Elegance in Japanese Art Book Review from @kleffnotes

Momo Miyazaki has collected together a variety of pieces from the Edo Rinpa style that focus primarily on bird and flower paintings within his book, Elegance in Japanese Art. These pieces draw their influence from the school of painting that first began with Rinpa and spread from Kyoto to Edo, know modern day Tokyo. Within this book Miyazaki presents the beauty that can be found in this specific subset of paintings from within this style. Continue reading “Elegance in Japanese Art Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Birth of a Cemetery Book Review from @kleffnotes

John F. Llewellyn delves deep into the history of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in his book, Birth of a Cemetery: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park. This particular location is well known within the Los Angeles area. While it originally was established in Glendale, California the Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries corporation has expended throughout the state of California. In keeping with Hubert Eaton’s dream of what the memorial-park term meant these cemeteries have grown into something far more than just somewhere for burials. Continue reading “Birth of a Cemetery Book Review from @kleffnotes”

A Victorian Flower Album Book Review from @kleffnotes

A Victorian Flower Album: Collected and Painted in the Summer Evenings of 1873, as a Pleasing Recreation by Henry Terry is possibly one of the longest titled books I have ever reviewed. This work though was created initially by Henry Terry, who made this as a brief collection of his personal sketches of flowers for his children. Over time this compilation of artistic sketches has been published a number of times, but this October a new version has been created with Japanese translations. Continue reading “A Victorian Flower Album Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) Book Review from @kleffnotes

Queen of Swords Press is releasing a brand new anthology focused on swashbuckling pirates who not only sail the high seas, but also the starry skies, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). Now not only are these pirates from tremendously diverse worlds, they also happen to be a bit different than your average high seas adventurer. These characters are all part of the LGBTQ+ umbrella. While not all of the characters specifically discuss their identities each story focuses on minority characters. While the anthology doesn’t come out until December of this year I had the opportunity to sail with these pirates a bit early and wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. Continue reading “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and The Fading Creeps Book Review from @kleffnotes

Have you ever had a dream so vivid that it felt like real life? For Ben, Marcus, and Avery every night they find themselves in a mysterious world that feels completely and utterly real. In this place each of them has a new persona and together they find themselves working together to save this world from The Fading. Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and The Fading Creeps is a fantastic story that examines the power of your dreams. Continue reading “Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and The Fading Creeps Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Bigfoot Fun Book! Book Review from @kleffnotes

Have you ever wondered what Bigfoot gets up to when he isn’t being photographed in grainy pictures? Well the Bigfoot Fun Book! answers all of your questions about where this particular cryptid likes to spend his time. Whether you are a kid or just young at heart you’ll have fun following along with Bigfoot and checking out all of the activities inside these pages. Continue reading “Bigfoot Fun Book! Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Kill for Me Book Review from @kleffnotes

Kill for Me is the eighth novel in the Victor series by Tom Wood. This thrilling series focuses on the assassin named Victor who takes on dangerous and deadly jobs and in this new story he has taken a job full of twists, turns, and another hitman. I had not previously read books in this series and even with no foreknowledge of Victor and his assignments I was still completely sucked in and could follow the story easily. If you are a fan of thrillers and killers, even if you’ve never read a book in the Victor series, you should pick up Kill for Me today. Continue reading “Kill for Me Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Audible Audiobook Review from @kleffnotes

In October Audible and Pottermore debuted the Audible Original audio drama, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. While a physical book exists by the same name what makes this audio drama special is that it includes a variety of voices and guests, a bit like a documentary piece. This work is divided into a variety of different sections, which take their inspiration from courses and books that the witches and wizards of Hogwarts would experience. This fantastic collection of history, both of magic and of the Harry Potter universe, is something every Harry Potter fan needs to listen too immediately. Continue reading “Harry Potter: A History of Magic Audible Audiobook Review from @kleffnotes”

The Field Book Review from @kleffnotes

The Field is a thrilling and terrifying look at the darkness that can live inside any person and the extent to which someone will go to protect their closest friend. In Ian Dawson’s book the focus is on two different sets of friends and how they each contend with something completely unexpected. The first pair we meet is Daniel and Kyle, who are just now experiencing puberty. With everything changing around them they suddenly find themselves dealing with dangerous and unexpected events connected to two boys named Austin and James. In his book Dawson examines these two pairings and the different paths their friendships are on. Continue reading “The Field Book Review from @kleffnotes”