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Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy and Fun
Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy and Fun
by Ricky Tims
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, precise, inspirational, 7 Feb. 2007
This is such a well-written book that even a rank beginner could follow the instructions given. All the steps are explained with admirable clarity and the gallery of quilts produced by the author and his students is inspirational. His anecdotes are interesting and amusing, without being "cutesy"; cutesyness being a fault one encounters all too often in craft books.

Highly recommended


Fantastic Fabric Folding: Innovative Quilting Projects
Fantastic Fabric Folding: Innovative Quilting Projects
by Rebecca Wat
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.25

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unclear and imprecise - not for the beginner, 6 Feb. 2007
If you are new to origami then avoid this book at all costs. The instructions are not clear, the diagrams are only helpful for the first few steps and I can only assume that to understand the various stages you need to have had some experience in fabric folding. Preferably with an instructor of some competence. This is a very badly written book - how it got past the editors I cannot for the life of me imagine. There are clearer and better written instructions on many a web site.

Don't buy unless you enjoy wasting your money - you'd probably have more reward from tearing up pound notes.


Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy
Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy
by Sarah Bradford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity, 14 Dec. 2005
Yet another book about the Borgias, the Borgia men, that is. Masses of details about Cesare's dress sense and Alexander's power quest, but very little to inform us about Lucrezia herself. Surely she couldn't have been as vapid and dull as she is depicted in this book. If she was, how can we explain her notoriety, except through her connection to the male Borgias. In which case, why bother writing a book about her? Which explains why this book is much more to do with the politics and power struggles of the men concerned, and various events in Lucrezia's life are merely chronicled with little effort made to reveal the woman herself.


The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing short of miraculous!, 3 Aug. 2003
Before I read this book the extent of my drawing prowess was badly drawn stick people. Within a couple of days, having learned to turn off my extremely dominant left brain, I was drawing unbelievably well. Through this book I have discovered that I too can draw, and it has given me a hobby which is not only enriching but life enhancing.
I cannot recommend this book too highly! If you buy it you really won't be disappointed.


Violets are Blue
Violets are Blue
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary and trite, 28 May 2003
This review is from: Violets are Blue (Paperback)
Any discriminating readers new to James Patterson would do well to avoid this truly dreadful book, which is not at all representative of the author's work.
The characters are cardboard cut-outs, the carnage so hilariously over-the-top and - worst of all - the "Mastermind" so dispiritingly obvious that one cannot escape the feeling that this novel was churned out in a couple of weeks.
Far better to invest in any of the other Patterson novels featuring Alex Cross which are vastly superior to this trite little story.


How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Everyday Genius
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Everyday Genius
by Michael Gelb
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and stimulating, 12 Oct. 2002
I can never resist buying self-help books, but I'm usually disappointed with the results. In other words, after reading several self-help books I'm still the same mundane person I always was. However, "How to think like Leonardo da Vinci" really has made a difference in my life. It has opened my eyes to a whole new exciting world of music, nature, art....I could go and on.
Written in a friendly, easily accessible style, which is never patronizing, "How to think like LDV" will have you really listening to music; juggling in the morning; devising your own motto and just getting more fun out of life in no time.


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