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100 Views – Yamamoto Nizo Background Art Book Review

Yamamoto Nizo is a veteran background artist who have worked on such esteemed films as Madhouse’s A Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Ghibli’s Mononoke Hime, Laputa – Castle In The Sky, Grave Of The Fireflies, and more. This art book, titled 100 Views ( Hyakkei – a reference to the 100 famous views of Japan ) collects 100 background art pieces that the artist has painted over his 40 years of work. There is also a small collection of concept art and color keys the artist created for films like Grav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Spirited Away, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Background Art, Princess Mononoke, Kazuo Oga, Mononoke Hime


Short Film: Vampire Chaos

So, when I looked at Eternal Love Lost I suggested that it became the opening of this film – originally named Search for Love Lost and directed by Joey Harlow in 2011. I watched it as Vampire Chaos on Amazon Prime. That film seems to have vanished and reappeared having been renamed Vampire Madness; begging a question of, “Why so many name changes?” I also suggested, when I looked at the short, that this was a feature. I take that back – the 60-minute length actually only containing about 45 min...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Bart, Wayne, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Garth, Dwane, Vampire, Joey Harlow, Bart Craig Kucken, Dwane Don McIntyre, Bart Well, Heather Christi Perovski, Jacob Godzak Bad


Edward Burne-Jones Art Book Review

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833 – 1898) was an English artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who worked closely with renowned textile artist William Morris on a wide range of decorative arts. Readers who frequent my blog will know my absolute adoration for the work of John William Waterhouse, and by extension any work of the Pre-Raphaelites, so Burne-Jones’ paintings are definitely in my corner. On top of this, I’m also a big fan of Art...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Tate Britain, William Morris, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, John Everett Millais, John William, William Bouguereau, Burne Jones, Edward Burne Jones, John William Waterhouse, Edward Coley Burne Jones, Tate Publishing


New Leaf Vote for for May 2019 • You're Never Too Young: Children

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in May 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, Boston, Nazis, Russia, Time, Neil Gaiman, US, Canada, Maine, Book Clubs, Moscow, Leo, Jack, ANN


Vitaortus Book 3 - review

Author: Dea Schofield First Published: 2014 The Blurb : After the shape-shifting violence of the night of the Brumalia in Vitaortus Book Two, Devi Trevathan, Prime Channel, has trouble forgiving her new sanguinivorous friends. She refuses to speak to her Champion, Lord Alexander Gregory, but there is a price to pay. The Vitaortus now have a mysterious disease which threatens the plants’ survival. Meanwhile, bizarre happenings are spreading out from remote Pacific islands which Alec and compa...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Washington Dc, ALEC, Cia, Pacific, Gregory, Lamia, Amazon UK, Devi, Brotherhood, Vampire, Wendigo, Incubus, Dea Schofield, La Grande Bissetere


Short Film: Eternal Love Lost

One thing I like about looking at short films is the idea that I can simply present them to you and lay off the critique. However sometimes I just can’t. Take this 15-minute short film by Joey Harlow from 2011. On the surface this is poor. The dialogue is unnatural, and the timelines quoted don’t seem to hold up. Hugo and Erik The film opens with a legend about vampires being revealed and one mortal girl seeking to be turned and becoming the object to fulfil a 600-year void. It then ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Erik, Andre, Amazon UK, Vampire, Adrianna, Joey Harlow, Hugo Ron Baratono, Erik Erik Sobczak, Andre Jacob Godzak, Adrianna Christi Perovski Hugo, Adrianna Hugo, Nobleman Erik, Vampire Chaos


Japanese Bathhouses Illustrated Guide – Enya Honami Book Review

Sento Zukai (銭湯図解) is a delightfully illustrated book showcasing public Japanese bathhouses located in Tokyo, drawn by artist Enya Honami. Communal bathhouses have been on the decline in Japan as most residences now come with their own baths, but some still enjoy the spacious public baths and use it for relaxation. A total of 24 bathhouses are featured in this book, and each cross-sectional drawing is meticulously illustrated and annotated with interesting background information about the uni...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Enya Honami, Japanese bathhouses, Sento, Sento Zukai, Enya Honami Book Review, Enya Honami Communal


Soul Jacker is out!

