the first pages!

I missed the editor's job. It could have been a great book.

The Secret of Lost Things

The Secret of Lost Things - Sheridan Hay Not bad but certainly disappointing. Having read Byats's "Possession" and Carlos Ruiz Zafón's "The shadow of the wind" (ok, and admitting that I dumbly assumed their influence on Hay's story), I expected much more.
Without the prejudices, "The secret of lost things" could be a good companion for a solitary afternoon without TV.