My Copy: 9780897501040 My love of too many wushu flicks comes to light because I found myself with a book trying to learn proper swordplay from the Japanese side. Granted "play" is the wrong part of that word to start with. A sword, even a wooden one, can be a deadly weapon--and it's right to treat … Continue reading Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword, by D. Lowry
My Copy: 9780143120933 This is the 2nd time I read this book--the first time, the movie was just coming out and I really wanted to finish the book before seeing it (didn't happen, I admit). As I read this time, I had more hours to dedicate and was able to take my time absorbing it. … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by J. Le Carre
My Copy: 9781568364124 I'm not an architect, never been to the classes, never even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before, so take some of this with a grain of salt if you want. However, there is enough in What is Japanese Architecture? to get a lay-person to either ask the right questions, or be able … Continue reading What is Japanese Architecture?: A Survey of Traditional Japanese Architecture, by K. Nishi & K. Hozumi
My Copy: 9780307453662 Finally! A book useful for those (poor schmucks?) among us who don't have that same, steady paycheck every week or two (or month). My prayers were answered when I found this, jaw dropping to the floor. I read about half a dozen books regarding budgeting, personal finances, goal setting, etc., but there was … Continue reading The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan
The more I read from Philip K. Dick, the more I enjoy or at least respect the man's work. The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick definitely does not disappoint.
My Copy: 9780394724690 Though some of the technology mentioned and tricks-of-the-trade may be outdated (published in 1976 after all), it must be doing something right if it's still in print today. The Craft of Interviewing contains a slew of wisdom from an editor of Writer's Digest magazine who warns us in the introduction, "For no … Continue reading The Craft of Interviewing, by J. Brady
I read, and re-read several parts of this book, and I'm still not sure what I think about it overall. I'm not gushing praise over it, but I'm not throwing it in the recycle bin, either. I think it's just a different animal than what I'm used to seeing from Ray Bradbury. On the other hand, that's part of the fun of reading Bradbury.
My copy: 9780977398846 As of this post, this book is not widely available beyond the Holocaust Museum Houston and it's affiliates. However, it's worth looking when you get the chance because of the sheer numbers of butterflies created for The Butterfly Project and the inability for many to see them outside of a museum visit. … Continue reading Taking Flight: Holocaust Museum Houston Remembers the 1.5 Million Children Who Perished in the Holocaust, by the HMH
My Copy: 9780142401095 I admit, I might not have been in the right place when I first read this book, which colored my initial review of it. But the second time around, it got to me a little more than I expected, and I could enjoy it. The Devil's Arithmetic has an interesting presentation and … Continue reading The Devil’s Arithmetic, by J. Yolen
My copy: 9783822870211 I admit that when I went to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for a lecture, I usually ended up with one of these Taschen art books before I left. This one and a few others, however, I believe I got when the bookstore in the mall was closing down and I … Continue reading Pop Art, by T. Osterwold