After a year of rewriting Soul Jacker is finally out, and on sale for just $0.99 in launch week, so pick it up now! I’m far too excited about this launch. Hard to sleep. Jittery. I should stop drinking coffee as I’m already wired enough! With 2 stellar testimonials from giants in the field, it’s drawing more attention than I’ve ever had before. $0.99 Amazon USA £0.99 Amazon UK REVIEWS “Superb – a Fantastic Voyage into the soul. Grist has produced a taut, clever cyberthriller that messes with you...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Soul Jacker


Ani Man LLust – Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Techniques Book Review

Note : This is NOT an art book. For the artist’s art books, check out Cannabis Works and Cannabis Works 2. Tatsuyuki Tanaka is one of the most highly skilled and renowned artist working in the anime/illustration/manga industry today, having worked on Otomo’s Akira, Nadia The Secret of Blue Water, Noiseman Sound Insect, Farewell To Weapons and many other animated projects. This is a guide/instructional book where the artist imparts valuable knowledge, insider tips and tricks of successful anim...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Tanaka, Amazon UK, Otomo Katsuhiro, Otomo, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Kikan S, Ani Man LLust, Akira Nadia, Ani Man LLust Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Shuhei Tatsuyuki Tanaka Tatsuyuki Tanaka


Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World Art Book Review

Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World (情緒的な風景を描) is the 3rd art book from a series published by PIE Books dedicated to illustrations of beautiful scenery and landscapes. I reviewed the 1st from series as well – Everyday Scenes From A Parallel World. The curated illustrations found in the book are of exceptional quality, with many created by artists that I love, including Ilya Kuvshinov ( image above ), Yoko Tanji, Hirotaka Tanaka and more. (below) Artwork by Hirotaka Tana...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Hirotaka Tanaka, Ilya Kuvshinov, PIE books, Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World, Yoko Tanji Hirotaka Tanaka, Yoko Tanji She, Yoko Tanji Yoko Tanji


Honourable Mention: Char Man

I am not massively a fan of the found footage sub-genre of horror, for every one that works there are plenty more that don’t and plenty that leave you with a bad case of the ‘why are they still filming’ blues. Interestingly, Romero’s Diary of the Dead (2007) actually plays with the concept that someone would carry on filming, even in the face of utter horror, in a real and interesting way. Luckily this is not a vampire found footage film… so, you might ask, why cover it here? Well the film date...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, California, Cameron, Anthony, Andy, Eric, Romero, Amazon UK, Ojai, Fleeting Visitation, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Anthony Hogg, Jeff Kober, Exploiting Vampire Legends, Char Man


Intron Depot 8 Bomb Bay Art Book Review

Bomb Bay is the eighth in the series of Intron Depot illustration art books by famed manga artist Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost In The Shell. None of the art books in the series can best the first and original Intron Depot, in part due to Shirow’s unfortunate descent into garish digital and CG techniques. This particular volume collects misc art work created between 1992 and 2009, and most of it is fluff except for the fantastic “old school Shirow” illustrations from his manga ( and subse...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Shell, Manga, Amazon UK, Dominion, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Masamune Shirow, Shirow, Intron Depot, Shirow Masamune


Kissing Cousins: I am Omega

Let’s get things straight from the get go… I am Omega is not, in any way, shape or form, a vampire film. It is, in the wider sense, a zombie film (the creatures might be infected rather than undead but we aren’t exactly sure). It does have a blood aspect, at the heart of it (that I’ll cover in the article), but completely removes the nocturnal aspect that was a feature of both book and the more mainstream makes. However the reason for looking at it is that it was based directly on I am Legend, ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, La, Smith, Richard, Omega, Vincent, Zombie, Antioch, BRIANNA, Amazon UK, Heston, Matheson, Not Vamp, Griff Furst, Mark Dacascos


Malbeni Akane Illustration Works Art Book Review

Malbeni Akane is an Okinawa born Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. Her bold and colorful illustrations feature whimsical and fantastical elements exploding into an otherwise mundane, every day life environment, offering jarring but interesting juxtapositions. I was first introduced to the artist’s works through Illustration 2019, an annual publication that collects the very best Japanese illustrators working in the industry. (image above) I always love it when Japanese a...
Tags: Amazon, Wes Anderson, Tokyo, Anime, Grand Budapest Hotel, Shin Godzilla, Okinawa, Amazon UK, Otomo Katsuhiro, Nakamura Yusuke, Malbeni Akane, Malbeni Akane Illustration Works Art Book Review, Malbeni


I am Legend as American Myth – review

Author: Amy J Ransom First published: 2018 The Blurb : Over the decades, Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend has spawned a series of iconic horror and science-fiction films, including The Last Man on Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price, The Omega Man (1971) featuring Charlton Heston, and I Am Legend (2007) with Will Smith. Its compelling narrative about the last man on earth struggling to survive a pandemic that has transformed the rest of humanity into monsters has arguably become an Am...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, America, United States, Will Smith, Civil rights movement, Vincent, Zombie, Neville, Charlton Heston, Amazon UK, Matheson, Vampire, Richard Matheson, Robert Neville, Reference - Media


