My Copy: 9780446574723 (image from bn.com) I wondered if I'd find a James Patterson book that I didn't like...and I finally have. To be fair and truthful, I couldn't finish the book. I stopped at about page 105. Private is about a former marine named Jack Morgan who's had some bad crap go on in … Continue reading Private (Private #1), by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
My Copy: 9780393609394 (image from amazon.com) I was curious what I could learn from this book--and it taught me a lot more than I thought...and in a hurry, too! With all the crazy things that've gone on the past month, I haven't had a chance to crack open a book in weeks. Glad I got … Continue reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My Copy: 9781879505629 (image from bn.com) I've read about Walter Murch before, and just refreshed my memory of some of the things he talks about in this book by watching Apocalypse Now (and it's documentaries) again. In The Blink of An Eye is not an autobiography or technical guide, but very much a perspective on … Continue reading In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing (2nd ed.), by Walter Murch
My Copy: 9781566197847 (image from abebooks.com) Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, even if it's that neat semi-transparent slip-cover I like for some reason. I still didn't care for the story. I only got about halfway through the book and gave up. Not my cup of tea, I guess; I'm used to Swift in … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.
My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781585428717 (image from amazon.com) If you're in that awful stage called "trying to be a writer," or "want to be a writer," or "I hate writing, it's too hard," because of that brick wall in your head, then this is a book for you. If you've read a dozen books about how to … Continue reading Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance, by Rosanne Bane
My Copy: 0425080021 (image from pinterest) I saw the movie at least two dozen times before I knew there even was a book. Then I saw a classmate reading it in 9th grade. And I went to the first second-hand store I could find to get it. I've read the book probably half a dozen … Continue reading Dune, by Frank Herbert
My Copy: 9780199267170 If you're wondering where the hell Henry VI, Part I went as a review, I haven't done it yet. When tackling this reading-and-reviewing Shakespeare thing, I had a tough job to do. I was initially going to try and get the plays reviewed in chronological order by historical event. However, with the myriad … Continue reading “Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.
My Copy: 9781556528293 (image from amazon.com) I'm trying to remember exactly why I bought this book, but I think it was to help me out when I was starting out as a tour guide and teaching. I have a loud voice, annoyingly loud to me most of the time, but I don't have much strength … Continue reading The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, & Improving Your Voice by Kate DeVore & Starr Cookman