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Postby gibbs » Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:48 pm

I have decided to take a leaf out of Whiterooks book and attempt to...
Read 50 books in 2015
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Postby gibbs » Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:58 pm

Book #1

Mrs Browns Family Handbook
By Brendan OCarroll
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If your a fan of the show this book is something that is well worth reading as it goes some way to explaining the reasoning behind some of her actions within the episodes.
Irrespectively, this is book is something that could be enjoyed easily without prior knowledge of the program, it follows along the established lines for how a handbook would be written despite the fact that pretty much all of the apparent advice given in it is certainly written with the purpose of making the reader laugh which it manages to do very successfully throughout the book.

All in all a very entertaining read and well worth the time spent, one down forty nine to go

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Re: Gibb's 2015 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Whiterook » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:31 pm

Thanks for joining the Challenge!!! :D

Love the cover art! I think it's always cool having a vieew behind the scenes, especially on shows and movies. They can bring what you see on the screen further to life with observations and as you say, '...reasoning behind...' the subject matter.

this is also why I personally love Companiopn Guides....my favs being one for the TV show COMBAT! and a series covering each year of Babylon 5.
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Postby gibbs » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:43 pm

Book #2

Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft
By Ray Mears and Ben McNutt
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This one was an interesting read designed to be a more compact format of delivering the information contained within his previous books, it covers a wide variety of subjects ranging from the collection of water and fire making through to making various types of cords using different plants.

And while I don't intend to use a lot of the information within the book it has given me some idea's for things to try throughout the year such as drying blackberry leaves to make tea and I may try the using nettles to make cord idea

All in all a very interesting book with alot of information within and one I would gladly read again and recommend

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Postby gibbs » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:24 pm

Book #3

German Combat equipments 1939-45
By Gordon Rottman

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This one was a fairly good read and certainly gave a wide overview of the general equipment used as a modeller it was nice that it focussed on the individual item types as it enables me to make better choices when it comes to figures and there uniforms and equipment.

One thing I will say is that compared to some of the other Osprey books I've read this one seemed to be disjointed in places which made it difficult to read or I probably could and sat and read this in a few hours opposed to three or so days.

Despite this the illustrations more than make up for this by not only being beautifully drawn but also providing clarity to the rest of the books contents as the example below shows
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While an interesting book it isn't one I'd read again unless I wished to refresh myself on something specific

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Postby Whiterook » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:40 am

I love Osprey books, though they're a tad expensive for the quantity of pages. Still, it's the graphical info that keeps me coming back, by which I mean the pictures/images/illustraions, which is a walth of info for a historical painter.
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Postby gibbs » Tue May 05, 2015 6:18 pm

Book #4

The Art of War
By Sun Tzu Translated by James Trapp

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This book was one I got from a discount bookshop and I originally bought it more because of how the book was bound
which I will attempt to explain if there is interest

as for the content it is a book which works to make you think which in my opinion is a good thing although this also made the book heavy going at times but non the less interesting but it is certainly a book that I'd have to read two or three times so I could fully make sense of it but considering it only cost me £3.00 I certainly cannot complain as I will certainly get value for money out of this book and as a result there are two or three other books I've seen looking at the samurai code and traditional Japanese and Chinese combat that I am tempted to get at some point

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Re: Gibb's 2015 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Whiterook » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:39 pm

An excellent work, that is....as much for military tacticians and business executives. You hit the nail on the head with wanting (and neededing) to read this book several times. I view this book akin to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, in that it is likely a lietime read, even if in pieces here and there.

With this book, I found something I *thought* I got, I see differently later; if just slightly differently ...or maybe better described as, further enlightenment. There are so many heavy concepts, which are misleading sometimes in their rather simplified philosophical verbage.

I recommend this book to just about everyone!
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