Vamp or Not? Aterrados

Aterrados (or Terrified) was a 2018 film hailing from Argentina and directed by Demián Rugna. The film takes a haunted house (or houses) premise and does some interesting things with it. There is an argument to be had that it could have gone further, that as it shifted vision from haunting to something else it might have flipped itself into Clive barker territory (more) or even a Lovecraftian territory. It was mentioned to me by Leila as she had been told about it and it was suggested that the...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, America, Argentina, Clara, Clive Barker, Walter, Juan, Rosenstock, Lovecraft, Leila, Amazon UK, ALICIA, Funes, Vampiric Possession, Vampiric Entity


CHEAP: These Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones are a steal right now

Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Looking for a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the morning commute? Well, I’ve got some good news. The obscenely good Sony WH-1000XM3 cans are currently on sale on Amazon UK for £277.49. If you’re quick, you can save about £52 off the usual ticket price of £330. The super-comfortable Sony WH-1000XM3 is often compared to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and for good reason. Its noise-...
Tags: Startups, Sony, Amazon UK, Plugged


CHEAP: These Sony WH-100XM3 noise-cancelling headphones are a steal right now

Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Looking for a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the morning commute? Well, I’ve got some good news. The obscenely good Sony WH-1000XM3 cans are currently on sale on Amazon UK for £277.49. If you’re quick, you can save about £52 off the usual ticket price of £330. The super-comfortable Sony WH-1000XM3 is often compared to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and for good reason. Its noise-...
Tags: Startups, Sony, Amazon UK, Plugged


New Leaf Vote for for April 2019 • The Way I Heard It: Retellings

Heads up! This is a three-day poll. Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in April 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Post, Books, UK, London, Australia, Washington Post, Scotland, Wikipedia, Time, US, New York Times, Book Clubs, Napoleon Bonaparte, New Mexico


Alita : Battle Angel – The Art and Making of the Movie Book Review

I really enjoyed Alita : Battle Angel, and I think it’s one of the more successful manga adaptations that Hollywood has embarked on in the recent years. This art book explores the making of the film through an extensive collection of concept art including character, props, set and environment designs. There is a huge section dedicated to the cyborg designs of the characters that appear in the final Motorball race and is one of the highlights of the book for me. Fans of the...
Tags: Hollywood, Anime, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Alita, Yukito Kishiro, Ars Magna


Save 25% on the Proscenic robot vacuum cleaner with Amazon UK

There are absolutely loads of different robot vacuum cleaners out there, moving around your neighbours houses. Some of them are smaller than others. Some of them have longer lasting batteries. And others are much quieter than the competition.What we are trying to say is that the fact that there are lots of options to consider isn't always a blessing, because how are you supposed to decide? Checking out reviews can be a good tactic, and with 66% of customers giving the Proscenic robot vacuum ...
Tags: Science, Amazon UK


Random Excellence: Nathan Benn

Nathan Benn, Gatorland, 1981. Edition of 15, $2,800. Remember our friend Nathan Benn? He has a new book out. First, you can see an engaging little mini-portfolio of his Florida pictures over at Photo-Eye. They're JPEGs of prints for sale in limited editions. The book is called A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs. Here it is at Amazon UK and The Book Depository. Photo-Eye has it too, although TOP doesn't get a spiff there. There are some more of the pictures at the Amazon page, including ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Florida, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Nathan, Amazon UK, Nathan Benn, Random Excellence, Gabriele Basilico, Bord de Mer, Fulvio Senore, Nathan Benn Mike


Playing with Tropes: Flesh-Eating Mothers

This is an absolute paragon of 80s B-Movieness. Released in 1988 and directed by James Aviles Martin, it is a schlock, low-rent comedy with cannibals. One might suggest that these cannibals are not vampiric, despite their anthropophagus ways but, whilst this might be true, this film certainly plays with tropes from the vampire genre – though I think some are accidental. So, it starts with a man in the winter woods, we later discover he is Dixon (Ken Eaton). He sees blood in the snow and looks...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Cannibalism, America, Virus, Billy, Clyde, Lee, Dixon, Roddy, Sylvia, Amazon UK, Dracula Lucy, Use Of Tropes, James Aviles Martin, Dixon Ken Eaton


