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Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Source: Received for review
Publication Date: 12 Oct 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0061997404
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Websites:

The World Made Flesh (tumblr)

Place(s) Traveled to: NA

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: NA

I have always loved the IDEA of tattoos and part of me will probably always want one. If I wasn’t so pain phobic then I would probably get one. Although coping with the pain of getting a tattoo and dealing with that buzzing noise of the needle is one thing….deciding what to get is a whole other issue. I am horrible indecisive and could probably spend a life time debating on what to get. So I compensate with looking at other people’s tattoos. I occasionally will watch LA Ink just to see what people are getting….or more specifically the story behind the tattoo. I love how there is always a story….granted some are more profound than others….but there is always some sort of meaning attached. Which is why I was so excited to receive a copy of The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor for review.
The moment I pulled Literary Tattoos from its mailing envelope I started to flip through it and didn’t stop until I reached the end. After that initial hurried look I then took a more leisurely browse over the next few days. Just opening the book randomly and spending more time looking at each tattoo and the description that came with it. I really liked the flow of the pictures. In one sense they are a chaotic jumble with no rhyme nor reason and yet the way they are organized makes perfect sense. I loved reading the stories and reading all the different quotes. I even cringed a few times because some of the tattoos features are so large that you know they just HAD to hurt….LOTS. Its also because of this book that I found a new internet time suck, the tumblr The World Made Flesh, which is filled with many more literary tattoos. I really enjoyed flipping through this book and if you like tattoos or literary quotes then you probably will too.

3 Responses to “The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor”

  1. Anonymous

    That tumbler is one of my VERY favorite internet time sucks. The first time I heard about the book, I went to the site and read every single entry and I eagerly await each new entry they post. (Bless you, Google Reader.)

    I might have to pick this book up after all. A 4/5 from you is pretty decent praise.

    -Mollie

  2. Michelle

    The idea of literary tatoos are interesting and having seen pictures of some I think they can be wonderfully artistic. Me, I’m not even remotely interested in branding my body for the rest of my life….let alone the issue of the pain and buzzing you mentioned. Yikes!

  3. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    Thank you for introducing me to this incredible time suck! That tumblr will keep me occupied forever…and really makes me want to get another tattoo. I’ll have to get that book to really get the full effect and to get to read the stories that accompany the tats.

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