My Copy: 9781514109328 (image courtesy amazon.com) As a newbie to Jiu-Jitsu (and its seemingly half-dozen acceptable spellings), I felt like I needed an understanding as to how it all worked. However, this is not a "technique-book," but more of a "mindset-book." Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles is a thin read and deceptively easy to understand. But, … Continue reading Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel
My Copy: 9780553278224 Mr. Bradbury's done excellent work, and I keep coming back to The Martian Chronicles when I just wanna read something short for the hell of it. Bradbury has a few miniature, practically stand-alone stories placed between arching stories, but the common thread is simple: humans can leave Earth and--like it or not--they're going … Continue reading The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
It's all too common for Americans to see or hear about robberies, workplace violence, school shootings, terrorism, etc. What's perhaps hardest is hearing from those close to the perpetrator state that they couldn't believe this had happened. While the rest of us scoff in disbelief at how someone couldn't know, let's face it, most of us wouldn't recognize the warning signs without some help...
When the book was being written in the late 1990s, stalking laws all over the country were being overhauled or just implemented to make it a much harsher crime on the books. The book's a time-capsule in one sense, showing the early days of recognizing an old nuisance for the possibly dangerous crime it is.
My Copy: 9780140042597 There are some things I can appreciate with this book, and others I just can't grasp. I promised myself to get through at least 100 pages of any book I'm reading if I can't quite get it. Made it through page 123 before giving up. I can appreciate the unique writing style, in … Continue reading On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
Wow--the end of the "Karla Trilogy" at last...and a damned-good ending! I was glad to read this book, though I wish I didn't have so many priorities take me away from it so often. I was afraid I might've missed some crucial info, but once I got the chance to really stick with it and read it the past two days, it got really good. So good that last night I had 6 chapters left and kept getting up to read more. I finished around 3:30 a.m., probably feeling about the same way Smiley did by the end of the book (hee hee).
My Copy: 9780062502155 I've tried reading "The Analects," without a shred of success a couple of different ways. Then again, they weren't compiled by Thomas Cleary, who I've read before and is probably the best translator of religious/philosophical texts I've found so far. The Essential Confucius is a bit strange to look through at first, … Continue reading The Essential Confucius: The Heart of Confucius’ Teachings in Authentic I Ching Order, by Thomas Cleary
My copy: 9780994980700 This book was written by the same guy running the SucceedSocially.com website, so if you're already a devotee of that site, then much of the info in this book won't be a surprise to you. However, if you like reading paper instead of screen like me, then it's probably worth getting for yourself. … Continue reading The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations & Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are, by Chris MacLeod
My Copy: 9780143119739 The Honourable Schoolboy is the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, part of what's known as the Karla trilogy by some readers. I'm intent on finishing this trilogy, though from what I understand--per leCarre's own comments--Karla and Smiley (our hero) do make appearances in other works. That said, I'm glad that I went … Continue reading The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre
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 Dave Lowry