Vampire Sunrise – review

Director: Scott Shaw Release date: 2014 Contains spoilers This is a first on TMtV, as it is the first review I have done of a Scott Shaw film. I was aware of the director/actor (who has 111 directorial credits and 94 actor credits on IMDb at the time this was written), aware that his projects were clearly low budget, but I hadn’t seen any of his films – many of which feature vampires. In some respects then, I feel like I have perhaps missed a trick, when it comes to critiquing this film, as per...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Ash, Lars von Trier, Hunter, Shaw, Amazon UK, Scott Shaw, Rinaldi, Vampire, Jill Kelly, Hunter VonCrestor Scott Shaw, Father Frank Walter Collins, Ash Mason Kevin Thompson, Rinaldi Darin Costa, Vixen Jill Kelly


The Wicked – review

Director: Peter Winther Release date: 2013 Contains spoilers Ah the witch (Cassie Keller) and her forays over to the vampire genre – she normally does it through a bit of energy vampirism but it is full on flesh eating that sees her grace these pages today. Not just cannibalism as a dietary choice, however. In this the consumption of flesh makes the witch both young and immortal (actually there is a set of feeding rules in this, which might only be in-film folklore/myth but may also be accurate...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Cannibalism, Tracy, Max, Amanda, Zach, Julie, Sammy, Amazon UK, Witch/vampire, Diana Hopper, Peter Winther, Cassie Keller, Amanda Caitlin Carmichael True Blood, Nicole Forester Vampires Anonymous


B.P.R.D – Hell On Earth Vol 3 Comic Book Review

B.P.R.D ( Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense ) is the spin-off comic series from Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, taking place in the same expanded universe as the organization’s “enhanced” agents like Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien and Johann Krauss battle the Ogdru Jahad that first appeared in the Hellboy comics. This is the 3nd hardcover volume from the Hell On Earth arc ( read my review for Vol 1 and Vol 2 ) and collects number 7 to 9 of the trade paperback volumes as well as an expanded sketch ...
Tags: Comics, Book Reviews, US, Earth, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Hellboy, Sketches, Concept Art, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Manga/comics, Mike Mignola, Dark Horse, Character Design


Where to buy 6'' Onyx ereaders in Europe?

I'm considering an Onyx Boox device vs a Kobo. I am based in the UK; Kobos are easy to find - Onyx not so much. Amazon UK sells 10'' but not 6'' readers. I have found this German store which sells the Poke: https://ereader.store/en/6-inch-screen-eink-reader-14 This Dutch store sells the Kepler Pro and the Poke Pro: http://www.e-readerweb.nl/index.php?...000102&lang=NL Do you know of any other store? I'd rather not buy from outside the European Union (longer wait, custom duties, etc). Thanks...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, European Union, Onyx Boox, Onyx, Kobos, Amazon UK, Kepler Pro


Bijinga Zukushi 2 – Japanese Beauties Art Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Bijinga Zukushi 2 (美人画づくし 弐) is a follow-up volume to the original Bijinga Zukushi art book released in 2016. The series showcases the “Bijinga” ( art work featuring beautiful women ) genre and the author is Ikenaga Yasunari, himself a Nihonga artist with the published art book One Hundred Nights Of Bliss. The book showcases the art work of 18 different artists using various different media, spread across 136 pages. Many of the art...
Tags: Amazon, Bliss, Anime, Amazon UK, Nihonga, Seiichi Hayashi, Ikenaga Yasunari, Bijinga Zukushi, Nakahara Arisa


Darkness on the Horizon – review

Author: Christopher Renna First Published: 2019 Contains spoilers The Blurb : - - BECOMING A MAN CAN BE MURDER. - - All Morgan Fischer wants is to graduate high school and escape small-town Colby, Pennsylvania. Since the death of his mother, childhood friends have become his tormentors, and his father has become an absent and neglectful alcoholic. When lack of food forces Morgan to earn money, he develops a friendship with the new residents in town, Ava and Jonathan. They give Morgan the lovi...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Ava, Morgan, Jonathan, Amazon UK, Vampire, Morgan Fischer, Christopher Renna, Colby Pennsylvania


Wagashi – The Art Of Japanese Confectionary Book Review

I absolutely adore Wagashi ( Japanese traditional desserts/confectionary ), so what better book can there be than one showcasing the very best of these exquisite treats, and all marvelously photographed ? This book introduces the beauty of Wagashi, categorizing each type by month and by season, offering insights into the seasonal aspect of each creation. Readers will learn how each confection’s concept and deep meaning are closely tied to the ephemeral tastes and sights that characterize the...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Book Reviews, Anime, Wagashi, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Seiichi Hayashi, Japanese dessert, The Art of Japanese Confectionary